| Photo Diary | Taberna de S. Pedro

One incandescent day in Porto when the sweltering sun turned the city into an oven, we decided to hunt down a lesser known (off the tourist trail) restaurant legendary for its grilled sardines. It took us over an hour to drag our listless shadows across the simmering tarmac on the Gaia side of the Douro before smoke signals hailed the spot we were looking for.

Lunch was in full swing when we pitched up to the Taberna de S. Pedro. Diners took up all the benches at the front and the hidden garden at the back. Inside was equally packed so there was little else to do but wait. Good things are worth waiting for and time slid by  while we observed the family owners at work.

The mum is master at the Taberna de S. Pedro. She barks orders at her small army of teenage helpers, prepares the tasty looking seafood skewers, salts the sardines and occasionally chucks the broken ones into the street where eager seagulls would swoop down to devour them. 

By the time we got a table inside, the lunch rush was over and we could enjoy our meal in a more relaxed way. The sardines were delicious! Fresh and juicy with that gratifying charcoal grill taste and accompanied with a perfectly dressed salad. The seafood skewer of prawns and squid was a bit overdone for Hiro's Japanese taste but still very good.

Feeling like we've got good value for our money always imbues a feeling of satisfaction to the end of a meal and Taberna de S. Pedro was easy on the wallet. A plate of 6 sardines cost €10 and a jug of chilled white wine €3. 

We would go back in a heartbeat and would recommend it to anyone who likes simple, good fish.

How to find Taberna de S. Pedro:

Not the easiest place to find and unless you like walking you may wish to get a taxi. It's basically in a residential street at the furthest end of Gaia, where the river meets the sea.

Vila Nova de Gaia. Portugal


  1. A beautiful and vivid description! Though I am not a lover of fish, I think your pictures and words may have convinced me otherwise :)

  2. those grilled sardines look really, really goood. and paired with white wine?? <3

  3. The food, the patterns, the colours! Absolutely beautiful! You inspire me to travel more!



  4. Love the photos, so vibrant and alive. I can taste how fresh the food is through the photos. Love the buildings on the hill!!!

  5. The building looks so cool! The fish sounds delicious.

    Katrina Sophia

  6. Thank you Lisa. I am glad that we had to wait for the lunch rush to subside otherwise Hiro would have missed the chance to take some of these pictures.

  7. Hello Sade! Super happy that you visited our blog today. Thank you - Porto is a very colourful city a lovely place to visit for sure. The tiles here are mind-blowing!

  8. So good Sharon! So good and so cheap!!

  9. the last photograph looks like a postcard! it's beautiful


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