YES Meeting takes place in the city of Porto, elected Best European Destination of 2014 and 2017! With an Historic centre listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996, this city is characterized by its medieval Dom Luis I Bridge (designed by Gustave Eiffel and Teófilo Seyrig), wine and views among so many innumerable others.
The Douro River is an intrinsic part of its scenery, separating it from Vila Nova de Gaia. Port Wine, one of Portugal's internationally famous exports, is named after this city and stored in the cellars across the river. All this wealth of monumental and artistic heritage, open-air leisure spaces and cultural life give this city its known vivacity and joy.
In Porto you can try the best of the country's traditional cuisine. There is a clear emphasis on the seafood and fish specialties and locals have developed a genuine cult of tripe stew, which gave them the justified nickname of "tripe eaters".
- Francesinha (meaning Little Frenchie) is a Portuguese sandwich originally from Porto, made with bread, wet-cured ham, linguiça, fresh sausage like chipolata, steak or roast meat and covered with melted cheese and a hot thick tomato and beer sauce served with french fries.
It is a very popular dish in Porto and is associated with the city, although it can be found elsewhere in Portugal. Downtown you can try Francesinha at Café Santiago, Cervejaria Brasão, Bufete Fase, Al Forno, Lado B and Yuko.Académico Café and Tappas Caffé are close to FMUP (and Hospital S.João).
However, if you'd rather eat near Ribeira, there are nice restaurants such as Ar d'Rio.
- Tripas is an icon of the local cuisine. It consists of a stew or soup made of tripe and sundry other ingredients (vegetables - beans in particular - sausages, spices). Briefly put, is a must-try for anyone wanting to know the local flavors of Porto in their most intimate expression.
- Cod fish is ever-present on locals' tables. Bacalhau is a specialty consisting basically of dried salted cod fish, and the authenticity of the dish is guaranteed by the centuries-old traditional recipes.