Portugal has been on a roll in the tourism department, and the country’s unique design landscape is one shining example of the country’s appeal. Also, the spotlight is no longer focused solely on Lisbon anymore – Porto, the second-largest city, has made major waves in design, architecture, and art. This is a truly spectacular city to explore, with its strong presence and plenty of personality. These locations, in particular, are among the most unique, stunning, and artistic landmarks in Porto.
Porto has many cafés, but few (if any) are as beautiful as the Majestic Café. Even its name suggests elegance and splendor, which is apparent upon entering the front doors. Carved wood detailing, antique mirrors, and sculptures decorate the dining room. This spot, located on the trendy Rua Santa Catarina, was opened in the 1920s under the name Elite but later changed to Majestic, which was thought to encompass the Belle Époque era that influenced its style.
Porto is home to one of the most beautiful McDonald’s in the world. Even if burgers and fries aren’t your favorite food, a trip to this location won’t disappoint. Opened in 1995, it holds remnants of the Imperial Café that used to stand in its place before a major restoration project converted it into the popular fast-food restaurant. The stained glass windows and chandeliers make a visit to this McDonald’s unlike most others. Located on Avenida dos Aliados, it is easy to get to from any part of the historic downtown.
Porto is also home to one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, which is also world-renowned for possibly inspiring the Harry Potter book series. The Art Nouveau and Gothic architecture are splendid, and the gold and red staircase has attracted the attention from book and design lovers from around the world.