Francesinha, if there’s something Porto natives can be proud of, it’s their famous sandwich, considered one of the top ten in the world by travel site Aol Travel, for example.
The sandwich is composed of a variety of sausages, beef steak, ham, fresh sausages, all covered with melted cheese. However, the great secret of this sandwich is the sauce, whose recipe is kept secret by each house and restaurant. Francesinha is accompanied by French fries and a fried egg.
Legend has it that the “dish” was created by Daniel David Silva in 1953, influenced by the croque-monsieur (a kind of toasted sandwich eaten in France). However, the name comes from the fact that Daniel said, “the spiciest woman I know is French.” Of course, it is impossible to confirm this story.
Francesinha is a unique delicacy that represents Porto’s culinary culture.
In Porto, there are several places where you can try Francesinha, but it is Restaurante Regaleira that claims to be the birthplace of this famous sandwich.
We present some of the most popular restaurants in Porto where you can try this delicious sandwich:
- Café Santiago: famous for its Francesinha and its informal and welcoming atmosphere. (Near Café Majestic)
- Cervejaria Brasão: offers a gourmet version, made with high-quality ingredients. (Near Aliados Avenue)
- Restaurante Cufra: one of the most popular places in the city.
- Cervejaria Galiza: a classic and traditional place where you can taste an authentic Francesinha.
These are just some of the many places in Porto where you can enjoy this unique delicacy.
The cult of Francesinha in Porto is so strong that there is a brotherhood dedicated to it and festivals are held where various houses try to reinvent the recipe.
In addition to the AOL Travel distinction, Francesinha has also been recognized by other travel and lifestyle magazines and publications, such as Condé Nast Traveler or The Culture Trip, which demonstrates its reputation beyond borders.
You have to try it before finishing your visit.