Rua de Santa Catarina
Rua de Santa Catarina
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  • Marc K
    Munich, Germany582 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved this area
    This part of Porto is a little further away from the beautiful waterfront and a bit more uphill. I had the feeling we were escaping a little bit the with tourists packed zones. Of course there were still quite some people on the street but it felt more local and more quieter. Just great to sit down and to enjoy the surroundings.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • MouMou
    Hong Kong, China3,003 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not as touristy …..
    Nearest metro station : Bolhao Our hotel is on this street :) It’s walking distance to Capela Das Almas (a beautiful church with blue tile facade), a shopping mall with a large supermarket, Honest Greens, Mercado do Bolhao, lots of lovely cafes. I was walking on this street at 8am to Livraria Lello … not a soul in sight. Then at 10am, suddenly … everyone’s out 😅 Would I come to Porto for this ? No. It was just convenient for us because we walked past it every day during our stay :)
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 12, 2023
  • Bandit-One
    Lucerne, Switzerland10,043 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy and lively
    This is probably the most popular walking street here in Porto. It's really full with visitors. And for good reason, there's lots of things to see and do. At the south end you'll find the Igreja Paroquial de Santo Ildefonso, then later of the Shopping mall Via Catarina, then the famous Capela das Almas, the wonderful Confeitaria Sta. Catarina and countless other shops, cafés, bakeries and more. If it's souvenirs you look for, then check out the shops at the northern end where you'll find the usual stuff, but cheaper. It's a fun, bustling, lively street. It's not something for everyday - at least not for us. But definitely a must-do for first-timers and worth your while.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Pernille I
    Copenhagen, Denmark6,193 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The commercial high street
    The Rua Santa Catarina is a pedestrian street going through the center of Porto for 1500 meters. At one end is the Batalha Square and it continues in front of the Chapel of Souls to continue to the famous Majestic Café and beyond. You will find all the usual brands you can find in any city in Europe now; but you can also take a peek view down the side streets with small vintage shops or survivors of another age like the local butcher or bakery. Or you can take a look upwards and admire the decorated facades of the buildings. It makes for a nice stroll when the weather is fine!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 16, 2023
  • Tina Z
    1,001 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice pedestrian street
    It is a busy street with a lot of shops, shopping center and coffee shops. It looks nice. It is a pedestrian street, but still watch out for the delivery cars. If you are going to Fábrica de nata, you will also visit this street since it is located on it.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 11, 2024
  • Abovetheclouds
    2,062 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Main shopping street.
    Let's be honest, every city has one! Main shopping street. Very busy on a Saturday. Nice atmosphere. From Zara to the historical Majestic Café! Worth a browse or to grab a bite to eat or drink.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 4, 2024
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Denny S
Gothenburg, Sweden177 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Rua de Santa Caterina and the surrounding neighborhoods is the most important shopping area in the city. It functions as a pedestrian street and is ideal to take a walk on, not only for the sake of all shops but also because there are some nice sights on it such as Capela das Almas and exquisite Art Nouveau facades such as Café Majestic. It's located in the high part of town and starts at the Praca da Batalha and exteds as faras 1,5km north. There are many good shops on this street but do not miss the beautiful facade and interior of "A perola do Bolhao", an old grocery store located on one of the side streets; Rua Formosa.
Written March 4, 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I always rate such streets average, as you can find them in every European city.
A classic pedestrian shopping street lined with brand shops you see everywhere else.
Its biggest attraction is the fabulous Chapel of Souls covered in Azulejos tiles at its northern end.
Written August 7, 2022
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Pernille I
Copenhagen, Denmark6,193 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The Rua Santa Catarina is a pedestrian street going through the center of Porto for 1500 meters. At one end is the Batalha Square and it continues in front of the Chapel of Souls to continue to the famous Majestic Café and beyond.

You will find all the usual brands you can find in any city in Europe now; but you can also take a peek view down the side streets with small vintage shops or survivors of another age like the local butcher or bakery.

Or you can take a look upwards and admire the decorated facades of the buildings. It makes for a nice stroll when the weather is fine!
Written November 16, 2023
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Naila
Baku, Azerbaijan823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Friends
Every city has such a chick street with a lot of shops, restaurants and for Portugal obviously igrejias (churches). You could feel the atmosphere of the city here. Just have a walk from one side to an other, stop to have a dinner and do small shopping.
Written July 26, 2020
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Bandit-One
Lucerne, Switzerland10,043 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is probably the most popular walking street here in Porto. It's really full with visitors. And for good reason, there's lots of things to see and do.
At the south end you'll find the Igreja Paroquial de Santo Ildefonso, then later of the Shopping mall Via Catarina, then the famous Capela das Almas, the wonderful Confeitaria Sta. Catarina and countless other shops, cafés, bakeries and more. If it's souvenirs you look for, then check out the shops at the northern end where you'll find the usual stuff, but cheaper.

It's a fun, bustling, lively street. It's not something for everyday - at least not for us. But definitely a must-do for first-timers and worth your while.
Written October 15, 2023
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Marc K
Munich, Germany582 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This part of Porto is a little further away from the beautiful waterfront and a bit more uphill.
I had the feeling we were escaping a little bit the with tourists packed zones.
Of course there were still quite some people on the street but it felt more local and more quieter. Just great to sit down and to enjoy the surroundings.
Written August 1, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,493 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We came here several times during our long stay and always enjoyed the lively atmosphere, especially in the pedestrian area. Lots of shopping, historic sites, places to eat. It's just the heart of the city.
Written September 22, 2022
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HeaveNEarth
Fairfax, VA223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Make sure you search for stores you want to visit BEFORE you head out to this wonderful pedestrian only shopping street. Any of Spanish Inditex clothing stores or more traditional sourvenir shops or markerts. Otherwise, you're going to find out later you shouldv'e visited the stores along or around Rua Santa Catarina. Plan out the stores you would like to visit or you have to revisit it. A great shopping district.
Written February 13, 2020
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TrWorldTraveler
Bloomington, IN6,871 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
During our Spring vacation in Portugal, we stayed in Porto and visited many sites. Rua Santa Catarina is great for shopping, people watching. We found our favorite places from Spain such as Honest Greens and Amorino ice cream there. Mercado do Bolhao, great market with many vendors is not to far as well and should not to be missed! Recommended.
Written April 6, 2023
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Hooray H
London, UK2,174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This is a must see/do in Porto. An early version of Oxford street but with much more character & less commercial, although it's definitely becoming so.
Beautiful shops in beautiful buildings.
Lots of history.
Written March 18, 2021
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