Do you know what Porto’s secret sweet is?

One of the best desserts in town is the éclair 🙂

Leitaria da Quinta do Paço has a rich history that combines tradition and innovation. The tradition dates back over 100 years when the company started producing milk and its byproducts such as butter, cheese, and whipped cream.

Initially, it was the first milk distributor in the northern region of Portugal from its factory in Paços de Ferreira. It was also the pioneer in pasteurizing milk and distributing it in glass bottles to vendors in Porto. At that time, milk was sold to end consumers by women who carried it in jugs on their heads.

Over the years, Leitaria da Quinta do Paço has won numerous awards for the excellent quality of its milk products. However, as the company’s owners grew older, it faced stiff competition and lost its competitive edge. Consequently, the company was on the verge of shutting down, like many other traditional businesses.

However, in 2012, Leitaria da Quinta do Paço changed ownership and was restructured while keeping its original recipes.

If you are in Porto’s historic city center, you can find the store near the Lello bookstore on Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes or close to the Bolhão Market.

For more information visit the website

(All the black and white photos were taken from the official website of Leitaria da Quinta do Paço)

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The city’s delicious sandwich

The Francesinha – One of the most famous sandwiches in the world!

One of the stories or legends, dates back to the period of the Peninsular Wars, supposedly the soldiers of Napoleon’s army used to make a bread sandwich where they put the most varied kinds of meat available and a lot of cheese, but without including the sauce, an essential complement introduced later by the “tripeiros” (citizens of Porto).

Today there is some unanimity in attributing the creation of the recipe to Daniel Silva, an employee of the restaurant A Regaleira, in the early 50’s. An immigrant in France and Belgium, some years earlier, in the restaurant business, he became familiar with the local gastronomy and in particular with the famous French sandwich “croque-monsieur”, very popular in these lands. This famous sandwich served as inspiration for the creation of our francesinha, whose name comes from “france”.

Here is a selection (possible), of the best restaurants in invicta and surroundings, to taste the “famous” sandwich:

  • A Regaleira, rua do Bonjardim 83 (ainda existe!)
  • LADO B Café (Coliseu) – rua de Passos Manuel, 190
  • Brasão – rua de Ramalho Ortigão, 28
  • Café Santiago – rua de Passos Manuel, 226
  • Bufete FASE – rua Santa Catarina, 1147
  • Restaurante CUFRA – Avenida da Boavista, 2504. (ou Edifício Transparente)
  • AR de RIO (Cais de Gaia) – Av. de Diogo Leite, 5. Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Restaurante My Palace – Avenida da Boavista, 4191
  • Capa Negra II – Rua do Campo Alegre, 191
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