With buildings as colourful as its character, Porto’s extrovert reputation seems ever heightening. The city, which was originally a Roman outpost, gave birth to the names of both the country and its famous Port wine – a nod to Porto’s self-assured airs – has long been a noted pilgrimage for wine connoisseurs.

Alongside the nuanced wine-sluggers, there is now another group of enthusiasts filling the city’s higgledy-piggledy narrow lanes. Housing some of the finest national and international artworks, Porto is rapidly becoming a mecca for art-lovers. Platforming the works of both established and emerging artists, uncover Europe’s lesser-known arty sibling with our guide to the city’s most innovative galleries.

Espaço Mira

Located in a restored warehouse near Campanhã rail station is Espaço Mira. Focused on emerging or little-known Portuguese artists, this gallery has a carefully put together programme of shows, also hosting film festivals and photography night events in it’s multi-disciplinary space. Alongside it, there are two more warehouses with changing art displays at numbers 155 and 159; a nod that the surrounding district is on the rise.

Serralves Museum

This museum has been home to some of the most cutting-edge worldwide contemporary art. With landscaped gardens as beautiful as the building’s angular architecture, Serralves museum is a mandatory stop for anyone visiting Porto – and not just for an Instagram shot of the pink exterior.

  • +351 22 615 6584
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  • R. Dom João de Castro 210
    Porto
    4150-417

Galeria Fernando Santos

Established in 1993, Galeria Fernando Santos has acted as a gateway for Portuguese collectors to meet international artists, while maintaining support for national favourites. Perfect examples of this mission are Bosco Sodi and Pedro Cabrita Reis.

  • +351 22 606 1090
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  • Rua de Miguel Bombarda 526
    Porto
    4050-379

Múrias Centeno

Múrias Centeno opened its Porto doors in 2007 and after huge success has more recently cropped up in Lisbon. Exhibiting artists such as Max Ruf and Secundino Henández, its one of the more international galleries in Portugal for good reason.

Galeria Nuno Centeno

Galeria Nuno Centeno is a contemporary art gallery which represents and develops emerging and established artists. Alongside Serralves Museum and the artist-run A Certain Lack of Coherence, the gallery has played an important role in showcasing Contemporary Art in Porto, working with an eclectic ensemble of Portuguese and international artists. In 2016 founder Nuno Centeno was nominated by Artnet as the “Europe’s 10 Most Respected Art Dealers”, making the gallery a spot to highlight on any art-oriented guide to the city. Nuno is also the founder/director of the Artist Book Gallery and The Spot (an outdoor project), both must-sees in their own rights.

  • +351 93 686 6492
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  • Rua Miguel Bombarda 531
    4050-383 Porto

Kubik Gallery

Representing both established and emerging artists, national and international talent, there is only one mission at Kubik Gallery: to exhibit originality.

  • +351 919 630 963
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  • Rua da Restauração 2
    Porto
    4050-499

Galeria Presença

Since its opening in 1995, Galeria Presença has gained some heavyweight names amongst its roster. Excuse the name-dropping but with artists like Alexandre Farto aka Vhils, Pedro Calapez and Vasco Araújo, it’s worth mentioning. Not surprising if you recognise it from its occasional presence at art fairs like Arco Madrid and Est Art Fair.

  • +351 22 606 0188
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  • Rua de Miguel Bombarda 570
    Porto
    4050

Galeria Pedro Oliveira

Originally founded with the name Galeria Roma e Pavia, this gallery has never failed to present at Arco Madrid. Likewise, you shouldn’t fail to visit it when ambling Porto’s historic quarter.

  • +351 222 007 13
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  • Calçada de Monchique 3
    Porto
    4050-393

Galeria Quadrado Azul

An art collector during the 1960s Manuel Ulisses practically gave birth to this gallery, which was one of the first exhibition spaces in the city. Representing the growing interest for international modern art, the gallery has pieces by, and indeed for, both older and younger generations.

  • +351 22 609 7313
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  • Rua de Miguel Bombarda 578
    Porto
    4050-379

The Gallery Wrong Weather

Wrong Weather is a high-end fashion boutique with a second space devoted to the visual arts. Its gallery has already showcased international artists like Bruce LaBruce and Patrick Church. Come rain or shine, it’s a must-see, whatever the weather.

Serralves Museum

Galeria Fernando Santos

Múrias Centento

Kubik Gallery

Galeria Presença

Galeria Pedro Oliveira

Galeria Quadrado Azul

The Gallery Wrong Weather

Espaço Mira

Galeria Nuno Centeno

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