It’s that time of year again…the dreaded exam season. You’ve tried to study at home but those endless all-nighters and coffee breaks have just turned into long periods of procrastination. There’s no need to worry though, we have come up with a list of amazing cafes and places to study in Porto, away from all the distractions and where you can spend an entire afternoon hitting the books. These super cosy places will make you want to get out your highlighters, catch up on your readings and look over your notes.
1. Moustache Coffee House
Moustache is a trendy coffee house located right in the centre of Porto, next to the Reitoria of Universidade do Porto. It has a really cosy atmosphere and their playlists are amazing. You’ll find this place swarming with students during exams season and seeing everyone working so studiously will make you want to be productive too. And here’s a bonus, they have amazing cakes, lattes and hot chocolates that’ll give you a spike of energy when you need it most. They also have a good wifi connection (just make sure to ask one of the baristas for the password).
Where: Praça de Carlos Alberto 104
Opening hours: Every day 9:30-19:00
2. Costa Coffee
If being in a vibrant place full of chatter helps you focus, then Costa Coffee is undoubtedly one of the best places to study. It’s also a great place to work on group projects or to study together with friends, as you don’t have to worry about your speaking disturbing someone next to you. What’s more, you can get amazing coffees in all shapes and sizes. One of the downsides of studying here is that it can easily drain your wallet since the prices are quite steep. However, if you can control yourself and stick to only one cup of coffee then it’s totally doable on a student budget.
Where: Praça dos Clérigos
Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 9:00-24:00, Friday and Saturday 9:00-2:00
3. Biblioteca Municipal Almeida Garrett
If you prefer working in a quiet environment with nothing to distract you, then this library is the right one for you. It is located on the beautiful grounds of Palacio de Cristal, walking distance from the centre of the city. You’ll also have access to books, journals and newspapers while studying here, as well good internet. The library is also open to everyone, so you don’t have to worry about not having a library card. You will only need one, however, if you wish to borrow a book. There is also a café in the same library where you can get your caffeine boost and some snacks.
Where: Rua de Entre-Quintas 328
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-18:00, Monday 14:00-18:00
4. Casa da Música Café/Bar dos Artistas
Casa da Musica might not seem like an obvious place to study but they do have a really nice quiet café with lots of big tables. It’s a perfect place to spread out all your notes and focus on your up and coming exams. Who knows? You might even meet some famous Portuguese musicians hanging out in the cafe between rehearsals.
Where: Rua dos Vanzeleres, 36
Opening hours: Every day 9:00-24:00
5. Polo zero
Polo Zero is a free study space that any student can use. You can walk in there and study individually or book a room for working on a group project. They have a good wifi connection, access to computers and vending machines for some snacks. Polo Zero also hosts cool events and speakers and many other things related to uni life. It’s a great place to kick back into those books and prep for the exams.
Where: Rua de São Filipe de Nery
Opening hours: Every day 10:00-24:00
6. Duas de Letra
Duas de Letra is a trendy hipster-ish café where you can find people studying or working during weekdays. The cafe has a very cosy atmosphere with even a little terrace in the backyard. They have good coffee, teas and snacks to help you refuel during your studies.
Where: Passeio de São Lázaro 48
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00-22:00, Friday-Saturday 10:00-24:00, Sunday 14:00-20:00
7. Café Vitoria
Café Vitoria has a little bit of everything going for it. During the daytime it’s a cool place to hang out with friends or to study, but, once night sets in, it becomes a trendy lounge. It has a nice little terrace outside and comfy chairs and tables inside, which makes it a great place to study in. It is also located right in the heart of Porto.
Where: Rua de José Falcão, 156
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 12:00-1:00, Friday 12:00-2:00, Saturday 14:00-2:00
Hopefully going to one of these places will inspire you to hit the books and ace those exams! Best of luck!
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Alice is a student of Political Science and International Relations, an avid news reader and a brand ambassador for Uniplaces in Porto. She has lived in the USA, Estonia, UK and currently resides in Portugal. Besides being a student and an ambassador for Uniplaces, she’s also an ambassador for SPEAK, a social enterprise aiming to connect migrants and locals. In her free time she loves to travel, watch movies, meet new people and play music.