Erasmus Student Nightlife Porto!

Erasmus Student NightLife in Porto

Piolho Café is a great starting point for Erasmus Student Nightlife Porto!

The most famous coffee in the city among the students since last century. Here you find lots of Erasmus students. When you get there you will understand why it’s a great place for Erasmus Student Life Porto

Not as charming as Majestic Café, Piolho Café since 1909 has been the meeting point for students and teachers, locals, foreigners, friends, etc.

This Café is a part of the city’s history, mostly regarding to academic life, as we can see in its walls, full of memories of the different courses of Porto University.

Where is it located Piolho Café?

Café Piolho is located on Praça Parada Leitão, at 400 meters from the Gallery Hostel. Unofficially it is called ‘The students café’ as it is the starting point of many students for a night out.

Try a Francesinha at Erasmus Student Nightlife Porto famous meeting point!

Piolho is one of the favorite meeting places for Erasmus Student Nightlife Porto (usually after 10pm). Try eat there the city famous unique snack, the delicious francesinha! It’s not a big place but it’s always crowded.

What is the original name and why its called Piolho café?

The original name of the café is “Café Âncora D’Ouro” . At the beginning this café was the only one around the universities (Medicine, Engineering, Humanities, Sciences and Pharmacy) students and teachers met there and started to mix.

The Piolho café became famous and there were people waiting to get a table. So, probably  because of the crowd (inside and outside) people started making a comparison with the fact that there was always a crowd and the lice (that “come in crowds” when you get them in your head).

Why Piolho café became famous?

This coffee was famous for its innovation and quality products. The coffee was well known and as a result they would serve around 4500 espressos a day, that’s right 4500 espressos a day. The owners mother was a pharmacist and she found out how to mix the coffee beans and got the perfect blend.

It is, to this day, the students coffee.

It is, to this day, the students café. Just for a coffee or to spend the whole  day studying there. Go there look around the walls of the coffee you’ll see commemorative plaques offered by groups of students to the coffee.

You also will find there other Erasmus students that’s why this is a great place to start you Erasmus Student Nightlife Porto.

The history of the coffee is written on its walls

Since the 1950’s students leave testimonials thanking this remarkable place for serving as a safe port in their busy university life.

During the dictatorship in Portugal, many of the demonstrations were organized and designed at Piolho, by the students that were part of the communist party.

After a darkest moment in the history of Piolho, where the students quit meeting there and the clientele were mainly individuals dedicated to illicit activities, in 1979 the new management started fighting to conquer back the students and the spirit of the café was brought back in the 90’s and today is the meeting point for Erasmus Students nightlife Porto.

Piolho is usually crowded on weekend nights but if you wait a bit, you might just get a table or not!

Piolho It’s open from 7am to 4am, except on Sundays. It is the perfect place  to start your Erasmus Student Nightlife Porto and have a beer in a great student environment.

After you start your Erasmus Student Nightlife Porto in Piolho  you can walk around the neighborhood and you will find bars that are some of the most affordable in Porto also with a great academic environment.

Now you know where you can start your Erasmus Student Nightlife Porto! Have Fun!

What social networks say about Piolho?

If you make a search on google maps for “Piolho Café” and click on the google plus comment evaluation you can see a lot of comments from people around the world that visited this special meeting point, for example, an Italian with the name Armando Casalino says “il cibo è buono, il servizio buono, il personale molto cordiale, i prezzi….. da provare per credere….DA non perdere!!!!” Which means “the food is good, service good, staff very friendly, the prices ….. try it to believe it …. You have to go there!!!!”,

Alexander Lazarov says “Best place for Erasmus students!!!”, but if you make a search you will find lots of good comments, but let me tell you the best thing it’s to try it yourself!

Are you planning your Erasmus in Porto Portugal?

Check Nazdrowia Erasmus Rooms Porto,  we have rooms for students that will make you feel at home and you will be living with other Erasmus students very near the main Porto universities. Visit the page at

You might also like to check 2th Floor Student Rooms Porto, an apartment for Erasmus Students also very near the main universities in Porto. Visit this student apartment page at

Remember to book your room in Porto early on!…and enjoy the most your Erasmus!

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