I always find travelling to other cities exciting. Regardless of the region or season. Each time I take back many impressions and I am completely inspired by what I have experienced and what I have seen. But Porto has fascinated me in particular. The size of the city, the mixture of old and new, the many tiled houses and the proximity to the water have certainly contributed to this. Most of all, however, I was thrilled that one can still really explore this city. Because there are parts of the city that fortunately still remain very authentic and seem to be the real Porto.
Often it is the people & places you meet by chance that count among the special ones. Lea and Capucine who now live in Porto belong to it for example. The Happy Nest was on my way to a photo shoot. With a quick step on the way, I could only take a short look out of the corner of my eye into the likeable, small cafe. Then a second look at the time: “hmmm, ten minutes I still have left, that should be enough time for a quick coffee.” So I returned back in a hurry, entered and ordered a coffee at the counter. “We’ll get you the coffee in a minute. If you like, you can find yourself a place in the backyard.” Ach! there is more space than this? Just now I saw that a narrow corridor next to the bar led into the back part of the café. An open door led further into the garden. Wonderful! Such an oasis in the middle of the city. I looked for a cosy shady place in the backyard, under an olive tree. The quick coffee was clearly too short to enjoy this beautiful place, so I decided to come back after my shooting. Same place, three hours later. gefunden zu haben. Finally sitting in the garden with coffee and fresh strawberries and I am happy to have found this secret tip. Because I discovered the small cafe of Léa and Capucine just four days after the opening, the Happy Nest is definitely an insider tip. The two owners love travelling and are both originally from France. Léa, who grew up in Paris, last lived and worked as a Wedding Planner in Cannes, where she met Capucine, who worked there as a bar manager. With the idea to open up a café together they travelled through different parts of the world. It should have been South America, but during a visit to Porto, both fell in love with the city and they decided to stay. That was just half a year ago and I am amazed at the courage and the joy with which they turned this beautiful café in a place where you immediately feel welcome and at home. Very much success dear Léa and Capucine. I am looking forward to my next visit at The Happy Nest to see you again.