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Here's where to see standout buildings and local design of Lisbon’s little sister to the north.

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Start with the city’s jewel, the Serralves Museum—it’s Portugal’s most visited museum. The main building, starkly modern and filled with contemporary art, stands in contrast to the pink Art Deco Casa de Serralves next door. Walk through the 44 acres of gardens dotted with sculpture.

For a glimpse of traditional Porto, stop at São Bento Station to see scenes of the history of Portugal on panels comprising 20,000 hand-painted ceramic tiles.

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If you’re feeling inspired to redecorate, pick up tiles at Lobo Taste (20 Largo de São Domingos; 51-22-201-7102), which sells modern takes on traditional crafts.

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For culture in a stunning environment, head to Casa da Música, a Rem Koolhaas architectural extravaganza that’s home to the national orchestra.

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Serious design hunters should spend the night at the Modernist Rosa et Al Townhouse. It's surrounded by the boutiques of Rua do Rosario, a hub for Porto’s creative set.

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