The best known cafe in Porto, the Majestic Cafe, is not just popular for its choicest food and drink options but also for its elegant architecture. The gilded woodwork, chandeliers, paintings, and upholstery of Majestic Cafe can give any of Porto’s monuments a run for its money. The cafe opened in late 1929 and back then was called ‘Elite Cafe’.
It soon became the favourite haunt of intellectuals, high class females and celebrated personalities of the age. The café shed the ‘Elite’ in its name to rid itself of any perceived monarchic hangovers. By the 1960s, the building lay in a decidedly decrepit state and was more or less sent into retirement. In the early 1990s, it was once again restored to its cultural glory and opened for business.
The cafe will also go down in modern history for another special reason. Author J. K. Rowling spent majority of her time here working on the first book ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’.
The Majestic Cafe offers luxuriant and mouth-watering food from morning to midnight. Try their wines as well as salads.
Majestic Cafe Travel Tips
- The cafe prices are on the expensive side.
How to Reach Majestic Cafe
- By Metro: Line A, B, C, D, E - Trindade
- A Cacarola
- Restaurante Confeitaria Cunha
- Restaurante Senhor Abade
- Restaurante A Beringela
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71.22% of people who visit Porto include Majestic Cafe in their plan
4 PM - 5 PM
46.48% of people start their Majestic Cafe visit around 4 PM - 5 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Majestic Cafe
76.23% of people prefer walking in order to reach Majestic Cafe
Majestic Cafe Reviews & Ratings
I do not give 5 because I believe this place should not be that much expensive. Beautiful inside decoration. We tried almond tart and cheese cake. Both were good. I recommend the almond tart and also apple tart (I could not taste it unfortunately). Cheese cake had a smooth and fluffy texture and the taste was not too much cheesy which I liked. Also, the staffs were friendly as well.
Lives up to its name 100%. Pricey, but one has to pay the rent, right? Great service, lots of options and, did I say it?, a historic interior that kept me pleased. It is has a spirit. Come in for a drink and enjoy 100 years of memories.
The concept of being in the place exceeded the quality of the food. Ordered the Sangria (almost half the patrons there had a glass when I walked in) and it was a lot sweeter than I expected, but I enjoyed it. The French toast and cheese board were above average but nothing phenomenal. Wait staff were amazing though. Would not visit after this experience.
I love the baroque style decor. It makes this place really a unique. We just had French toasts and coffee for breakfast but it was really good. A bit overpriced as guess since now it is mostly a tourists spot.
Very stylish place, old fashioned in the good sense of the word. Food good. Service excellent. A bit pricey, goes with the ambiance.