Majestic CafeCurrently Open
- Address: Rua Santa Catarina 112, 4000-442 Oporto, Portugal
- Timings: 09:30 am - 11:59 pm Details
- Phone: +351-222003887
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Food And Drinks, Cafe, Leisure
Majestic Cafe - Review
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 Information
- The cafe prices are on the expensive side.
How To reach Majestic Cafe by Public Transport
- By Metro: Line A, B, C, D, E - Trindade
Restaurants Near Majestic Cafe
- A Cacarola
- Restaurante Confeitaria Cunha
- Restaurante Senhor Abade
- Restaurante A Beringela
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Things to Know Before Visiting Majestic Cafe
89.72% 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 Trips
Majestic Cafe, Porto Reviews
I was excited going in and lining up for lunch. Indeed place is beautiful. Nice decor and unique character. However we were disappointed with the food and with the service. A€15 tuna sandwich does not even come with a choice of bread; only in plain white toast. When we returned the €24 cod fish practically uneaten, we expected a genuine concern to be shown from the server. Instead we got a shrug of the shoulder and a cold answer that this is the way cod is made in Portugal. If I were to rate the place without the food and service, I’d give it 5 stars. If you want to go there, I’d recommend you enjoy a €5 coffee and a pastry. Food is overpriced and is far from a fine restaurant quality.
An old cafe in Porto. Majestic Café in porto was opened in 1923, has been a place of meeting for celebrities and stars. Used to need to queue for high tea, but we are lucky to get seats without waiting at 3:20pm. Club sandwich is €19.- so it is very expensive. But the waitress was so smart that she split for us without asking. Very very excellent service. The sofa is so well engraved with detail and pattern. So for once, I don't think about my € and just immerse in the environment.
If you get chance visit this lovely building, however be prepared to queue as it is one of the tourist recommended places to visit in Porto. We queued for a short time, then was shown to our table, we only wanted a drink. Afternoon is available and looked delicious. Staff all very smart, service efficient. Beautiful building, and interior.
I was just seated at a table. The sun was very hot at the spot I sat so I moved from one corner to another (still on the same table) and I was told that I cannot sit there. They then said they’ve got another table for me if I don’t want to sit in the sun and when I got up to go there it was taken by someone else. They didn’t send the other people away. I then said „I can just leave if you keep moving me around although I was happy at the first spot but just not at that exact spot of that table“ and they didn’t let me sit there. They told me to wait, although I was here before the people they sat on the second table. So I left. Long story short: Very busy, horrible service.
This place is absolutely stunningly beautiful and you can breathe the history. However, it's ridicolously expensive for just good food. 7 EUR for a normal hot chocolate come on... I suggest going here for a coffee and maybe a cake, take a couple of pictures and leave. The staff is overworked, stressed and actually quite rude. They don't waste a single extra second asking if the food tasted good or anything, this is purely a business where they want you to eat pay and leave as soon as possible to get the next customer.