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.
- The cafe prices are on the expensive side.
- By Metro: Line A, B, C, D, E - Trindade
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89.3% 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
We went to majestic cafe and really enjoyed our meal. We got the French toast which was delicious and served in a creamy sauce which tasted similar to the famous Portuguese nata. The facility is beautiful and well maintained. The only caveat that I would put in is that we visited in the winter so there was no wait and the place, while being busy, was not unmanageably full. If we had been forced to wait it may not have been worth it because the prices for everything were also quite high. I would advise people to look at the prices, look at the wait time and then make an informed decision if sitting in the same cafe as a writer that you like is worth it to you.
It is very beautiful and romantic to be in there. Great fast service and they seated us first for having little kids (So kind and very much like Portuguese way). It is pricey and touristy, but I think we will always remember having hot coco and cake in this magical cafe.
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.
Very over rated! Staff looked bored and obviously under pressure to turn around customers as quickly as possible. The tables were so crammed together it was difficult to sit down and stand up. The food was 'fine' but nothing special and very over priced, as you would expect. I asked for my eggs scrambled and was told they could do that but it was 4 euros per egg! (and the toast was cold) The decor is lovely but that would be the only reason to go. Take a photo from outside, save your money and go to the lovely wee cafe across the road. Friendly staff, great service, lovely food and excellent value for money.
Although a bit of a wait, due to popularity it is a very scenic cafe. Service is great, and the ambience is very upscale for a cafe. The prices can be quite high, so just know that going in.