When, during the visit to the city, you feel the need to do a "break", join “useful with pleasure” and take a pause to go drink a tea to the Majestic cafe, one of the most beautiful coffee shops of Porto.
It is not by chance that was considered, in the year 2011, the sixth most beautiful coffee shop in the world. Situated in the lively Rua de Santa Catarina, Porto downtown, the Majestic is a coffee shop that has been in existence since 1921. At the time, then with the name of "Elite", already reveals that it was an establishment more upset to a certain class of distinct persons of the Porto society. The name that has acquired the following year, which remains to this day, suggested a certain French influence, according to the years of fascinating of the belle époque.
The importance of the Majestic to Porto, as well as to their relevance for the artistic and cultural life of the city - in the basement there is even an art gallery for conferences and exhibitions, inaugurated in 1994 - earned him including the classification of property of Public Interest, in the year 1983.
The biographies says that the writer JK Rowling, who lived in Porto until 1994, spent a lot of time in Majestic writing the initial book of famous wizard Harry Potter. Designed by architect João Queirós, the Majestic Cafe is an excellent example of Art Nouveau, with a marble facade adorned with vegetable aspects and sinuous forms, whose door is flanked by two statues of children. As for the interior, follows the main Art Nouveau style, with wooden and glass frames superbly elaborated, mirrors arranged in order to visually amplify the space, chandeliers, ceiling medallions, human figures and masks.
- Location: Rua Santa Catarina, 112, 4000-442 Porto Portugal.
- Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 9h30 to 24h00.
- Prices: n.d.
- How to get there: 10 min walk from Aliados Avenue.
Beautiful, romantic, exquisite and worthy of your visit.
(near this site):
Grande Hotel do Porto ★★★
This hotel is located in the center of the pedestrian area of Porto (santa Catarina). It has a rooftop terrace and a restaurant serving Portuguese cuisine a la carte. The elegant rooms at the Grande Hotel do Porto include a flat-screen TV with satellite TV, minibar and private bathroom with tub and shower. The property's terrace offers panoramic views of Porto.