Café Majestic is more than just a café. It’s one of the symbols of Oporto, a place with history, attended by prominent Portuguese figures.
In the heart of Oporto, on Santa Catarina street, Majestic café is more than just a beautiful space with great food; it’s a symbol of the city and a place where culture takes place, that no one should miss when going to Oporto.
A Majestic place to drink a coffee
On the 17th of December 1921 was inaugurated a luxurious Café called “Elite”, that soon became the gathering point of the bourgeoisie, eager to enjoy its aristocratic environment.
The new café was the place to find not only the intellectuals and the bohemian but also the high society ladies, who elected it for a cup of tea or an ice cream.
Since the opening day, “Elite” was distinguished with the presence of famed guests, such as aviator Gago Coutinho or the actress Beatriz Costa.
Photo by Nancy Stieber
When a new partner joined the business the “Café Elite” became “Café Majestic”, a name recognized on the 31st of July 1922.
Those where the days of the literary gatherings attended by some of the most prominent writers, poets and other artists, when the cultural scene was more alive than ever. Leonardo Coimbra, Teixeira de Pascoes and José Régio came often to the Majestic to discuss the more recent literary and artistic movements. Those were, indisputably, the golden years of the café.
Sadly, the Café Majestic’s aura began to fade and between 1964 and 1980 the place was abandoned and became more and more degraded. This situation had a turning point in 1983 when a new management took hold of the Majestic, determined to recover the old glory.
After a long bureaucratic process, that lasted more than a decade, the Majestic was restored and it became once more a privileged stage for art, poetry, recitals, concerts and book premieres.