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Ristorante Grand Cafe Al Porto

Via Pessina 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Gran Cafe Al Porto)
091 910 51 30
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Ranked #18 of 252 Restaurants in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Noosaville, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This ristorante in th stunning to. Of Lugano, Switzerland is not to be missed. Impeccable service and cakes to die for!! The coffee is of a high standard - most coffee in Italy is and Lugano is in the italian area of Switzerland. They had no problems welcoming is with a baby in large buggy. Fabulous and decadent!!!

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Sao Paulo, SP
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This is a classic and super good pastry shop. Not to be missed for an afternoon coffee or tea. I did not pay attention if they serve meals, i believe so. I was too much focused on my dessert!

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Lugano, Switzerland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I'm a local and I went there after having heard about it from friends... I found it expensive and the coffee and cake we had were not particularly good, for sure not worth what we paid for. You can give it a go because the interior is very nice, but otherwise there are many other better options if you find... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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417 reviews 417 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
286 helpful votes 286 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This place was recommended for our visit to Lugano and it lived up to its reputation. The historic restaurant is comfy with a good atmosphere and friendly service. The coffee's are good but the real star in this place is the vast array of delicious cakes and pastries. Have a diffetent one each day for a week and you will... More

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Kentucky
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

If you are in Lugano, you must go to the Grand Cafe Al Porto. To be in a place with such an interesting history is incredible by itself. But the sweet goodnesses behind the glass case are so pleasing to the eye and even more delicious to the tastebuds. As you sip your delicious coffee and savor your tasty choice... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Best thing to say, I would love to go back! Food, service and ambiance was top quality. Only little 'crib' - it can be very noisy when full.

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Lugano, Switzerland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Tired of walking? In need for a nice place where to drink a good coffee, or a cup of tee, eating something small but " wow". You found your place! This historical restaurant will offer you a place inside, or some small tables outside. Their sweet are the most beautiful in the city, and the athmosphere is the same as... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This is one of the best places in Lugano to stop and have a café and a pastry. Each pastry is elegant and delicious. The pear tart is a favorite... but there isn't one that any of us have tasted that isn't a favorite. Their pastries are a bit pricey, but so is everything in Lugano. They are really worth... More

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london
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111 reviews 111 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

After reading the reviews, we decided not to eat here but bought the panettone and chocolates to take away. The lady at the counter was really friendly and walked us through the entire range of chocolates. We decided on the Grand Cru Praline and was not disappointed. The panettone which we had for breakfast the next day was sublime! But... More

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Turku, Finland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Went for a breakfast because the Grand cafe was recommended by Lonely Planet. Unfortunately the service was unfriendly, and the menu only in italian. Coffee was good but not exceptional, all in all not good value for your money and not that nice experience.

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Additional Information about Ristorante Grand Cafe Al Porto

Address: Via Pessina 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Gran Cafe Al Porto)
Phone Number: 091 910 51 30
Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm

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