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Ristorante Grand Cafe Al Porto

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via Pessina 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Gran Cafe Al Porto)
41919105130
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8:00 am - 6:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
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Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The cafe is beautiful on the exterior and very inviting this continues inside with a beautiful old ceiling gorgeous lighting and nice decor.the cakes which we chose at the counter were delicious as was our very nice tea for two.

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Thank Anna C
Lugano, Switzerland
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Cafe offers the best cakes and hot chocolate in town! The classic decoration and their delicious pastries make this place one of my favorites particularly during Winter. Their employees are always professional and kind.

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Dubai
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44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

We had our breakfast at Grand Cafe , where is a restaurant since 1803 ! The environment is very elegant and unique . loved the ambience .

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Massagno
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

It's a great place with charm and history. Goode olde Lugano. The selection of cakes and other sweets is "too much".

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New York City, New York
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69 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Needing a mid-morning lift, we entered this cafe because of the enticing desserts displayed in the window. The lady behind the pastry counter smiled warmly and graciously answered all our questions regarding the different treats we were interested in. I had the hardest time deciding, until the lady asked me if I liked chocolate. Because of my immediate positive response,... More 

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California
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247 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Wonderful old world style cafe to come in from the rain. The cafe corretto hits the spot when it's cold and rainy outside. Yummy hot chocolate. And let's not forget the delicious and beautiful pastries! Do try the black forrest cake.

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Manila, Philippines
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

Located at the city center, this place (established in 1803 and played a role at the end of WW2) is a must try for anyone traveling to Lugano. The coffee, cakes & pastries are of the finest quality and it would be good to visit the cafe after a morning of walking around the city and the nearby Lake. I... More 

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Lugano, Switzerland
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164 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

This place is popular with locals and the more upscale tourists. Located on a very elegant pedestrian street. Excellent for a coffee and pastry, or lunch. There is also a quieter upstairs restraint upstairs that is very elegant and beautiful.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

This centuries old location in the center of the old city serves very fine pastries and terrific coffees in a relaxed but classy atmosphere. The pastries are old world delicacies that should not be missed. They can be taken away, but it is best to sit and savor -- service, while a little stiff, is friendly and responsive. Prices are... More 

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Saarbrucken, Germany
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

We dropped by while on a city trip for some soup and salad and were very pleasantly surprised. I strongly recommend visiting the place if you happen to be in town!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Cafe, European, Italian, Swiss, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Romantic
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: via Pessina 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Gran Cafe Al Porto)
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
  • Phone Number: 41919105130
Description
Right in the heart of Lugano, the Grand Café Al Porto Restaurant delight its guests at any time of day. A great day begins at the Grand Café with an aromatic "espresso", a nice breakfast or a delight from the Confiserie Al Porto. At lunchtime be tempted by the "Flavours of the month", the daily changing "Chef's specials", and from 2.30 p.m. onward by a special afternoon menu. All day long a great selection of sweet or savoury creations from the "Confiserie Al Porto" counter. The Ristorante is open from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. It can be reserved in the evening for receptions and banquets for 10 to 80 persons. All day long a great selection of sweet or savoury creations from the "Confiserie Al Porto" counter. Lugano's salon... since 1803.

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