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“my favorite cafe in Sintra”
Review of Saudade

Saudade
Ranked #3 of 279 Restaurants in Sintra
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $23
Cuisines: Cafe, Soups
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Where Cafe Saudade now stands, there used to be housed the historical Queijadas da Mathilde cheesecake factory from 1888 to 1974.These queijadas de Sintra (cheesecakes) were a favorite of King Ferdinand II (who restored the Pena Palace). During the 3rd quarter of the 19th century, the king gave the factory founder a stamp marked Mathilde, to brand the cheesecakes bound for the royal family.The Cafe Saudade was restored and preserved over a year long renovation in 2008 and opened in the summer of 2009. Recycled and regional materials and resources were used to create an environment that authentic. We pride ourselves for this and and for the fact that our team offers the best service they can.The spaces of the old cheesecake factory are today a cultural reference in Sintra's recent historical background. Its preservation allows us a glimpse into the ancient manufacturing process of the typical queijada de Sintra.Wander through the "Saudade Labyrinth" and fall in love with Sintra. Visit our Art Gallery and explore the various rooms with pieces of furniture that we restored with love and care, and in which we have handcrafts for sale. We host literary gatherings, jazz and fado concerts and other cultural activities.
Reviewed July 28, 2013

Great food, drinks and service here. Proper coffee, sandwiches, white chocolate cupcakes, lovely hot chocolate and shakes (their scones are massive). The wait staff are all lovely. We went back a few times. Don't forget to visit their shop in the back, they also offer free wifi.

4  Thank jbidding
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CafeSaudade, Public Relations Manager at Saudade, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2013

Dear Jbidding,

We're so glad thaty you enjoyed your visits to Café Saudade so much that you came by more than once!
We always strive to provide the best service and food we possibly can, so it's customers like you that make the experience so rewarding.
We do hope that you might come back to Portugal some other time and visit us again.
Best regards,
Café Saudade

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Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

I ate here 3 years ago and loved it and came back this year again when visiting sintra.
Excellent food - wide range of healthy dishes, with a super tasty twist: salad also has carrots and beetle, fresh berry juice + lemon, soup with veggies and fruit, sadwich with any bread - large portions and good prices (salad 7eur, sandwich 6eur, large natural juice 3eur)

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1  Thank Andi_romania
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CafeSaudade, Public Relations Manager at Saudade, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2013

Dear Andi:

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are very happy to hear that you remembered us from three years ago and visited us again - and can only hope that in three years' time you might visit Portugal once more, and pay us a visit at Café Saudade as well.

Best regards,
Café Saudade

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Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

Excellent cafe, not your tipical tourist cafe, freah bread, free wifi, nice service, all u want after a day of hiking

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Thank Robbertvanderpol
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CafeSaudade, Public Relations Manager at Saudade, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2013

Hi Robbertvanderpol,

Thank you so much for your review. We agree that after hiking around Sintra's steep hills you'll be in dire need of nourishment, so we'll always be here for you.
We hope that you might visit Sintra in the future and if so, that you'll pay us another visit.

Best regards,
Café Saudade

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Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

This place is something unique. It's a sort of gift shop/ cafe in vintage style,with a huge attention for the details. We loved this place but... There's a but. I ordered a cheesecake made by them(last piece,I thought I was lucky) and my GF ordered a toast. We had to wait more than 30 minutes to start eating,which I think it's unacceptable considering what we ordered and that the place almost empty. The cheesecake was good,too bad it was gone after 2 bites... I think the waitress could have bothered to mention about its very small side. On the other hand,I ordered also a chocolate croissant which came immediately and it was huge! I think Saudade is a must see if you're in Sintra,just make sure you have a lot of time.

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Thank Danyz82
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CafeSaudade, Public Relations Manager at Saudade, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2013

Dear Danyz82,

First of all we'd like to thank you for having taken the time to write your review on Café Saudade.
We're glad that you enjoyed your meal in spite of the delay in getting your food on the table.
We're sorry that the service was off that day and that it took so long for your meal to be prepared.
(Sintra cheesecakes are indeed tiny - we will take your suggestion in consideration and let clients know that this is just a small treat).
We do hope that you might visit us again should you return to Portugal, so that we can make it up to you with some more delicacies, and timely service.

Best regards,
Café Saudade

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Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

Went to this cafe three times in my 24 hours in Sintra! The food and drinks are delicious and reasonably priced. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming. I would highly recommend any one visiting Sintra to stop by this cafe at least once!

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1  Thank Carmigold
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CafeSaudade, Public Relations Manager at Saudade, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2013

Dear Carmigold,

Wow! Talk about a stellar review!
We're really very glad to know that you were so happy with the quality of the products and service that you returned so many times to Café Saudade. It's clients like you that prove to us that our efforts are rewarding.

Best regards,
Café Saudade

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