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“Cozy place for coffee & a cake in Sintra - close to the train station, highly recommended!”
Review of Saudade

Saudade
Ranked #2 of 275 Restaurants in Sintra
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $23
Cuisines: Cafe, Soups
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, 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 May 17, 2014

We visited this place before leaving Sintra, at the end of our one-day trip. We were a bit tired after the tour, looking for a simple place to have a coffee & sandwich late afternoon, and were lucky enough to discover Cafe Saudade, a former cheesecake factory with a cozy ambiance.

Coffee was good, service was excellent [we had two waiters, a girl from Romania and a guy from Cuba who gave us good pieces of advice and were very helpful]. We tried a vegetable soup and a sandwich that were both very tasty [local bread was fresh & tasty, too:)] and the desert/apple pie was excellent.
Very pleasant experience - highly recommended for a simple, laid-back break in Sintra !

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Reviewed May 16, 2014

We came here for breakfast. There are a lot of choices for breakfast and lunch. We ordered set breakfasts where you get a scone or toast, yoghurt, fresh juice and a tea/coffee. The scones are huge and served fresh and warm, delicious and fluffy on the inside. Service was great, the staff are friendly. It is a lovely cafe to visit, beautiful decor inside and they are open early til late.

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Reviewed May 14, 2014

Everything was great about Saudade; the atmosphere was whimsical, the staff were friendly, and the food was amazing. We stayed in Sintra 2 nights and went to this cafe 4 times because there was so much we wanted to try on the menu, and all of it was good, especially the treats. My personal favorite were the mini pot pies filled with pork, but we also really enjoyed the apple pie, XL scones (they are massive indeed), paninis, and tea. This place is absolutely a must if you're in Sintra!

Tip: at our first visit they were out of apple pie, so the next morning we reserved 2 slices for later in the day, which was necessary because it's so popular!

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Reviewed May 1, 2014

After a long day of walking in Sintra, we really wanted a snack for the train ride back and decided to stop in this cute bar close to the train station.
I was afraid it could've been a "tourist trap", being so close to the station, but I was completely wrong.
The staff inside is welcoming and kind, it seems to be a family run bar/bakery spot, and everything we ate was extremely good.
We got our things to go and ate them in the train, and am almost disappointed as I would've easily bought more after having eaten our treats :-)
I had a really good pastry, but my girlfriend had the most amazing apple pie/cake that I split with her and it was truly delicious. The best of my life, for sure.

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Reviewed April 28, 2014

This really is a lovely little cafe, just slightly away from the historic centre maybe a 7 - 8 minute walk from where all the tour buses stop. They do lovely rolls and sandwiches, beers, teas coffees and cakes etc and at very reasonable prices.
Service is very friendly and prompt and there is free wifi; the building is very interesting architecturally and there are locally made arts and crafts on sale. Well worth a visit.

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