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Ristorante Grand Cafe Al Porto

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via Pessina 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Gran Cafe Al Porto)
+41 91 910 51 30
08:00 - 18:30
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Mon - Sat 08:00 - 18:30
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Miami Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is an expensive restaurant as all is in switzerland. It is although a great spot for people watching , coffee and dessert. It has been there for ages and it feels like you are in a time capsule. It is certainly charming. they have a daily menu in case you want to eat.

Thank kcanavan2010
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Absurd, they sell you wonderful cookies and pastry but then there are no places to sit down. After about 10 minutes we're gone. Unfortunately moment or bad management....

Thank Andreas V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Although it is quite expensive, such desserts you won't eat anywhere else. The location itself is luxurious and the sweets will make you forget about gaining extra pounds. Fabulous cappucino as well.

Thank Ladrum P
Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We stopped here because it is so charming and historic. We had a little appertivo of aperol spritz. The served it with cheesy breadsticks, savory seasoned nuts and an amuse bouche of salami and cheese. Very classy. The desserts looked tempting as well.

Thank bbbuttercup
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

If U want delicious sweet or good espresso you have to Visit the minted Cafe, yes he made delicious cappuccino and perfect croissant.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

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.

Thank Anna C
Lugano, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

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.

Thank Margarita C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 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 .

Thank TulipDXB
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

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

Thank EventMassagno
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 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 

Thank Gene S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Swiss, Cafe, European, Italian, Gluten Free Options
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, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
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: +41 91 910 51 30
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?