During a recent visit to Porto in Portugal, I visited a cafe known as the ‘Splendor of La Belle Époque’. I made several photos especially to bring to the Tea Time Event of Justine’s blog.
Hope you will enjoy the photos and the link with information about the cafe, as well as the link to join the Teat time event.
“On the 17th December 1921, an establishment called Elite café opened for business in Porto, Portugal. It was located in a pedestrian walkway for shopping and for the finest members of society, then and now. The café enlightened the street with its Art Nouveau decoration, by architect João Queiroz.”
“Inside, the scent of leather upholstery and varnished wood is joined by the magnificent vision of the plaster-decorated ceiling and of the endless Flemish mirrors, is an ensemble that marvels all senses. Add in the combination of marble and metal and it becomes truly exquisite. At the back of the café, nature rules in the conservatory, which connects Santa Catarina street to Passos Manuel street.”
The glamorous cultural elite from Paris was a reference for portuguese culture in those days. Hence the new name – Majestic – filled with all the charm of “La Belle Époque”.