May 11, 2018
Opened in the Baixa area of Porto in 2005, it didn’t take long at all for Café Lusitano to establish itself as one of the most unique venues in the entire city. Located in a space which had been previously home to a grain depot, the owners of Café Lusitano cleverly preserved a handful of the original interior design details, while adding to it with their own collection of eclectic decorations. These warm and welcoming colors alongside dark woods and Ottomans bring to mind the legendary cafes of Vienna or Paris, and helped the cafe kickstart a renaissance in the neighborhood. From the very start, Lusitano has been a gathering place for a huge swath of Porto’s population, welcoming all who love a good night out and the elegant and classic ambiance of the bar.
A few years ago, they installed Terrace Elisabete, an indoor space with a glass ceiling and walls that lets natural light shine in, striking an extremely unique tone in the center of Porto.
Over the years, it has been home to patrons from all walks of life and all persuasions showing that if there is one thing that we all can agree on it is a great cafe. This, above all, has become the calling card of Café Lusitano, as while many sites list it as the city’s most venerable ‘gay-friendly’ bar, it is in reality a spot for all who appreciate a sophisticated yet welcoming place to enjoy a drink and to gather with friends, new or old.
Main photo credit: http://www.cafelusitano.com