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Cafe Santa Cruz

Praca 8 de Maio, Coimbra 3000-300, Portugal
+351 239 833 617
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good46%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Praca 8 de Maio, Coimbra 3000-300, Portugal
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The cafe is attached to and originally part of an old church. There was a double vaulted domed ceiling all made from stone so the acoustics were perfect. The ladies room was originally the confessional. It was spectacular. The service is cordial, friendly, and there...More

Thank McFrac
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to experience Fado music while in Coimbra We had gone to a performance & introduction lesson on Coimbra Fado. Different here as it’s sung only by men. Afterwards we were wandering around & heard guitars & Beautiful make voice We went inside &...More

Thank Carla H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great recommendation by our hotel staff was to go to "Noites de Fado de Coimbra" at Cafe Santa Cruz. There are performances almost nightly at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. in a charming cafe formerly part of the Santa Cruz Cathedral next door.

Thank sjmbdm
Reviewed 1 May 2018

The atmosphere can't be beat. Who wouldn't want to drink coffee and eat pastries in part of an old church? We both had coffee, along with ham and cheese croissants. Both filling and relatively inexpensive. The nata were huge and very eggy compared to others...More

Thank robynoinaz
Reviewed 3 April 2018

The space is beautiful and evocative. We loved the fado. Wine was good. Closed on Sunday (Easter) and perhaps every Sunday?

Thank Margaret P
Reviewed 24 March 2018

Used to be part of the monastery next door so has a lovely atmosphere. We felt very relaxed here and had good drinks.

Thank Maxim123153
Reviewed 9 December 2017

if you would like to listen to fado free of charge, in a beautiful historical place then this is it. this historica café allows you to listen to fado de coimbra, this is a bit different version of fado then the main traditional fado in...More

1  Thank rmcc83
Reviewed 29 October 2017

The show is done by people from the university a few times a week. You will not find a better show even if you have to pay for it. The staff is friendly and the athmosphere is great.

Thank larrystory44
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

Was only looking for a snack and a beer and found delightful fado! The show was free, CD cost 5€ and ice cream and snacks were available as well.

Thank path51
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

We came twice to try the famous pastries, but both time they didn't have it anymore (10am). Plus, it took a long time to be served! Worthy to just take a look at!

Thank Marilia D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Praca 8 de Maio, Coimbra 3000-300, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Coimbra District  >  Coimbra
  • Phone Number: +351 239 833 617
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