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Gran Cafe del Portal

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Av. Independencia at Zamora, Veracruz, Mexico
+52 229 932 9339
07:00 - 00:00
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food! This Cafe is in the heart of the Zocalo right in front of the Cathedral! Live music and the Cafe Lechero is a must!!!

Thank Aracely O
Houston, Texas
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78 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

One place you can unwind, use wifi and enjoy coffee with snack. The staff is good and friendly. They also have lunch and dinner

Thank ASB052
Mission, Canada
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Its original name was exactly as today's name, but for many years it changed to "Gran café de la Parroquia"; a family dispute created a division and on this location the name was turned back to Gran Cafe del Portal. It opened its doors first in 1824 so it is a landmark and a tradition in Veracruz like no other.... More 

Thank MarriedAnd-Over-50
Atlanta, Georgia
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168 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Being open for over 90 years they clearly know how to run a restaurant. Their menu says they are open 24 hours a day, but their facebook page says 7am to 11pm... not sure which is correct. We loved the food, the fabulous space, and the staff were friendly and attentive. We finished our meal with their Lechero coffee beverage.... More 

Thank garhuff
Munich, Germany
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

The coffee is good and better then at the Cafe la Parroquia. Also the food and the atmosphere are better. We were there for breakfast, and the pancakes were good.

Thank Maxitomvp
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6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

The place is old, which is part of the characterisctics for a place with history. Service is slow and prices does not correspond to an average food quality

Thank Alberto L
Prague, Czech Republic
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

I am from Veracruz and yes this is a historical place becausw of its coffee but honestly for quality and flavour I would go to "El Grandma Cafe La Parroquia " The view is great although right now is under construction.

Thank Ninaa C
Mexico City, Mexico
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125 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

I was disappointed by the food the last time I was there. I love the historical value of the place but sincerly the food is not as good.

Thank adriochoa
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118 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

The place is aunthentic historical it is open from early in the morning to late in the evening. We have been here a few times for a great breakfast, the service is great, coffee vey nice . The marimbas playing on the back ground very nice. The inside of the restaurant is very old and has nice black and white... More 

Thank ClassicStrider
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

Great place to have a meal and a cup of coffee. Go for the customary lechero or get the awesome key lime pie been in many times snd love this place

Thank stephenp742

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Av. Independencia at Zamora, Veracruz, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Veracruz  >  Veracruz
  • Phone Number: +52 229 932 9339
One of the old, classic Veracruz cafes. Just off the zocalo, next to Gran Hotel Diligencias. High ceilings, fans, patrons with guyaberas and straw fedoras. menus offered in english and spanish - get the spanish one - the english one is a little puzzling. they do all the classics well and service is professional and excellent. even their presentation of Sopa de Tortilla is good - bowl of soup with side plate of tiny tortilla strips, chunks of queso fresco, chunks of avocado and slices of guajillo chile - rather than the usual bowl with tortilla strips already in and getting soggy. Ate there mid afternoon and an oasis of quiet and cool in the center of Veracruz.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?