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Since 1929, EL GRAN CAFé DEL PORTAL has been a family tradition that has delighted visitors, brought pride to Veracruzanos, and has been gathering people together in the same place for generations.At our restaurant located in the heart of Veracruz historic downtown, you can savor our exquisite regional dishes, as well as our international cuisine, while enjoying the sounds of live traditional Marimba music, which brings pleasure to all day with its melodies.
History: It was in early 1926 that Don Jose Fernandez Don Pepe, who was a baker by trade, and a native of Cantabria, Spain, then living in Cordova, Veracruz bought the Gran Cafe del Portal, which was formerly a cafe, a candy store, and then a pastry shop. He then moved to live in the Port, along with his wife, to start the most important stages in the life of this place, and also the most difficult, which today has made this corner for its cleanliness, service and superb culinary delights and pastries, a not to be missed stop for visitors from all over the world, and for locals a place for everyday gatherings and meetings of Veracruzanos.
Since then, people from political, intellectual, religious, and artistic circles have been coming to the Gran Café del Portal.Don Pepe is credited with the invention of the Café Lechero, the Clinking of the spoon;, the careful selection of foods and pastries, and the secret formula of the aromatic coffee that is served today, as well as the prestige and international reputation gained through the years.Today, the third generation of the family proudly cares for the unique tradition that his grandfather began, honoring his example, perseverance, hard work, and love for Veracruz.