5 traditional cafes in Prague

1) Café Louvre

Take the middle entrance in bustling Národní Avenue, climb up two flights of stairs and see for yourself how little things have changed since the 1900s, when Franz Kafka or Albert Einstein used to spend ‘pleasant and relaxing moments’ here. It opens as early as 8 am and closes before midnight.

interior of Café Louvre

Národní 22, New Town

+420 224 930 949

http://cafelouvre.cz

2) Café Savoy

A place in the grand European tradition, for breakfast or lunch. After it was taken over by a successful restaurant group, it is even closer to perfection. Treat yourself to a cake from their own patisserie, admire the listed neo-Renaissance stucco ceiling which has a high eye candy factor or enjoy the hustle and bustle while sipping a glass of wine.

pastries and desserts from Cafe Savoy in Prague

3) Café Platyz

Hidden in a passage with the same name, this elegant cafe’s interior combines bright geometric and floral patterns. It was designed by a famous film architect, in the style of the First Czechoslovak Republic.

interior of Café Platyz

Národní 37, Old Town

+420 224 211 161

http://cafeplatyz.cz

4) Kavárna Obecní dům

Step inside and prepare yourself, because you will be overwhelmed. The stuccowork, the wood-panelled benches as well as the fountain at the farthest end are all one-hundred-year-old originals, while all but one chandelier are copies (ask your waiter which one). Czechoslovakia’s independence was declared on the first floor of this establishment in 1918. One to remember.

interior of Kavárna Obecní dům

Náměstí republiky 5, Old Town

+420 222 002 763

http://kavarnaod.cz

5) Café Imperial

A classy Art Deco restaurant decorated with elaborate ceramic tiles and brocade blinds. The mastermind chef is Zdeněk Pohlreich, Gordon Ramsay’s Czech counterpart, so expect an impeccable service and food. The lunch menu is very good value and they serve delicious homemade cakes.

exterior of Café Imperial building

Na Poříčí 15, New Town

+420 246 011 440

http://cafeimperial.cz

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