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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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