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Prague's Best Cafés

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Prague’s rich history, grand architecture, and relaxed mentality come together in its café culture. Many of its stunning cafés have been on a roller-coaster ride, hitting a peak in the early 20th century, then falling from grace during the communist regime, and finally returning to their former grandeur with the help of restoration and eager patrons. Listed here are primarily examples of gorgeous and historically important cafés. Also, though, are cafés that have ridden the post-Velvet Revolution wave of inexpensive, eclectic spots where you can let your inner Bohemian loose. read more about Prague's Best Cafés

Cafe Imperial

Cafe Imperial

  • Na Porici 15/1072
  • Hotel Imperial
  • tel:420 2 231 6012
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 11000
Café Louvre

Café Louvre

Founded in 1902 and a favorite spot for the likes of Franz Kafka, Karel Čapek, and Albert Einstein, this Parisian style café and billiard hall was shut down by Communists in 1948. Fortunately, liberation finally came and Café Louvre was revived in 1992. Here, you can choose to have a meal (breakfast and lunch options are available) or just relax over a cup of the best hot chocolate in the city. The atmosphere is stylish and comfortable and the pastries are delectable in this old intellectual haunt. read more about Café Louvre

Café Savoy

Café Savoy

  • Vítězná 5
  • tel:420 2 5731 1562
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 150 00
Café Slavia

Café Slavia

  • Smetanovo nabrezi 1012/2
  • tel:420 2 2421 8493
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  • Prague, 11000
Cafe Montmartre

Cafe Montmartre

  • Řetězová 7
  • Stare Mesto
  • tel:420 222 221 244
  • Prague, 11000
House of the Black Madonna

House of the Black Madonna

The House of the Black Madonna (DĹŻm u Černé matky boĹží) was originally designed by Josef Gocar to be a department store. Completed in July 1912, the building now houses the Czech Museum of Cubism. The architect's first major project, it was a specifically challenging one as it is difficult to harmonize Cubist architecture with the surrounding Baroque, Gothic, and Classical facades. Cubist architecture is an important artistic contribution made by the Czech Republic. It evolved on its own (parallel to, not in response to, Picasso's cubism in painting) in an effort to create synchronize the fluid process of creation with the solid building that results. The museum exhibits works of Czech Cubism, most notably by Josef Capek and Bohumil Kubista. The Grand Café Orient, designed entirely in the Cubist style, can be found on the first floor while exhibitions lie on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors. read more about House of the Black Madonna

Kava Kava Kava - Andel

Kava Kava Kava - Andel

The baby brother of the café by the same name located in Prague 1, this incarnation definitely channels the first's funky mismatched décor. Dimly cozy and accessibly eclectic, it's a great place to take a break at any time of day. For breakfast, you can go with a combo or order a la carte. Similarly, there's a lunch special on offer but this is only available during lunchtime on weekdays. As the name implies (kava = coffee), Kava Kava Kava's sizeable selection of specialty coffees is enough to please any caffeine fiend; you can even choose your size (small, medium, large – no fancy titles here). Plus, you can check your email on one of the terminals available in the back room. All in all, Kava Kava Kava is a great little coffee shop and this location might do it even better than the first. read more about Kava Kava Kava - Andel

The Globe Bookstore and Café

The Globe Bookstore and Café

A popular meeting place for ex-pats and Czechs, this bookstore and coffeehouse has been something of a Prague institution for the better part of the last decade. It sells used books, a limited selection of new books and a current newspapers and magazines as well as offering free Internet and laptop connection. There is also a relaxed and friendly café and an extremely useful bulletin board. It recently moved to these more central and spacious quarters, but has managed to recreate its literary ambience. Healthy and hearty cuisine, devilishly delicious desserts, and one of Prague's best coffee are just some of the reasons to become a Globe regular. They have homemade cakes like cheesecake, brownies and muffins. A three course menu in the cafe is available at very reasonable prices. read more about The Globe Bookstore and Café

Café Pavlac

Café Pavlac

  • Víta Nejedlého 23
  • tel:420 222 721 731
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  • Prague, 130 00

The custom bar is the centerpiece of this bright, modern café just down the street from Palac Akropolis. Pavlac, run by a young Czech photographer, began with a specifically artistic idea: small exhibitions from local artists could be found out back, so you can imagine how local scenesters and artistic ex-pats were drawn to the joint. While there hasn't been much new art up for a while, free wifi and shockingly cheap but thoughtful fare keeps stylish students coming back to spend hours, chatting, working, and even conducting language exchanges. Although the service can be a bit curt, it's efficient and generally servers can conduct business in English, which can prove quite useful. This café is perfect for a filling breakfast, a long lunch, or a cheap and trendy dinner. It's even got a fully stocked bar, making it a good place for a drink on a Friday or Saturday evening before hitting the lively Zizkov bar-scene. read more about Café Pavlac