Prague cafés used to be popular meeting places for intellectuals, writers and artists.
After their takeover following World War II, the communist government declared coffee an unnecessary expensive luxury and the cafés with their opulent interiors were closed or used for other purposes.
After the fall of communism, some of them were renovated and reopened as cafés.
Today, Prague has a vibrant café scene where you can find traditional cafés as well as coffee bars, coffee shops, and hipster cafés.
Here is a list of the most interesting and famous cafes in Prague.
The breakfast menu is very extensive, and brunch is served on some days. In addition, Czech dishes and a wide range of wines are offered.
Elegantly decorated with Rococo ornaments, the facade of this ancient building in the middle of the city center, on which the name Café Savoy is printed in Art Deco script, opens the door to another time. The interior is dominated by the imposing ceiling, built during the heyday of Prague cafes in 1893. Despite some modern touches, the historical style has been preserved and is emphasized by the antique furniture.
Address: Café Savoy, Vítězná 5, Malá Strana, 150 00 Prag
2. Café Café
Near Národní Třída, National Avenue, lies the trendy Café Café. The interior is contemporary and chic, with brick walls, simple furniture, and skillful lighting to create the right atmosphere.
The café is very popular with locals and tourists and is often visited by internationally known personalities, so you may be drinking your coffee next to a famous soccer player or pop singer.
See and be seen is the motto here, and in the summer tables are set out on the street.
The menu offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, and soups, and the glass display of desserts is impressive. The selection of non-alcoholic as well as alcoholic beverages is top notch.
Address: CaféCafé, Rytířská 10, Staré Město, 110 00 Prag
3. Café Louvre
Café Louvre is located on the second floor of an inconspicuous multi-storey building on Národní třída. Round arches and cream-colored walls with Neo-Rococo plastering characterize the bright interior of the café, whose opening dates back to 1092.
Café Louvre was the first café in Prague to be lit by electric lights and also the first to welcome women without male escorts. Personalities such as Franz Kafka and Albert Einstein were regular visitors.
The menu is extensive, serving lunch and dinner, in addition to the classic breakfast menu.
Most visitors are locals.The atmosphere is relaxed and you get the feeling that people still come here today to socialize, discuss, and read.
Address: Café Louvre, Národní 22, Nové Město, 110 00 Prag
4. Bohemia Bagel
Bohemia Bagel is a modern hipster café in the center of Prague in the Lesser Town near the Old Town Square. Opened in 1996 by two American entrepreneurs, the bagel was considered an unusual offering on the menu, a new pastry with a hole in the middle. There is an emphasis on natural ingredients.
The wooden tables and brown chairs harmonize with the tiled floor, green plants decorate the floor-to-ceiling windows and, in some cases, the tables, and the clientele is modern and casually dressed. Here you meet young guests, families, and locals.
The menu offers small snacks and also has a variety of dishes for vegetarians.
Address: Bohemia Bagel, Lázeňská 19, Malá Strana, 110 00 Prag
5. Café Slavia
Located in a historic building on the Vltava River, Café Slavia, or Kavarna Slavia, is one of the most famous cafés in Prague, with a history dating back to 1884. It has long been a hotspot for artists, writers, and dissenters. Rainier Maria Rilke and Egon Erwin Kisch visited the café, and the most famous Prague visitor is Vaclav Havel, who later became president of the Czech Republic. The interior is in Art Deco style, the most famous piece of furniture is the Art Nouveau painting "The Absinthe Drinker" by Viktor Olvia, dating from 1901.
The menu is extensive, offering international breakfasts, as well as Czech specialties.
If you're lucky enough to get a seat by the window, you can enjoy views of the National Theater and Charles Bridge.
Address: Kavarna Slavia, Smetanovo nábř. 1012, Staré Město, 110 00 Prag
In the middle of Prague's Old Town, near Charles Bridge and the Vltava River, you will find TriCafé, located in a house that is inconspicuous from the outside. The interior of the hipster café is dominated by wildly mixed retro chairs, sofas, armchairs, and tables, all of which exude their own charm and convey a young atmosphere. The red rocking chair particularly catches the eye. Tomato plants stand by the windows and on the tables. WiFi can be used free of charge. On nice days, a wooden bench is placed in front of the café.
The varied menu includes coffee and tea, desserts and small meals, as well as wines. Especially worth mentioning is the rich selection of gluten-free, as well as vegan dishes, such as vegan granola, avocado toasts, quiches, and cakes.
Address: TriCafé, Anenská 3, Staré Město, 110 00 Prag
7. Café Imperial
In an impressive Art Nouveau building near the Palladium, you will fin Café Imperial located on the first floor of the Imperial Hotel, which was built from 1913 to 1914. The elegant interior is characterized by millions of ceramic tiles decorating the walls and columns in the café with oriental floral and animal motifs. The richly gilded Art Deco interior reflects the luxury of times long past. It is said that to sit in Café Imperial is to sit with the ghosts of the past. The atmosphere is upscale elegant.
The menu offers Czech and international dishes, in addition to a rich breakfast selection.
If you want to experience the atmosphere of an old-fashioned Prague café combined with modern Czech cuisine, this is the place for you.
Address: Café Imperial, Na Poříčí 15, Nové Město, 110 00 Prag
8. Globe Bookstore and Café
On the right bank of the Vltava River, not far from the river, lies Globe Bookstore and Café, founded in 1993. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, the decor trendy and young. It has high windows, the wooden chairs and tables harmonize with the floors, bookshelves as far as the eye can see, and comfortable armchairs invite you to read.
Globe Bookstore and Café is Prague's first English-language bookstore and the literary epicenter of Prague, a meeting place for artists, writers, and students.
The selection ranges from new to used books, fiction, non-fiction, and a wide selection of newspapers and magazines in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Russian. Readings, film screenings, live music, and art exhibitions are held regularly.
Serving breakfast and Prague home cooking, as well as typical American burgers, salads, and pasta. On weekends, there's American-style brunch. The drink menu includes cocktails and beer in addition to coffee.
Address: Globe Bookstore and Café, Pštrossova 6, Nové Město, 110 00 Prag
9. Café Lucerna
Café Lucerna was built by the grandfather of former president, Václav Havel, between 1907 and 1920. It is located on the 1st floor of the shopping mall with the same name near Wenceslas Square and is furnished in the Art Deco style. In the center there is a large bar, chandeliers provide light, elegant mirrors decorate the walls, polished wooden beams adorn the ceiling, and green-gold curtains complete the picture. Since no daylight comes in, the lighting is the first thing that catches the eye. It's reminiscent of a 1920s jazz club, sometimes there is piano music.
The visitors are mostly locals taking a break from shopping or waiting for a movie to start at the Lucerna Cinema, one of the oldest cinemas in Europe. Sometimes piano music is played in the background.
The menu offers coffee and cakes, as well as smaller dishes, and those who wish can also have a drink or order a beer.
Address: Café Lucerna, Vodičkova 36, Nové Město, 110 00 Prag
10. Terasa U Prince
The Roof Terrace Café is located on the roof of the U Price Hotel and offers a fantastic view over Prague. The astronomical clock on the tower of the Old Town Hall on one side, Prague Castle on the other, the panoramic view is hard to beat. Terasa U Prince is open to the public and not just reserved for hotel guests. The rooftop café is open year-round, with heaters set up and blankets distributed in the winter.
The beverage selection is extensive, from coffee to beer, wine, prosecco, and champagne.
The price level is clearly in the upper range. A nice place to have a coffee and enjoy the fantastic view.
Address: Hotel U Prince, Staroměstské nám. 29, Staré Město, 110 00 Prag
11. Café Paříž
Café Paříž is located in the hotel with the same name in a building built in 1904 in the neo-Gothic style, in the immediate vicinity of the Powder Tower. The interior is in the Art Nouveau style and creates an interesting atmosphere that transports the guest to a Parisian coffeehouse from the 1920s. In the past, the café was visited by international surrealists, including the French poet, André Breton.
The "Parisian cake" is famous and it is made according to a traditional recipe dating back to 1094.
Address: Hotel Paříž, U Obecního domu 1, Staré Město, 110 00 Prag
12. Café Orient
This café is located on the second floor of the "House of the Black Madonna", built in 1912 in the Cubist style, near Republic Square. The name comes from the black baroque figure placed on the corner of the building. It is the only purely cubist café in Prague. Green-striped upholstered benches and gorgeous brass chandeliers with similarly green fabric shades dominate the image, and the buffet counter, chairs, and even door handles are Cubist as well. The narrow spiral staircase, seen from below, replicates the shape of a giant light bulb.
The menu offers various Czech and international desserts and sweets, as well as dishes for lunch and dinner. The sweet specialty of the house is the cubist cream kringle.
Do not miss this opportunity to visit the cubist museum in the same building, which houses permanent and temporary exhibitions spread over four floors.
Address: Café Orient, Ovocný trh 19, Staré Město, 110 00 Prag
13. Ebel Coffee House
In the middle of the Old Town, just a few minutes' walk from the Old Town Hall is Ebel Coffee House. The hipster café's interiors are inviting with their multi-faceted decor, ranging from armchairs and antique furniture to haphazard wall art. Wooden tables and chairs present a friendly look, and the shelves around the counter are full of coffee containers. More than 40 different coffees are also offered here to go, including beans from Papua New Guinea, Brazil, and Colombia.
The menu offers a full range of macchiatos, jumbo lattes, café sambucas, and many more. The food offerings are relatively straightforward, with a number of small cold and hot dishes in addition to an extensive breakfast. The carrot cake is said to be very good.
Address: Ebel Coffee House, Kaprova 11, Staré Město, 110 00 Prag
14. Cat Café
The concept originated in Taiwan, where the first cat café opened in 1998. Cat cafés are ordinary cafés where you can drink your coffee, but in the guest room there are also domestic cats.
The Cat Café in Prague is located near the Dancing House. The interior is completely adapted for the four-legged friends, with specially designed climbing elements found throughout the café. Usually there are 9-10 cats here, all clean, vaccinated, and well fed. If one decides to come to the guest, he can pet it.
The menu is very clear, here you come not for the cafe, but for the cats.
Address: Cat Café, Gorazdova 332, Nové Město, 120 00 Prag