Each Prague cafe is a little different. Prague's most famous cafes were favorite meeting places for intellectuals, writers, and artists; they cultivated a culture at the turn of the century that catapulted their reputations into the international sphere. These are historic establishments with decadent decor, delicious desserts, and extensive drink menus. Prague's modern cafes may not have been patronized by Einstein or Kafka, but they can offer offer great views, excellent coffee, or grab-and-go convenience.
Cafes are great places to grab breakfast, enjoy a light meal, rest your feet, or wait out a rain shower. They are also reliable options for vegetarian cuisine in Prague.
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Cafe Slavia, or Kavarna Slavia, is Prague's most famous cafe. Opened before the turn of the 20th century, it has been a longtime hotspot for artists, writers, and dissidents - the most famous one having been Vaclav Havel before he became president of the Czech Republic. But Cafe Slavia isn't relying on its history to keep its reputation alive. With views of the National Theater, Charles Bridge, and beyond that, Castle Hill, as well as a menu with plenty of variety (coffees, beers, sandwiches, pastries), Cafe Slavia is also a great place to relax and enjoy the rhythm of Prague.
Location: Smetanovo nábřeží 2, Old town
Open: 8:00 am to 11:00 pm
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Municipal House Cafe
The Municipal House Cafe, or Kavárna Obecní dům, is an Art Nouveau delight. High ceilings dripping with chandeliers, tall windows to let in light that glitters off of every surface, and gold-plated detailing that make interiors from the early 1900s so luxurious will transport cafe guests into a more decadent era. Grab a hot drink while you wait for the next tour of the equally stunning Municipal House to begin.
This Prague cafe is located in New Town in the famous Municipal House.
Open: 7:30 am to 11:00 pm
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Cafe Louvre's historic notables include Franz Kafka and Albert Einstein. This Art Nouveau-style Prague cafe advertises Viennese coffee and offers an extensive menu of hot and cold drinks, snacks, desserts, and meals (breakfast through dinner).
Location: Národní 116/20, Old Town
Open: 8:00 am to 11:00 pm
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Cafe Imperial's luxurious interior is a must-see if you're taking in the best of Prague's cafes. Interior design details from floor to ceiling will have your eyes roving.
Location: Na poříčí 15, New Town
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Grand Hotel Evropa Cafe
Even if you aren't staying in Hotel Evropa, one of Prague's grand hotel establishments, you can still check out its cafe. The location right on Wenceslas Square in New Town Prague makes it convenient for a break from sightseeing or shopping.
Location: Wenceslas Square, New Town
Open: 9:30 am to 11:00 pm
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Grand Cafe Orient
Grand Cafe Orient is located in the House of the Black Madonna and retains the Cubist touches that make it so unique - and that made it fall out of fashion in the 1920s. The re-opening of the Grand Cafe Orient maintains the spirit of the original cafe, which makes a change from the Art Nouveau establishments elsewhere. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the creatively decorated interior or out on the terrace.
Location: Ovocný trh 19, Old Town
Open: 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
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Grand Cafe, formerly Cafe Milena, is located right across from the Astronomical Clock on the Grand Hotel's first floor. The cafe offers views of Old Town Square and terrace seating, which is great for people watching or relaxing in the midst of a whirlwind sightseeing tour of the historic district. Grand Cafe is famous for its cakes, so be sure to order a slice while you enjoy this conveniently located coffee house.
Location: Old Town Square
Open: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
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Ebel Coffee House
Ebel Coffee House is prized more for its quality coffee than it is its atmosphere, so if you're looking for a really good brew, head to this Old Town Prague cafe. One location is in the Tyn Church courtyard. You'll be able to sit outside and enjoy your cup of joe, sandwich, or dessert on the patio in pleasant weather.
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Cafe Resto Patio
Cafe Resto Patio is part French restaurant, part cafe. An eclectic decor and tasty dishes make this Prague cafe a pleasant place to dine or relax.
Location: Národní 22, Old Town
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 11:00 pm; Sat-Sun 10:00 am to 11:00 pm.
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Bohemia Bagel has none of the Old-World charm found in many of Prague's 19th- and early 20th-century cafes; this is a new, fast food-style establishment. You'll encounter sticky tables, rowdy families, and a take-out or dine-in service style. But Bohemia Bagel has a generous variety of light bites and acts as a decent compromise for parties whose members consist of both carnivores and vegetarians.
Locations: Masná Street, near Old Town Square (Open: Mon-Sun 8:00 am to 9:30 pm) and Lázeňská 19 in Mala Strana (Open: 7:30 am to 7:00 pm)
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La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita is an Italian Prague cafe that occupies two stories in the Jewish Quarter. If you're craving Italian espresso or gelato, this is the place to go.
Location: Široká 15, Josefov in Old Town
Open: 8:30 am to Midnight
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The Globe is a well-established cafe in one of Prague's favorite bookstores. Catering to students and intellectuals, the Globe Cafe serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, happy hour, and dinner, as well as coffee and cocktails.
Location: Pstrossova 6, New Town
Open: 9:30 am till "late"