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Prague Cafes

Cafes are an old tradition common to the whole area of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire so we can find many of them in all the capital cities such as Vienna, Budapest and of course Prague. Cafeterias had their own evolution in each of these cities. Nowadays after centuries they are still a common meeting place for people of all ages who spend their days talking and talking in front of a cup of coffee. Cafeterias as pubs are part of the culture of this country. Few years ago the only coffee you could find here was the Turk so you could see signs saying “real Espresso”. Times change…now Espresso is everywhere and you could see signs saying “Real Turk coffee”…

I have a question for you…

Who opened the first cafeteria in Prague?

a) Segafredo in 1990
b) A brazilian man on his wedding trip
c) An Armenian merchant in 1714 in Karlova 18.House at the gold snake.

Don’t get too nervous in front of your cup of coffee. I will tell you later the good answer…

Café Imperial Na Pořičí 15 Prague 1

This café has a unique interior all decorated with mosaics made of ceramic. The cafeteria is part of the Hotel Imperial built in Art Deco style in 1914. Live music on Friday and Saturday evenings helps to create the atmosphere of the Old Times that you can feel here. All day long locals come here to chat about everything possible…

Café Slavia Smetanovo Nábřeží in front of the National Theater Prague 1

This cafeteria was founded in 1800 as the meeting place for artists and intellectuals since it is just in front of the National Theater. During the Communist Era it became a meeting point for dissidents and Havel was already a good client at that time. It was closed in 1991 because of an ownership argument but thanks to a petition it was opened again in 1997.The windows by the riverside offers you the best panorama of Prague.

Café Europa Vaclavské Náměstí 25 Prague 1

The Hotel Europa was built in 1906 and its decoration and interiors are well preserved. The cafeteria is in Art Deco style and all the walls are covered with wood. In this place you can feel an Old times atmosphere between aristocratic and decadent. Years ago it was the meeting point of the Prague High Society now it is just a tourist attraction.

Literary cafeteria Gregor Samsa Vodičkova 30 Passageway U Novaků

The mix of bookshop-library and cafeteria is very common in Prague. Samsa is the main character of Kafka’s Metamorphosis. This name was chosen by the owner due to his passion for this writer so deeply connected with Prague. It was opened in 1992. Among its clients are intellectuals, writers and publishers. This is a meeting point for them. Besides newspapers and books jazz music concerts and art exhibitions are held here on a regular basis. It is just few steps from Wenceslas Square.

Kafírna U Svatého Omara Tržiště 11 Prague 1 Little café At Saint Omar

This is the smallest cafeteria in Prague with two tables and some extra chairs for the total amount of 20 seats. I wish you good luck for a vacant seat! The name comes from one of the many legends connected with coffee: Omar was an Arab monk who fell in love with the daughter of the king of the city Moka. He was sent away from the city and he went to live in a forest nearby where he had a vision of a bird with colorful feathers. Getting closer he discovered that it was a white tree with red berries. He picked some of them and made an infusion that later offered to the pilgrims passing nearby. This special drink was so successful that he was invited again in the city. The interior reflects the love of the owner for everything regarding this drink. You can choose among 20 different kinds of coffee. This tiny cafeteria was opened in 1993 and has mostly local clients.

You want to know who opened the first cafeteria in Prague…well it was an Armenian merchant in 1714.



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