Best Prague coffee shop

Published: 29th July 2008
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In Prague, coffee is a tradition. The inhabitants know how to appreciate it and especially how to prepare it. Coffee has always been and still remains to be a good opportunity to meet friends and tell stories.

The first coffee shop of Prague was opened at the beginning of the 18th century by Deotodus Damascenus, who brought the coffee over from Damascus. Since then, everybody tell his stories in these coffee shops. For example, "the famous circle of Arconautes" is often told; where a group of German intellectuals where became famous Max Brod and Franz Kafka (and who gave the name of the coffee shop Arco. Also, the coffee shop Slavia was the symbol of the Czech national movement in 19th century, used as a meeting place for the dissidents of the communist regime.
These shops (even the smallest), are thus cultural, peaceful places which are always good to have a rest in. In order to be close to all of these coffee shops, it's better to find a well located hotel a Prague. Here is a small guide which will help you chose the right coffee shop for you.

Slavia coffee shop
The most famous coffee shop in Prague is Slavia and is a symbol of the essence of the city: a tempestuous history with a rich cultural life. The coffee is really quite expensive but of course delicious. Big windows open to a remarkable panoramic view of Prague, (the castle, the warm colours of the roofs of Malá Strana, the Charles and Vltava bridge, the National Theatre…)
Café Slavia - Kavárna Slávie
Národní 1
Métro Národní třída.
8h to 23h

Imperial coffee shop
After a tiring visit in the heart of the New City, nothing can beat thr coffee from Imperial (near the small Masaryk station), simply magnificent … With an exceptional service, your coffee will be perfectly accompanied by a smile and not to mention all of the pastries and desserts. You can even eat there for a reasonable price.
Café Impérial
Na PoříÄí 15,
110 00 Prague 1
Métro: Namesti republiky (line B)

Louvre coffee shop
The "Louvre" is above all a meeting place. You can go there to drink a coffee, to eat, to snack or even to play billiard. The conversation can be as intellectual as the wrongs of the world or as simple as the weather. Or if you prefer, you can sit in peace and read your news paper.

Louvre coffee shop
Národní 20
Monday to Friday: 8h to 23h30
Weekend: 9h to 23h30

The big Orient coffee shop
This is the "cubist" coffee shop of the city! Everything is beautiful, from the shapes to the colours, just like their coffee! This coffee shop is a real synonym of style.

Ovocný trh 19
Praha 1
Metro Můstek.
Monday to Sunday: 9h to 22h

Lucerna coffee shop
This was the first permanent theatre of Prague. Special guest such as Yves Montand, Maurice Chevalier, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong have all performed here.
The atmosphere is cosy with simple decoration. With good service and great coffee, this place is not to be missed!
Café Lucerna.
VodiÄkova 36
Métro Můstek.
Everyday: 10am to midnight

In order to fully enjoy this magical city, I strongly advise you to find an apartament à Prague or a logement Prague in the heart of the city.

Leah Penn is a keen writer on Prague. In particular she is knowledgeable about Appartament prague and Hôtels à Prague. She is also very interested in cookery, festivals and history in Prague, including her website;

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