Grand Cafe Orient
Picasso-lovers should head straight for the first floor of the extravagant Cubist House of the Black Madonna, the newly reopened Grand Café Orient is an exact copy of one of the Prague cafés of times gone-by, one that functioned here from 1911 until the 1920s. Vienna may be the café capital of the world, but a Cubist-style café is one thing that it lacks.
rnThe new owners have recreated the atmosphere of the time using Cubist lamps, seats and wallpaper. The spaciousness and nearly unbearable lightness of the café was revolutionary at the time; new construction methods allowed for larger column-free areas and larger windows.
rnThe simple menu lists cakes, tasty sandwiches and a variety of sweet and hearty pancakes. In summer, the shady balcony overlooking busy Celetná is an excellent place to rest after a shopping spree. It yet needs a little use and smoke to get rid of the newness, but both locals and visitors have been rediscovering this peaceful café. Don’t miss the Museum of Cubism located on the upper floors of the building.