One of the most seasoned cafés in Prague, Café Louvre – which first opened in 1902 – is a must-lunch place. Even if you’re not a fan of cafés, the building is a masterpiece of Art Deco reconstruction, with huge ceilings punctuated by chandeliers, outsized paintings on the walls and staff dressed in traditional uniform.
rnThere’s even a good-sized billiard room out back, in tribute to the café’s original turn-of-the-century leisure ideals. Ostensibly a series of different rooms (including a modern art café on the way up the stairs), the café offers a classic range of Czech, French and continental dishes – avoid the pedestrian pastas and aim for the hearty meat dishes.
rnCafé Louvre is a splendid place to take breakfast, with a variety of set menus themed by nationality (American, French, English, etc.), and a memorable lunch spot too. Kafka spent ‘lovely, gentle hours’ here; ex-pats (there are free English newspapers), locals and tourists still do today.