This large classic café on the riverbank is another of the venerable institutions for drinking in Prague. Situated next to the National Theatre, Slavia was once host to Czech playwrights and political subversives (supposedly, Apollinaire used to sup absinthe here).
rnThese days it serves as a rather more sedate example of Art Deco nostalgia, although – along with the Theatre across the road – it maintains a definite nationalist aura. In addition to the wonderfully retro surroundings, Slavia offers comfortable seating, large windows that boast superb views of the Castle and Charles Bridge (if you’re quick or early enough to grab a table next to one), and a robust, if slightly predictable, menu that features pancakes, pastas and similar fare.
rnTrue, it’s mainly popular with tourists, but the space is large enough to ensure that the café does not compromise on intimacy.