So, winter has approached once again, wind is cold and the temperature is annoyingly low. Then the best thing to do, after a tiring sightseeing tour, is to find a cozy and WARM place where you can refresh yourself over a cup of a delicious hot chocolate, tea, coffee or any other beverage. A place where you can admire the beauty of Prague from the inside. Yes, there is such a place!
The Grand Café Slavia is truly a Café with a big “C”. It has had a long and fascinating history. Just consider where it is situated – right on the corner opposite the National Theatre, overlooking the Vltava River. As if this was not sufficient, Slavia Café is a place with a great view of the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and the Petrin Tower as well. Isn’t this enough?
You really don’t have to take any more steps – the whole Prague is in front of you. You can sip your coffee, watch the scenery and let the atmosphere engulf you. And the atmosphere is really touching.
Café Slavia, opened in 1881 just like the National Theatre, and its clients have literally seen the history walking by – the latest immense event was the students demonstration on November 17, 1989, which took place just under the big windows, that later turned into so called Velvet Revolution, and brought democracy back for the Czech people.
It was and still is a meeting place for artists or intellectuals, including the former president Vaclav Havel. The great thing is that those popular people would sit just by the table next to yours, drinking the same coffee, reading the same newspapers, sharing the same room. This is the special atmosphere of Café Slavia, you never know, who is sitting near you. A famous Czech writer? Politician? Actor? Since the National Theatre is so close, you might get lucky. But it is true that tourists will probably not even notice them. For Czechs or someone who knows Czech culture well it is more fun.
The prices for food in Café Slavia are adjusted to its outstanding position, so a bit higher, but you can find much more expensive restaurants in Prague. For a main dish you pay around 150 CZK. Prices for drinks are normal. Considering what you get for the price apart from the food or drinks you order, I do recommend it.
If you decide to give it a try, make sure to find a place by the riverside windows so that your view is perfect. It is really romantic. Café Slavia is situated on Smetanovo nabrezi 2, just by the tram station Narodni divadlo – trams 6, 9, 17, 18, 21, 22 or 23. It is within 5min lazy-walk from the subway station Narodni trida (yellow line B). Open is daily from 8am to 11pm.
Dec 10, 13:05 (Filed under: Prague pubs, restaurants and cafes )