Nove Mesto's Best Coffee Shops Offer Artsy Venues

There is no city in the world but Prague where you can have your coffee while sitting under a dead horse and rider dangling from the ceiling. The rider is King Wenceslas and the artist is David Cerny who is also responsible for a Trabant car on legs and philologist and philosopher Nietzsche hanging on a pole in one of the winding streets in Prague's Stare Mesto.

Coffeehouses or kavarna in Prague are not just cafés, they are and always have been meeting places for personalities in politics, business, art and culture. It is quite common to see student or journalist tapping away on their laptops, WiFi is always free, or overhear a Czech or English language lesson. Teacher and student meet in a kaverna rather than at home.

You will find many cafés in Prague's Nove Mesto district. Sip your coffee in Art Nouveau elegance of Kavarna Obecni Dum, the café of the Municipal House. Kavarna Slavia is world famous because it was the meeting place of dissidents during the communist regime. Today it mainly theater goers who come here before or after a performance in the National theatre just across the road.

Here are ten cafés that will make your Prague trip one to remember.


Kavarna Lucerna
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Not one single café in the world overlooks an upside down horse dangling from the ceiling. This sculpture of King Wenceslas sitting astride on his dead horse is a work of art of the controversial Czech artist David Cerny who is also responsible...  Read More

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Starbucks needs no introduction. Not only is this coffee at its best, it is also the quantity that counts. Small is large, medium is larger and large is huge. This is where you go when you are thirsty or where you want to rest your feet after a...  Read More

Cafe Imperial
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As if time stood still. That is what you experience when you enter Caf�mperial. Hundreds of ceramic tiles with bas reliefs of birds, flowers and mystic figures give the caf�n oriental feel. Franz Kafka and many other famous pre-war...  Read More

Cafe and Restaurant Slavia
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Kavarna Slavia is undoubtedly one of the most famous caf�in Prague. This was the meeting place of Czech Avant-Garde in the early twentieth century and of dissidents during the Communist regime. Caf�lavia is located right across...  Read More

NeoPalladium Cafe
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Located in the Palladium Shopping, Neo Palladium Caf�s right in the center of Nove mesto, the New Town. This is an excellent option for anyone looking for a healthy breakfast. Their fitness breakfast is simply delicious; yoghurt with...  Read More

No wonder that Caf�ouvre is perpetually crowded. The location is central and the menu goes forever. This Parisian style caf�ates back to 1902, was forced to close in 1948 when the Soviets took over. Since its re-opening in 1992,...  Read More

Cafe Tramway 11
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Right in the middle of Wenceslas square, Cafe Tramway is an eye-catcher. This fiery red tram used to trundle along Wenceslas Square. The two vintage streetcars stand on their own, now disused tracks. One car is the caf�the other is the...  Read More

Jan Paukert Lahudkarstvi
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Jan Paukert Lahudk�tv�s an institution in Prague. Located on Narodni Street, you are bound to amble along on your way to the National Theater and the Vltava River. Make it an early morning walk and stop here for a traditional Czech...  Read More

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If you search for fair trade coffee or tea, Mamacoffee is your place. Choose from a wide range of quality roasted beans brought from all over the world. Freshly ground, they make supreme cappuccino or latte. Ginger ale or ice mint rooibos are...  Read More

Kavarna Obecni Dum
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Kavarna Obecni Dum, Municipal House Caf�sparkles with early twentieth century splendor. In summer, tables spill out onto the pavement, but if you wish to appreciate the opulence of Art Nouveau interior decoration, you'd better sit inside....  Read More


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Marianne Crone divides her time between her home in the Netherlands and an apartment in Prague, the city where her son, daughter-in-law and grandson live.

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