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 for giant babies crawling up the telecommunication tower. Kavarna Lucerna is situated in a shopping passage and a good spot to take in the splendor of the Art Nouveau decorations. This spacious café has an large choice of coffees, from espresso and cappuccino to Viennese coffee served with a generous dollop of whipped cream. Live music at the weekends will keep you going back time and again.
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 day of sightseeing. Starbuck on Wenceslas Square is very central and a good pit stop while shopping. If you are not hungry or thirsty just go in to buy a collector's mug. When craving muffins, carrot cake or just a sandwich Starbucks is your place. Czechs are early risers which is reflected in the opening hours; 7 am to 11 pm.
Recommended for Nove Mesto's Best Coffee Shops because: Have a coffee, read a newspaper and check your email and social media updates. WiFi is free.
Marianne's expert tip: One of the best places to drink English breakfast tea, sweet, strong and milky.
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 Prague citizens were frequent guests. When German soldiers began to have their meals here, Czechs stopped coming. After the war, the caf�ecame neglected but was restored to its former glory after a complete make-over in 2005-2007. The coffee is excellent, the cakes are delectable. Try one of the specials: Karlsbad coffee, espresso, Becherovka, cinnamon and whipped cream or hot chocolate Imperial with gingerbread and whipped cream. Read newspaper, browse magazines and soak up the 1920s atmosphere.
Recommended for Nove Mesto's Best Coffee Shops because: You simply cannot ignore the pastry counter laden with scrumptious honey cakes, apple strudel, cheesecakes and cherry pies.
Marianne's expert tip: Be sure to savor one decorated with sugary letters saying Imperial. Sit back and drink coffee in beautiful Art Deco surroundings of Cafe Imperial.
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 from the National Opera and the perfect spot for a pre or after drink. In the morning is the favorite spot of coffee lovers. Try frothy cappuccino with a sprinkling of cacao or V�nsk�ava, a tall glass of strong coffee topped with whipped cream. Eat it with Sachertorte or crispy apple strudel and you can skip lunch.
Recommended for Nove Mesto's Best Coffee Shops because: Sip your morning coffee or a pre-theater drink at a table with a view.
Marianne's expert tip: Coffee with a view of the Vltava River and the National Theater in Art Deco surroundings. Extra bonus is free WiFi. Kavarna Slavia was once the meeting place of intellectuals, including former president Vaclav Havel, now the haunt of locals and tourists alike.
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 muesli and fresh fruit. This is also one of the few places where you can get a full English breakfast, Czech style. The sausages are like Frankfurters, no toast but French bread instead. If you like a less filling breakfast, Neo Palladium you can go for the French breakfast consisting of a croissant, baguette and Emmenthal cheese, butter and jam. Be sure to get a jumbo cup of frothy cappuccino or just a simple espresso.
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, Caf�ouvre is populated in the morning by coffee drinkers reading their newspapers or gazing out of the large windows that overlook busy Narodni Street. Lunch draws an office crowd and in the afternoon the main attraction is the freshly made pastries, tarts and pies. This is one of the best places to sample Czech goulash served with bread dumplings. The beer on draft is unpasteurized Bernard either lager or dark.
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 kitchen and toilets. Today more advanced models have replaced it, but still clang their way through the center of Prague. Tramway 11 Caf�s small, straightforward and unpretentious and so is the menu. Apple strudel or honey cake washed down by strong black coffee or frothy cappuccino makes an excellent breakfast. If you rather go for something savory, Tramway 11 also makes delectable sandwiches, salads and pizza. Sit inside at one of the tables and read clippings from newspapers with stories about Prague trams. Eat your breakfast inside or take it to an outdoor table.
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 breakfast consisting of chleb�y. Chleb is the Czech word for bread and chlebicky is the diminutive. This 'little bread' is an open-faced sandwich, but not just any kind of open sandwich. Each single piece is a true masterpiece. Rounds of crusty white bread but soft inside are topped with any number of ingredients arranged in an arty fashion. The bread is spread with soft cheese or potato salad. Garnish includes roast beef, ham, salami, smoked salmon, egg and gherkin. Jan Paukert Lahudk�tv�ncludes a deli counter, lahudky, a sweet shop, cukr�a, and a cafeteria, j�lna, serving full meals accompanied by excellent wine.
Recommended for Nove Mesto's Best Coffee Shops because: Traditional lahudky, where you can savor coffee with home-made cakes.
Marianne's expert tip: Be sure to savor chlebicky healthy style. These are open-faced sandwiches without the traditional mayonnaise or soft cheese, but topped with roast beef and marinated zucchini or prosciutto and green olives.
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 the perfect summer drinks and go very well with a vegetable quiche or bulgur with mixed vegetables. Once you have experienced this smoke free, family-friendly cafe you will come back again and again. If you do not have time to sit down, beans or ground coffee are available to carry home as well as ceramics and knick knacks.
Recommended for Nove Mesto's Best Coffee Shops because: Bring the kids because Mamacoffee is 100% smoke free. Lots of menu choices for vegetarians.
Marianne's expert tip: Drink Fair trade coffee or tea while working undisturbed on your laptop. Free WiFi.
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. Choose tooth-jangling pastries from the cake trolley. Select cheesecake with strawberries, walnut cake with whipped cream, raspberry temptation or Schwarzwald cherry cake for all far too tempting. Do a bit of shopping in nearby Na Prikope street and return at lunchtime for the two-course tourist menu. Be sure to taste palacinky, French style crepes oozing with ice-cream and mounds of fresh fruit.
Recommended for Nove Mesto's Best Coffee Shops because: The best Schwarzwald cherry cake in opulent Art Nouveau setting.
Marianne's expert tip: Step back in time and sip your coffee in opulent Art Nouveau elegance of the caf�n Obecni Dum, the Municipal House. Be temped by hazelnut cake with whipped cream or crispy apple struddel and vanilla ice-cream.