Cafe Imperial: Coffee in Art Deco Surrounding

Café Imperial’s grandiose Art Deco interior and the range of delicious drinks and food make this cafe one of the most fascinating cafés in Prague. The coffee is excellent and the pastries delectable. Try one of the specialties Karlovy Vary coffee, espresso, Becherovka, cinnamon and whipped cream or Imperial hot chocolate with gingerbread and whipped cream. The breakfast and brunch menus include eggs benedict, the chef’s speciality. Cafe Imperial is the perfect place for lunch or dinner. Soak up the atmosphere of a traditional Prague café with a modern Czech twist. Imperial is hotel, cafe and restaurant.

Cafe Imperial: Coffee in Art Deco Surrounding

Cafe Imperial: Czech Cuisine and More

Cafe Imperial’s menu features the best of Czech cuisine and other specialties. The emphasis is on home-cooked dishes and fast food is out of the question. Go for the seven-course degustation menu, if you’re having a hard time ordering à la carte. The breakfast menu includes soft-boiled eggs with horseradish sauce and Parisian omelet filled with onion and mushrooms. Order an English or American breakfast featuring the chef’s famous eggs benedict if you are feeling ravenous. One of the advantages of Cafe Imperial is that it opens at seven in the morning, when other cafes are often still closed.

Cafe Imperial: Coffee in Art Deco Surrounding

Cafe Imperial Art Deco at its Best

As if time has stood still. That’s what you experience when you step into Café imperial. Hundreds of ceramic tiles with bas-reliefs of birds, flowers and mystical figures give the café an oriental touch. Franz Kafka and many other famous prewar Prague citizens were regular guests. Read the newspaper, browse magazines and soak up the atmosphere of the 1920s. Be sure to go the toilet and wash your hands with water flowing from golden taps in the shape of swans.

Cafe Imperial: Coffee in Art Deco Surrounding

Cafe Imperial Then and Now

Cafe and Hotel Imperial was the height of success full of splendor until World War II, when the German soldiers confiscated it and the Czechs avoided going to the cafe. After the war, the hotel and cafe regained popularity. From 1948, it was a ROH hotel. ROH stands for Revoluční odborové hnutí, the revolutionary trade union movement. The hotel offered accommodation to guests and members of this movement. Roh stopped operating the hotel and café in the 1980s. Café Imperial fell into disrepair but was restored to its former glory after a complete renovation at the turn of the new millennium.

Hotel Imperial

Hotel Imperial is located in the centre of Prague, within walking distance of Wenceslas Square and the Old Town. You can make free use of the gym and spa facilities. Trams stop right outside and Namesti Republiky metro station is less than a five-minute walk away. Two shopping centres, the modern Palladium and the Kotva with interesting architecture are on Namesti Republiky. This square is also home to Prague’s most beautiful Art Nouveau building, the Municipal House. You can view the building on a guided tour. In the evening there are classical concerts in the Smetanazaal. Book accommodation in hotel Imperial here.

Address: Cafe and Hotel Imperial, na Porici 15, Nove Mesto, Prague
Metro line B, Namesti Republiky station
Tram: 6, 8, 15, 26, Namesti Republiky stop

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photos Marianne Crone

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