Stepping into Cafe Slavia is line immersing yourself in history and nostalgia. Its atmosphere takes you back in time to the days of pre-war Czech writers, journalists, and political giants. Seifert, Nezval, Teige, Čapek, Špála or Zrzavý, they all came to Slavia for a morning cigarette and a good coffee while skimming through newspapers. Much has changed since those days, but the breathtaking view of Prague Castle, the Vltava river, and Lesser Town remains.
The cafe is located on the right bank of the Vltava river, opposite the National Theatre. It opened in 1884 and since then has become a cultural meeting point. From its windows where visitors could watch the laying of the foundation stone of the National Theatre, or later during the communist era, it became the meeting place of the Czechoslovak dissidents. In the 90s for a couple of years, Slavia was closed and its reopening was credited to Václav Havel himself in 1997.
Surely everyone finds what they are looking for. In the early morning, regulars come to begin the day with classic triathlon – cigarette, coffee, and newspapers. A few hours later appear digital nomads with laptops who search for an inspiring work environment and later on during lunchtime come tourists who combine lunch at Cafe Slavia with a visit of the Charles Bridge. In the evening during dinner time you will experience a lovely pianist playing every day.
Slavia is today proud of its pastry shop, where they create their own cakes and a great selection of coffee. Moreover, they emphasize the selection of good wines and the finest cuisine.
Overall, Slavia leaves a special blend of folk atmosphere together with a fancy, classy pre-war cafe, which is definitely worth it to experience. Moreover, you can stop by to spot the famous painting Absinthe Drinker (1901) painted by Viktor Oliva.