The interiors of the Café Slavia, in front of the National Theatre, is a national monument and dates back to the years of the First Republic. The café is open since 1848 and it has always been the meeting point of Prague’s intellectuals. Among the famous guests we can find Bedrich Smetana, Karel Teige, Woskovec and Verich, Karel and Josef Capek, Jiri Kolar, Vaclav Havel etc. The Czechoslovak dissidents, thrown away from the universities following then soviet invasion, were used to held their lessons here, with their students at the tables of the café.
An interesting thing of the Café Slavia is the painting (it’s a copy, the original is in a private collection) of the Czech painter Viktor Oliva, illustrating the artist himself at a table of the Café Slavia with his muse, green, to remind the absinth he used to drink.
Where is the Café Slavia (Kavarna Slavia)
Smetanovo nábřeží 2, Praga 1
Monday – Friday: 8:00 – 24:00
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 – 24:00