Cafe Imperial, Prague

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  • The Café at the Municipal House
    The Café at the Municipal House
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    The Exterior
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    Kavarna Café: The Kavarna Café at the Municipal House

    by von.otter Updated Jan 30, 2008

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    The photo’s bird’s eye view of the Kavarna Café at the Art Nouveau-styled Municipal House was taken from the balcony level. The large, long room is filled with marble-topped tables and simple wooden café chairs.

    Kavarna Café is a delightful place to have hot chocolate and a slice of cake. A handsome young waiter (all wait-staff in Prague was male when we visited in December 2001) weaves a glass cart of classic cakes and tarts between the two-seater tables for you to select your afternoon pick-me-up.

    The French Restaurant across the hall at the 1905-1911 Municipal House is a first-class place to dine.

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    Cafe Imperial: Great setting for coffee and doughnuts

    by GandalfOnTour Written Nov 14, 2006

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    The coffee shop in the Imperial Hostel is a wonderfully shabby but still impressively grand Habsburg era coffee cafe. The roof and walls are covered in impressive ceramic tiles, and apparently this is the largest ceramic tiled roof in Europe. The decor is really something else. The free doughnuts (with every coffee) go down a treat but keep a weary eye on the plate of doughnuts on the counter. If you see the plate being removed it means that someone has bought all the doughnuts and in keeping with tradition they have the right to throw them around the cafe (I am being serious!!!!). The cafe is popular with the locals (always a good sign) and there is live jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings, definitely worth checking out!!!

    Cafe Imperial Coffee time The Exterior
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    Cafe Imperial: Imperious Living

    by RockTadgers Written Oct 3, 2005

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    A tourist attraction in it's own right, with that faded sense of elegance that is so special among Prague's historic cafes. The first glimpse of the large L-shaped dining room is the best, with it's soaring tiled pillars and ceramic mosaics on the walls. Sometimes a ragtime band will playing evenings, completing the transportation back to the Twenties. The waiters and waitresses also seem to be locked in limbo - while we're in a time where it's actually possible to get friendly service in Prague restaurants, the Imperial waiters retain a welcome, nostalgic sense of imperious animosity towards the customers!

    Food is quite reasonably priced, and if you're here just to chill with a coffee and suck up the atmosphere, you'll get a free donut with your drink.

    However, if you're feeling rather devillish (and flush) you can fork out 1943kc (about Forty five pounds) for a bowl of yesterday's donuts to hurl at other diners - although you're not allowed to be pissed at the time!

    Favorite Dish: Last time I went I started with onion soup - watery, tasty, loaded with onions and melted cheese. Good enough for a snack on it's own. Followed that up with the trout, which came out whole, nice and crispy, and delicate underneath.

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    Kavarna Imperial: Tourist trap, but still worth it!

    by kit_mc Updated Jan 7, 2005

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    This place you'll see from the outside and you'll want to go in, even though you'll have guessed it's a bit of a tourist trap. The inside is really handsome, with tiled high walls and ceilings in a grand Austro-Hungarian Imperial style.

    Each coffee comes with a doughnut and prices are reasonable. Don't get too excited, the doughnuts are rather on the stale side! In fact, it possible to pay 1943CK and you'll be given yesterday's doughnuts and freedom to throw them at the other customers!! No kidding! A sign says:

    'The bowl is visibly stationed on our bar. If you don't see it there leave quickly the coffee-room. If you stay longer it is only at one's own risk.'

    Just a place to have a coffee maybe, check out the cool tile work and head off again.

    Favorite Dish: Noisette Coffee with a slug of brandy was 55CK and did the trick.

    Food seemed fairly cheap but as I didn't eat there I can't comment on the quality.

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    Kavarna' Cafe Imperial: Great Cafe

    by stefano99 Written Sep 28, 2004

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    Breakfast at the Cafe Imperial is tasty and the bread is fresh. The coffee is also very good (all provided with free doughnut, not so fresht). The cafe itself is impressively decorated with ceramic tiles.

    There is a mischievous tradition at Café Imperial, inspired by the Czech novel Saturnin. They came up with the idea that people pay to freely throw old doughnuts at the customers. Of course, each at their own risk. Unfortunate minor damages are covered by the café. For the price of almost 2,000 crowns - you can order a tray of day-old samples, which you can throw without the slightest warning, at anyone you like.

    Favorite Dish: The doughnuts, can't be beaten for the price :).

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    Cafe Imperial: Next time You're in ...Prague Duck! It's Doughnu

    by ceswho Updated Aug 27, 2004

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    Europe TIME Article March 30, 2004
    The narrator in Saturnin, a beloved Czech novel by Zdenek Jirotka, groups people into three categories, by their reaction to a plate of doughnuts: those who just stare at the doughnuts, those who wonder how it would feel to throw them at other customers, and "people for whom the idea of a doughnut whistling through the air is such an enticement that they get up and actually make it happen." For $72, you can buy a bowl of day-old doughnuts and take aim--at friends, other patrons, staff. (Cafe picks up dry cleaning tab if guests complains). Doughnut battles break out at least twice a month. In between volleys of pastry, you can admire the cafe's 1914 Art Nouveau tiles, featuring leaping stage, nesting birds and cherubs on donkeys. Remember to duck when doughnuts come flying.

    Favorite Dish: DOUGHNUTS!

    Duck! doughnuts come flying..
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  • Imperial: Chuck old donuts for £40!!!

    by klaire Written Jan 20, 2004

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    Huge portions for about £3 cheap drinks friendly helpful waiting staff. Quality Jazz and amazing ceramic tiled dining room. Food served til late (2330ish). And for £40ish if you're over 21 and a sorbet (?) (think maybe sober) you can throw yesterdays donuts at other diners!!

    Favorite Dish: Chicken with mozerella and basil sauce with jacet potato and vegetables, followed by possibly best apple strudl in the world!!!

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    Cafe Imperial: Amazing Art Nouveau Cafe

    by yooperprof Written Sep 22, 2003

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    One of the most splendid evocations of Prague's coffeehouse culture - there's more than just coffee here, good food as well, and entertainment in the evenings. But what makes this place stand out is the remarkable art nouveau decoration which stands out even in a city full of splendid design.

    Favorite Dish: excellent desserts - try the apple tart

    museum quality design
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    Hotel Imperial: Old Czech cafe

    by homa Written Jul 25, 2003

    Many different kinds of breakfast served in a huge room on the ground floor of the hotel. Impressive decoration with beautiful tiles. I'm sure there're more places like this but not in Germany nor England....

    Inside the hall

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    Cafe Imperial

    by nikolka Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Cafe Imperial
    This cafe has been here since last century and you can feel the atmosphere.... Very cosy, divided into two parts (typical cafe/lunch-dinner). Lunch menu costs aprox. $3.
    SPECIAL FEATURE
    On the bar, there is a big bowl full of yesterday's donuts that you can throw on other guests without any consequences! (only you have to pay 2000,-CZK = aprox. $55)

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    Cafe Imperial: Terra Cotta in the "Imperial"

    by yooperprof Written Sep 22, 2003

    You just don't see Terra Cotta used as an architectural element in most American coffeehouses. "The Coffee Cup" back in Marquette Michigan doesn't have anything like this!

    a grand public space
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