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Cafe Imperial: Imperious Living
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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Cafe Imperial: Next time You're in ...Prague Duck! It's Doughnu
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!
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Cafe Imperial: Amazing Art Nouveau Cafe
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
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Cafe Imperial: Great setting for coffee and doughnuts
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!!!
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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.
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)
Cafe Imperial: Terra Cotta in the "Imperial"
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!
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