Cafe Louvre, Prague

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    Cafe Louvre in Prague
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    Eman and I at Cafe Louvre
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    Cafe Louvre: Create a Sense of Well-Being

    by RockTadgers Written Aug 23, 2005

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    The wonderful Cafe Louvre on Narodni has been around in various forms since the turn of last century, and it still carries itself with a sense of decorum and old world elegance. That's not to say it's stuffy at all - in fact, it's quite easy to spend a whole day there relaxing with the paper and enjoying the feeling of being more well off than you actually are.

    The prices are fairly reasonable, and although it draws a pleasant, Multinational crowd, the more insufferable tourists and expats must be eating at somewhere more fashionable. Which is always a good thing, so you're free to peruse the international press amid the soothing chatter of other diners. It's always packed, but not unpleasantly so.

    The ceilings are high and the main dining room is light and airy. The service is unusually friendly and efficient, and there is also a non-smoking section. In the back there are pool tables for hire by the hour, and you can even hand your coat in to the cloakroom on the way in.

    Favorite Dish: It's a long time since I actually ate there - I usually just go for a coffee and to relax. The pork medallions were particularly good. Sorry to be so vague, it's just I never feel obliged to eat there!

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    Cafe Louvre: Cafe

    by Veroali Written Jan 4, 2010

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    If you search for a cafe in the center, dont miss Cafe Louvre. Louvre is located in Narodni trida, close to National Theatre. I like the interior and delicious hot chocolate with ice cream. It is cheaper than some modern fake cafes and definitely better. In winter it is a good option for a break in walking around Prague.

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    Louvre Café

    by Krumlovgirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We stumbled upon this restaurant very close to the TESCO. We loved the art deco interior and the design of the tables and chairs. I really loved the hot chocolate menu. They had dozens of kinds and although I only tried the white hot chocolate I was tempted to try other ones as well. I ordered a ciabatta sandwich and my traveling partner got a plate of pasta. Both of us were satisfied by the portion size and taste. The atmosphere is what set this café apart from the rest in the area, but I don’t know if I would recommend it if you were really hungry and wanted a good filling meal. It’s more of a breakfast or lunchtime place. You can also bring in your laptop if you have wireless internet.

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    Cafe Louvre: Popular spot

    by irisha Written Apr 17, 2010

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    Cafe Louvre is a popular place with many people. You have both locals and tourists there. It's famous for the fact that both Albert Einstein and Franz Kafka used to come over for lunch or dinner. Curious to see what it was like, I went there as well. The interior is really nice, the spaces are vast, the smoking area (the one where we found a spot) seats quite a lot of people. At one point when my friend and I were both quite for a minute, we noticed how noisy it was - a lot of people came over for lunch, the cafe was pretty busy and you almost had to raise your voice to talk to the person right across from you. The service isn't very fast, but nothing horrible. I wouldn't say that the menu offers a very vast range of dishes, they have Czech, Italian, desserts, salads, starters - all very typical, but I think a wider choice would be appreciated. I ordered gnocchi with salmon and cream sauce and it was good, but not the best meal I ever tasted. Overall it was a nice visit, but it's not the best place in Prague.

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    Café Louvre: Another coffeehouse ;-)

    by german_eagle Written Feb 2, 2008

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    This coffeehouse was frequented by many famous poets, writers etc. between WWI and WWII. The communists threw the furniture out on the street after WWII. In the 1990s the cafe was reconstructed and reopened. It is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon, doing nothing except drinking coffee/tea and having a piece of cake ... chatting, reading. Its interior is Neo-Baroque style - no way to imagine a "Boheme" here, but it somehow feels like a very pleasant, safe place. The service was outstanding, the best I experienced in Prague.

    Favorite Dish: I had gnocchi (with an unfortunately too rich sauce, but who comes here to eat? ;-)) as main course. The Riesling was not as dry as expected, but okay. A highlight was the chocolate cake - absolutely delicious. The Viennese Coffee was perfect as well (came with a glass of water).

    The downside was that the menu said in the English version "Service not included" - but in Czech it was not mentioned. A nasty way to make more tip IMO. But that's to find about everywhere in Prague.

    We had problems to find the entrance. My guide book was not up to date (Even named it cafe Ganys) but mentioned "next to Reduta Jazz Club". And indeed, upstairs in that same building we found Cafe Louvre.

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    Cafe Louvre: Dinner, drinks, and. . .billards?

    by freshmaker Updated Nov 1, 2002

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    Cafe Louvre: Of all the clubs and restaurants I went to I enjoyed this place the best. Tasty food, pleasing atmosphere, the place felt like a mix of trendy and intelligentia. I was able to relax and drink a beer, read a bit, and rub shoulders with an interesting crowd of mainly locals. Plus the billiard room in the back is a great touch.

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    Cafe Louvre: Nice historic restaurant in Prague

    by Jefie Updated Jan 15, 2013

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    Eman and I had made plans to meet for dinner when he got to Prague and he suggested going to Cafe Louvre, which was just a short walk away from our hotel. He sent me the link to the Cafe's Website and I was immediately interested in both the menu and history of the place. Dating back to 1902, Cafe Louvre once was a favourite gathering place of Prague's intellectual community and as such it has seen its fair share of celebrities throughout the years, including Franz Kafka and Albert Einstein. It offers a very chic and classy atmosphere, but prices are very reasonable. Portions are moderate in size so those used to North American-like portions might be disappointed, but I was just happy to be able to clean my plate for once :o) The goat cheese salad with cranberry dressing was excellent!

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    Cafe Louvre: Very good breakfast

    by vesna04 Updated Sep 8, 2007

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    If this was good enough for such famous people like Albert Einstein Franz Kafka, Karel Capek...I thought it will be good for me too, just joking...that was the main reason to visit this cafe, for me, it was the kind of sightseeing. It was built in 1902 and is a very popular place ever since.

    Favorite Dish: I had breakfast and it was nice and cheap. Second time I went there with my husband and we had only coffee.

    This was taken from their menu;
    COWBOY BREAKFAST - Choice of 100% juice, Baked bacon or ham with eggs, apple meringue pie with wallnuts 109,- kc


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    Café Louvre: A bit of France in Prague

    by XBlanka Written Mar 5, 2007

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    This plase was founded in 1902 and have a great atmosphere. It`s very nice meet point in the city centre. The place is divided into two parts - restaurant and café. So you can choose whether you wanna have a lunch there or just a cup of your favourite cappucino. It`s a very nice breakfast place.

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    Café Louvre: If Bill Clinton liked it...

    by divandrea Written Mar 26, 2006

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    Cafe Louvre is a mix of traditional coffeehouse, restaurant, bar, billiard hall and famous jazz club where Bill Clinton played the saxophone during a Prague stay. Louvre is situated in a beautiful art nouveau palace - if you don't like the food, you have at least to get a look at the unbelievable rooms. The food - well it's bohemian, which means tons of sauce on your meat, lots of potatoes and delicious cakes. If you don't like sauces too much, go there for coffee and cake and to enjoy the building.

    Favorite Dish: I had a pork tenderloin with bacon and potatoes. Everything was just delicious - except for the greasy sauce all over.

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    Cafe Louvre: Cafe Louvre

    by jil_coleslaw Written Sep 23, 2005

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    This restaurant has been established in 1902 with elegant French-style dining room and billiard room next door. The glass-roofed garden is the wonderful place to get some sunshine in the warm afternoon.

    Open from 0800

    Kafka and Einstein were the customers of this famous cafe.

    Favorite Dish: Main dish: Roasted rabbit breast in cream and french mustard sause with wild rice (190kc)

    Side dish: warm vegetables (baby carrot, open sliced bean, brocolli) (30kc)

    Wine: 2004 Merlot red wine (40kc)

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    Cafe Louvre: Ummm Cakes!

    by Gottsie Updated Sep 17, 2007

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    Café Louvre was founded in 1902 and has been there ever since. This elegant café is easy to relax in playing a game of billiards for the afternoon, with a wide range of drinks and food, with splendiferous cakes. The service is efficient and friendly. They pride themselves on repeated visits from Franz Kafka, Karel Capek and Albert Einstein.

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    The Louvre: The Louvre

    by anglosaxon Updated May 4, 2004

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    Prague social scene. There will be business lunches going on, lots of papers being read and general after dinner discussion. Opens at 8am for the early birds. There is also a pool room in the back with three tables.

    Favorite Dish: Classic Czech food with English translation.

    Louvre interior

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    Louvre Restaurant: Art deco and pool games

    by gmg61 Updated Nov 4, 2006

    This place is one of the oldest bars of Prague and in the ancient times was the preferred nest for people like Kafka, Einstein, Svejk and so on.
    It hasn't lost muchb of its appeal. For a while it was known as "Gany's" and now it's back to its originale name, and it's located in a huge upstairs hall just above the "Reduta Jazz Club", close to Narodni Trid and the National Theatre, with interestin Art Nouveau interiors.
    You can get a coffee or a beer and have a meal at reasonable price.
    Pool boards are available if you'd like to have some fun.

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