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The atmosphere of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the Café Louvre


The Café Louvre is the Café Slavia's polar opposite, with its neo-Rococo stuccos. Its comfortable charm goes well with the apple strudel.

Kafka's closest friend, German writer and journalist Max Brod, wrote: ‘With K. at the Café Louvre, we read Laforgue. Beautiful hours, during which I felt entirely safe.'

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Café Louvre was a meeting place for the ‘Brentanists' intellectual movement from the German University, as well as for members of the Pan-Slavic movement. Cultivated, emancipated women from both camps also held court here. A young Albert Einstein spent time here during his student years. After the Second World War, the Communist regime lowered the curtain on this beautiful establishment.

This Prague institution reopened its doors in 1992, recreating the atmosphere of cafés of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in this spacious, welcoming, and smoker-friendly environment.

Café Louvre
Národní 22
110 00 Praha 1

+420 224 930 949

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