The Vintage Guide to Prague: Cafe Lourve

Cafe Lourve

Well, what is it?
A Golden City cafe established in 1902 that shares its name with a City of Lights gallery that’s almost as famous. It also has a patisserie, billiard room and smart looking gallery.
And where is it?
It’s perched a few floors above Narodni Avenue, perfectly situated for a red wine stop after taking in a ballet at The National Theatre.
When was its heyday?
The first half of the twentieth century before the 1948 Communist coup came along and threw all of the cafe fixtures out of the windows, and in the face of supposedly bourgeois establishments.
Whose company will I be in? Czech writers Franz Kafka and Karel Cupak (who introduced the word robot to the English language.) Albert Einstein too when he needed a quick fag break from Charles University.
Why do ladies still lunch there? For pointe shoe pink decor, simple half moon chandeliers, waistcoated waiters, magnificent Viennese coffees and door step sized chocolate cake with tiny silver forks. You can also read the newspaper, or scan the room, from behind a handsome looking newspaper holder.
What should I wear?
Maybe some cigarette trousers. Apparently the Lourve was something of an early feminist strong hold at the turn of the century.

Cafe Lourve, Národní 22, 110 00 Praha 1

And thanks to Google for the old black and white photo.


About kirstymichelleallen

Teaching some phrasal verbs in the present. Prefer drinking teas in places that look like the past.
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5 Responses to The Vintage Guide to Prague: Cafe Lourve

  1. shooker1 says:

    One of my favorite cafes in Prague!

  2. Beautiful building, and what a history! I’ll have to stop by there when I visit Prague in May.

  3. Emilia says:

    Cafe Lourve sounds absolutely amazing, just another reason why I must make it to Prague soon!

    I’m absolutely loving your blog by the way, I nominated it for a Vintage Reel award, check it out 🙂

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