Café Louvre in Prague is a Parisian style café and billiard hall dating from 1902. They proudly declare themselves to be the crowning jewel of Prague café culture.
This fine establishment is certainly a popular and pleasant place to while away a few hours, with a coffee and cake, or over a game of billiards with a cold beer.
In its early years Café Louvre attracted such well-known visitors as Karel Capek and Franz Kafka, as well as Albert Einstein during his professorship in Prague.
But in 1948, as a 'bourgeois' institution, the Louvre was forcibly closed when the communists came to power. And then served various administrative purposes before liberation led to its revival in 1992.
Café Louvre is open daily for breakfast, offering a broad selection of dishes, along with teas, coffee, hot chocolate and other beverages.
From lunchtime through to the evening, light meals, including vegetarian dishes and salads, are presented with style and grace by waiters dressed in traditional French café attire. Try the goulash in bread for a delicious local dish.
But the main attraction are the freshly made cakes and pastries. Try them once and you will return!
And as in most places in Prague, you are never far from a beer tap. The local Czech brew on sale at Café Louvre is as good as you will find anywhere.
In a room adjacent to the café area is a billiard room with 5 good-sized pool tables. Payment is by the hour for a table and the prices are reasonable.
After the mad whirl of sightseeing and entertainment in Prague, Café Louvre is an ideal venue to relax and regain composure.