You’ve just attended a concert in the Smetana Hall and you emerge from the Municipal House feeling great. Or, you’ve just been admiring the buildings on Wenceslas Square and have taken a stroll through all the most famous early 20th-century arcades leading off the boulevard. Either way, you're feeling enthused by the elegance of Belle Époque and don’t want to lose its magic. Keep the wonder alive by visiting the unique Café Imperial, close to the Municipal House and not far from Masarykovo train station. Housed in an Art Nouveau building constructed in 1913-14, Café Imperial underwent reconstruction at the beginning of the new millennium. For many years, Praguers, who are extremely fond of this institution, had impatiently waited for it to reopen. Once inside, you'll understand why. Feast your eyes on pillars bearing stylised heads and covered with white tiles with decorative oriental and animal motifs. The interior also boasts mosaic ceilings, and walls adorned with floral designs, which create a truly breath-taking sight. Before the professional waitstaff at Café Imperial arrive to take your order, here is a little tip: don’t miss the chance to try something sweet. The desserts are some of the best in Prague. Or how about lunch or dinner at Café Imperial, where only the choicest dishes are served. However, given that the café often gets packed, we strongly recommend booking.
If you’re a perfectionist who notices even the smallest detail, you’ll appreciate the golden taps in the shape of swans, in the bathrooms.