Café Slavia

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Café Slavia

Café Slavia is a café in Prague, Czech Republic, located on the corner of Národní street and Smetanovo nábřeží, next to the Vltava river and opposite the National Theatre. It was opened in August 1884.[1] Poet and novelist Rainer Maria Rilke regularly spent time in the café.[2] It was known for its associations with Prague's dissident community,[3] hosting people such as Václav Havel, who would later become his country's president, and poet Jiří Kolář during the normalization period.[1] It was also known as a place for writers, poets and other intellectuals to meet and discuss their ideas.[4] The café was closed in 1992 due to a legal dispute but re-opened in 1997.[5] Café Slavia has been described as Prague's "best-known café".[1]


  1. ^ a b c Borufka, Sarah (7 March 2012). "A Prague institution - the famous Café Slavia". Radio Prague. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  2. ^ Brady, Helen. "Writing The City: The Literary Capitals Of Europe". Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  3. ^ Jasek, Tim (15 May 1996). "Is Act 116 scaring off foreign investors?". The Prague Post. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  4. ^ Popescu, Delia (2011). Political Action in Václav Havel's Thought: The Responsibility of Resistance. Lexington Books. p. 4. ISBN 0739149571.
  5. ^ "Prague's most famous cafe re-opens with Havel's blessing". BBC News. 18 November 1997. Retrieved 1 May 2013.

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Coordinates: 50°4′54″N 14°24′48″E / 50.08167°N 14.41333°E / 50.08167; 14.41333