Like Vienna and Budapest, Prague also was once famous for its café culture. The coffeehouse tradition - which was interrupted by the communist regime that took power after the Second World War - has today a number of followers. To the list of famous cafés that were re-established in the nineties - like Vaclav Havel's old hangout, Café Slavia - has now been added another one - the famous cubist Grand Café Orient on the first floor of the House of Black Madonna.
Tulip Café is located in an out of the way street close to the National Theatre. Nothing on the outside suggests it could offer more than a delicious café late and a big hunk of mouth watering cheesecake - but many people know better. Tulip Café has become the meeting place for theatre loving members of the Anglo-American community in Prague. It is home to Second Sundays an ex pats theatre group established in September of 2003. Its dozen or so members have since produced a number of cabaret performances at Tulip Café.
On Monday, Prague's cosy little Café Vesmirna, just off Wenceslas Square, opened an exhibition of photographs featuring people with disabilities. The exhibition was organised by the Mame Otevreno (Are We Open?) NGO, dedicated to the integration of people with mental disabilities into the work force and society in general. The exhibits on show are the work of photographer Petr Kralik, who was approached by Mame Otevreno to accompany its clients in their everyday lives. Dita Asiedu spoke to the organisation's fundraiser Helena Kalasova, who says
On a busy street corner on Na Porici Street in Prague, where cars drive by and trams roll along, stands an imposing time-worn building, its façade blackened by the years. On the corner a large sign features a portly man wearing an old-fashioned suit and top hat, brandishing a cue for a game of pool. Lest you be mistaken though - this is no billiard hall - it is a kavarna, a café - the Café Imperial to be precise. Even in a city like Prague, with its many coffee houses, this establishment remains a rarity, cultivating nostalgia from the beginning
Today we look at a part of Prague 6, specifically the area of Dejvice, a picturesque part of the city that includes many leafy lanes, quiet walks in villa districts, as well as countless embassies. You will hear about a very special little cafe called 'Kabinet' you simply must not miss if you come to Prague. It's a little bit off the beaten path, however, it isn't too far from the part of the city that includes the famous Stromovka park, and it's just a few blocks away from the Dejvice metro station.
The world is a changing! Since 1989 a number of former exiles have returned to the Czech Republic. Another interesting element of this is the fact that the children of exiles, like myself, are also coming back to Prague for long or short term stints. One of these people is Marketa Rogers, a Californian who's parents left the then Czechoslovakia in the mid 60's. Marketa, along with her husband Scott Rogers are owners of a famous Prague cafe and bookstore, the Globe. I spoke with Marketa at the cafe and asked her first why she came back to