Not only Paris has its Montmartre. During the Belle Epoque this cultural mecca served as our inspiration not only during the construction of view tower Petřín imitating Eiffel Tower. We also wanted to have our own bohemian cafes and salons where intelectuals and artists could gather. And thus Montmartre started up. Founded in 1911 by Josef Waltner, this place had been serving for many years as a cabaret. Its genius loci had been forming by renowned Czech writers such as Jaroslav Hašek or Franz Kafka and many others artists and singers. It was right here where Argentinian tango was presented to the Czech audience for the first time.
Intelectuals and artists are attracted by Montmartre even now. There are regular meetings of surrealists, from time to time a lecture of students of faculty of arts takes place here. Nevertheless, it seems to me that nowadays the cafe rather relies on the legacy of its famous past insteady of trying to improve the quality of the served drinks and snacks. Therefore don´t expect hight-quality coffee or something special concerning food. In my oppinion, such a place could offer something better than saugage or éclair. Perhaps I´m pretty critical toward this cafe because I had a chance to see its backgroud while working here as a waitress during my studies. Since then I´m not keen on this place as I used to be. Nevertheless, if you care more about experiencing an echo of bohemian atmosphere, rather than good coffee and food, you are in the right place.
The best time to come here is in the evening when darkened rooms are being covered with smoke of cigarets, there´s a smell of wine in the air and somebody qiuetly plays on a piano in the corner. Behind the bar there are usualy students of humanities, sometimes you meet here somebody well-known from a public scene.
Address: Řetězová 7, Prague 1
Monday – Friday 8:00 – 23:00
Saturday – Sunday 12:00 – 23:00