When the famous Czech architect Josef Gočár designed Dům U Černé Matky Boží at the beginning of the 20th century, his design already included a café on the first floor. The café was open for about ten years until it closed in the 1920s. The reason? The old fashioned Cubist style. Fortunately, it was restored after more than 80 years and so you can now have coffee or a Cubist treat in the only Cubist café in the world.
A World Architectural GemOnly a few steps from the Powder Tower near the Municipal House, on the corner of Celetná, there is a house with the name U Černé Matky Boží. The house designed by the famous Czech architect Josef Gočár is not only the peak of Czech Cubist architecture, but also a world architectural gem. Cubism in architecture is a purely Czech specialty and even in the Czech Republic it can only be found in several places. On the first floor of this extraordinary house, there is an extraordinary café. Grand Café Orient is the only Cubist café in the world and according to the German magazine Focus, it is one of the seven most beautiful cafés in Europe.
Cubism All AroundWhen you look at the house from the street, you will notice the small terrace that lines the façade of the house. That is where Grand Café Orient is located on the first floor. The walk through the Cubist entrance and climbing up the stairs to the café will take your breath away. There is Cubism all around. While drinking coffee and enjoying a treat, you can admire the Cubist chandeliers, lanterns, benches, and even spoons. If you visit Grand Café Orient in the summer, you can also sit on the narrow terrace with breath-taking views of the surroundings. Grand Cafe Orient offers a unique atmosphere, beauty and elegance.
Prague Grand Café Orient