Over Easter, I traveled to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic and I wasn’t very well prepared. As I arrived at my hostel early in the morning, I was wondering what I should do first. I checked to see if there was any Wi-Fi (as all travelers do these days, I’m sure) and I googled “breakfast in Prague”.
A local foodie page advised the Café Savoy in Prague as their top pick to have breakfast. I checked the map and discovered it was very close to my hostel. Happy to have found a goal for this morning to fight the fatigue, I set out for some breakfast.
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Warning for long lines
The website warned to make reservations for a breakfast at Café Savoy in Prague over the weekend. As it was Easter Saturday, I wondered how bad it could be.
I decided to just check the place out. If I couldn’t have breakfast now, I could always see what the fuss was about and make a reservation for later in the week.
It was only a short walk and I could easily identify the grandeur of the Café Savoy. Outside people waited in line.
How long do you wait to have breakfast?
I must admit, I have never waited anywhere for a table. Not for dinner, not for lunch, and certainly not for breakfast. If I’m hungry and have to wait, I just go somewhere else! In most places I travel to, there are plenty of options to choose from.
But as I was getting more and more curious to see what the fuss was about, I waited. I got in line and when finally some people came out of Café Savoy, I managed to squeeze myself in to see the Café.
This spectacular art nouveau café greeted me with all the grandeur of a fin de siècle European café. Chandeliers, ceiling ornaments, and waiters in posh livery carried around freshly baked goodies, and my stomach decided I would stay and wait for a table.
I waited for my turn to ask the Maître D’ if I could have a table for one. I was a bit anxious if he’d refuse to serve me as a table for one doesn’t bring in as much money as a table for 2 and still takes up the same amount of space. But it wasn’t a problem.
All in all, from the moment I arrived at the Café Savoy in Prague until I was escorted to my table, took 50 minutes.
It was Easter Saturday and I arrived at 11 am. People who showed up and asked for a table for 4 were advised to come back Tuesday as they were all fully booked.
Read more: Best breakfasts in Prague from a local.
What is so special about the Café Savoy in Prague?
I’m not sure what your breakfast routine is, but mine usually include a quick piece of toast with some juice while I check my phone for messages or scroll through my Instagram.
When I have more time, I boil an egg or two and have a cappuccino with it.
I normally don’t go out for breakfast and I rarely dine in fine cafés from 1893 like the Café Savoy in Prague.
All the grandeur was pretty impressive and the service was impeccable. I only had breakfast once so I can only judge the food on what I ate then, but it was perfect. All in all, breakfast at Café Savoy in Prague is a truly lavish experience.
What to order for breakfast at the Café Savoy in Prague?
I had the Savoy breakfast. How could I not? If it is their signature breakfast, named after the place, how could I not order it?
I figured I couldn’t go wrong with a Savoy breakfast at Café Savoy. They also have plenty of options for vegans and gluten-free options.
For more gluten-free food in Prague, check this extensive guide.
The Savoy breakfast consists of a delicious hot chocolate drink. Melted chocolate mixed with warm milk makes for a mouth-watering rich combination. The drink is sweet but not sickly and it filled my belly with warm fuzzy happiness.
I was served a selection of fresh jams and butter and some pieces of bread. I found the butter extremely tasty but the bread was not special at all. But the highlight of the Savoy breakfast was yet to come!
I got a small plate with a soft boiled egg, obviously from free-range eggs and it tasted divine.
As I scooped the egg yolk from the shell I closed my eyes and I remember thinking: this tastes like heaven. After the egg, I devoured the two slices of bread with fresh salad, meat, and egg.
The blend of pickled salad and the creamy egg matched together perfectly.
I licked my fingers and thought that might not look very fancy but I didn’t care. I wanted to scoop up every last bit of deliciousness and make sure not to waste any.
My eyes wandered towards the glossy perfectly rolled croissant that was still waiting for me. My oh my, how lucky am I that I got to eat all this by myself.
I huffed and I puffed as I stuffed the final crumbs of the croissant in my face, as all the food combined filled my stomach with their rich yumminess.
If you want to order something else, they have a wide range of bread, bread rolls, and patisserie.
Ambiance at Café Savoy
Although the food was delicious, it was mainly the ambiance of the Café Savoy that makes it a unique experience. I noticed a little too late that they also offer champagne to go with the breakfast. Why not?!
As I enjoyed my (long-awaited) seat at the Café Savoy, I looked around and watched the other people.
An elderly couple silently sat across each other, every now and then locking eyes and smiling at each other.
Two American college girls were discussing their thesis over chocolate cake and next to me sat a mother with her older children, catching up with each other.
The café was buzzing with sounds; cracking of fresh sliced bread, the whizzing of the espresso machine and the indistinct chatter of the people around me. The immense mirrors caught the soft light of the chandeliers, reflecting it across the giant café.
So… Is breakfast at Café Savoy in Prague worth the wait?
Well, I think you know my answer. I can only say: yes!
I am happy I waited almost an hour to get to experience this lavish breakfast in the historical ambiance of Café Savoy.
With only 268 kč (roughly 10 € or $11,50) for a luxurious breakfast and a tea, it was also good value for money.
However, if you’re smart, just book ahead! You won’t regret it. You can easily call Café Savoy to make a reservation for breakfast (or lunch, brunch or dinner) or have your hotel arrange a reservation for you!
This way, you get to enjoy a breakfast in style at the Café Savoy without the wait. Win-win in my opinion.
For more information about Café Savoy, check their website.
You can find them at Vítězná 5, Prague 5 – Malá Strana
Call them: +420 257 311 562
Read more tips on local on food in the Czech Republic and expat guide on restaurants in Prague.
Have you ever been to Prague? Did you check out the Café Savoy? What is the longest time you ever waited on a table? Would you get in line to have breakfast at Café Savoy? Let me know in the comment section below.
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