by Leopard Print Photography, Photographer Bruno Galle
Nestled in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cesky Krumlov, in the Czech Republic, on 71 Široká Street, is one of my favorite cafes. The Egon Schiele Cafe is more than just a coffee shop or a place to grab a beer or glass of prosecco. It is an eclectic hub where the heart of the history and residents of Cesky Krumlov gather to celebrate life or just the days events.
The building it is located in has a long history dating back to 1347 when the people of the small town were granted Brewing Rights. Many building phases occurred over the years to support the brewery located there, most notably in 1607 when the second phase of building was conducted renowned Budweis master mason Dominik Cometa.
It is interesting to note that due to its location to the Vlata River there was no basement, so beer had to be delivered to the pubs upon completion of production.
When in Cesky Krumlov I always make a point to head over to this eclectic Coffee Shop, wich is so much more than that. Live music, cocktails, sandwiches, and local hospitality combine in a room of vaulted ceilings, comfortable couches, wanting to sleep in chairs, and bright colored art adorning the walls. All combine to create more than just a basic hospitable atmosphere.
The cafe is part of the EGON SCHIELE ART CENTRUM in Cesky Krumlov, and has a wonderful courtyard area to where you can enjoy the cafe’s offerings in the warmer months under the purple flowers of the Wisteria trees. I unfortunately have not been there in the summer so I must make a point to get back there this summer.
So if you are travelling to Cesky Krumlov be sure to pop in and enjoy this oasis of eclectic hospitality where you will come to the realization that Starbucks offers nothing in comparison to this place. A must visit on a multiple of levels, I always enjoy the live music, even when it’s a little off, because it is the entire atmosphere and the people inside that truly set the tone for a wonderful visit.