Prague in December is a winter wonderland of Christmas markets and the 'season' of magical musical experiences. One of the more unusual, and less seasonally specific, is the chance to dine in a top hotel with private musical entertainment.
Cafe Mozart offers not only a splendid environment but also some unique dining experiences right in the centre of Prague. Within sight and sound of the famous Astronomical clock, you are in the heart of the old town, engaging in a centuries-old practice of dining whilst being entertained.
Themed evenings give you a gala experience. The cafe opens its doors to customers for beautiful, extravagant dinner and entertainment experiences. These focus on the music of Mozart, who spent much time in Prague, but also branch out on themes such as jazz.
Both types of concerts are held alternately from Wednesday to Saturday and always begin at 19.30. Concert production begins at 20:00, plays with 2 x 45 minutes with a 15-minute break.
You are welcomed with a glass of prosecco by staff who are polite, helpful and kind. The table promises gastronomic delight, set up for a multicourse meal. You book how many courses you would like in advance, and the waiters are helpful in sorting it all out.
While you eat, you can enjoy your wonderful surroundings. The gold and green colours are attractive and sumptuous. There are displays of clocks, alongside myriad fine furnishings. The place is filled with glitzy furnishing, making you feel as though you're in some palace of the past, treated, thrilled, relaxed.
Not only is the venue stunning and wonderful, but the food is also excellent. Portions are generous and the quality is good. The meals on offer are reasonably 'classic' fare, including, most obviously, the delicious cakes, strudels and other desserts. The display in the cases is tasty enough to entice you in!
The musicians offer two 45 minute slots. They're professionals, working exceptionally well in a small group quarter environment. The working relationship is tangible - these are people well-used to working together and it shows. There's an intimacy about the music, as they play both popular favourites and some of the less well-known pieces in the Mozart repertoire. Whether you're a solo diner or part of a group enjoying a special treat, you are treated well and made to feel like a special part of the audience.
You can book through the cafe directly, but Prague also has an excellent tourism website which also lets you book through a centralised third party.
The cafe is open at others times too, offering a luxurious setting for even a simple coffee. There are lifts if you need them, allowing it to be accessible, and with ample lounge space outside the main restaurant, it's a flexible area which I'm sure could be accommodating. You can drop in for something lighter than a full meal, but if you have the time, why not spare it for this dreamy way to eat?