There are some new cafes but also cafes that have been in Prague for ages and you shouldn’t miss them.
Breakfast with Kafka
Kavarna Obecni dům (Municipal House Cafe) by itself is an Art Nouveau gem, so it is worth to book a tour of the Municipal House after enjoying your breakfast. The entire building is a reminder of the good old Prague Grand Cafe atmosphere (20s and 30s of 20th century) and Belle Epoque style. It is one of the most famous Cafes in Prague, together with Cafe Slavia (opposite the National Theatre) and Cafe Louvre (at the crossroad of Narodni trida and Spalena street). Louvre Cafe serves coffee since 1902. It was one of the favorite places of Franz Kafka and Albert Einstein during his stay in Prague. If you like cubism, the only architecture style invented in Czechoslovakia (in the beginning of 20th century), you should visit The Grand Cafe Orient at the Black Madonna House at Ovocny trh 19 and its hidden cafe on the first floor. Continue reading “10 Prague Cafés you should not miss”→
Visiting the Strahov Monastery and then walking down the Petrin Hill on a sunny Sunday (or any other day of the week) is kind of an experience from a different world, even for me as the “Praguer”. Surprisingly the Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary seems quite small compared to the size of the monastery. You can enter the church only during the holly mass (daily at 6pm and Sunday at 10 am and 6pm). But most of you will probably head to the Strahov Library and Strahov Gallery. There are two separate box offices for each of them. The Strahov Library is, together with the Klementinum baroque library one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. If you would like to see the Theological and Philosophical halls at Strahov, you will have to book your time slot well in advance, otherwise you will see just the Cabinet of Curiosities and connecting passages, however even that is impressive.
The art and design lovers should stop by in Platnerska street in Prague. There are three good reasons for that. The Artel Concept Store at Platnerska 7, Prague Cabinet at Platnerska 13 and a Italian coffee and food for Italian bistro La Bottega di Finestra at Platnerska 11 (BTW la Bottega serves superb brakfasts). You will be just few steps from the Old Town Square, so the place is worth a visit.
I was walking through Wenceslas Square in Prague today, (I will admit it is not my favorite place) and noticed this quiet little courtyard. I couldn’t believe it. Is it really a tea room?! Really at Wenceslas Square? At this busy place, full of tourists, noise, shops and some bizarre offers made by even more bizarre people?
So I walked in the courtyard and I found myself in a bamboo garden (OK, so only a little bamboo garden) with people sitting outside at little tables, sipping tea.
If you like to take a rest while avoiding tourist traps of Prague, check this Dobra Cajovna (A Good Tea Room) at Wenceslas Square No. 14, Prague 1 just few steps from Bata shoe store.
You may not notice this house as you walk by. Nestled in between two higher buildings, a baroque house in the middle of a bustling Vodickova street No. 35. You will find it just few steps from Wenceslas square. It was built by Kilián Ignác Dientzenhofer approximately in 1720. The man who built such treasures as St. John Nepomuk at Prague Castle, St. Nicholas Church at the Old Town Square or the impressive Brevnov Monastery in Prague to name just a few.
When you enter the house you will find a home décor shop with a café. Nice and cozy but the real hidden gem is the baroque garden at the end of a long passage through the house. Quite unexpected place in the very center of Prague. Even some Praguers have no idea it exists. By the way, František Maria Černý, the architect who rebuilt the Emauzy Monastery after 1945 bombing of Prague lived in this house as well as Max Urban, the man who designed Barrandov Terrace Restaurant for Havel family. When leaving café, look at the house next door. It is Langhans, newly reconstructed building, home of a prestigious Prague photo atelier since 1880 (of course except 1948 – 1989 when the communists “were taking care” of the house).
If you feel like you are ready for an Italian breakfast in Prague, I will recommend stopping by at La Bottega di Finestra at Platnerska street No. 11. This is a place to enjoy coffee, scrambled eggs with Fontina cheese, Eggs Benedict or croissant (OK, it is French but with Italian coffee…?). Do not expect great views, but still a strategic location. Charles Bridge and Old Town Square are just 5 minutes of walk from here as well as the Jewish Quarter being 10 minutes of walk. So starting the day or stopping by for a quick bite to eat during the day may be a good idea. Price range $$$
Want to taste the real Czech kolache, strudel or babovka (poundcake or Gugelhupf in German)? Head to Jungmannova street No. 7 to Bakefactory. Very simple bakeshop with coffee and Czech type of pastry. The counter looks like my grandma’s kitchen. The place opens at 7.30 (I know, you may check in a bit later, it is your vacation) and if you are looking for a quick and easy Czech breakfast, this may be your place. Price range $
When you are at Jungmannova street, check the Home Kitchen, a bistro across the street from Bakefactory. Home kitchen serves breakfasts (I admit, I never had one here) and daily menu, but quite hard to get a table at lunch time. Really nice soups (I did have many soups here). Price range $.
Chlebicky, a genius Czech invention, open face sandwiches that Mr. And Mrs. Paukert, the owners of once best deli in town, invented for Czechoslovak movie stars back in the First Republic (1918 – 1939). Czechs love them, no real celebration at work or at home happens without chlebicky. There are couple of places where you can enjoy chlebicky in Prague. Do not look for fancy staff, get the real Czech thing – Liberske lahůdky at Vodičkova street No. 9or Golden Cross Deli (Zlaty kriz lahůdky) at Jungmannovo namesti (square). Heads up no tables to sit, you wait at the counter, point the chlebiceks you want and you get your package (you can eat it in the shop at the small tables – however it may be better to grab you chlebicek and enjoy it at the bench in the adjacent Frantiskanska garden. When you stand infront of the statue of Mr. Jungmann (a leading figure of the Czech National Revival in 19th century) look for the entrance to the garden on your right hand). Unfortunately, the historical Paukert Deli at Narodni trida is closed at the moment but you can at least read about the family history here. Price range $.
Proseccco in Prague is not a typical Czech thing, I know. But if you are a Prosecco fan, you should try Prosekarna at Prague Vinohrady. Great choice, cozy place, nice people, affordable prices. It is a combination of a deli, wine bar and bistro. There is a shop upstairs and a tiny bistro downstairs, you can sit at the long table and meet other Prosecco fans or you may enjoy the sofa at the fireplace (the fireplace actually really works, so we ended up sitting there just in our T-shirts, I mean not only T-shirts). I loved their bruschettas.
Open Mo – Fri 10 am to 9 pm
Sat 12 to 9 pm
Sun 4 pm to 9 pm
Slezská 48, Prague 2 – Vinohrady