Cafes and Restaurants in Prague, Prague hidden gems

4 tips for foodies in Prague

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 $.

obrázek 4 (7)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. 9 obrázek 2 (11)or 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 $.

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Guide to Kafka’s Prague

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When in Prague you could go in search of Franz Kafka. The house where he was born into a Jewish family does not exist today. However, a house built later on the same place is just off the Old Town Square, in what is now known as Franz Kafka Square. Not far away, in Dušní street, in the Jewish quarter, you will find The City’s official monument to Kafka. The statue depicts a suited Kafka on the shoulders of a huge headless man. This work of Czech sculptor, Jaroslav Rona was inspired by Kafka’s short story Description of a Struggle.

Although Kafka lived in noisy Dlouha street, he wrote a lot of his major works in the quieter house of his sister in Golden Lane, near Prague Castle. In the Lesser Quarter, close to Charles Bridge, you will find the Kafka Museum in the Hergetova Cihelna. Split in two parts, the Existential and the Imaginary Topography, the exhibition contains many first editions, letters and diaries along with audiovisual pieces. Kafka is buried at the New Jewish Cemetery in his family plot. A plaque there commemorates Kafka’s sisters, and opposite is another in memory of his best friend Max Brod. Kafka met Brod at Charles University where he studied law. Kafka entrusted most of his works to Brod, then a writer and publisher, and it is thanks to him that those works were not burned, as specifically requested by Kafka.

It is interesting to visit Franz Kafka bookshop located at Široká Street 14, between the narrow Maiselova Street and the luxurious Pařížská Avenue, in the very centre of the historical part of the city. The bookshop is in the centre of Kafka’s living space, surrounded by houses where he lived, the libraries where he studied and cafés where he was talking to his friends.

The bookshop is open every week day from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., weekends from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Check our Prague Reading List for some interesting books about Franz Kafka or featuring Prague.
You may also like: Mini guide to Kafka’s Prague on BBC or kafka’s Prague on Prague Travel Concierge Pinterest.