Prague Cafes, Famous, Unique, Memorable
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When I first came to Prague you struggled to find anybody selling anything but Turkish coffee. Well times have changed and this page leads you into some of my favourite cafes in the city. No Starbucks or Costa here, just small and independent businesses in different parts of town to try. My own favourite is a “Vienna coffee” which is usually a tall glass with strong coffee topped by an inch of thick cream. So around town let me tell you about a few places.
Grand Cafe Orient – This is a Cubism Prague Cafe that was originally opened in 1912 in the building which now hosts the Czech Cubism Museum. It closed for 80 years and having reopened in 2004 it attracts people wanting a nice coffee in a Cubism design environment. Grand Cafe Orient Webpage.
Ebel Coffee – A Hungarian lady runs a small chain of really nice Prague Cafes which I personally believe serves some of the strongest coffee in the city. I use two branches, the Kaprova location close to the ST Nicholas Church in the Old Town is better for a take-away as it’s a small place. If you are looking to sit down then it’s better to go to the branch in Retezova. Ebel Coffee Webpage.
Bakeshop Praha – I’d be here early in the morning as it opens at seven in the morning. I recommend it for people who like a nice choice of pastries with your coffee and to sit at the window to watch the city going by. One of the Prague Cafes with a great atmosphere. Personally I don’t recommend the cappuccino here unless you like a lot of frothy milk and not much coffee. Exit the Old Town Square next to Caffreys Irish Bar and it’s on the corner of the second block ( V Kolkovne). Bakeshop Webpage.
Cafe Louvre – My number one choice of Prague Cafes in the city. It’s also a restaurant but I prefer it here for breakfast. As well as my own “Vienna coffee” which they do very well, Cafe Louvre also serves what I consider is the best hot chocolate in the city (spoon standing up in the cup of hot chocolate). Located in the same street as the National Theatre, from here walk back towards Wenceslas Square and just before the tram line turns to the right you’ll see a door on the right that takes you up to the first floor front-facing cafe. Cafe Louvre Webpage.
Leica Gallery Cafe – Not your usual coffee and cake place. I come here from time to time to take the opportunity to get a fresh coffee and browse the gallery photos at the same time. It’s a very modern place and although not with a huge menu choice, it’s very stylish and offers a very personal service. To get here, from Wenceslas Square walk into Vodickova and take the second left into Skolska. The cafe is then 75 metres on your left as you walk up the hill. Leica Cafe Webpage.
Cafe Savoy – At the approach to the Legie Bridge (with the National Theatre on the far side) just set back a little from the main road you’ll find one of my favourite Prague Cafes in the area, Cafe Savoy. It might come as a shock that it is not at the Hotel Savoy. Why do I like it here? Well apart from the stunning decor, you soon realise that professional service combined with high quality food and coffee makes it worth coming here and as a bonus they are happy for you to bring small kids here as well. Cafe Savoy Webpage.
Karlin (Prague 8)
Muj Salek Kavy – Not exactly one of the Prague Cafes in the centre of town but worth a stop if you are in the Karlin area. They are a direct-trade coffee company that set up this cafe. Hugely popular during the day for breakfast and lunch it calms down a bit in the evening. I come here when I want a coffee that really tastes like coffee, freshly ground, served hot. Easiest way to get here is to take tram 3 or tram 8, get off at Urxova, walk back to the traffic lights outside the Penta Hotel and turn left. The cafe is on the next corner. Or take the metro to Krizikova, exit the station and turn left. The cafe is at the end of the block. Muj Salek Kavy Webpage.
Cafe Martin – No webpage but, a great idea. They have a Cafe Martin in Karlin, Zizkov and Dejvice at present. What’s special is that not only do they do great coffee but their business plan is based on helping mentally and physically handicapped men and women gain experience as cooks and waiters in order that they can show potential employers that they can do the job. Truly inspirational place, try and support it if you can.