As winter in Prague eases very slowly towards spring, and the hopes of snow covered views melt away, you may find yourself looking for a warm place to rest your feet from sightseeing. Whether you’re just after a relaxing coffee, a place to meet some friends, or somewhere to work, while enjoying Prague’s cafe culture, there are plenty of places to choose from. If you haven’t already read my previous cafe blog, click here – Five great cafes in Prague.
But if you want to discover more interesting coffeeshops in Prague, then read on.
This modern cafe can be found inside Prague National theatre’s ’New Stage’ – an ice cube shaped building. With no obvious sign, from the outside, of the cafe within, it can be easily missed. You can reach it by walking through the theatre’s lobby, and up the grand, and visually interesting, spiral staircase. The deep toned marble walls of the staircase and the cafe are beautiful, and give the space a futuristic feel. It is popular with local students, and theatregoers alike. With its striking minimalism, and yet strangely cosy feel, Cafe Nona is a great place to settled down with a drink and write, or sketch your latest work.
Národní 4,110 00, Praha 1
This is a cafe and bar with a very bohemian student feel. With cafe goers sometimes playing chess, or cards, or just working on their laptops, the cafe’s atmosphere is very relaxed. And it is not unknown to see chocolate cake being served to customers late into the night – a genius idea. It has a very simple, almost undesigned, interior, which just adds to its laid back charm.
Opatovická 26, Praha 1, 110 00
Cafe de Paris
You want a slice of Paris in Prague? A slice of Parisian influenced Art Nouveau to go with your coffee? Well, try Cafe de Paris. Filled with organic lighting design, period artwork and the quintessential tones of Parisian jazz, you are quickly transported to a grand boulevard. As I’ve mentioned before, to me, Prague is the Paris of Central Europe, and this Cafe agrees with me. So, step off the street of one capital of culture, and into another.
U Obecního Domu 1, Prague 1
Now we move from period Paris, to modern New York. Cafe Cafe (yes that’s its name, and not a typo) has an open plan stylish interior. Think New York wine bar. Think brick interior walls, interior windows, and quirky photoshoot style lighting. Located not far from Wenceslas Square, this bar is very popular with both affluent locals and tourists.
Rytířská 10, Staré Město, Prague 1
The exterior of the building that this cafe is in has an amazing Art Deco facade. It looks like it belongs in 1920s New York. Prague has so many stunning buildings, but even so, the exterior of this one stands out. the Cafe and restaurant itself is spacious and also decorated in the Art Deco style. And like most grand cafes in Prague, the staff are all neatly dressed – white shirts and black braces for both male and female staff seem popular, and somehow add to the formal period atmosphere.
3rd Floor of Palac Adria, Narodni 40/36, Prague 1
Okay, so let’s imagine a watering-hole Hemingway might have frequented. A quirky, Bohemian, smoke-filled bookstore, that also doubles as a cafe and bar. Packed bookshelves line the walls. Strange artwork ardorns what space is left. Sounds good? Well, there’s no need to imagine. It exists, and its name is Cafe Rybka.
Opatovická 7, Praha 1, 110 00
If you appreciate art, or would just be interested in seeing some of the greatest paintings ever to be created, in all their brilliant hues, colossal scope and technical mastery, then you should visit Mucha’s Slav Epic Exhibition in the National Gallery. When you’ve finished, and if you’re feeling a little parched, you could always grab a coffee at Cafe Jedna. Its entrance adjoins that of the gallery. You can’t miss it. As you might expect from a cafe attached to a gallery, it has a minimalist whitewashed interior, with masses of natural light. So, if Mucha has inspired your inner creative, grab a drink and begin your own masterpiece… or you could just talk about Mucha’s instead.
Dukelských Hrdinů 47, 170 00 Praha 7
I must state, that although this cafe has a lovely welcoming atmosphere, and an interesting and cosy interior (it’s a renovated vaulted cellar), by far the best thing about this cafe is Kacenka. Is that some kind of new froffy coffee, you ask? No, it’s the resident cafe dog – a silent regular when asleep, and a clown when awake. So, pay Kacenka and this great cafe a visit, you won’t be disappointed.
Lublaňská 676/50, 120 00 Prague
Ouky Douky Coffee
Not only is this cafe also a secondhand bookshop, it’s also joined by a bar. It’s not hard to imagine this place existing in the world of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley – at one end, walls of mysterious books (mysterious if you don’t know Czech) and tucked-in old sofas, and at the other end, quirky local characters studying away in an unpretentious little bar. Even the name sounds like the work of J.K. Rowling.
Janovského 1118/14, 170 00 Praha 7
Do you want decadence? Do you want architectural style? How about an in-house bakery and patisserie, all visible from your table? I’m guessing your answer is yes. Well, Cafe Savoy has you covered. It’s located in Mala Strana, just over the river From the National Theatre; Just a short and pleasant walk from the main centre of Prague. So, no excuses.
Vítězná 124/5, 150 00 Praha 5
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