When you think of Prague, you probably think of beautiful old buildings and quaint cobblestones. What might not jump to mind, is the buzzing cafe culture and active political scene. Discovering Prague’s coolest cafes was such a delight, and it’s even more of a delight to share them here!
This busy cafe is located in the super cute Karlin district of Prague. You won’t find many tourists here, but you’ll find a ton of great eateries, gorgeous architecture (of course, this is Prague) and locals going out for brunch.
The shop is owned by doubleshot, the renowned local coffee roasters. It’s quirky and rustic and has good wifi. The crowd is lovely, with freelancers working, businesspeople meeting, lovers dating and family members catching up. It’s definitely worth stepping out of the old town and making the journey to this lovely cafe and to explore the Karlin district.
Also in the Karlin district, this cute Canadian Deli will make all your fries dreams come true. There’s something about the chips + gravy + cheese that just so warm and cosy and tasty that you just can’t go wrong with it, even in the middle of summer.
Okay, this one isn’t exactly a local speciality, but it was so unbelievably good! You get a massive (and I mean massive) burrito topped with your choice of fillings for only 125 koruna (about 5 euros). I must admit, I did consume this at about 2am on the way back to hostel after a few ingenious cocktails at AnonymouS Bar. This is why I don’t have any photos and also possibly why I went so crazy over it. The post-night out 2am food always tastes the best.
Ice-cream stuffed chimney cake. What more can I say. You remember how in love I was with the chimney cake I had in Romania, back in January? Well this took it to a whole other level. As if the chimney cake wasn’t good enough on it’s own, they’re now stuffing them will all kinds of fillings, from apple strudel to chocolate sauce to strawberries and cream. I was in love.
This bright and sunny cafe is a lovely space for a healthy breakky and a coffee or perhaps a cheeky slice of cake. No wifi was a downer, but sometimes you gotta disconnect curl up with a good book, or edit some photos.
This healthy vegetarian restaurant has a convenient location, a couple of minutes away from the old town square. It has an international menu, with Asian and Mexican inspired dishes (I loved the quesadillas). However, what makes it particularly special is that it offers vegan/vegetarian versions of traditional Czech/Central European dishes like goulash, so you don’t have to miss out on trying the local food if you don’t eat meat!
I didn’t expect Prague to have such a great political atmosphere. I love the philosophy of Anonymous and the idea of holding governments accountable through ‘hacktivism.’ I love that I can support that through drinking coffee and also drinking cocktails at AnonymouS Bar.
Another vegetarian one that I had to check out after reading that it was Brooke from World of Wanderlust‘s fave. I totally understand how she loves it so much. It’s a beautiful, magical vegetarian wonderland that’s always packed (so book ahead!).
The Vinohrady district is another area not so commonly frequented by tourists, but is well worth checking out. Take tram 22 to the lovely Namesti Miru church and pass the locals hanging out in the park on sunny days. Make your way over to nám. j. z Poděbrad to see this lovely market. Pick up some fresh fruit and veggies to snack on and a tasty pastry for a quick and cheap lunch.
Along with Ecocafe in Budapest, this is one of my favourite cafes in the world. It’s a spacious, rustic place with a lovely big staircase. They have gorgeous old books in the windows and decorating the ceiling. The comfy seats and couches make it such a cosy place to spend a few hours. They have vintage shelves filled with teapots and tealeaves that you can purchase. I had a the best cup of Earl Grey I’ve had in my life, with frothy milk and vanilla adding some pizazz to your standard cuppa.
This cafe is sleek, minimalist and fully of class. The coffee is great and they have wifi. What more could a girl ask for? It’s in the same area as La Boheme, Jirak Farmers Market and AmonymouS cafe, so you can easily pop in on an afternoon of exploring the Vinohrady area.
Continuing with the anti-establishment themes we got going from AmonymouS, this place is all about political and economic decentralisation and using technology to create a free society. One of the ways it does this, is by using bitcoin, rather than cash. From an ideological point of view this sounds great! But from a practical point of view it does require creating a bitcoin account and transferring money into bitcoins. But this is all part of the experience.
They have a beautifully set up co-working space, strong wifi, great coffee and delicious salads. This place is a lot of fun to check out for anyone interested in how technology is changing the political status quo.
Where I stayed: Art Hole Hostel
What I’m reading: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. This dark book is written by a Czech Author and largely set in Prague. I absolutely love the way it digs into human nature so beautifully.