I never want to leave Prague. The food is inspired, the coffee is incredible, and the beer is some of the best in the world.
This suits my style of travel particularly well. For me, the best way to discover a new place is through its food scene. Sure, we walked across the Charles Bridge, visited Prague Castle and made our way around the obvious sights — fighting off swarms of tourists in the process — but the highlights for me were those moments of true edible discovery.
Sitting in a cafe among locals and revelling in the incredible meal I’ve devoured is real.
I’ve been told the Prague food scene is still emerging from a sleepy chapter under Communist rule, but good things are certainly happening here. There’s a sense of a strong local community building around the food and dining scene, which has resulted in the opening of incredible new delis, restaurants, bars and cafes.
Our dream weekend in Prague involved the consumption of some of the best food, coffee and beer of our lives. Here were some of our favourite spots…
Cafe Lounge was our go-to morning cup. It’s ironic, though: the beans they use are distributed from one of our favourite coffee houses in Berlin — The Barn — so essentially we had travelled four and a half hours on a bus to drink a cup of coffee we could have had down the road. However, I dare say Cafe Lounge did it even better than The Barn. They also serve delicious breakfasts, sweets and lunch specials.
Plaská 615/8, 150 00 Praha 5 – Malá Strana, Czech Republic
Sisters serves “chlebicek”, the classic Czech open-faced sandwich, but not how you imagine it. These sandwiches are petite and adorable and small enough to allow space to taste several different variations. They’re perfect.
Dlouhá 727/39, 110 00 Praha, Czech Republic
Můj šálek kávy
Můj šálek kávy is the flagship cafe of local roasters Doubleshot (also mentioned below), and it’s a favourite of locals for its high standards, alternative methods and creativity. The baristas and staff are super friendly, and here you’ll find a delicious breakfast, light lunch dishes, cakes and a rotating list of local beers. This gem sits in the Karlin district — otherwise known as ‘Prague’s Brooklyn’ — so if you’re planning on visiting over the weekend I would suggest making a reservation.
Křižíkova 386/105, 186 00 Praha, Czech Republic
La Bohème Café
La Bohème sits inside an old interior design store in the Vinohrady district. The staff members are friendly, the coffee is brewed via more methods than I could count, and the extravagant space features an entire wall devoted to variations of tea leaves. In a way, sitting in La Bohème made me feel as though I was a clumsy 10-year-old girl sitting in the fancy and expensive apartment of a distant relative— make one wrong move and the whole place will come crashing down. However, the sweet treats are tasty and the matcha lattes are strong. Just the way I like them.
Sázavská 2031/32, 120 00 Praha 2-Vinohrady, Czech Republic
Mr. Bahn Mi
Like a lot of hidden gems, Mr. Bahn Mi isn’t exactly inviting from the exterior. It’s a tiny space with so-so decor and so-so staff, but the bahn mis are killer.
Rumunská 30, 120 00 Praha 2, Czech Republic
Kavárna Nový Svět
We happened upon this cafe while wandering the picturesque laneway of Nový Svět, in the hills behind Prague Castle. Kavárna Nový Svět also use local roasters Doubleshot to make their coffee, and it’s quite possible their coffee was the best I’ve ever had. Yes, I know. Their space is stylish and sweet — the kind of environment you could sit in for hours on end, eating goulash and devouring locally baked cakes. This place is perfect.
Nový Svět 2, 118 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic
Maso a kobliha
Maso a kobliha was the highlight of my entire trip. Probably the best ‘bistro’ in Prague at the moment, this place is amazing for two reasons: the first is their locally sourced meat from the free range, organic and always ethical The Real Meat Society, and the second is their locally sourced baked goods from Mastrknica, often voted the best bakery in the city. The scotch egg changed our lives; the schweineschnitzel sandwich was the best sandwich I’ve ever had (another big statement, I know) and the beer and cider was tasty, local and free-flowing.
Petrská 1551/23, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic
And end your day off at…
I didn’t take any photos here because it felt a little inappropriate, as though I’d be breaking some kind of cult rule. AnonymouS is hard to find but, once you find it, you’ll soon be sipping on the best cocktail in the city — if not, of your life. Their entire menu is incredibly cultivated — it even involves invisible ink — and the bar itself is contemporary yet cosy. The staff members are friendly and they really know their shit, but they can be slightly intimidating when donning scary masks and lighting your cocktail on fire. Our tip: get the rye manhattan — it’s infused with absinthe. AnonymouS Bar is run by the same folks of AnonymouS Coffee — yet another place to add to your list.
Michalská 432/12, 110 00 Praha, Czech Republic