The Czech Republic isn´t known just for its pubs and beers – there is also a café phenomenon, which forms an indelible part of the Czech cities’ personality. You can find both modern and traditional cafés almost everywhere, but do you know where the gourmets and foodies go? Or would you like to discover legendary businesses the tradition of Czech coffee culture emerged from? We will show you tips for unique and extraordinary places that you must see with your own eyes!
The Charm of Famous First-Republic Cafés
The concentration of cafés is probably the highest in Prague. It can boast of its historical cafés where famous people, such as Albert Einstein or Franz Kafka, used to go. One such café is Café Louvre at Národní třída. It opened in 1902 and has been in the same place ever since. Forget baristas. In Czech Republic, you will only find waiters and waitresses in pressed shirts and black bow ties. This place breathes a beautiful, old-world atmosphere! The former Czech President, Václav Havel, used to go to Café Slavia across from the National Theatre. The large windows let you enjoy the view of the Vltava River and Prague Castle, and Charles Bridge, directly from your table. Another old café is the Grand Café Orient near the Municipal House. It is the only original Cubist café in the world!
Prague Cafés You Must Not Miss
However, if you prefer the coffee itself and seek gourmet coffee from small roasting shops or directly from specific plantations, there are many options in Prague. You can try the Místo café in Dejvice. They serve coffee from Doubleshot, a small coffee-roasting shop in Prague. You can enjoy a peaceful atmosphere and top-quality coffee in the showroom and main café of the well-known roasting shop La Bohème Café at Vinohrady. And what about the atmosphere? Cukrárna Alchymista is a place with the most beautiful green garden in whole of Prague, exceptional tranquility, gourmet coffee and homemade treats. If you go there, stop by the neighboring Coffee Museum, dedicated to the history of coffee worldwide, not only in the Czech context.
… and What about Other Cities?
The Brno coffee scene is treading on Prague’s toes. Coffee Bar Mymika is the most recent addition to Moravské Square. On the other hand, SKØG Urban Hub at Dominikánské Square has been one of the top cafés in Moravia for many years, known for its Scandinavian style. Kafec Brněnský is a business that has built a name as an excellent place for morning waffles! The Monogram Espresso Bar at the Kapucínské Square is the smallest café in the city; you will only find one table there, but their espresso is perfect. The coffee fever did not slip West Bohemian Plzeň: the Walter café prepares coffee roasted by Five Elephant in Berlin. Would you like espresso or filtered coffee? They have both. In Litomyšl, visit Kafemysl at the Smetanovo Square, or the nearby Chocco Café. You can expect a pleasant environment, gourmet café, and treats in both.