From a perfect flat white to coconut milk lattes, here’s where to go for a mid-morning pick-me-up
The Czech capital is perfectly primed for pedestrian adventures. Veer off down winding medieval streets to discover picture-perfect vistas and historic architectural treasures. To fuel such discovery, Prague is liberally peppered with coffee shops. Whether seeking out a quiet corner in which to while away the hours, or a quick caffeine hit before the next bout of sightseeing, these are some of our favourite coffee shops to seek out in Prague.
Prague’s beauty is not merely skin deep — it has illustrious interiors to match. Step inside Café Letka on Letohradská to admire its original arched windows and gracefully faded décor, remnants of its former incarnation as an Austro-Hungarian coffee shop. If you can be tempted away from the delicious, freshly ground Kenyan coffee, try the homemade lemonade — it’s sublime. Where Letka’s glamour has faded over the years, Kavárna Obecní dům has been immaculately restored. With all high, coved ceilings and Art Deco chandeliers, it’s one of the fanciest coffee shops in Prague—and has a coffee menu to match. Try the Vienna coffee, piled high with whipped cream, or a shot of Cherry Grog for something stronger.
The cosy Týnská Literární Kavárna behind the Týn church is a well-attended local favourite. It’s a little tricky to find, even for regulars, but is an ideal corner in which to spend an hour or two with a good book — and a great coffee. Equally lovely for its quirky vintage décor is Kavárna Kabinet, a café that would be much busier were it not for its tucked away location near Dejvická station. Frequented by in-the-know locals, it’s the perfect place to get a feel for everyday life in Prague. A little closer to the center, Ecocoffee is famous for its Vietnamese coffee, served in the traditional way with condensed milk. Add in the café’s living wall of plants, and this is a breath of fresh air in the heart of the city.
There’s no shortage of avocado toast at the Coffee Room on Korunní. There’s also an admirable emphasis on excellent coffee, with a careful house blend that’s undergoing constant evolution. Elsewhere, Ema Espresso Bar at Masaryk Railway Station is all chic pine benches decorated with sprays of irises and perfect hearts cut into the foam of its flat whites. It’s one of Prague’s most popular coffee shops, with tiny tables spilling out across the pavement for when it gets too crowded inside. Tucked away in the Old Town, Mezi Srnky is full of wildflowers and eclectic crockery. The menu pays special attention to its suppliers, carefully sourcing farm-to-fork fare and giving pride of place to a hearty weekend brunch.
Many of the best coffee shops in Prague cater well for vegans, and most have almond, rice, or coconut milk on request. Moment Kavárna & Bistro serves some of the best cakes in town, and they’re all vegan. Its coffee cupcakes are sublime, and a cup of single-source dark roast certainly holds its own alongside them. Raw foodies will delight in MyRaw Café’s decadent selection of desserts, best served with a coconut latte. With the vegan lifestyle gaining traction in the Czech capital, look out for a fresh flock of restaurants popping up across the city.