Prague looks completely magical in the snow, but the chilly January temperatures during our recent holiday occasionally took their toll on our fingers and toes. Luckily, Prague’s many cafes provided us with the perfect setting in which to warm up again. We gladly sought out a varied selection of eateries where we rested our feet and filled our bellies with delicious snacks and hot drinks. Here’s some of our favourite finds:
Prague’s only cubist cafe, this little gem is eye-catching from the outside and even more so inside, with the finest details providing perfect examples the unique early 20th century cubism movement, right down to the zigzag coat hooks.
We sipped on a sumptuous chocolate coffee, then exited the cafe on the first floor to climb the winding ‘House of the Black Madonna’ staircase as high as possible. The spectacular view back down to the ground floor overrode any sense of vertigo.
After slipping and sliding over the historic cobbles of Charles bridge, we were glad to find this simple little cafe close to the Kafka museum. We had heard great things about the hot chocolate here so we both ordered a chilli chocolate and a slice of plum cake. The drinks didn’t beat the incredible hot chocolates we guzzled at Aztec in Budapest (we’re not sure anything ever will!) but the fruit-filled cake and welcoming atmosphere more than made up for it.
The historic Cafe Savoy, nestled in the medieval Mala Strana district, was bustling with an interesting mix of people dining, drinking and meeting. With its grand air, formal uniforms and simple refined menu, it reminded us of Betty’s in Yorkshire and we felt instantly at home.
We sipped on refreshing lavender and rosemary lemonades then ordered lunch; a carrot and chicken ‘restaurant’ (a thick restorative soup) and a seasonal beetroot, pear and Bastion cheese salad. Of course, we had to sample the bread that we watched being crafted in the in-house patisserie, which was the perfect accompaniment to our light lunch.
Our mum read about Sisters cafe while we were planning our Prague trip and we all agreed it was a must-visit. This modern spot in the Stare Mesto (Old Town) offers a refreshing, light alternative to the city’s traditional cafes. Serving up herbal teas, coconut water, fresh juices and a long list of coffees, Sisters cafe was a calm retreat when we stopped to rest our tired feet one lunchtime. We spent a long time gazing at the cabinet of “chlebicek” – Czech open sandwiches – and eventually settled on two each; king prawn and egg, celeriac salad, pork and cabbage, and mackerel and beetroot.
After lunch we enjoyed browsing some of the neighbouring foodie shops in the up-and-coming Gastro Pasaz complex, which included a specialist wine shop, a raw food cafe, a cheese supplier and a gourmet butchers.