Back in January, I spent a good portion of my time reading up on things to do in the Czech Republic. My study abroad trip wasn’t too far away, and I always found myself searching the web for unique things to do when I set foot in the city. My mom and I had recently started a habit of going to local coffee shops on the weekends, and I hoped to continue this activity overseas.
Fast forward three months to mid-April, and one of my roommates in Prague shows me a blog post by Taste of Prague detailing the top coffee shops to experience in the city. I was sold. We slowly began making our way through the list, and none failed to disappoint. As all of my friends and family know, coffee is a staple part of my life. It’s the first thing I crave in the morning, and it’s often the subject of my latest tweets. I guess growing up with a coffee snob for a mother contributed to my love of the beverage.
Below is a list of the coffee shops my roommate and I were able to hit up before we headed home at the end of the semester. Thanks to the Taste of Prague blog post, I was able to combine travel and exploration with my caffeine addiction. What could be better?
This coffee shop was conveniently located about a 10-minute walk from our apartment. Although there wasn’t a large amount of seating inside, the shop was nicely decorated to create the illusion of space and openness. A mix of people sat at wooden tables, some typing away on their MacBooks while others were making conversation. The baristas were friendly and thankfully spoke English. The coffee selection was excellent; at that point in the semester, I was craving something other than drip coffee. We both ordered an aeropress, then sat across from a Czech couple to catch up on recent travels we both had separately embarked upon. Most importantly, we were both very impressed with the coffee.
This coffee shop has the same ownership as Anonymous Bar that I wrote about in a previous post that you can read here. The shop has a contemporary and slightly hipster feel to it, with wooden pallets and rainbow-colored pillows acting as the chairs and tables. There are superhero figures placed throughout the shop, and of course the Guy Fawkes mask is painted on its loft ceiling. I ordered the Cold Drip coffee, which came in a plastic bottle complete with a label explaining the type of coffee used and the duration of the drip process. My roommate ordered a lemonade that was served in a ketchup bottle, a unique touch to the shop’s serving style. I had a feeling I would love this coffee shop because I was beyond impressed with the bar. I wish I had gone more than once.
We headed to this coffee shop during our finals week in the hopes that it would make us productive. Five hours, two coffees, and one lunch later, and I successfully completed a good portion of my work. Not only did the cafe provide a productive environment, but the aeropress coffees I ordered from Colombia and Ethiopia were top notch. My caesar salad was also delicious, and the waitstaff was just the right level of friendly.
4. Cafe Ebel
We stumbled upon this cafe on our way through Old Town Square and walked in because of its unique exterior. Although this wasn’t on the list that Taste of Prague provided, it did not disapppoint. I ordered an iced coffee and goat cheese sandwich, both of which were delicious. We actually walked here after our stop at Muj Salek Kavy, and it provided us with the perfect opportunity to take a break from our homework.
We walked right past this coffee shop during our hunt for it. There was only a small black & white sign out front above a set of descending stairs that allowed us to discover its location. Once inside the shop, we sat at the bar and looked around at the brick interior. The archways leading into the main dining area were rounded, aiding in the cafe’s underground ambience. The cafe was much bigger than I expected, with locals gathered at a number of tables doing work. I ordered a panini and a cortado, both of which were up to par. Although the panini was a tad salty, it still satisfied my hunger pains on a rainy afternoon.
This cute, little cafe allowed us to continue with our coffee shop tour after Kavarna Prižírna. There was only one barista working and a couple people chatting over coffee inside. The menu on the wall boasted a Rocky movie poster, and pastries aligned the counter. There was even a selection of souvenirs to buy, so it came as no surprise when I walked out the door with a new coffee mug. I ordered another aeropress while my roommate drank a macchiato. Again, there was nothing to be disappointed about. I Need Coffee! seems like just the place to go when you need a fix before heading to work.
One of the things I love most about each of the cafes is that they serve their coffees in ceramic mugs if you choose to stay for a while. Not only does this make the coffee taste exponentially better, but it enables the cafes to be eco-friendly. The use of ceramic mugs is just one way to lessen your carbon footprint. CustomMade recently published an article detailing other ways to be eco-friendly when making coffee which you can read here.
Thanks to Taste of Prague’s recommendations, I was able to try out six different coffee shops while in Prague. Each had its own unique style, and none disappointed. Until I one day return to Prague, I’ll have to drink out of my I Need Coffee! mug and reminisce.