The MadHouse Guide to Prague’s Coffee Scene
There’s no point in denying it, coffee isn’t just about the caffeine boost anymore, it’s a whole lifestyle. The good news for those who take their coffee seriously (we’re looking at you, Australia) is that Prague has hopped on board the coffee shop phenomenon in recent years. While we can’t pretend to have visited all of the endless cafes that have popped up (although…challenge!?) here are five of our currents favs:
Okay, yes, it’s the closest at a whopping 280m from The MadHouse, but we swear that’s not the (main) reason it’s at the top of our list! Aside from the quality coffee they serve (along with hot chocolate, tea and some small baked goods), they have a cute little courtyard perfect for summer months and a cozy interior for when the weather is less than stellar. They also get bonus points for their music choices whenever we’ve been in.
If you describe your coffee with words more specific than ‘hot’ or ‘strong’, this is the place for you. Quality coffee is the name of the game here. It’s just off Betlemske Namesti (where you can go say hello to our sister hostel, The RoadHouse!) and owned by the people responsible for the very popular and wonderful Mama Coffee chain. It’s small and hip, for those who like that sort of thing 😉
Another Betlemske Namesti find, and tried-and-true favourite of the RoadHouse crew. It’s a really nice spot for your first (or second or fifth) cup of the day. The interior is cute (re: grandmother’s-attic-chic) with huge windows perfect for people-watching. Their staff are super friendly, which as many of you know is not always a given in this city. Along with your usual hot beverages, they serve a small menu of yummy savoury snacks.
Be prepared to go for a bit of a walk to find Muj Salek Kavy, but we promise it’s worth the trek. Nestled in the heart of Karlin (the hippest of the hipster areas), this is the flagship cafe of original local roasters doubleshot coffee, So yeah, these guys know what their doing. They even have a few tables outside during the summer which completes the ambiance. Non-coffee-related-bonus: located right across the street is Garage, which serves the best poutine outside of Canada.
Not 30m off busy Vodickova street, you will find the beautiful and peaceful oasis of Styl & Interior. It kind of feels like you’re entering another land a la Narnia. Along with an extensive beverage menu, they offer light breakfast and lunch options if you’re feeling nibbly. Just don’t be surprised if you lose track of time among the trees and vines. It’s not very well signed, so keep your eyes peeled to your left as you walk up Vodickova toward Wenceslas Square.