Prague, Czech Republic – It’s a well-known fact: Prague is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, with the number of foreign tourists skyrocketing year after year.
It’s therefore becoming hard to find unique, off-the-beaten track, original cafes to have a drink, eat a meal or just relax far from the madding crowds and enjoy a chill summer in the Czech capital.
We can all agree on one thing: no one really enjoys visiting the crowded restaurants and cafes on Wenceslas Square or Old Town Square, plagued by overfilled and noisy terraces and ridiculous prices.
To avoid this kind of places and enjoy Prague to the fullest, here’s a list of the best, unique and quirky cafes to visit in the city.
Opened a few years ago, this cafe has already become the favourite place for many young people in Prague. The menu changes daily, and the cafe offers breakfasts from 8 am to 11.30 am and lunch from 12 pm to 4 pm. The average price of a meal for two people is around 20€.
Spižírna 1902 is located five minutes from the Jiřího z Poděbrad metro station. It features a beautiful floral interior, pleasant service and, most importantly, delicious food for both meat eaters and vegans. In other words, Spižírna is the ideal place to visit for breakfast and brunch, or take stylish photos for your Instagram if that’s your thing.
Address: Korunní 86
Although Grand Cafe Orient didn’t accept visitors for about 80 years, it now finally re-opened its doors to cater to tourists and locals alike. This historical cafe is located on the second floor of the iconic House of the Black Madonna, the first and most emblematic Cubist building built in Prague in the early 20th century.
Grand Cafe Orient has an old-fashioned interior decorated in a cubic style and its signature dark green shades. The menu offers an enormous assortment of pastries and desserts. For a good lunch, you won’t spend more than 25€, with the most expensive cakes costing around 10€.
Address: Ovocný trh 19
This restaurant, located near the famous TV Tower, has a warm and lighted interior with wooden wine racks and bright glass counters showcasing a variety of appetizers and desserts. La Bottega Gastronomica will suit your taste if you’re an aficionado of home-made pasta, freshly baked bread, salamis and hams, truffles and of course excellent wines; in other words, if you like top-notch Italian cuisine.
However, the main uniqueness of the restaurant lies in its extraordinary fresh grilled chicken that you can taste at any time of day during the working hours. You can also order appetizers, main courses and a glass of wine for a pretty fair price.
Address: Ondříčkova 17
Kantýna is a dining restaurant in the very centre of Prague, and can therefore be often pretty packed on weekends. However, there are almost no tourists, as they often consider this “canteen” too simple. It truly is, and that’s what gives it its own, specific charm!
This restaurant has everything that Czechs love – meat cooked on fire and draft beer. The menu also has other dishes of Czech cuisine – tripe soup, potato pancake, sour cabbage, cucumber salad, tartar sauce and many others.
Prices remain very affordable, despite it offering higher-quality meals than the average Prague hospoda. If you want to try Czech cuisine or just high-quality meat, Kantýna is definitely the place to visit, and open every day from 11.30 am to 11.00 pm.
Address: Politických vězňů 5
There are often huge queues in front of the numerous ice cream cafes in the city centre. But only one metro station from Můstek, you’ll find a charming and quiet cafe with arguably some of Prague’s most delightful ice creams and lovely people working there.
In Zmrzlinář, ice cream is prepared according to the old family recipe, but new flavours are regularly added to the shop window. There are four primary flavours – chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and pistachio – while the other twelve are constantly changing. Some ice creams are even entirely vegan and gluten-free. Try it out on the next hot summer day!
Address: Slezská 15
Another place in the centre of Prague that opened not too long ago but already attracts a lot of young people in the evenings: Swim, a bar-restaurant located on the ground floor mixed with a club downstairs for helter-skelter parties.
Although the stylish and bright interior might be enough to captivate visitors, many people come back to taste Swim’s delicious breakfasts, bottled wine and cheap cocktails. Visit the Swim Club in the evening and come back to the restaurant for lunch between 11.30 am and 3.00 pm to try one of its signature dishes.
Address: Štěpánská 36