GLOBE BOOKSTORE AND CAFÉ
A haven for the homesick traveller, Globe Bookstore brings a touch of Californian style to central Prague. This cosy café, hidden within a 115-year-old building, has carmine walls and elegant vaulted ceilings. Relax with a tall latte and a richly decadent chocolate brownie, while surfing the internet or rediscovering a literary classic. The selection of sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes is excellent.
Globe Bookstore and Café, Pštrossova 1925/6, 11000 Prague, +420 224 934203
Home to a creative crowd and owned by a young photographer, Café Pavlač is one of the most popular cafés in Prague. The range of international coffees on offer is extensive, featuring blends that originate from Vienna, Algeria and Turkey, while the food menu includes a good selection of sweet and savoury crêpes. Order a sweet pear tea with a dash of rum to re-fuel after a busy day of shopping.
Café Pavlač, Vita Nejedlého 23, 13000 Prague, +420 222 721731
FRIENDS COFFEE HOUSE
Launched due to its owners’ shared love of good coffee, Friends Coffee House prides itself on the high quality of its Arabica beans, which are roasted and ground on site. The proof is in the décor; the walls are lined with 300 photographs of past patrons. There is a distinctly American feel to the menu, which is full of imported delights, such as Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Don’t leave without trying the gingerbread and pumpkin syrups or a creamy root-beer float.
Friends Coffee House, Palackého 7, 11000 Prague, +420 272 049665
Poets, writers and musicians have flocked to historic Café Slavia since it opened in 1881. This Art Deco haunt not only offers views of the National Theatre, Charles Bridge and Prague Castle, but also plays host to a professional piano player every evening. The continental menu features both fish and meat specialities. Try the roasted almond appetisers, followed by a stack of salted pancakes.
Café Slavia, Smetanovo nábřeží 1012/2, 11000 Prague, +420 224 218493
Inside this Orient-inspired café are Czech chandeliers, turquoise chairs and 75 brightly lit, multicoloured Buddhas. The welcoming, modern décor is enhanced by the lounge music emanating from the DJ booth. What to order? The breakfast bento boxes combine sweet and savoury flavours with aplomb, while the five-element menu is designed to balance yin and yang.
Siddharta Café, Buddha-Bar Hotel, Jakubská 649/8, 11000 Prague, +420 221 776404
The recently renovated Café Imperial still retains the unmistakable air of the grand cafés of old. Head chef Zdeněk Pohlreich serves up a tempting mix of Czech and international cuisine, alongside select signature dishes. The coffee list is exhaustive. Aromatic teas provide a welcome alternative; options include mint, green, Earl Grey and jasmine.
Café Imperial, Na Poříčí 15, 11000 Prague, +420 246 011440
Baked goods are paramount at Bakeshop, where the speciality sourdough takes centre stage. Perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up, this Californian-inspired café is relaxed and retro. Alongside an array of coffees, find smoothies and freshly-pressed juices in refreshing combinations such as lemon, lime and ginger. The cakes, tarts and pies are wonderfully fresh, but the aptly-named ‘world’s best carrot cake’ merits special attention.
Bakeshop, Kozí 918/1 11000 Prague, +420 222 316823