A stone’s throw from the ancient stalls of Havelská market, upscale Café-Café is anything but time-worn. With its eclectic décor and fashionable clientele this boisterous coffeehouse and lounge provides a delightfully modern pause from historical Prague. Fresh salads, hand-pressed juices and marzipan goodies make lovely lunch options; the Champagne list and small plates are an excellent beginning to an evening out – or the perfect ending to a long shopping day.
Café-Café, Rytířská 10, 110 00 Prague, +420 224 210597
Enjoy coffee or a light meal not far from the shops and theatres of Náměstí Republiky. Corso Café’s minimalist décor of whitewashed walls beneath a vaulted stone ceiling is comparable to its no-frills menu, which impresses with simple dishes made special by chef Jan Ehrenberger’s sublime hand. Basic tapas pair well with local wines, spicy sausage perks up green salad and pasta dishes are laced with aromatic herb oils. Finish with a slice of homemade goat-cheese cake.
Corso Cafe, V Celnici 1031, 110 00 Prague, +420 224 281137
One of the Jewish quarter’s few contemporary havens for classic Czech cuisine in non-traditional surrounds, Mistral is a favourite among the Charles University faculty and the Rudolfinum’s post-concert crowd. Bleached wood accents and ceiling-to-floor windows draw plenty of light, while thoughtful touches such as potted herb centrepieces create a calming sanctuary in Prague’s most bustling district. Mistral is a sophisticated find for a casual meal or coffee-and-strudel break.
Mistral Café,Valentinská 11, 110 00 Prague, +420 222 317737
The unofficial café of the Czech Fashion Centre collective, Nostress is frequented by the multitude of designers whose boutiques line the neighbouring cobbled streets. It manages to be upscale without feeling fussy thanks to the plush, inviting furniture and small forest of bamboo plants, a nod to the exotic French-Asian fusion menu which encompasses dim sum, foie gras ravioli and lemon tart. An adjacent art gallery exhibits the best Czech and international photography.
Nostress, Dušní 10 (enter at Kolkovně 9), 110 00 Prague, +420 222 317007
Don’t let the bold primary colours and laid-back vibe fool you –PastaCaffé may seem painfully hip at first glance, but you won’t find style over substance here. Authentic Italian pasta dishes, prepared while you watch from the exposed kitchen behind the bar, are the highlight of a menu that also includes breakfast (the homemade jam is not to be missed), panini and piadini, pastries and imported Bolognese espresso. All this is brought to you by Prague’s friendliest waiting staff.
PastaCaffé, Vodičkova 8, 110 00 Prague, +420 222 231869