Pâtisserie Saint Tropez
Tucked away from busy Wenceslas Square in Art Deco shopping gallery Dům U Nováků – also accessible via historic Palác Lucerna, a must for visitors – this elegant Parisian-style confectioner is owned by a French couple. One of the few places in Prague where you can find authentic macaroons (the lavender variety is dreamy), Saint Tropez is a quiet haven for coffee, tea, croissants, quiche or cake. Save room for the house speciality, handmade chocolate bon-bons.
Pâtisserie Saint Tropez, Dům U Nováků, Vodičkova 30, 110 00 Prague, +420 222 524333
A Prague institution in a landmark Rondo-Cubist building, the Myšák sweet shop was restored to its former First Republic splendour and reopened in 2008. Traces of the original space’s grandeur can be glimpsed in the large-scale period photos, replica chandeliers and, of course, the traditional Czech confections and quality coffee. Menu highlights include the berry-marzipan cake and the Wenceslas Crown, a marvel of gelato, bittersweet chocolate and cappuccino drizzled with caramel.
Cukrárna Myšák, Vodičkova 710/31, 110 00 Prague, +420 731 653813
This bakery in the heart of the Old Town serves up home-style, comforting desserts such as loaf cake, pie and cheesecake, made from scratch on the premises. The sourdough bread is outstanding – Bakeshop cultivates its own yeast – and is available in walnut, potato-dill and cherry-pecan, to name just a few varieties. But it’s the homemade baked goods that attract peckish crowds. Rejuvenate your shopping spirit with fresh-pressed juices, espresso drinks and a selection of cookies, brownies and biscotti.
Bakeshop Praha, Kozí 1, 110 00 Prague, +420 222 316823
With its delicate tilework, wrought-iron tables and majestic glass cases filled with every sweet and savoury imaginable, Au Gourmand promises a true taste of France in the centre of Prague. Brioche and pains au chocolat beckon for breakfast while fruit tarts rival mille feuilles and orange mousse for dessert. In the warmer months, an outdoor patio provides respite from the city’s rush. This local favourite also sells prettily packaged jams, ciders and pâtés.
Au Gourmand, Dlouhá 10, 110 00 Prague, +420 222 329060
Another an historic space restored to its previous First Republic glory, the Jan Paukert delicatessen was once frequented by beloved Czech president T G Masaryk. Its founder most notably invented chlebíčky, the traditional Czech open-faced sandwich, which you’ll find here in quantity. Opposite the deli an impressive confectionery counter serves not only homemade Czech cakes, meringues and pralines but also stocks boxes of imported luxury chocolates and gourmet goodies from around the globe.
Jan Paukert, Národní 981/17, 110 00 Prague, +420 224 222615
Paul, the successful French pâtisserie, has arrived in the Czech Republic, opening up a handful of shops, including a location on the smart Na Příkopě shopping boulevard. Catering to Francophiles with a sweet tooth, this is hardly food-court fare. From the highly recommended chocolate tart and berry charlotte to the more portable macaroons and eclairs, the fresh-baked goods and pastries here pair well with café au lait – and the Czech cafe tradition.
Paul, Pásaž Broadway, Na Příkopě 31, 110 00 Prague, +420 224 241650