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11 Best Breakfast Spots in Prague 2015

Published on July 09th, 2015 in Dining & Drinking

  • Café Savoy breakfast (photo courtesy of www.tasteofprague.com)

  • Můj šálek kávy breakfast (photo courtesy of www.tasteofprague.com)

  • Café Lounge breakfast (photo courtesy of www.tasteofprague.com)

  • Bottegas breakfast (photo courtesy of www.tasteofprague.com)

  • Home kitchen breakfast (photo courtesy of www.tasteofprague.com)

  • Pastacaffé breakfast (photo courtesy of www.tasteofprague.com)

  • Wine Food Market breakfast (photo courtesy of www.tasteofprague.com)

  • Café Jen breakfast (photo courtesy of www.tasteofprague.com)

  • The Farm breakfast (photo courtesy of www.tasteofprague.com)

 

I first discovered Czech food aficionados Jan and Zuzi on their Taste of Prague tour (see Prague's First Foodie Tour), an experience that I highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a fun afternoon of strolling, tasting, and talking about Czech culture. Their beautifully photographed blog is also a favorite of Prague foodies, myself included, for its great dining and drinking tips and occasional interviews with locals, myself included! (see Meet a Local: Karen of Artel Glass).

 

I will occasionally be reposting some of their blog posts here, simply because I think their picks and reviews are usually spot on and tend to overlap with my own dining experiences. Click here to read the original full-length blog post on the Taste of Prague Food blog.

 

 

Cafe Savoy

Killer pastries (including the best větrníks in Prague) and delicious croissants (on a good day) with excellent marmalades made in house. Book a table in advance (especially for weekend mornings) and have the French toast if you feel like sinning, or their brioche bread with ham and Gruyere cheese and a poached egg, or scrambled eggs or omelets any way you like them - all delicious! Not everything is ideal on Planet Savoy: we are still not huge fans of their coffee. Also, the consistency of their 5-minute eggs can be all over the place. But hey, nobody’s perfect.

 

 

Photo courtesy of http://cafesavoy.ambi.cz/en/

 

Vítězná 124/5, Prague 5, Malá Strana
http://cafesavoy.ambi.cz/en/  
tel 257 311 562
hours Mon – Fri: 8:00 – 22:30; Sat & Sun: 9:00 – 22:30
tram 6, 9, 12, 20, 22 to Ujezd

 

 

Můj šálek kávy

Můj šálek kávy is not a place we visit for high-end cuisine, but the kitchen has improved, the bakery produces arguably the best gluten-free bread we tried in Prague, and the value of the cafe really lies elsewhere: it is one of those spots for a trouble-free Sunday breakfast in a lazy atmosphere with top-notch coffee served by a friendly and smiling staff. And you need that on a Sunday morning. (Although they can get busy busy busy, so prepare to wait a bit on Sundays.)

 

Photo courtesy of Můj šálek kávy facebook page

 

Křižíkova 105, Praha 8, Karlin
www.mujsalekkavy.cz
tel 222 981 874
hours Mon – Sat: 9:00 – 22:00; Sun 10:00 – 18:00
metro Křižíkova
tram 3, 8 to Urxova


 

Cafe Lounge

If coffee is an important part of your breakfast, then Café Lounge, might tickle your fancy. Again, getting a table on a Sunday morning without a reservation is akin to a miracle, so book ahead, if only for their wonderful backyard tables open during the summer. The revamped breakfast menu focuses on egg dishes, although they also serve sandwiches and bagels for breakfast. Some of our eggs were overdone compared to what we ordered, so make sure you make it clear exactly how you want your eggs done. Also, their selection of classic Czech baking products is great; if you want sweet buns or kolaches just like grandma used to make, this is a good place to order.

 

Photo courtesy of www.cafe-lounge.cz

 

Plaská 615/8, Prague 5, Malá Strana
www.cafe-lounge.cz/en/
tel 257 404 020
hours Mon – Fri: 7:30 – 22:00; Sat: 9:00 – 22:00; Sun: 9:00 – 17:00
tram 6, 9, 12, 20, 22 to Ujezd


 

Bottegas

We are including Riccardo Lucque’s empire of four Italian eateries under “Bottegas”: Bottega di Finestra in Platnerska street, Bottega Bistroteka in Dlouha street, Bottega in Tusarova street in the Holesovice district, and La Gastronomica di Aromi by the TV Tower. All these bistros share a very similar style, demographic and menu. However, where they really excel is their Eggs Benedict, probably the best in town. All the Bottegas are high-end and the styling is modern and cool. We like their newest branch at Tusarova the best, but La Gastronomica has outdoor tables, which is a plus in the summer.

 

Photo courtesy of La Bottega Di Finestra facebook page 

 

La Bottega Di Finestra

Platnéřská 11, Prague 1
http://lafinestra.labottega.cz/en/homepage

hours Mon – Sat: 8:30 – 22:30; Sun: 8:30 – 20:30

 

La Bottega Bistroteka

Dlouhá 39, Prague 1
http://bistroteka.labottega.cz/en/homepage

hours Mon – Sat: 9:00 – 24:00; Sun: 9:00 – 22:00

 

La Bottega Tusarova

Tusarova 39, Prague 7
http://tusarova.labottega.cz/en/homepage

hours Mon – Sat: 9:00 – 22:00; Sun: 9:00 – 21:00

 

La Bottega Gastronomica

Ondříčkova 17, Praha 3
http://aromi.labottega.cz/cs/homepage

hours Mon – Thur: 9:00 – 21:30; Fri & Sat: 9:30 – 22:00; Sun: 9:30 – 21:00


 

Home Kitchen

The “original” Home Kitchen is a small and intimate place that really feels like home: you sit at two communal tables and the staff is friendly and helpful. The Holesovice location of Home Kitchen is a much bigger affair but very similar in terms of the styling and menu. The selection for breakfast is small but tasty. Apart from eggs, you can also get pancakes and good bread with several toppings, and sweet breakfasts, too, with lighter meals and salads throughout the rest of the day. Both venues open really early (7:30 on weekdays and 8:00 on weekends) and the central one closes on Sundays. The only downside is that tap water is not served with your meal, but we still like Home Kitchen a lot.

 

Photo courtesy of Home Kitchen facebook page 

 

Jugmannova 8, Prague 1, Nové Město
tel 734 714 227
hours Mon – Fri: 7:30 – 22:00
metro Můstek

 

Jankovcova 14a, Prague 7, Holešovice
www.homekitchen.cz/en/
tel 605 263 812
hours Mon – Fri: 7:30 – 22:00; Sat & Sun: 8:00 – 22:00
metro Nádraží Holešovice
bus 156 to V Přístavu

 

 

Pastacaffé

Oh, Pastacaffé. You either love it or you hate it, and we fall into both camps at times. You can choose between two branches: for a bit of normality, choose the branch at Vodickova street near Wenceslas sq. But for a full-on visual effect and experience, the one at the Vezenska street (in the Spanish synagogue building) attracts an eclectic mix of loud Czech and foreign businessmen and B-list celebrities who come here after shopping Louis Vuitton and Prada in the nearby Parizska street. Their breakfast sets are a terrific value and consist of good-quality components. We love the soft-boiled eggs with Parmeggiano cheese or fried eggs with spinach and their granola with fresh fruits. They also offer a nice selection of Czech pastries made over at Cafe Savoy, and some Italian sweets.

 

Photo courtesy of http://pastacaffe-vezenska.ambi.cz/en/#galerie

  

Vězeňská 141/1, Prague 1 - Staré Město
http://pastacaffe-vezenska.ambi.cz/en/
tel 224 813 257
hours Mon – Sat: 8:00 – 22:00; Sun: 10:00 – 22:00
metro Staroměstská
tram 17, 18 to Staroměstská


 

Wine Food Market

Wine Food Market truly is like a bit of Italy in Prague: a well-stocked shop with all the hams, cheeses, olive oils and wines you may want, an Italian bakery, a fish shop, a cafe, vegetable and a gelato shop all wrapped around a central “market” area where you can eat it all. And now they serve breakfast, too. Think lots of egg dishes, some with speck and ham or cheese from the shop, along with Italian croissants and sandwiches. Worth the detour from the city centre? Yes if you love Italian food, and if you are in the Vysehrad fortress area just walk across the railway bridge, turn left and after a three-minute walk along one of the ugliest streets in Prague, you’re there.

 

Photo courtesy of the Wine Food Market Google Maps page

  

Strakonická 1, Praha 5 – Smíchov
www.winemarket.cz
tel 733 338 650
hours Mon – Sat: 7:00 – 21:00; Sun: 8:00 – 22:00
metro Smíchovské nádraží
tram 12, 20 to Plzeňka

 

 

Café Jen

Started as a cute, little cafe near the Grebovka vineyard and the hipster heaven that is Krymska street, Jen has now grown into a young adult: it is still cute but shows signs of maturity, too. The welcoming, “where-everybody-knows-your-name" spirit and focus on breakfast served all day has remained. The place tends to be jam-packed on Sundays and getting a seat outside during the summer without a reservation is a feat. Their breakfast sets change every weekend but always seem to include some eggs. We like their “Misa” dessert made of sweet curd cheese and chocolate, one of our favorite guilty pleasures in Prague. Add decent coffee from Has Bean and Moravian wines from the Hrdina and dcera winery and you’re up for a trouble-free start to your Sunday.
 

Photo courtesy of the Café Jen Google Maps page 

 

Kodaňská 553/37, 101 00 Praha
www.cafejen.cz
tel 604 329 904
hours Mon 8:00 – 19:00; Tue-Fri 8:00 – 21:30; Sa 9:30 – 19:00; Sun: 9:30 – 19:00
tram 4, 22 to Ruská

 

 

The Farm

Is the Farm a place we would travel across the city just to have breakfast? Probably not. Still, if you’re somewhere in the area (the Letna district in the vicinity of the Sparta stadium) and want to have breakfast in a friendly venue this might be a place you might enjoy. The menu is a standard affair: some egg dishes, a fruit salad, pancakes and so on. We would skip the French toast: it does not stand up in comparison to the Cafe Savoy version. Still, the owner who never seems to leave the shop in daylight is very nice and accommodates all your quirky requests with a smile. They do try with their coffee and offer better than most, and their outdoor tables are quiet and nice.

 

Photo courtesy of The Farm facebook page

  

Korunovacni 17, Praha 7, Holešovice
www.facebook.com/Farmletna
tel 773 626 177
hours Mon-Fri: 8:00-22:00; Sat & Sun: 9:00-22:00
tram 1,8,12,25,26 to Korunovační

 

 

SaSaZu

While not really a breakfast spot, SaSaZu earns a spot in this list for their Sunday family brunches, fun Sunday happenings that will come in handy if you are visiting Prague with kids. The concept is simple: come any time between noon and 4pm on Sunday, and in addition to the pretty delicious Asian food, there will be an army of nannies waiting, and lots of X-Box consoles installed, all in one corner for the kids. The small ones can also prepare crepes and other dishes for their parents. And what about the adults? They can get a back rub from the Thai masseuse present in the restaurant, sometimes a nail artist for nails. Is it breakfast? Eh… no. But it sure is fun and relaxing, and that’s what Sunday brunches are all about, right?

 

Photo courtesy of SaSaZu facebook page

  

Bubenské nábřeží 306, Prague 7, Holešovice
www.sasazu.com
tel 284 097 455
hours Sun-Thurs: 12:00 – 24:00; Fri & Sat: 12:00-1:00
tram 1, 12, 24, 25 to Pražská tržnice


 

The Farmers’ Market

Getting breakfast at a farmers’ market is actually a pretty fine idea in our book. Our favorite, Naplavka market on the riverside, definitely has good coffee from BrewBar and Kavovy klub (that runs Kafe Karlin, among other things), yogurt by the Krasolesi farm, good pastries from Votre Plaisir and more prepared food than you could really take in. The other farmers’ markets in Prague offer good breakfast options too, from the burgers, galettes and raclette sandwiches at the Dejvice market to the kolaches and sausages at the Jirak market. And good coffee can be had in all of these stops, so they’ve got that covered, too. Enjoy!

 

Photo courtesy of Farmářské tržiště facebook page

  

Výtoň - Rašínovo nábřeží, Prague 2, Nové Město
www.farmarsketrziste.cz
tel N/A
hours Sat: 08:00–14:00
metro Karlovo Náměstí
tram 3, 7, 17, 21 to Výtoň or 3, 4, 7, 10, 16, 17, 21 to Palackého náměstí

 

 

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