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Top 5 Cafés for Coffee Lovers

Published on October 18th, 2012 in Dining & Drinking

  • KIDÓ Bistro & Shop

  • Mamacoffee

  • Café Lounge

  • Můj šálek kávy

  • Al cafetero

Locally-roasted, single-origin beans prepared by highly skilled baristas—have we departed for Vienna, Rome or Seattle? Not at all. Right here in Prague it’s increasingly possible to enjoy a gourmet cup. I’ve selected five must-visit cafes for caf-fiends, all of them ideal for brunch and light meals, too:

KIDÓ Bistro & Shop

A fashion-designer friend recommended KIDÓ and I’m so glad she did. Those who venture out to the Letná neighborhood will be rewarded not only with proximity to glorious Stromovka Park, but supreme coffee from local roasters La Bohème Café and knock-out small plates and pastries. (I enjoyed the brown-rice risotto and red-currant-and-vanilla-cream tart with my silky latte.) The modern décor nearly distracts from the kava—KIDÓ’s owners are interior decorators who specialize in handmade mosaic tiles and mohair blankets. The shop stocks a selection of their work alongside Czech-made True Tea and wines by the “Authentists,” a group of small-batch domestic vintners.



KIDÓ Bistro & Shop
Šmeralova 22, Prague 7, Letná
www.lovekido.cz/
tel 233 320 426
hours Mon–Fri: 08:00–21:00, Sat: 14:00–21:00, Sun: 11:00–18:00
tram 1, 8, 15, 26 to Letenské náměstí

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mamacoffee

Distinctive for being the first importer and roaster of Fair Trade coffee in Central Europe, Mamacoffee coffeehouses, with a number of locations scattered throughout the city, boast a variety of extraordinary beans including a signature blend that is made with cardamom. When I’m shopping in Prague near Wenceslas Square I always skip the big coffee chains and pop into Mamacoffee’s Vodičkova location for what is one of my favorite cups in town: a generous drip-brewed coffee served in a lovely ceramic mug. Don’t forget to sample the wonderfully chewy homemade cookies—pistachio, peanut butter—that hold up to dunking.



Mamacoffee
Vodičkova 6, Prague 2, Nové Město
www.mamacoffee.cz
tel 773 337 309
hours Mon–Fri: 08:00–22:00, Sat–Sun: 10:00–22:00
metro Můstek
tram 3, 9, 14, 24 to Vodičkova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Café Lounge

Café Lounge belongs to Prague’s polished, waiter-in-a-white-apron café tradition, with two distinctions: its elegant townhouse setting and its focus on premium coffee. Here fresh, locally roasted La Bohème beans go into artfully foamed espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, and innovative drinks like ginger iced coffee. I suggest you try the apple cake with toasted marshmallow topping and, if weather permits, take a seat in the cozy garden where a fragment of the Hunger Wall, a medieval fortification commissioned by Emperor Charles IV, provides a romantic backdrop. Stretching up nearby Petřín Hill, the original wall is among the lesser-known places to visit in Prague.



Café Lounge
Plaská 8, Prague 5, Újezd
www.cafe-lounge.cz
tel 257 404 020
hours Mon–Fri: 07:30–22:00,
Sat: 09:00–22:00,
Sun: 09:00–19:00
tram 6, 9, 12, 20, 22 to Újezd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Můj šálek kávy

The Czech specialty coffee-roasting company Doubleshot owns Můj šálek kávy (My Cup of Coffee), where coffee gets taken so seriously that the menu features tasting notes. But the casual, farmhouse feel of the place always makes me want to linger. Whether you order a strong cup of Bolivian coffee with hints of dark chocolate and mango or an Ethiopian single-origin espresso, be sure to accompany your caffeine fix with any one of the delicious desserts—brownies, cupcakes, cheesecake—from Prague-based Lanka Cakes bakery, a long-time guilty pleasure of mine. True connoisseurs will appreciate the tasting flights, which allow for sampling your choice of three coffees.



Můj šálek kávy
Křižíkova 105, Prague 8, Karlín
www.mujsalekkavy.cz
tel 222 981 874
hours Mon–Sat: 09:00–22:00, Sun: 10:00–18:00
metro Křižíkova
tram 8, 24 to Křižíkova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Al cafetero

Al cafetero is a real find for coffee lovers. Stepping up to the tiny wooden bar to order a macchiato and a dish of tiramisu, I always forget I’m in Prague and not on some fabulous Italian holiday. That is, unless I order their traditional Czech plum cake, which brings me right back to Central Europe. Doubleshot supplies the premium beans, jazz legends supply the soundtrack and comfy couch seating supplies just the right atmosphere for a coffee break. The house specialty, coffee brewed in a vacuum pot, pairs perfectly with the sweet and savory strudels (cabbage is my favorite) which can also be ordered to go.



Al cafetero
Blanická 24, Prague 2, Vinohrady
www.alcafetero.cz
tel 777 061 161
hours Mon–Thu: 08:30–21:00, Fri: 08:30–18:00
metro Náměstí Míru
tram 4, 10, 16, 22 to Náměstí Míru, tram 11 to Italská

 

 

 

 

 

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