Drinking coffee is the ultimate symbol of city culture. Whether you have a morning cup at home or on the way to work, you can get this drink made of roasted coffee beans almost anywhere in the world. Below you can read about where to get the best and most interesting cup of coffee in the cities of Prague and Brno. Or where you can sit down with your coffee and enjoy the view.
Prague – from the classic espresso to alchemyIf your journey leads to Prague, you’ve just hit the jackpot. Today, you can get a tasty cup of coffee on almost every corner – you can even get it to go.
Místo: a modern café in the Dejvice quarter by the Hradčanská metro station with several kinds of coffee from various sources around the world. If you go there on a weekend, they serve an excellent brunch until 3pm!
Můj šálek kávy: another star among cafés in the Karlín quarter near the Křižíkova metro station. It is affiliated with Místo, and if you want to get a brunch there on the weekend, make sure you book a table in advance.
Mamacoffee: a pioneer among Prague cafés. About fifteen years ago, they started roasting their own coffee, and they have set a high standard for all those who followed. All the cafés of the small Mamacoffee franchise prepare coffee in various ways (espresso, filter, French press, or even vacuum pot) and offer a little something to eat.
EMA espresso bar: as the name indicates, you can get espresso or its variations in this café near the Municipal House. Beans from the most famous European roasting plants take turns in the grinder. We recommend popping in if you are in the neighbourhood.
Super Tramp Coffee: this small independent café is hidden in the building of a former printing works not far from the National Theatre. Reviews on Google have given it 4.7 stars out of 5. What else is there to say?
Kavárna co hledá jméno: located in the Smíchov quarter, just a few tram stations away from Malá Strana, this is another distinctively independent café in our selection. Coffee during the day and concerts, exhibitions, and culture in the evening.
Styl a interiér: just a few steps from Wenceslas Square, there is a café hidden in the passage of a Baroque house. The interesting thing is that it is also a showroom of a company that sells stylish interior decorations, so you can also come away with a useful souvenir.
Momoichi: a Japanese café and tearoom in the Vinohrady quarter. The menu and interior are tuned to the last detail. Google review: 4.8 out of 5!
IF Café: a cosy café with a sweets shop can be found on the ground floor of the Werich Villa on Kampa Island. If you are strolling by, we definitely recommend popping in to grab some coffee and a sweet treat. IF Cafés can also be found at Tylovo Square, Jungmannova Street, and Belgická Street.
Café Louvre: one of the oldest and continuously operating cafés in Prague, located near the National Theatre. We are not sure where exactly Franz Kafka or Albert Einstein used to sit, but we know that they both liked to go there. Moreover, it if it lunch time, the local lunch menu is both very tasty and reasonably priced.
We promised a café with a view. It is an American chain of cafés that can be found all over the world, but where else can you get Starbucks coffee while taking in the red roofs of Malá Strana and the winding course of the Vltava River than here – below the Prague Castle?
Brno – a city of coffeeThe list above might suggest that Prague is number one on the café scene in the Czech Republic, but the Moravian capital of Brno is definitely the the Czech Mecca of coffee. The people of Brno simply live for coffee culture – from the first beans in the local roasting plants to the great annual coffee festival. The week of coffee (1–7 October) is organised to celebrate the International Day of Coffee, which falls on 1 October. So where to get a good cup of coffee in Moravia?
SKØG Urban Hub: probably the best Brno café, located near the Vegetable Market and serving its own roasts, which sets it apart from other cafés. In the summer, you can have their cold brew or cascara, a drink made from the dried pulp of coffee beans.
V Melounovém cukru: the locals simply call it Cukr (sugar). Guests most enjoy the pairing of coffee and cheesecake that is without equal in Brno. The coffee on offer depends on the season and weather.
Cafe Mitte: a little café near Freedom Square with five tables, ten chairs, and a great staff. The café is on the ground floor of a hostel, so they really welcome travellers. The coffee is from both Czech and international roasting plants, and they can make the perfect espresso or filtered coffee, though their specialty is affogato with homemade vanilla ice cream.
Café Momenta: a peaceful place for coffee and a sweet treat on one of the most beautiful squares – the Vegetable Market – even on the busiest day. They always serve at least two kinds of coffee, and their espresso with pink tonic is a hit. You should try the delicious ‘větrník’ dessert or their summer ice cream desserts. And even though the interior of the café is elaborate to the last detail, if you are there in the summer you simply must take a seat in the garden, which offers a view of the bustling market.
Café Pilát: a café in the Franciscan monastery on Petrov hill. They serve Italian coffee, roasted at the foot of Mt Etna on the island of Sicily using original methods – wood fire, fed with wood from the olive trees growing in the volcanic soil.
Podnik café bar: this café near Petrov only serves filtered coffee but offers three methods of preparation: Chemex, Hario V60, and Aeropress. In addition to the caffeine boost, you can also enjoy an excellent breakfast until 2pm.