Croissants, Porridge and Kafka: Breakfast in Prague is a Culinary and Literary Adventure

A traditional Czech breakfast is a disappointing affair consisting of dark bread or bread rolls, slices of cheese, salami or ham washed down with coffee. Sometimes pastry with poppy seed paste completes the meal. You get the feeling that people are still full from the evening before or saving themselves from what is yet to come. Eating your breakfast in your hotel may sound a good alternative. The breakfast buffet is an endless array of tempting dishes. But hotel breakfasts are the same all over the world and you hardly notice in what city you are. The bread rolls may have a different shape, but the scrambled eggs, the salmon slivers, the jam, honey and orange juice are the same no matter in what country you are.

Most cafes are also excellent places to come back to at lunch time. Many serve fixed price lunches that are excellent value for money. Do noy expect exquisite culinary delights but you are sure to get a nourishing meal that will please carnivores.

If you need an early do--it-yourself breakfast, go to Albert or any of the other big supermarkets in the center of Prague. They are open from 7 o"clock in the morning. Fresh bread and crispy rolls are an excellent start of the day.

Here is a list of breakfast suggestions that will make your day.


Ovocny Svetozor Sokolovska
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Do you fancy ice cream for breakfast? Ovocný Svetozor is one of the best places in Prague to satisfy your wish. Ovocny Svetozor is famous for its fruit cakes, cheesecakes, cream cakes, pancakes, waffles and ice-cream. But also for its tasty...  Read More

Paneria is a popular fast food chain and has a number of shops dotted all over Prague. They are the perfect place for an early breakfast as they open 07.00 or 07.30. They specialize in Italian style sandwiches, bread rolls, baguettes,...  Read More

The Globe Bookstore and Cafe
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The Globe Bookstore has been going strong since 1993. It is a favorite hang-out for book-loving anglophiles who browse the inventory of over ten thousand new and used English books. Settle for a French breakfast with croissants or homemade...  Read More

Pekarstvi v Karmelitske Cafe
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As soon as the doors open, locals come in to get their fresh-baked bread or sit in the café sipping strong coffee accompanied by scrumptious pastries. Join them and take a seat near the window to catch a glimpse of locals hurrying to work and...  Read More

Cafe Tramway 11
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Right in the middle of Wenceslas square, Cafe Tramway is an eye-catcher. This fiery red tram used to trundle along Wenceslas Square. The two vintage streetcars stand on their own, now disused tracks. One car is the café, the other is the...  Read More

NeoPalladium Cafe
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Located in the Palladium Shopping, Neo Palladium Café is right in the center of Nove mesto, the New Town. This is an excellent option for anyone looking for a healthy breakfast. Their fitness breakfast is simply delicious; yoghurt with muesli...  Read More

What better way to start the day with a warm pain au chocolate or a vanilla cream filled croissant? No need to go to France because Cukrarna St Tropez in Prague has about every sweet delight or pastry you fancy. The shop is like gourmet art...  Read More

Jan Paukert Lahudkarstvi
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Jan Paukert Lahudkárství is an institution in Prague. Located on Narodni Street, you are bound to amble along on your way to the National Theater and the Vltava River. Make it an early morning walk and stop here for a traditional Czech...  Read More

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Bohemia Bagel Holesovice
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If you have a craving for bagel and milkshake, try Bohemia Bagel. No better way to start your day than with a freshly baked bagel filled with cream cheese, smoked salmon, red onions and capers. Washed down with La Boheme American drip coffee,...  Read More

Bakeshop Praha
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The aroma of fresh bread rushes towards you when you enter Bakeshop Praha. This is one of the best places to tuck in crispy croissants, real French pain au chocolate or bagels topped with sesame seed. Sit on the high stools in front of wall to...  Read More


Meet Marianne Crone

Marianne Crone divides her time between her home in the Netherlands and an apartment in Prague, the city where her son, daughter-in-law and grandson live.

Now retired, Marianne is still an...  More About Marianne

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