Coffee houses in the Best of Czech Tradition Means Strong Coffee and sometimes Large Mugs of Beer

Coffee lovers can satisfy their craving in one of the many coffee houses dotted all over Prague. Coffee is immensely popular and the Czechs claim their coffee is the best, even under Communism when beans were shipped from Cuba. Coffee houses have always been meeting places for politicians, artists and dissidents. In Communist days they were under close surveillance of the Secret Police. Today for the price of a small coffee, students and young professionals can sit and work undisturbed with their laptops for as long as they like - WiFi is free – and sit undisturbed for as long as they like.

Many of the coffee shops are known for their specialty coffees and ambiance. Step back in time and sip your cappuccino in the Kavarna of the Municipal House or join the moms in Mamacoffee chatting over their cup of Fair Trade coffee. Café Evropa excels in Turecka, a strong Turkish brew. Wait for the grounds to settle before taking your first sip.

Sample Videnska kava (Viennese coffee), a robust blend topped with whipped cream served in tall vase-like glasses. Add some excitement and try Alzirska kava (Algerian coffee), with a generous dollop of egg liqueur.

You may not have time to visit all ten coffee houses in the list below. But also if you visit only one, your trip to Prague will be an unforgettable experience.

Metro Cafe
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Metro Café is next to Malostranska Metro station. If you need a quick shot of caffeine, this is the ideal place. It is simple, unpretentious and service is fast. A pleasant side effect is that coffee and cakes are modestly priced taking into...  Read More

Cafe Nona
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Cafés that do not double as restaurant are quite rare in Prague. Café Nona is an exception to this rule. Any time of day you drop in just for coffee without ordering a meal. To tell the truth they don't serve full meals but only snacks. Take a...  Read More

Kavarna Evropa
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Enter Café Evropa on your first visit to Prague and you will think, I have been here before. You are partly right. In the movie Titanic, the ornate interior of Evropa stood model for the ship's dining room on the ship. It was also featured in...  Read More

Kava Kava Kava
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Tucked away in a courtyard off Narodni street, Kava Kava Kava is a popular coffee house. The coffee is 100% Arabica, strong and robust. Big change that all seats are taken. No problem simply share a table with a local or another tourist. This is...  Read More

Cafe and Restaurant Slavia
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Kavarna Slavia is undoubtedly one of the most famous cafés in Prague. This was the meeting place of Czech Avant-Garde in the early twentieth century and of dissidents during the Communist regime. Café Slavia is located right across from the...  Read More

Cafe Imperial
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As if time stood still. That is what you experience when you enter Café Imperial. Hundreds of ceramic tiles with bas reliefs of birds, flowers and mystic figures give the café an oriental feel. Franz Kafka and many other famous pre-war Prague...  Read More

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Tucked away in a small side street in the Mala Strana district, Cukrakavalimonada is a combination of restaurant, wine bar and patisserie. The painted wooden ceiling blends well with contemporary furniture. This is the ideal place to refuel...  Read More

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If you search for fair trade coffee or tea, Mamacoffee is your place. Choose from a wide range of quality roasted beans brought from all over the world. Freshly ground, they make supreme cappuccino or latte. Ginger ale or ice mint rooibos are...  Read More

Kavarna Obecni Dum
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Kavarna Obecni Dum, Municipal House Café, sparkles with early twentieth century splendor. In summer, tables spill out onto the pavement, but if you wish to appreciate the opulence of Art Nouveau interior decoration, you'd better sit inside....  Read More

Prague 05 Smichov

Nestled in a nineteenth-century building close to the Vltava River and Kampa Island, Café Savoy started life as an imitation of a Viennese coffeehouse. The café became a popular meeting place for dissidents after the Velvet Revolution in 1989....  Read More


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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.

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