The 9 Best Coffee Shops in Prague, Czech Republic

The gorgeous art deco interior of Café Imperial, Prague
The gorgeous art deco interior of Café Imperial, Prague | © Dirk Renckhoff / Alamy Stock Photo
Ieva Matiejunaite

The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is a hub of culture and history and is often ranked among the most beautiful cities in the world. In terms of its cafe scene, not many people know the variety of coffee shops scattered across the Eastern European city offering excellent espresso, and some delicious Czech beer, along with tasty pancakes and cakes. Here are our nine favourites.

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Friends Coffee House (FCH)

Cafe, Tea , European, British

As the name suggests, FCH is an ideal place for gathering with friends over a cup of coffee. Situated in the New Town (Nove Mesto) area, the cafe is airy and bright, with plenty of space inside. It has a homely interior with lots of pictures, candles, pots and plants, along with a library of its own and a little fountain. FCH offers locally roasted coffee with tasty sandwiches and cakes.

Muj Salek Kavy

Cafe, Czech, European

Coffee shop in Karlin Prague
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The Muj Salek Kavy cafe is about 10 minutes away from the city centre by tram and is so enjoyed by its loyal customers that on weekends, it is essential to book. Apart from excellent coffee, which you can choose your own beans for, they serve sumptuous breakfasts and brunches. Highlights include a traditional English breakfast or delicious whole-wheat pancakes with a topping of choice. The location is a beautiful, quiet, tree-lined street, with tables outside in the summer.

EMA Espresso Bar

Bar, Cafe, Pub Grub, Czech, European

Stylish EMA Espresso Bar, with its clean, minimalistic, Scandinavian-style interiors, uses one of the best espresso machines in the world, which can only be found in one other coffee shop in Prague. It makes coffee from the beans by different European roasters along with a selection of sandwiches, a daily soup choice and a range of Czech kolachees — yeast dough delicacies with different sweet fillings. It occasionally holds public coffee tastings and is well-known for its amazing quality brews.

Café Lounge

Cafe, Restaurant, European, Czech

Close to the Vltava River, this cafe is a must-visit for all coffee snobs and is often hailed as the home of the best coffee in town. It also has a very healthy food selection and a short but enticing wine list for patrons who fancy a glass. If you prefer sitting outside, the cafe has a quiet terrace garden in its courtyard, which is an ideal place for brunch with family or friends.

Café Savoy

Bakery, Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, European, French

Restaurant and Cafe Savoy, inside, Lesser Town, Prague, Czech Republic
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Decorated in the style of a Parisian cafe with high painted ceilings, Café Savoy is located by the riverside not far from the town centre and very close to Petrin Park. It has a second floor for those who prefer admiring the town from above. Savoy is famous for its breakfasts — choose between French, English and Continental.

La Boheme Café

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Czech, European

What makes La Boheme really special is that it is located in a former designer furniture shop, with beautiful, bespoke interiors. The ground floor houses the cafe, while upstairs is the barista centre of the La Boheme coffee roasters. The cafe is famous for its amazing coffee cocktails, speciality teas and baked pies and every coffee comes in a gorgeous patterned cup.

Den Noc

Restaurant, European

This small café in Old Town serves wonderful pancakes, which are often called the best in the city. They come in a range of sweet and savoury options, with gluten and dairy free choices too. It can get really busy at Den Noc but the waiting staff and owner are always very hospitable. The folk here also make excellent lemonade and serve some really good wines.

Café Imperial

Restaurant, Czech, European

The Imperial hotel in Na Porici street
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Decorated in an elaborate art deco style, the interiors of Café Imperial transport patrons to the world of the roaring ’20s. The delicious coffee, breakfasts and cakes, served in beautiful dishes, complete the experience. The cafe is well-situated not far from Prague’s exquisite Old Town area.

Choco Café U Cervene Zidle

Cafe, Czech, British

A great place for both chocolate and coffee lovers, Choco Café is a small cafe located between the Old Town and the Vltava River. They have a range of excellent hot chocolates and also a small food menu offering quiche, salads and bruschetta. The amazing hot chocolate is the traditional Czech melted chocolate — as opposed to British drinking chocolate — and comes either on its own or with a choice of whipped cream, fruit and ice cream as a topping.
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