Prague’s coffeehouses are some of the best in Europe and for good reasons. For centuries artists and intellectuals have thronged to Prague to expand their horizons and test their knowledge, and what better drink to fuel these endeavors than coffee?
With so many cafés to choose from, it can be hard to really find the best coffee in Prague. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of the top 10 coffee shops in Prague, so you can skip the trouble of searching and get right to enjoying the best coffee in the city!
Café Imperial is truly modernist perfection! This café features iconic square tiles, wood accents, and exquisite sculptures. If you like a bit of old-world charm, this is the place to be. Located in Na Poříčí, this café has a luxurious interior and is quite exclusive, so you may need to book a table in advance. It goes without saying that their coffee is exceptional and worth every penny. Along with coffee, they have a vast selection of cakes, pastries, and local dishes.
In my opinion, and that of many others, this is among the best coffee shops in Prague old town. This rather small café is a favorite among locals and is widely regarded for its consistency and quality. They specialize in espresso so it’s a great place to start your day of sightseeing or working. Of course, they also serve batch brews and to go with the coffee, they offer cakes, croissants, and Brno Born Ajala chocolate. If you’re not in the mood for coffee, there’s delicious hot chocolate that’s a real treat on cold days.
It may be hard to get a table and you may need to wait a while, but it’s completely worth it for their excellent coffee which is sourced from their roastery Candycane Coffee. You can also buy a bag of their beans to take home.
Slavia Café is a regular on ‘top 10 coffee shops in Prague’ lists and for good reason. Founded way back in the 19th century (1884, to be precise), this café is a popular tourist haunt and has an artsy vibe with gorgeous riverside views of Prague Castle and the surrounding neighborhood. Slavia Café has a rich history- it was a haven for anti-communist rebels during the Soviet era and was even shut down in 1992, only to reopen 5 years later stronger than ever. Since then, it’s been a staple of the Prague coffee scene.
Their menu is quite extensive with many popular Czech dishes but also more international fare like waffles, English breakfast, muesli, and more. This is a must-visit for history buffs or just to hang out and watch the world go by.
Café Louvre is one of the oldest cafés in Prague and was a popular hangout for renowned figures like Albert Einstein, T.G. Masaryk, and Franz Kafka. When some of the greatest minds of the 20th century favor a place, you know their coffee has to be good! Serving espresso, Viennese coffee, Turkish coffee, and the usual selection of drip coffee and milk coffee, Café Louvre is a must-see. The interiors are opulent with plush seating, ornate chandeliers, and elaborate tables.
Their food menu features both local and international favorites such as waffles, pancakes, Viennese pastries, and Czech specialties. Café Louvre also has a 5 pm tea service that you shouldn’t miss if you want to get a taste of the local customs. After eating and drinking you can enjoy a game of billiards with your friends in their famous billiards hall.
Café Letka is the one most Instagrammable cafés in Prague with classic old-world interiors. Think wood details, black and white tiling, and exposed stone walls- a truly classic European feel. It’s not just about looks here though, the coffee on their menu is superb and they have an extensive food selection.
Their breakfast and brunch offerings are the talk of the town with a variety of sandwiches and pancakes. They also have a set brunch menu, weekend brunches, and an evening menu. Every once in a while, you can sip your coffee to the tune of live music and enjoy the charm of this whimsical café. Their prices are very affordable too.
For all you late-risers and afternoon coffee-drinkers, this is the spot for you. V Lese only opens at 4 pm so this isn’t for your early morning coffee. Instead, head here for a late lunch or post-lunch hangout and enjoy the lively ambience.
They serve some exceptional espresso, sourced locally. The coffee is only of the best things about this café- they also offer a host of events from live music to workshops. They even have a music club in the cellar! Since they open so late and see their peak times in the evening, they also offer a selection of wines, beers, and spirits if you want to spice things up after you’re done with your coffee.
Kafemat, in the Bubeneč district, is part of the so-called ‘Bubeneč triangle of great coffee’. Operated by a young and fairly small team, this café is a famous espresso bar with neighborhood vibe that’s sure to make you feel at home. This isn’t your usual hipster café bustling with a young crowd but rather it’s a serene spot favored by young families. They’re known for remarkable consistency in their brews so you’ll never be disappointed with anything you order here.
Ema Espresso Bar
Launched in 2013, Ema Espresso Bar is easily accessible from the central train station. Serving almost exclusively coffee, this café has a modern industrial vibe with polished interiors and communal seating. This is the perfect spot to catch up on some work, chill with friends, or meet new people.
Ema is all about keeping it fresh, so they regularly offer new coffees from various roasters. Their staple offering is from JB Kaffee based in Dachau, Germany but they’ve also offered coffee from other renowned roasters including Drop Coffee, Casino Mocca, Koppi, and Craft House Coffee. Their staff is well-trained and knowledgeable in all things coffee, so don’t hesitate to walk up to the counter and ask for recommendations. Die-hard espresso fans will be pleased to know they brew their espresso with a La Marzocco 3-group Strada EP and if you prefer drip coffee, you can choose between batch brew, V60 or AeroPress.
Eska is more than just a café- it’s also a bakery and fine dining restaurant. So, this is the place for coffee lovers who are also foodies. Their brewing equipment is top-notch and their beans are sourced from Nordbeans, a roastery in the north of the country.
Pair their coffee with fresh, fire-baked bread or get a table and try out their food which features many local techniques. The brunch menu is especially popular and their bakery is one of the best in the city with delicious coffee cake, sandwiches, and croissants. Eska was awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand, a testament to the quality of their menu.
Můj Šálek Kávy
Last but definitely not the least, Můj šálek kávy was a pioneer of specialty coffee in Prague and remains one of the best coffee shops in Prague. Můj šálek kávy is the flagship outlet of Doubleshot Coffee Roasters that have long set the benchmarks of good coffee in Prague.
The interiors are warm and welcoming and the outdoor seating is an absolute dream in the summer. Their espresso blend features coffee from Brazil and Kenya and they also have a variety of filtered coffee. The staff at Můj šálek kávy are very friendly, so you can always ask for help when you can’t choose. Don’t miss out on their food menu either- their brunch is legendary in the city and they also serve some of the best pastries around. Můj šálek kávy runs a barista centre with training courses in English, so head over there if their coffee convinces you to try your hand at brewing.
What are some of your recommendations for coffee in Prague? Let me know and maybe I’ll stop by the next time I’m in the city!