There’s nothing quite like sitting in a perfect cafe, drinking a cup of coffee and snacking on a flaky croissant. One of my favorite things to do in New York is to find a quaint cafe and sit down on a comfy couch and get some work done for a few hours. I may be in a new city, but I’ll never give up my habit of spending most of my weekend in cafes. Here are some of the best cafes I’ve found in Prague:
1. Cafe Louvre
This historic, art nouveau cafe is one for the books. Built in 1902, people like Franz Kafka and Albert Einstein are among the many celebrities who have visited here. The beautiful interior feels super high class, but meals are surprisingly affordable. If you get anything, get the hot chocolate. It’s what dreams are made of.
Cafe Louvre is located at: Národní 22, 110 00 Praha 1
2. Original Coffee
This reminds me of one of my favorite coffee shops in West Village, but more spacious and less crowded, since it’s in Prague and not New York. They don’t have many food options, but their amazing coffee makes up for it. The decor is super minimalistic and cute and since it’s less than a 10 minute walk from campus, it’s perfect for a quick break in between classes.
Original Coffee is located at: Betlémská 12, 110 00 Praha 1
3. Kafe Damu
I was looking for a good place to get quick coffee before class and I’m so glad I found this place one day while scrolling through Yelp. Since NYU Prague is in such a touristy area, many of the cafes are chains like Starbucks and Costa or they’re overpriced tourist traps. Located on Karlova, one of the most touristy streets in Prague, Kafe Damu manages to be anything but. It’s super spacious, has free wifi, and is about 3 minutes away from campus.
Kafe Damu is located at: Karlova 26, 110 00 Praha 1
Yelp user: Michaela P.
4. La Boheme
If you live in Machova or Slezska, then you’re in luck because this beautiful cafe is really close to both dorms. They offer tons of different coffees from different sources. Not a coffee person? They also have over a dozen different kinds of tea and they’re all for sale so you can take them home with you. Unfortunately they only offer wifi for one hour (it kicks you out immediately), but I’ve definitely sat here for hours at a time with my giant Collective Identity book, and no one said anything.
La Boheme is located at: Sázavská 2031/32, Vinohrady, 120 00
5. Coffee Room
This was the first coffeeshop I went to in Prague, and I immediately felt like I was back in New York. With multiple kinds of avocado toast, different alternative milks to choose from (my lactose intolerant self was thrilled), and a bunch of English-language magazines like Cereal and Kinfolk, it can’t get much more New York without actually being there. Since the cafe is small and often crowded, it’s not the best place if you want to sit there for hours, but it’s definitely worth checking out.
Coffee Room is located at: Korunní 1208/74, 101 00 Praha 10
6. Marthy’s Kitchen
I like to describe this place as what it would look like if Taylor Swift opened a cafe. Rustic wooden tables and fresh flowers on every table give the cafe a super quaint feel. There are only a few tables, so try not to go at peak times. Be sure to try the fresh pastries, homemade jams, and warm smoothies.
Marthy’s Kitchen is located at: Francouzská 13, 120 00 Praha 2
Mamacoffee has four locations around Prague, but I go to the one near Sleszka. They also have several partner cafes, including Original Coffee, as well as Cafe Jedna and Twenty7, which are both close to Osadni. Every cafe the coffee empire owns is chic, cozy, and, of course, has incredible coffee. Their food is also worth trying, and they have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.
8. Cafe Savoy
If Cafe Louvre is the most iconic cafe in Prague, Cafe Savoy is likely a close second. It’s neo-Renaissance architecture dates back to 1893.
Their breakfast is to die for, but if you can’t make it in time, go for coffee and try some of their iconic pastries. Be sure to go downstairs where you can watch the pastry chefs in action.
Cafe Savoy is located at: Vítězná 124/5, 150 00 Praha 5