As I opened the door to the hard to miss store front, I was hit with the sound of a sultry version of the Jay Z song Empire State of Mind. New York has followed me to Prague. The walls of the establishment are painted a soft red with dim yellow light bulbs accentuating the ceilings. Two person tables are positioned along the left wall aiming towards a cafe. And to the right the real spectacle: the bookstore.
Just a short tram ride from the NYU Prague campus, the Globe Bookstore and Cafe was established in 1993. Besides it's wide collection of books, the Globe is also home to a cafe serving American inspired cooking. The cafe is larger than most with floor and upstairs seating, and a patio open during warmer weather. There was only one waiter on duty who spoke perfect English who directed me to have a seat anywhere I chose. With an extensive menu of soups, appetizers, entrees, drinks, and desserts it was hard to choose what I wanted. I decide to go for the Classic Globe cheeseburger, which consisted of a beef burger, red onions, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and an old-fashioned sesame seed bun. While the burger was good, they were stingy on the French fries. In any case, the music made up for the lack of fries. The cafe specialized in playing jazz, reggae, and sultry versions of American songs, such as I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston and Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled.
Once your done with your meal, I would suggest heading over to the bookstore side. The Globe brands itself as the "first and best English bookstore" in Prague. Books overflow their shelves in both the downstairs and upstairs sections of the store. There is wide variety of genres available including history, travel guide books, Czech authors, biographies, classic literature, politics, fiction and non-fiction, and even a children's section. The store also had a wide collection of comic books and collectible magazines such as Time and Rolling Stones from the 1960s and 70s. You name it, they have it. Like the waiter in the cafe, the staff spoke perfect English. They were friendly and eager to help find what I needed. The prices aren't as appealing as those at the Strand in New York, but they are reasonable and have a sale section.
On your way out of the bookstore, don't miss the hundreds of flyers posted on the back of a bookshelf. The store hosts a series of events for customers including book club, trivia night, and karaoke night. The flyers also advertise to people interested in jobs, such as teaching guitar and teaching Czech and English to students. So, if you're looking for a new place to hang out, eat good food, and catch up on old and new reading the Globe is the place for you. It is located on Pstrossova 6 in the Prague 1 neighborhood. If you're coming from Richtruv Dum walk to Starometska and hop on Tram 17 to Narodni Divaldo.