A café paradise in Vinohrady and Žižkov
Prague’s Vinohrady and Žižkov are two up-and-coming culinary neighbourhoods full of quaint cafés and charming watering holes. Since living in the area, I’ve tried to spend as much time as possible café hopping, and sampling some of the tasty treats and comfortable ambiance on offer.
La bohème is a coffee shop oriented towards experimental and innovative coffee creations that has made me reevaluate everything I thought I knew about coffee. The coffee menu is more extensive than many restaurants in the area, and can seem quite daunting at first read. Espresso combined with mango puree and coconut milk is one of my favorite beverages on a hot summer’s day. The coffee counter is more of a laboratory than common espresso bar, covered in odd looking tools and gadgets used to brew the hot beverage in a variety of different ways. The airopress brews the coffee in a special way that releases the espresso’s sweetness, while the pour-over strategy creates a bold, full bodied flavor. The high ceiling interior is a lovely spot to sit and read a good book, but my gripe with this place is the lack of good wi-fi. Each customer is only given a one hour wi-fi code after they have ordered a beverage, so in order to keep my internet working, I was forced to re-order each hour – which, I suppose, is the point...
Moment café in Vinohrady is a vegetarian café that serves burgers, sandwiches, salads, breakfast, and desserts that are healthy and affordable. Each menu item costs 100 crowns or less. The falafel burger with tahini, pickled cucumber, arugula, and mango sauce is my favorite lunch item, and for on-the-go, they offer nicely portioned tofu wraps and sandwiches.
La Caveua at Jiřího z Poděbrad has become my daily study spot, because their wi-fi, good coffee, calming music, and tasty sandwiches on homemade bread make for a lovely Parisian café.
Prague 2 and 3 have a certain charm that I have not been able to find anywhere else in the city. Sometimes it seems like new dining establishments open in Vinohrady and Žižkov on a weekly basis. I’m guessing that with increasingly adventurous palettes, and more disposable income, the inhabitants of this area are embarking on a culinary adventure far removed from classic Czech pub grub like fried cheese. For my part as an American foodie, it’s been a real pleasure to see and taste for myself the effects of this work-in-progress transformation.