a café guide to Prague, Czech Republic: the best hidden cafés + where to find them

Like most major cities in Europe, down every alley and around every corner of Prague seemed to exit some cute café, little eatery, or buzzing brewery. The beautiful, historic city is quickly catching the attention of happy café-hoppers looking for the right ambience and a delicious cup of drip. I was out amongst the architecture of the city and its cobblestone streets for 12 hours almost every day I was in Prague, only escaping the cold for brief interludes in hidden cafés I would stumble upon. he best places are always the ones that are harder to find, away from main roads, or hidden in plain sight— the cafés on this list are no exception! I also intentionally tried to hit cafés that were in different areas of the city. Nothing’s worse than finding a guide and realizing it’ll be a total mission to get to any of the cafés, all clustered in one confined area nowhere near you.


keep reading to find the best hidden cafés in prague


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Café Letka

Café Letka was by far my favourite café find in Prague, though it was a bit of a mission. Though the café sits close to public trams, it’s hidden inside a building that also houses an independent theatre. I genuinely wouldn’t have found it if I wasn’t looking for it…does that makes sense? When you find the building that houses Café Letka, you have to go through two sets of doors into a foyer, and then you’ll go through another door on your right to enter the café. Going through the door on the left puts you at risk of walking in on actors rehearsing their lines for the nights’ performance. The interior of Café Letka was so up my alley. I instantly knew I’d found my kind of café when I walked in and saw the large windows, black and white floor tiling, and antique chandeliers. The menu was vegetarian, vegan, and carnivore friendly with something for everyone! Beer was cheap and delicious and so was the veggie quesadilla I had for dinner.

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Oliver’s coffee cup

You’d think that the giant powder blue sign for Oliver’s Coffee Cup would make it an obvious find, especially since it’s at the top of Wenceslas Square. But taking a narrow escalator up through a department store doesn’t seem like the obvious way of entering a café. After hopping on the wrong train to Kutna Hora to see the “Bone Church”, we had to go back to the original train depot to catch the next train out. Never one to waste a spare hour in any destination, I jumped at the chance to find a nearby café for a hot cup of something and a slice of something else. I ended up grabbing a hot chocolate and a piece of Oreo cheesecake like a child without any regrets. While the prices at Oliver felt a bit steep for the limited selection of the menu, the second story views of Wenceslas Square as the snow fell over Prague made me extra cheery and in the holiday spirit.

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One Sip

With only a tiny, square sign to let you know you’ve arrived at One Sip, you’re almost more likely to find it by following the smell of hot espresso and looking for a line of eager caffeine fiends waiting to order. The tiny coffee shop has about four seats lined up against a window bench, making it a good place to drop in and fill up your thermos or visit on non-peak hours. What One Sip lacks in seating it makes up for in the taste of its superior coffee. There’s no food on the menu, so come here only if you want a coffee. It’s also not the place to go if you aren’t a coffee fan— there aren’t any frappes or “Mocha-chai-pumpkin-spice-with-extra-whip” drinks at the little specialty café. I had a flat white, which I must say was the best coffee I had in Prague without question. It seems like One Sip is truly a master of their craft.

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Pauseteria

Thanks to Honest Guide, I went to Prague already knowing about Pauseteria and how they serve Czech coffee. Being the coffee enthusiast I am, I had to go and try it for myself! When me and my travel partner arrived, we were the only two in the cafe, but that changed quickly as locals filled the place. It’s tucked-away location makes it easily missed by tourists, which is funny since it’s actually right around the corner from Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock Tower. Hidden in plain sight, if you get me? If Pauseteria is a testament to the quality of Czech coffee, then I think it’s safe to say they are doing their country proud. My flat white was impeccable and the spinach, tomato, feta muffin I had {served warm} hit the spot!

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Bohemia Bagel café

Another “hidden-in-plain-sight” café is Bohemia Bagel. Those walking to the John Lennon Wall will pass right by it, but most are looking out for the wall and miss it entirely. Never one to let a bagel go to waste, I grabbed my photos by the famous graffiti-covered wall and made my way back to Bohemia for carbs and caffeine— two of my favourite things. Bohemia Bagel isn’t the place to go to be visually blown away, but it is the place to go if you’re looking for basic breakfast food that’s very yummy and very affordable. My bagel, served warm, hit the spot and went perfectly with a giant chai.

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HALF MY BAGEL, SORRY…COULDN’T WAIT FOR PHOTOS

HALF MY BAGEL, SORRY…COULDN’T WAIT FOR PHOTOS

Overall, I barely scratched the surface of what Prague offers for café scene. I can’t wait to return to add to this list and take in more of what the city has to offer.


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