Written by Jolene Carter, (American University) Student Correspondent CET Film in Prague, Spring 2017
So maybe it’s just the Washington, D.C. in me, but I love a good coffee shop. I’m not even a coffee-drinker, but there’s nothing I love more than a good cup of hot chocolate. Cafes are where I tend to be most productive so I made sure to find some in Prague. So if you’re like me and a need a good cafe to work on your screenplay or maybe you’re just as obsessed with hot chocolate, then here’s the list for you:
Probably the most famous cafe in Prague. It’s a little bit pricier than smaller places, but the prices aren’t too bad at all. Plus it’s so worth it. There’s a great variety of food and honestly all of it is good. You have to try the Louvre Hot Chocolate. It’s much thicker than the hot chocolate we have in the states. It’s basically melted fudge in a cup. Personally, I love it, but other American students tend to have mixed feelings. I suppose it’s an overwhelming ecstasy of flavor that only the most elite of hot chocolate connoisseurs can handle. Cafe Louvre looks pretty upscale so it’s not quite the kind of place you’d pull out your laptop to work, but the food and drinks are top notch.
Dos Mundos is just a few blocks away from where the film students live. You’ll notice it right away because there are swings inside. Yep, that’s right. They have swings for seats. If you’re not feeling the thick european style of hot chocolate, this place will be more your speed. Just nice, smooth, sweet chocolate. Plus, you can get it spiked with whiskey if you’re in that kind of mood.
Not far from FAMU at the Lazarska tram stop is Cafe Modi. It’s a great place to try horká belgická čokoláda, or belgian hot chocolate. You’ll be served a cup of steaming hot milk with your choice of belgian chocolate flavor on a stick. You can see where this is going. You dip the chocolate into your cup and watch it melt into the milk creating the freshest, richest hot chocolate you’ll probably ever have in your life.
Cafe Momoichi is a Japanese style cafe with a great selection of coffee drinks and, of course, lots of different teas. Their hot chocolate is less on the sweet side, but it’s made from really rich peruvian chocolate. There’s also japanese style desserts like matcha cheesecake. They have a full menu as well, but be mindful that the kitchen closes an hour before closing.
SmetanaQ Cafe & Bistro
SmetanaQ, conveniently located next door to FAMU, just opened up at the beginning of the semester. It’s a great place to go when you have some time between classes. They have belgian style hot chocolate and plenty of bakery items. I highly recommend the coconut cake. They also have hot food, you just have to ask what is on the menu for the day.
Muj Salek Kavy
If you didn’t think hipster coffee shops existed in Prague, think again. This coffee shop is a real hidden gem. It’s a little off the beaten path out in Karlin which is a good 25 minute tram ride outside the city center. But I suppose it just contributes to its hipster vibes. It’s the ideal spot to camp out, do some homework, write a screenplay, and read a book all day. They even have couches where you can sit and be served. There’s tons of great coffee drinks and they use imported chocolate for their hot chocolates. There’s a great array of cakes and a full menu. And did I mention the wifi is great?
Don’t stop here, of course. Prague is full of so many great cafes and there’s still a bunch on my list to try out before I leave.