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If you’ve read this blog before, you know we love breakfast and wrote about breakfast in Prague before. We can’t honestly think of a better way to start the day in Prague than just relax, let it all hang out, have a scrumptuous breakfast and prepare for what the day has to offer.
And because we like breakfast so much, we do fully realize that the "state of breakfast in Prague” is still not ideal. Just look at the thumbnails of the pictures we’ve taken: eggs, eggs and more eggs. Creative dishes for breakfast in Prague are rare and far apart. But things have been changing, as more people have become used to eating breakfast in Prague out over the weekends. Two years ago, getting breakfast on a Sunday did not require much thought. Today, you are out of luck if you don’t reserve tables ahead in many popular places. (So please do.) We believe and hope that the pictures for the next update of this post will offer more variety. Fingers crossed.
These are our favorite breakfast spots in Prague. (Special thanks go to our friends Honza and Pavla who shared many Sunday breakfasts with us, coming in super hungry and then waiting patiently as we take the perfect picture of each spread.)
Must-eat breakfasts in Prague
Cafe Savoy still remains a Prague institution when it comes to breakfast, and we return to the Savoy whenever we want to start the day slow… and have a light dinner later in the evening only. Despite the criticisms, the Savoy has quite a few things going for it: the art deco interior with lots of light inside adds a touch of sophistication to your morning gluttony. The crowd is a fascinating mix of elegantly dressed locals, US college students on study abroad programs and visitors from abroad. The pastry shop/bakery downstairs is an opportunity to watch your favorite Czech pastries in the making. A great selection of wines if you need them. Killer pastries (including the best vetrniks in Prague) and delicious croissants (if you come early) with excellent marmalades made in house. Book a table in advance (especially for weekend mornings) and have the French toast if you feel like sinning, or their brioche bread with ham and Gruyere cheese and a poached egg, or scrambled eggs or omelets any way you like them - all delicious! Jan swears by the "Savoy breakfast”: some breads, ham, cheese, soft-boiled egg, bundt cake and great (and not sweet) hot chocolate - all for very reasonable CZK 200. Not everything is ideal on Planet Savoy: they do have great beans and equipment, but we are still not huge fans of their coffee. Also, the consistency of their 5-minute eggs can be all over the place. But hey, nobody’s perfect.
The recently opened cafe (July 2015) near the Hradcanska subway stop closes the Doubleshot trilogy, completing Muj salek kavy and Alza cafe before them. And just like with the previous two cafes, it has become an instant success, and two weeks later, you need a reservation to have a Sunday breakfast at Misto. The breakfasts are similar to what you may know from Muj salek kavy: Eggs Florentine, a few other egg-based dishes, granola, pancakes and so on. We actually think that Misto's food is a bit better than Muj salek kavy's offering, partly thanks to the larger kitchen. Add to it the barista dream team they have there, and the expertise gathered from the previous two Doubleshot venues, and you got a well-oiled machine from the very start.
Ever since it opened in late 2015, Eska has become our favorite place for weekend breakfast in Prague. It simply ticks too many boxes. It’s one of the best restaurants in Prague in its own right, and a place where great young chefs take advantage of a modern kitchen to create some solid egg-based breakfasts (including probably the best omelette in town, or the great poached eggs with fermented wheat), crunchy granola with dehydrated red beets and yoghurt, and many nice breakfast sets that take advantage of the bakery downstairs. On top of that, although being much more modern than Cafe Savoy, Eska's breakfasts are clearly rooted in traditional Czech food, and many breakfast dishes served remind us of our grandmas. (Case in point: our moms love that place for breakfast.) Over the weekend, Eska is the place to eat in Prague if you want to go beyond your standard-issue eggs and bread weekends. During the week, the breakfast is limited to the wide selection of their breads with spreads and toppings, but they will make you an omelette or another egg dish to order. Wish it all down with the solid coffee: they offer both filter coffee and espresso-based drinks, and the coffee is generally pretty good. All in all, this is a winner and the new King of Prague Weekend Breakfast in our book.
Prague's farmers markets
Getting breakfast on a Saturday farmers market is actually a very fine idea in our book. Our most favorite one, the Naplavka market on Prague's riverside, offers fantastic coffee from BrewBar and Kavovy klub (that runs Kafe Karlin and Kafe Kolej), yoghurt by the Krasolesi farm if you want one, a hot meal, and more kolachees, donuts and cakes than anyone could handle And eating breakfast al fresco is good for you. The other farmers’ markets in Prague offer good breakfast options too, from the burgers, galettes and Raclette sandwiches at the Dejvice market to the kolachees and sausages at the Jirak market. And good coffee can be had in all of these stops, so they’ve got that covered, too. But the real reason to come is the atmosphere: you get to meet relaxed Prague locals just meeting friends or enjoying the weekend, leaving stress at home. And they're strategic points for further exploration of the surrounding districts. Prague farmers markets are one of the best things to do in Prague, and the fact that they serve breakfast is a nice bonus.
Other favorite breakfasts in Prague
Muj salek kavy
Muj salek kavy, the Karlin-based cafe, is, first and foremost, a shrine of coffee, namely coffee by the Doubleshot roasters that own the place. (Just look next door and you’ll see their barista training centre that also houses coffee classes for the public.) That said, over the years, Muj salek kavy has become a very popular meeting spot that serves light meals, daily soup and… breakfast. We hate to repeat ourselves but getting a table for Sunday breakfast is nearly impossible so make sure you have a reservation, especially for their wonderful outdoor tables under the leafs on the calm street outside (that are still kept smoking-free, which is great). Muj salek kavy is not a place we visit for high-end cuisine, but the kitchen has improved, the bakery produces arguably the best gluten-free bread we tried in Prague (if you need it), and the value of the cafe really lies elsewhere: it is one of those spots for a trouble-free Sunday breakfast in a lazy atmosphere and with top-notch coffee served by friendly and smiling staff that clearly get along very well together. And you need that on a Sunday morning. (Although they can get busy busy busy, so prepare to wait a bit on Sundays.)
If coffee is an important part of your breakfast, then Café Lounge, just a few steps off Café Savoy, might tickle your fancy. Again, getting a table on a Sunday morning without a reservation is akin to a miracle, so book ahead, if only for their wonderful backyard tables open during the summer. They have revamped their breakfast menu and shifted their focus on egg dishes, although they also serve sandwiches and bagels for breakfast. Too bad some of our eggs were overdone compared to what we order, so make sure you make it clear how exactly you want your eggs done. Also, their selection of classic Czech baking products is great, so if you want sweet buns or kolachees just like our grandma used to make them, this is a good place to order. Fresh juices and a wide selection of teas are also available for the non-coffee drinkers, but coffee is our choice of drink at the Lounge: both espresso and filter from a variety of European roasters. Breakfast is served until 11am from Monday to Friday, and until 5pm over the weekend.
We are including four places under “Bottegas”: the Bottega di Finestra in Platnerska street, Bottega Bistroteka in Dlouha street, Bottega in Tusarova street in the Holesovice district, and La Gastronomica di Aromi by the TV Tower. All these bistros from Riccardo Lucque’s empire of Italian eateries share a very similar style, demographic and menus. They serve a few breakfast dishes but all off them are of good quality, and they make full use of their shared bakeries and the pastry shop over at Tusarova (although we rarely go for them). You can even buy some prosciutto and cheeses at the counter, or choose some of their salads that are clearly inspired by Yottam Ottolenghi. We also can’t understand why they put confectionary sugar on the fruit salad. What is up with that? However, where they really excel - and what brings us back again and again - is their Eggs Benedict, probably the best in town. They are always good, and the last time we had them over at La Gastronomica, the eggs were made sous-vide, which guarantees they are perfectly cooked. All the Bottegas are high-end and the styling is modern and cool, and most of the places are pleasant enough that you’d want to just continue with their wines and lighter dishes for lunch. We like their newest branch at Tusarova the best, but La Gastronomica has outdoor tables, which is a plus in the summer.
The “original” Home Kitchen used to be a small and intimate place that really feels like home. But you won’t get breakfast there anymore, because it has been recently converted to an espresso bar. That said, the three new locations of Home Kitchen, all of them much larger, follow the same formula: nice, cosy, mostly wood-cladded interiors with some comforting food served by friendly staff. And that’s a winning formula. The central location is absolutely stunning, yet “below the radar”: just make sure you check out their “club room” in the back. The Holesovice and Andel locations occupy bigger premises in newly-developed buildings. All of the locations share the same menu: apart from eggs, you can also get pancakes and good bread with several toppings, or choose from a daily selection of three soups served with bread and flavored olive oil. Great egg dishes and sweet breakfasts, too, with lighter meals and salads throughout the rest of the day. All of the venues open really early, too. The only downside is that tap water is not served with your meal, but we still like Home Kitchen a lot.
Oh, Pastacaffé. You either love it or you hate it, and we fall into both camps at times. You can choose between two branches: for a bit of normality, choose the branch at Vodickova street near the Wenceslas sq. But for a full-on visual effect and experience, the one at the Vezenska street (in the Spanish synagogue building) is hard to beat: the recently retouched place attracts an eclectic mix of loud Czech and foreign businessmen and B-list celebrities who come here after shopping Louis Vuitton and Prada in the nearby Parizska street. It makes for an interesting people-watching session, but we love to just get back into their non-smoking section, take a few of the high-end real estate magazines available for reading, and just watch the mansions for sale and the people who probably live in them eating their eggs. (A side note and a big complaint: we don’t understand why the non-smoking section at Vezenska is much smaller and clearly inferior to the smoking section. It should clearly be the other way around.) Both locations offer a nearly identical menu: their breakfast sets are a terrific value and consist of good-quality components. We love the soft-boiled eggs with Parmeggiano cheese or fried eggs with spinach and their granola with fresh fruits, for instance. Later in the day, they focus on lighter, pasta-based dishes and salads. They also offer a nice selection of Czech pastries made over at Cafe Savoy, and some Italian sweets. The mascarpone with raspberries is served in all the Italian venues of the Ambiente group, but their version is the best.
Wine Food Market
When Jan’s cousin Marienka came to visit from Rome with her boyfriend Giuseppe, she brought “the best Italian food she loves and cannot be had elsewhere” as a gift. So we took her to the Wine Food Market in the Smichov area. She will never be buying anything for us again: they had pretty everything she brought along. Wine Food Market truly is like a bit of Italy in Prague: a well-stocked shop with all the hams, cheeses, olive oils and wines you may want, an Italian bakery, a fish shop, a cafe, vegetable and a gelato shop all wrapped around a central “market” area where you can eat it all. And now they started serving breakfast, too. Think lots of egg dishes, some with speck and ham or cheese from the shop, along with Italian croissants (which means they’re too sweet to us) and sandwiches. The place is great if you want to see affluent locals feed their families in a happy, cheery environment. Worth the detour from the city centre? Yes if you love Italian food, and if you are in the Vysehrad fortress area: just walk across the railway bridge, turn left and after a three-minute walk along one of the ugliest streets in Prague, you’re there.
Café Jen has recently celebrated their second anniversary. Started as a cute, little cafe near the Grebovka vineyard and the hipster heaven that is the Krymska street by Domca and Hanca, two college students and friends hailing from Brno, Jen has now grown into a young adult: it is still cute but shows signs of maturity, too. It is not a place that will win Michelin stars any time soon. The kitchen is not a truly professional facility by any means. Still, the welcoming, “where-everybody-knows-your-name" spirit and atmosphere and the focus on breakfast served all day has remained. And people have noticed: the place tends to be jam-packed on Sundays and getting a seat outside during the summer without a reservation is a feat. Their breakfast sets change every weekend but always seem to include some eggs. We like their “Misa” dessert made of sweet curd cheese and chocolate, one of our favorite guilty pleasures in Prague. Add decent coffee from beans sourced mostly from Has Bean and Moravian wines by glass from the Hrdina and dcera winery (incl. their own signature Cuvee Jen), and you’re up for a trouble-free start to your Sunday.
The Farm Urban KITCHEN AND COFFEE
Is the Farm a place we would travel across the city just to have breakfast? Probably not. Still, if you’re somewhere in the area (and by the area, we mean the Letna district in the vicinity of the Sparta stadium) and want to have breakfast in a friendly venue that shows all the symptoms of a hipster cafe (Palettes? Check. Rusty bike on a wall? Check. Refurbished espresso machine in a glass see-through box? Check. We could go on.), this might be a place you might enjoy. The breakfasts menu is a standard affair: some egg dishes, a fruit salad, pancakes and so on. We would skip the French toast: it does not stand up in comparison to the Cafe Savoy version. Still, the owner who never seems to leave the shop in daylight is very nice and accommodates all your quirky requests with a smile. They do try with their coffee and offer better than most, and their outdoor tables are quiet and nice. And if you haven’t had enough, you can continue with tea and cheesecake in the Alchymista cafe around the corner for a filling, and satisfying, Sunday morning that spills into the afternoon.
Coffee Room has slowly become one of our favorite places to have coffee or chill for a while. The passionate owner is eager to satisfy and has made gradual improvements to just about anything. No cooking in this establishment, and the breakfast offering is small but can definitely satisfy: a sandwich, granola with yoghurt and a few banana breads and so. A great little spot to plan the rest of your day or just have breakfast and coffee over a newspaper.
Bonus 1: Maso a kobliha
One of our favorite places in Prague, Maso a kobliha is a rare bird when it comes to breakfast: it is served only on Saturdays, and they open from 11am. That said, the full English breakfast is worth the mention if you like your breakfast meaty and hearty… and delicious. Prague foodies regularly visit Maso a kobliha just to have the breakfast and then commit a dietary suicide by adding the Scotch eggs and vanilla custard donuts, some of the must-eats in Prague. Wash the breakfast down with their craft beer on tap, no matter how wrong it may feel to have beer with breakfast.
Okay, okay. There are many hotels that offer fancy Sunday brunches like the Hilton, the Radisson or the Intercontinental, but SaSaZu, one of the most popular Asian fusion restaurants in town with a clubby feel and DJs for dinner, is our favorite. While not really a breakfast spot, SaSaZu earns a spot in this list for their Sunday family brunches, fun Sunday happenings that will come in handy if you are visiting Prague with kids. The concept is simple: come any time between noon and 4pm on Sunday, and in addition to the pretty delicious Asian food, there will be an army of nannies waiting, and lots of X-Box consoles installed, all in one corner for the kids. The small ones can also prepare crepes and other dishes for their parents. And what about the adults? They can get a back rub from the Thai masseuse present in the restaurant, sometimes a nail artist for nails. Is it breakfast? Eh… no. But it sure is fun and relaxing, and that’s what Sunday brunches are all about, right?