Prague pastries

Where to go for pastries in Prague

Where to go for pastries in Prague

When we started our Prague food tours in 2011 the hardest thing was finding a decent place for Czech pastries. Just like the chefs tended to cheat a lot with the ingredients under the Communist rule, the pastry chefs were no different, and even the consumers had pretty low standards up until a few years ago (witness the popular “Hera means baking” campaign by a big margarine producer).

We are happy to report that things have been getting better in Prague. But let’s be honest here: the situation is still far from ideal and Prague still lacks places like Pierre Hermé or L'Éclair de Génie, our favorites in Paris, or the Levain Bakery or Maman, our must-go-tos in New York City. That said, we do now has several places that we like to go for Czech pastries in Prague. And we need them, because we both have a fairly sweet tooth. (Jan more than Zuzi. At least according to Zuzi. Well, we agree to disagree on this one.) Anyway, here are the pastries in Prague that we enjoy the most:


The best vetrnik pastries in Prague

The best vetrnik pastries in Prague

The vetrnik is arguably one of the best pastries in Prague, and the weak spot of many Czech and foreign men and women (us included). Incredibly rich and creamy, this choux pastry seems very light at the beginning, yet can become very filling at the very end. Heck, we even finish our tours with one, and it is one of the highlights. As our recents guests said it: “How come this is not famous?” (Yes, they went back to have seconds the next day.)

But just like with every great pastry, every pastry shop has its own recipe and the variables are aplenty. Which begs the question: which vetrnik is the best in town? To answer that question, we have set out to put some of Prague’s vetrniks to the test. We have reserved a table at EMA Espresso Bar one Saturday (they do not normally make reservations, but the owners clearly understood the severity and importance of the task - thank you for that) and invited esteemed judges.