Prior to visiting the Czech Republic, we kept reading about the heavy consumption of beer and the tasty hot dogs (rohlík) sold by street vendors at every corner. As much as both claims are true, we were truly overwhelmed by the amount of pastries that are available in the heart of the Czech Republic. This includes popular European sweets like croissants and crepes, but many traditional Czech desserts also exist like Trdelnik and Strudl that are worth tasting. Here are a few locations that you should look for in Prague:
Národní 22, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic
A large busy cafe open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers some of the most delicious pastries in the city. This cafe is filled with elegance and gives that wonderful Parisian feel. Café Louvre opened at the beginning of the 1900's, closed during the communist era but has reemerged ever since. Stop by the most popular cafe in Prague where famous people like Albert Einstein and Frank Kafka frequently visited.
Creperie U Kajetána
Nerudova 278/17, 118 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic
You cannot visit Prague without trying their famous Trdelník roll, a sweet traditional pastry wrapped onto a stick. It's available as street food all across the city, but this creperie is one of the most recommended places to eat. It offers a cozy environment and some of the best hot chocolates in town. You can definitely stop by here before visiting Prague Castle as you walk through the charming Nerudova street.
Grand Orient Café
Ovocný trh 569/19, 110 00 Praha - Staré Město, Czech Republic
Go back into the 1910's and experience a majestic atmosphere. The interior is decorated with styles made famous during the Cubist movement by artists like Pablo Picasso. Walk up the spiral staircase to the first floor into the House of the Black Madonna and try their amazing Medovnik honey cake.
Liliová 250/4, 110 00 Praha, Czech Republic
Recommended for all chocolate lovers out there, one stop here and you will definitely fill your chocolate void if you ever had one. Choco Café has a selection of over 50 different hot chocolate drinks and a variety of inexpensive pastries. Try the Horice Roll - a Czech version of the cannoli filled with cream. By far the richest chocolate we have ever tasted in a restaurant and be warned, it can be very filling! Avoid the tourist traps and visit this fantastic family-owned restaurant.
Smetanovo nábř. 1012/2, 110 00 Praha, Czech Republic
Another old-fashioned restaurant located in the historical center also earning the name as the city's "best-known café", Kavárna Slavia has a nice selection of food and beer. Find a window seat and gaze at the amazing view of the Vltava river or listen to the live piano playing. You can also order the Palačinke (the Czech breakfast crepe) with a selection of bananas or strawberries topped with whipped cream and savory ice cream.
Kozí 918/1, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czech Republic
Bakeshop Praha offers a diverse selection of sandwiches, cakes, baked goods and pastries. This popular bakery will not disappoint and you can try their freshly squeezed orange juice. You will find just as many locals as tourists alike who shop here and enjoy their sweets inside or for take out.
Vítězná 124/5, 150 00 Praha 5, Czech Republic
A cozy little place in the Mala Strana area, Café Savoy offers an appetizing breakfast and many high quality foods during the day. The restaurant's design has a neo-Renaissance theme with architecture resembling the National Theater located nearby. Try the Ovocné Knedliky, fruit dumplings topped with cheese, which is a traditional Czech dish perfected here. This place is extremely popular where the likes of the prime minister frequently come visit.
Jeseniova 29, 130 00 Praha, Czech Republic