Kavárna Pražírna is a place where we go to put the world to rights. This is a café/coffee roastery with great beer, fantastic food, wonderful wine and coffee to be reckoned with.
From the street and down a few stairs you’ll be greeted by the barista, the dog and the unmistakable smell of delicious coffee. The cute, little dog always seems to be there, and mostly ignores people unless they’re dropping crumbs. Immediately the brick arches welcome you into the first room where the bar exists with a small amount of barstool seating, and an archway opens up to the very inviting second room. A brief corridor brings us to the third (multi-tiered) and fourth rooms in this labyrinthian café. The third room is the most cosy, packed full of small tables, corners, books and an armchair, whilst the fourth room is mostly taken up by a large table and their coffee roaster.
The beer on offer here regularly switches between Kout na Šumavě 12° and Pivovar Chříč 11°, both pale lagers exhibiting that fantastic malty balance that Czech lagers are known for. Both lagers have traces of dark honey, light toffee, cereal grain and a herbal hoppy balance. Pivovar Chříč 11° is an active sheltered workshop with a wood-fired kettle and the decidedly more malty Koutské pivo helped to put the still-unknown Czech lager on the map of beautiful world beer with it light caramel sweetness. Whichever beer they have at the time of your visit is well worth a couple pints or more.
The nakládaný hermelín here is one of my favourites, and as a self-proclaimed connoisseur I’d like to think that this means something, though I’m aware it doesn’t. Either way, the cheese is marinated with all the typical things, as well as walnut, which lends a wonderful softness to the flavour of the cheese, so befitting of the beer. The coffee is always changing with what’s freshly roasted in-house, and always great. They also have a tea made of cascara, the coffee cherry, which is a personal favourite. The food options here are limited, but it is good, honest food; some of their options include a homemade bread that is quite nice.
In the summer months a quaint garden is also an option, but the interior is cosy in every season. The brick walls are adorned with local art, yet the place is unpretentious. The whole area is both calm and simultaneously (quietly) busy. This café provides a haven for introverts, foreigners, locals and anyone not looking to be judged; Pražírna is one of those places in Prague that I feel comfortable, open and without worry, no matter what. The employees are knowledgeable and caring, if in doubt, just ask questions and you’ll soon understand the appeal of this café. While you’re here, get some coffee beans to take back home with you, you won’t regret it.
On Lublaňská street, just around the corner from I.P. Pavlova metro station/tram stop, it couldn’t be easier to arrive here. Serviced by the C metro (red line) and trams 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 16, 22, and 23.
|Chříč Pazdrát 11°||11°||Pivovar Chříč||Lager|
|Koutská Dvanáctka||12°||Kout na Šumavě||Lager|