In case you first arrived to Prague and you are wondering how to start your stay the best and stylish way, to absorb the city atmosphere, you might search for a nice place to sit and have a beverage and something to eat after your first stroll through the streets of the centre. At the heart of Prague, between Charles Bridge and the building of National Theatre, just one block from our apartments, a new concept space with a spacious café recently opened.
SmetanaQ was founded recently in 2016 and it offers cooperation and network to talented Czech designers. The space includes private ateliers, an art gallery that is open to public, a design shop and a café.
CAFÉ & BISTRO
The café is great especially for breakfasts: it opens at 9 in the morning and the menu contains of a variety of egg and sweet pancakes. Also, you can choose from number of rich chocolate and fruit cakes, smoothies, lemonades and, of course, coffee. Coffee is prepared with very good care. The right taste, temperature and latte art on your cappuccino is a matter of course.
Thanks to the spatial and stylist solution of the café, it offers not only a great space to chill, to have a talk or simply enjoy the local atmosphere, but also to work. Quite large tables with sockets placed next to them create a laptop friendly area. Also, you can enjoy the benefits of a quiet room, where you can comfortably work, read, or hold a business meeting.
THE DESIGN SHOP
The design shop right next to the café is full of interesting Czech brands, chosen with great care of SmetanaQ curators. You can definitely pop up there and the nice staff will take care of you, informing you about the products and the skilled designers behind them. Do you want to buy yourself a souvenir, or bring a present back home? Here you will find only quality and unconventional products, and it is for sure a good alternative to ordinary touristic shops. Natural cosmetics, jewellery, designed dish, leather bags, notebooks, books and much more… Have a look and see for yourself! They offer shipping services outside of the country, too.
The building is right next to Vltava river on Smetanovo nábřeží; here, you can enjoy a beautiful view on the river and especially on Prague Castle and Petřín Tower. In case of good weather you can take an advantage of pedal boat rental service, which is right on the opposite of the café. Enjoying a cruise on Vltava is a special experience that will give you a different look on Prague city centre, and is definitely worth trying!
To find out where else you can enjoy good coffee and local or traditional atmosphere, check out our previous articles Hipster’s guide to Prague, Prague Cafés, Where To Go For A Hot Drink In Prague – Tea Houses or Myšák, The Old Times Legend of Prague Sweet Shops.