CHANGE IS BREW­ING

Business Traveller - - FOOD & DRINK -

Prague’s Hab­s­burg years be­queathed it a Vi­en­nese-style café cul­ture, no­tably at Café Savoy, Café Lou­vre and Café Slavia. The scene thrived dur­ing in­ter­war Cze­choslo­vakia, but inevitably suf­fered dur­ing com­mu­nism.

In the post-1989 re­vival, the above are fac­ing some healthy com­pe­ti­tion from cos­mopoli­tan young en­trepreneurs. “I think that Prague is up there with Copen­hagen and London when it comes to cof­fee,” ar­gues Jan Va­lenta of Taste of Prague Food Tours. Must-tries in­clude city cen­tre EMA Espresso Bar and, in the in­ner dis­tricts, Cof­fee Room in Vi­nohrady and Můj šálek kávy in Kar­lín.

Cafés also of­fer a good place to try Czech wine, which is com­ing into its own. “Wine con­sump­tion is ac­tu­ally in­creas­ing in the Czech Republic, whereas beer con­sump­tion is de­clin­ing,” ex­plains Is­abelle du Plessix, who runs wine tours in Bo­hemia and Mo­ravia.

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