Summer in Prague is a beautiful experience.
Yes, there are more tourists but you can avoid popular sights such as Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square during peak hours by heading into the surrounding neighbourhoods, down tiny streets, for a feel of how locals live.
Instead of posing with statues of saints, we head down to The Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord, a Roman Catholic church built in a postmodern style at Jiřího z Poděbrad square. No, we aren’t there for the church but for the lively farmer’s market where foods, flowers and more products from all over the Czech Republic can be found.
To our surprise and delight, there’s even very good coffee!
We make a beeline for a coffee stall where others are already waiting for their espressos and caffè lattes. Our espresso is vibrant and bright-tasting, not the overly bold sludge we would have expected from an outdoor kiosk.
The kiosk is by Kafe Karlín, which is owned and run by Adam Dvořáka and Zdeněk Smrčka, both barista trainers at Kávový Klub (“the Coffee Club”). Their café doubles as both an espresso and brew bar located in the Prague neighbourhood of Karlín (hence the moniker) not too far away.
There one can find coffee beans from both Czech and European roasters, according to Zdeněk, who is manning the stall at the farmer’s market today. He deftly pours foamed milk for an excellent cappuccino on the go for us (as we have more sights to see in this beautiful city). Besides Karlín and Jiřák, they also have another stall at the Náplavce farmer’s market, beside the river.
Kafe Karlín @ Farmářské tržiště Jiřák
Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad 6, Praha 3, Czech Republic
Wed, Thu & Fri 8am-6pm / Sat 8am-2pm