Kathrin: Cafedu – Study Café

Just on the other side of the National Museum you can find the Study Café “Cafedu”. This cute Café is perfect for everyone who can’t study at home or doesn’t like the isolation in the library (who can study without a coffee?!).

The location is very central and easy to reach, several trams are stopping directly in front of it, the stop is “Muzeum”.

On the ground floor, there are lots of tables where you can spread your stuff and make yourself at home. This area is also perfect for group works, as it is not a silent area and there is some very relaxing coffee house music playing in the background.
Furthermore, you can also go upstairs the little corkscrew stairs to a more isolated area to study, there you will also find a quite zone. It is possible to enter the “Nonstop study rooms” (I haven’t done that yet), they are open 24/7. You only have to pay a little entrance fee per month to be able to enter. You can find all the details about this online at http://www.cafedu.cz/nonstop-studyroom/.

All in all, I found the atmosphere in Cafedu very calm and perfect for studying. Everyone is there to do so, so there is an omnipresent study vibe going on.

Of course, you can have coffee and food there too, as it is also a normal Café. The coffee is at the usual Prague price and very nice, you will always get a glass of water with it. The food there is also tasty and quite cheap, I can highly recommend having breakfast there, the Granola with Yogurt is just great. Also, the sandwiches for lunch are very good. They don’t have a fixed menu, so it might change from day to day.

Timing wise I can advise you to go there quite early during the exam period, Saturday and Sunday around 10-11am, to get a spot. During the week it totally depends on the day and sometimes it’s packed and someday it might be quite empty. But I guess it can’t hurt to get up early to study ;-).

Lastly, if you’re doing a group project over the day and fancy some food and coffee, Cafedu is the perfect choice and also easily reachable by foot from the Uni.

Opening hours

Mon-Fri: 7:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sat+Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Address

Škrétova 490/12, 120 00 Praha 2

http://www.cafedu.cz

 

Kathrin: Day trip to Karlovy Vary

To really explore the Czech Republic, I can highly recommend doing weekend or day trips to those lovely little towns all over the country. One of the first day trips I did was to the small town of Karlovy Vary (also known as Karlsbad). The town is famous for quite a few things, firstly its Spas and the thermal springs, secondly it is the origin of Becherovka, a Czech spirit, thirdly the Karlovy Vary wafers and lastly the Hotel where a James Bond movie was filmed.

But at first let’s talk about how to get to Karlovy Vary, we were luckily able to take a car but you can easily take a Flixbus from Prague. It only takes about 2 hours and is very comfortable. The prices are usually between 100 CZK and 150 CZK for one way. It shouldn’t be more than 300 CZK to get there, even if you only book it a few days in advance.

We arrived there around 11am and left again at 5pm, which is totally enough time to see everything you should. I have to say, we went there in November so it was quite cold and we didn’t spend that much time outside, I guess when it’s warmer you can plan some more time in to explore the town.

We started our trip by walk up the little hill to the small lookout next to the “Jelení Skok” restaurant, it only takes about 15-20min to get up there. You can also go to the Diana lookout and enjoy the view from the bigger Diana tower.

From there we walked down into town again and had a look at the thermal spring fountain, where the famous healing water comes from. The big fountain spits out hot water, next to it there is the Hot Spring Colonnade where you can buy the famous Karlovy Vary Cups to drink the healing water. We didn’t want to buy those cups but the water is supposed to be super healthy for you! So maybe bring your own cup from home, it’s not allowed to fill up bottles.

Those hot springs are all over town and supply all the Spas. I think if you’re interested in spending a Spa weekend somewhere, Karlovy Vary is the perfect place for that. I heard you can also have a Beer Spa there ;-). Have a look at https://www.karlovyvary.cz/en for Hotels or just use any hotel booking website you like to book a weekend away.

Next, you can nicely walk next to the river and the very scenic houses to the famous “Grandhotel Pupp” where James Bond Casino Royale was filmed, at least some scenes. It is a very lovely Hotel and from this point you actually have a very photogenic view over the river and the cute houses (the picture with me in it).

We walked back on the other side of the river towards our lunch destination “Restaurace U Švejka”, also a rather small restaurant but with great Czech food. Sometimes it is super crowded when a tourist bus arrives, so be aware of that.

After lunch, we had one of the famous Karlovy Vary wafers, freshly made. You will see the shop on the way to the Grandhotel Pupp. They are very tasty and super thin wafers, you can choose between vanilla, chocolate and hazelnut flavour and some more I believe.

Furthermore, we walked towards the other side of town to the “Mlýnská Kolonáda”, which is a stone colonnade (also shown in James Bond) built in Pseudo-Renaissance style (got that from the internet). All the way there and the colonnade itself is super scenic and definitely worth a visit.

Lastly, we went to the Becherovka Museum, we didn’t have time to go inside the Museum but it’s supposed to be pretty interesting. We only went to the souvenir shop and took a picture in front of the huge Becherovka bottle.

All in all, I very much enjoyed our little day trip to Karlovy Vary, it was nice to experience this small and sleepy town compared to buzzing Prague.

Check out the bus tickets:
https://www.flixbus.cz
https://bustickets.regiojet.com

Karlovy Vary tourist information:
https://www.karlovyvary.cz/en

Top 10 attractions in Karlovy Vary:
http://www.karlovy-vary.cz/en/activities/top-10-attractions-in-karlovy-vary

Kathrin: Coffee Room – for all breakfast lovers

If you love food and especially breakfast, the Coffee Room close to “Vinohradská vodárna” is the place to go! It is a rather small but very lovely coffee and breakfast place with a wide range of self-made pastries and amazing coffee. The café has its own charm in a vintage and hipster style you would find in any other popular city around the world.

The breakfast menu has a nice variety, from Granola, over banana bread to avocado toast and I’m pretty sure everyone can find its favourite breakfast in there, it is served daily until 12.00pm.

For me it was the healthy choice I needed after all the heavy food here in Prague.
The menu is inspired by current trends for healthy and fresh food and can change from time to time.

I am not lying if I say I had the most amazing avocado toast there I had in a very long time and I love avocado toast! The bread is amazing and very tasty, this coming from a German, you know how much we love our bread, as well as the avocado! You can have it in different variations, with either dried tomatoes or cream cheese or just smashed with some chilli – just amazing!

All in all, I highly recommend going there, it is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and everyone that has a sweet tooth. Also, if you only want to enjoy great coffee – this is the place to go!

Opening hours

Monday – Friday: 8.00 – 18.30
Saturday: 9.00 – 18.00
Closed on Sundays 🙁

Address

Korunní 74, Vinohrady 101 00 Praha

Check out their Instagram for more pictures: https://www.instagram.com/CoffeeRoomPrague/

Web: http://coffeeroom.cz