When choosing a country and a city to stay, one of the main factors for freelancers and people that are location independent are the options for work. And I don´t mean the jobs you can get there but actual places where you can take your laptop to and get your work done. In Prague, you will find so many of them that you can be changing them every two weeks and quite possibly never run out of the options since there are new ones being opened all the time.
What are the main criteria for such a place? Sufficient number of outlets, fast and reliable WiFi, calm and pleasant atmosphere, friendly service and, of course, delicious coffee and snacks. Those are the basics many coffee-bars in Prague meet and if you need a bit more of an office setting, like a private phone boots, conference rooms or printers, there are many co-working spaces that will provide you with that as well. And their coffee is just as good.
So, what are our favorite choices?
Kavárna, co hledá jméno
Stroupežnického 493/10, 150 00 Praha 5-Smíchov
Mo – Sa 8 am – 10 pm, Su 9 am – 7 pm
This unique place was open only quite recently and has already won hearts of many artistic souls as well as freelancers and coffee-lovers. A spacious café provides you with everything you need and, as a bonus, offers an amazing atmosphere. The art exhibitions are exchanged very often so you will never get bored by the interior. In summer, you can enjoy your time on a big courtyard that is beautifully hidden from the busy city life. We don’t even have to start about their coffee and food because that is simply unbeatable.
Zborovská 84/60, Prague 5
Mo – Fr 7:30 – 21:00, Sa – Su 9:00 – 21:00
Kofárna café is a specialty coffee-bar and a roastery that offers amazing drinks and snacks in the historical center of Prague. This simple yet cozy interior is small enough to give you all the peace you need and the coffee they are roasting themselves is delicious. The blend also changes very often so you won’t get tired of its taste and if you really enjoy it, you can always buy it for your own preparation. Another advantage is that this café opens fairly early in the morning. If you are an early bird searching for a quiet and homely place in the city center, Kofárna café is the right choice.
Bubenečská 12, Prague 6
Mo – Sa 9:00 – 22:00, Su 10:00 – 18:00
Coffe-bar Místo belongs to one of the most popular roasteries in Prague – Doubleshot. In a minimalistic and spacious interior, you can focus on your work without being distracted by an excessive noise. The size of this café ensures though, that there is always this nice little hum around you and not just unpleasant silence. The simple design attracts many working people so you won’t be the only one staring into your computer. When you’re there, have not only a classic espresso but give a try to one of the alternative coffee preps and some of their great signature drinks.
Karlovo nám. 1/23, Prague 2
Mo – Fr 8:00 – 24:00, Sa 10:00 – 24:00, Su 10:00 – 20:00
Café Neustadt is quite possibly the most hipster place you can find in Prague. It’s eclectic interior will puzzle you a bit and while considering whether you actually like it or not, you will find yourself feeling very cozy there. During the day, you can easily work in Neustadt while making breaks for their delicious food and when the evening comes, you can just hide your laptop and enjoy the real buzz and many varied cultural events when sipping a delicious wine. Café Neustadt is in the city center and still hidden from the main roads which is an ideal combination.
Vlkova 628/36, Prague 3 – Žižkov
Mo – Fr 8:00 – 22:00, Sa – Su closed
The literal translation of this bar’s name is a “workplace” and that gives you a hint that you’re on the right track. Behind this cozy and ecological café there is a huge co-working space and you can choose, where to stay. If you don’t mind working and listening to a coffee-bar noises, stay in the front part and enjoy the friendly service. If you prefer some silence, you can move to the shared office for a small hourly fee. You will also want to stay for a small lunch. Their vegan soups are rich and delicious as well as the home-made hummus and you will have dreams about those oat biscuits.
Škrétova 490/12, 120 00 Prague 2
Mo – Fr 7.30 – 22:00, Sa – Su 10:00 – 22:00
Our last tip is a bit different than the previous ones. Cafedu is permanently crowded and full of international students and workers which gives it a unique busy atmosphere. If you don’t want to be disturbed by the people talking, you can move your work upstairs to a study room. And this is the best part of it – the study room is open non-stop so if you’re a late bird ( or a crazy-early one) or you can’t sleep, you can come and work in the night-time when even this place is quiet although randomly completely empty. The coffee-bar opens soon enough to give you a proper morning kick with a great coffee and fresh pastries and you really want to try their Matcha latte.