Kavárna Místo is one of three Prague coffee shops of renowned Czech roasters, Doubleshot. Although off the beaten (tourist) track in a residential area north of the castle, it came highly recommended by Bex of Double Skinny Macchiato. A lovely, L-shaped spot, there’s a range of seating, the space cleverly divided into multiple smaller spaces by walls with large openings. You can also sit outside at one of a handful of tables down the left-hand side.
Amanda and I visited twice, first for dinner (which is the subject of its own Saturday Supplement) then returning for coffee the following morning. As I’ve come to discover in Prague, service is of the highest standard, Místo offering full table service. There’s an innovative all-day dining menu (served until 10pm) with dishes suitable for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all backed up with a range of excellent cakes and desserts.
The real draw, though, is the coffee. There’s a seasonal espresso plus a single-origin, all the shots pulled on a lovely Kees van der Westen Spirit, along with a choice of three single-origins available through the V60, one of which is also on daily batch-brew. Finally, if you really can’t decide, the coffee tasting flight offers 150ml samples of all three.
You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.
Kavárna Místo is on Bubenečská, which runs north from Hradcanská tram/metro stop (Line A, which heads out towards the airport). On the eastern side of the street, on the corner with Jaselská, there’s not much to see if approaching from the south, where you’ll find a pair of wood-framed glass double doors, bench off to one side. However, looking around the corner, down Jaselská, you’ll see four picnic-style tables on the broad pavement, arranged in alternating orientations, lengthways then crossways.
Stepping inside, a broad flight of concrete stairs (significantly wider than the door) leads up to a wide, wooden-framed opening at the top, where, right in the middle, a sign instructs you to wait to be seated. Místo stretches ahead of you, while off to your right is a separate seating area. If neither suits you, it’s worth noting that you can sit at the top of the steps on either side!
The main part of Místo is straight ahead, the space lined with windows on the left. A long counter runs along the right-hand wall, with the Kees van der Westen on the corner, opposite which is the first of the seating, an eight-person communal table with high stools. Then comes the first of four partitions, a solid wooden wall with an opening on the counter side. This is followed by two further seating areas, each separated by a partition/wall, each holding a two-person and four-person table.
The second of these ends at the same time as the counter, where you’ll find a large glass-topped cake tray. Beyond this, another partition wall runs the full width of Místo, an opening in the centre, leading to the first of two further seating areas. This has a sofa and two armchairs against the right-hand wall and, in the windows to the left, another two-person/four-person table arrangement. A final partition separates this from the last seating area. There’s a two-person table against the right-hand wall, a four-person table in the window to the left and, running along the back wall, under a fascinating coffee/technology-themed mural, is a long, wooden bench-seat with six two-person tables.
This seating arrangement is repeated at the front of Místo, where there are two seating bays to your right, also with their own mural, this one book-themed. The first, accessible from the top of the stairs, has two two-person tables along the wall overlooking the stairs and a further two-person and four-person table against the partition wall. The final seating area mirrors the one at the far end of Místo, with a long, wooden bench with six two-person tables against the back wall. There’s also a solitary two-person table by the window at the front.
Amanda and I visited twice, once for dinner, then returning for coffee, which I’ll talk about here. All the coffee’s roasted by Doubleshot, with the individual offering changing on a seasonal basis. Since it was over 35°C, Amanda had an iced latte, while I stuck to my guns and had a flat white, both made with the spring espresso blend. Quite a dark coffee, it goes well with milk, cutting nicely through in my flat white (which Amanda found a little strong for her liking).
In contrast, Amanda much preferred her iced latte, finding the extra milk and ice mellowed the coffee. Meanwhile, my opinion on iced coffee is well enough known: let’s just say I didn’t like it. By way of further contrast, I had tried the single-origin espresso, an Ethiopian Uraga, before dinner. This was excellent, a well-balanced coffee with plenty of body.
Finally, we tried the coffee flight. You can find out what we made of that, in the Saturday Supplement I wrote about Kavárna Místo.
|BUBENECSKÁ 12 • 160 00 PRAHA 6-DEJVICE • PRAGUE • CZECHIA|
|www.mistoprovas.cz||+420 727 914 535|
|Monday||09:00 – 22:00||Roaster||Doubleshot (espresso + filter)|
|Tuesday||09:00 – 22:00||Seating||Tables; Tables (outside)|
|Wednesday||09:00 – 22:00||Food||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Cake|
|Thursday||09:00 – 22:00||Service||Table|
|Friday||09:00 – 22:00||Payment||Cards + Cash|
|Saturday||09:00 – 22:00||Wifi||Free (with code)|
|Sunday||10:00 – 18:00||Power||Yes|
|Chain||Local||Visits||24, 25th June 2019|
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