I love museum cafes – a little liquid stimulation to balance out the mental stimulation. This cafe has gone back to its First Republic roots, while feeling modern at the same time. The museum is the Trade Fair Palace, or Veletržní palác, which houses the National Gallery’s modern art collection. You pay for which floors you want to visit, so you can pinpoint your interests, plus there are always a few special exhibitions – right now, Alfons Mucha’s Slav Epic is on display until the end of 2016.
The cafe also hosts events, like lectures, flea markets, poetry slams and readings, community events and more. The coffee is pretty good, from Czech roasters Original Coffee, and they will prepare classic espresso, or French press or Aeropress, if you prefer. Soy milk and honey are also on hand, as well as a decent range of teas. Or go for the harder stuff – get a latte with a shot of Bailey’s, or 11 ° and 13 ° amber beers from Vinohradský pivovar on tap. There are snacks as well, for the foot-weary – sandwiches (including a vegan one) and salads, quiche, and fresh desserts (shortbread, several kinds of cakes, muffins and the like.)
Functionalist architecture often creates large, light, airy spaces that feel clean yet comfortable, and Cafe Jedna manages to be impressive and cozy at the same time.