Forget France and their croissants, pain-au-chocolates and baguettes. Central Europe is the true baking capital. Home of the houska, rohlík and koláč, baked goods are seriously good here and they are one of the few things that I’ve consistently missed when living and travelling abroad.
Antonínovo pekařství is a little bakery just a few steps from the beautiful church at Náměstí Jiího z Poděbrad. Despite its short existence, the bakery has quickly become a local favourite, drawing crowds from the surrounding neighbourhoods, who often stop by on the weekends on their way to and from the nearby farmer’s market (read about it here).
Even before entering the bakery you’ll notice a sign with something that looks like a banana painted on it. That my friend is a rohlík and it is one of the most popular types of bread in the Czech Republic. Either get the delicious Antonín’s rohlík (beware, not veggie-friendly) or Josef’s rohlík, which is just as good. Little history lesson – it is said that the crescent-shaped rohlík was invented in Vienna after an unsuccessful siege by the Ottoman empire as a reminder of the assailant’s flag.
All of the breads and pastries are freshly baked right before your eyes and you can always sit down, get some coffee and watch the masters at work. Personally, I’d recommend taking your baked goodness outside, getting a cup of coffee at the superb Mama Coffee right around the corner, and relaxing on a bench in front of the church.