Hubby doesn’t often ask to go check out a place so when he does, we go. The latest place he wanted to try was Paralelní Polis (Parallel Polis), a Bitcoin kavárna (coffee house). I was slightly pessimistic about it because a place that only takes Bitcoin. Really? The idea of coffee and chocolate cake got me over my slight pessimism. So on a Saturday, when we both had a little time, we went on another Prague adventure. It’s always an adventure going somewhere new in Prague. Actually I’d past this unique coffee joint several times and never knew it. It’s kind of unassuming from the outside. Fairly modern in a less than modern section of Prague. It doesn’t scream at you from across the street either. Like some other coffee places with green and white signs.
We walk in and it’s a nice space. Open and welcoming but not like your average place. There’s no counter. No apron-ed barista smiling, greeting and waiting dutifully at a register. So far so good. I like different. There’s a menu on the post. There’s cakes on display in a small fridge. There’s a large island with an espresso machine, cups, plates, and other things. A young woman comes up to help us and we ask if she speaks English. She does. Good because we don’t speak a lot of Czech and what we do know won’t get us through a conversation easily. She asks if we have a Bitcoin wallet. We do. And we’re in business.
We order coffee drinks and a piece of chocolate coconut cake to share. We take a seat and enjoy the surroundings. At the time they weren’t busy but they definitely could be. I find the Wi-Fi password and take some pictures. Our drinks arrive but we have to wait a few extra minutes for the cake. Since we’ve come in a few other people have come in after us. to order and get their coffee. Two young ladies that are in a hurry don’t stay because this isn’t the sort of place you run into to grab quick coffee. Another person is being walked through the Bitcoin purchase on the machine in the corner. You don’t have Bitcoin, no worries, you can purchase some on the spot.
Our cake arrives a few minutes later. I really wish I’d taken a picture. It was delicious. I ate the coconut bits while hubby stuck to more of the chocolate and cookie like crust. The drinks were yummy. Hubby is still getting used to coffee. He likes filter coffee more than espresso but he really enjoyed the cake.
So this is a place we’ll come back to. It’s a bit far from our flat but another day another adventure in Prague.
Try it out and tell me what you think.
The Tavern ,Chopinova 26, Prague 2, which is located in Žižkov neighborhood, is home to the best burger in Prague. I was informed about this little gem by my favorite transplanted Texan and a Czech colleague of mine. If Americans and Czechs agree, it’s must go and try this. And by little gem I mean little. Most places in Prague seem rather small from the first look but once you go inside it’s almost always bigger on the inside, just like the Tardis. The exception is this place. So if you plan to go get the best burger in Prague you need to make a reservation. It’s what you do for all the good restaurants at the best and busiest of times.
For The Tavern, it’s best to call and reserve a spot or use their website reservation system for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. It fills up really fast. The Czech owner speaks English very well and this should make it all the easier to call. I hate calling places in the US but I’d do it for this place. Usually, I use my reservation app on my phone. Technology is awesome.
We knew that you needed a reservation but we’re unable to get one on the day we really wanted to try this place out. Our fix was to come at lunchtime instead of later. It was gloriously empty when we arrived but that was because they had just opened. Perfect for us though.
I had had a hankering for chili cheese fries. Ladies, you know what I mean, I NEEDED some chili cheese fries. This place has them. Chili-cheese Ranch Fries. So good. Also need to try the Loaded Pulled Pork Cheddar Fries but that will be another day. Hubby got the Classic Bacon-Cheddar burger. Also had a couple of beers. It was the best burger my hubby had in months since we left the States. I waited until the next time for my burger revelation.
The second time we went, about a week later, I got the Blue Smoke burger. Oh. My. Yum. It was so good. This was the burger my colleague recommended. Hubby got the same burger as last time. What can I say, when he finds something he likes he stays with it. In addition, we shared a basket of fries and had some beer as well.
Note: We have beer a lot but this is the cultural norm in the Czech Republic. Most people have a beer with lunch and it’s usually cheaper than a soda. Additionally the beer is lower in alcohol than some it’s US counterparts. Although two half liters will make not want to back to work. At least for me.
The Taverns website
We were in Sámara for a mere month. Our goal was to attend TEFL school to get certified to teach English. It was an intensive four week course and we passed with flying colors. In our down time on weekends or occasional evenings we would often find ourselves, sometimes with kids and sometimes with new friends, at one of many restaurants in this quaint but quirky little town. Here are my favorite restaurants in Sámara.
1. Bar Arriba: This fun restaurant has the best french fries in Sámara. My kids also enjoyed the chicken strips as well. Although they are family oriented during lunch and dinner it is a fun place to hang out watch a soccer match and have a beer or four. They have a ladies night on Tuesday and often have live music or a DJ to keep it lively. Most of the drinking crowd starts after nine so bringing the kids here for dinner isn’t too chaotic. The hamburger is the best in town. (Some say the veggie burger at Luv Burger rules but I’m saying as far as beef burgers go, this is the place.) You can find them on FB at Bar Arriba.
2. Falafel Cafe: This was my go to for fast and fresh lunch. In Costa Rica a fast lunch isn’t always possible which is good when you’re on vacation but not when you’ve got a designated hour for lunch. Falafeño or the Tabbouleh plate are excellent choices. Hubby got tired of going here too many times in a row but admitted to it being an awesome little place to get a quick bite. It’s also fairly cheap and filling for this tourist town. You can locate them in the Nature Center part of town. You can find them on FB at Falafel Cafe.
3. Coco’s Mexican: This is a great little place to celebrate with family and friends. They serve typical Mexican fair which, being from Colorado, we crave from time to time. They also serve large margaritas during happy hour. When we finished class at Costa Rica TEFL this was where we went to get our relaxation on. They have happy hour specials like everyone else in town but they have Mexican food and tequila which was a major selling point for the hubby and myself. Kurt really enjoyed the Chimichanga and the Chicken Nachos were excellent. As with all outdoor restaurants in Costa Rica bring some bug spray to keep the bugs away. You can find them on FB at Coco’s Mexican Restaurant.
4. Sub Express: This was my kids and hubby’s second most favorite place to eat lunch. They have sub sandwiches and the boys favorite was the Italian sub. Very good and filling sandwiches and wraps. I enjoyed a few of their wraps and was never disappointed. You can also get some lunch meat and cheese to go. It’s pricey because it’s imported from the States but it’s good and worth when trying to feed two teenage boys. You can find them on FB at SubExpress
5. Restaurante Makizu Sámara: We really enjoyed our time here with friends. Kurt and I usually don’t have sushi but our friends do. Kurt had never tried sushi before coming to this place. He tried it and liked it. He ordered the Chicken Adobo and thought it was super amazing . I had Philadelphia rolls and a few bites of the sushi platter in trade for my large serving of Philly rolls. The rest of the table ordered a large sushi platter which was pretty to look at and tasted fabulous. Everyone truly enjoyed their experience. You can find this great restaurant on FB at Makizu Samara.
Honorable mention: Vela Latina, Lo Que Hay, Flying Taco, Pizzeria Paraiso. I’ll cover these restaurants and maybe more in a later post.