Czechs have a reputation for being creative and crafty. This is evident in the traditional wooden crafts, glass, crochet / knit and ceramic goods. I, myself, love to create and if time and money permitted, I would have a painter’s studio, a dark room, a pottery wheel and oven, etc…you get my drift. Anything authentic, hand-made, and original catches my eye. Unfortunately, I am not a millionaire, and can keep on dreaming about having all of the “luxuries” mentioned above.
A great way to get my creative juices flowing and making it a kid friendly activity (kids come first right?) is to visit Vypálené koťátko (Fired Kitty, as in when you fire pottery – terrible literal translation, I know). Other than great desserts and good coffee, this non-smoking café has a dedicated work-room with an assortment of unpainted ceramic products, ranging from ceramic cups, plates to vases and figurines.
After selecting your “canvas”, you have a wide variety of color glazes and brushes to paint with. If you have never done it before, the staff is happy to explain the best color combinations and what tends to happen with different glazes once the ceramics have been fired. Generally, the colors seem a bit dull and subdued while wet, but once the ceramics have been fired, they are quite rich and cheerful.
Kids can make lovely presents for family and they have quite a bit of fun doing it. If you want to seriously create, I advise not taking your kids with you. It probably depends on the child, but my son got bored after painting half his cup and most of his body. Vypálené koťátko is pretty active on FB and posts some of the master pieces on their facebook page so check it out (some are quite good!). I can only recommend this great little creative café! Vypálené koťátko also hosts various themed events – concerts, exhibitions, readings etc.
Mařákova 5, Praha 6
Tel: 737 726 104, 222 947 888
Credit cards: Visa, Mastercard & Amex
Get your creative juices flowing!
Café Pointa was voted the best cafe in Prague 6 in 2012, very impressive since they only opened their doors in the summer of 2012. I am not surprised at all, this place is fantastic. It is located on the corner of an art nouveau building just near the Hradčanská metro stop. A charming patio outside offers a beautiful view of Letná park. I have not had the pleasure of the patio experience yet since this stubborn winter doesn’t seem to be going away, but I will report back when I finally hang up my winter coat.
Besides an everyday lunch special, Café Pointa offers many great food options all day. They serve great breakfast and even better coffee, croissants, homemade cakes and pastries, sandwiches, salads and other main dishes later in the day. Last time I was there, I had the roastbeef and rucola sandwich. It was served on their homemade bread with mustard dressing and horseradish mayonnaise. So much flavor, it is making my mouth water all over again as I write this.
Besides coffee and delicious food, they also have many assortments of tea, wines and draft alcoholic and non-alcoholic beer. During some evenings, they have live piano music played on an old Viennese piano from 1883 if you are looking for some romance or just a cozy atmosphere.
Café Pointa has something for everyone. They have a great kid’s corner to keep the little ones busy and you can reserve space for birthday parties and other celebrations. They have had a few small wedding receptions there as well. It’s great atmosphere for any type of celebration or get together.
Na Valech 2
160 00, Praha 6
+420 233 321 289
Monday – Friday: 8:30 – 22:00
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 – 22:00