Eat Local Soup: Polevkarna

When I first moved to Prague, I was on the look out for cute cafes where I could grab a bit to eat, read a book, sip tea, or meet friends for lunch.  In my opinion, what makes a good city or community are loads of these types of places.  These cafes and small stores are what adds vibrancy to an area and encourages a social aspect of a district.

One of the first places I made a mental note to go and try was Polevkarna, an adorable soup cafe in my neighbourhood (yay for Prague 8).  I was first attracted to their cute storefront with its big glass windows adorned with loopy, white cursive writing.  I thought to myself, this creative looking-out-of-the-box-for-Prague-place must be good if it looks like some time, thought and effort went into the cafe’s branding, interior and food.   Likewise, I was excited to give Polevkarna a try because a) they serve one of my favourite foods , soup, (typically six flavours a day), but also offer nice sandwiches, a selection of sweets and to-go grain salads AND it was non-smoking.  My first visit to Polevkarna was with two friends who were in visiting from Toronto.  I tried a vegetarian Moroccan tomato based soup with curry, lentils and chickpeas.  Very tasty.  I returned a second time, solo, with my Bon Appetit magazine in hand and had a mushroom and walnut soup that was thick and a bit on the salty side.  The good thing about Polevkarna is that they rotate flavours and typically carry three meat and three veg options.  You can expect to find soup flavours such as carrot and ginger, beef borscht, tomato and basil, and chicken and tarragon.

If you haven’t checked this place out, or are passing through Prague and are looking for a lunch place, during the week (open 8am-6pm M-F) outside of the tourist centre, and appreciate a little gigham on the walls, bay window seating with cushions and lovely ceramic soup bowls, I’ve found your place.



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