Kavárna Místo is a cute café with rich, locally ground coffee
Every so often you just need to relax for a bit and take stock. When you’ve had a long week, what you need from a Saturday afternoon is an hour or so free from your laptop in a cute café. Luckily, Místo is just around the corner from our flat in Dejivce.
It’s charming and modern. Distressed wood appears to have gone out of coffee shop fashion in favour of clean lines and brushed metal. Still, Místo’s walls are covered in murals that hark back to the the eighties. They’re full of Minolta point and shoot film cameras, Hall’s soothers and fingerless mittens – it’s all very Stranger Things.
We’ve already eaten, so we plan to have our coffee, and share a sandwich and cake. I go for an Americano, and to my surprise, so does Anička. She’s feeling in the mood for something different today.
Místo is a Doubleshot café. Doubleshot is a specialty roastery founded in Prague in 2009. The owners have spent years travelling the world, searching for the best coffee, and bringing back everything they have learned to the Czech Republic, which has now become one of the best parts of the world in which to drink speciality coffee.
The Americano is silky thick but not overly bitter. It coats the inside of my mouth; the rich flavours escape slowly. I still think it’s a bit odd that Americanos always come with steamed milk here, but that’s just how they do it.
Unfortunately, somewhere in the transition between Czech and English, we manage to order two plates of poached egg. We had meant to ask for one with no Prague ham. They’re beautiful though.
The ham and eggs are laid on a thick chunk of bread and covered in a herb sauce. Yolk spills down the bread and all over the plate as soon as the knife cuts through; perfect. There’s a lot of herb sauce – perhaps a bit too much. Everything is a little lost underneath it, along with the flavour of the ham.
For dessert we’ve gone for the banana and walnut bread, and this time there’s only one plate. It’s moist and delicious; the nuts have softened so they add texture without too much crunch and there’s just the right amount of banana.
At this point I pull out the camera and cause a bit of a scene by clicking and clacking. People are staring, and some are trying, very politely to stay out of my way – but there’s a wide lens on so there’s no escape. Slightly red-faced, we pay up and it’s back to the books.