A Czech coffeehouse with Japanese sensibilities, Momoichi Coffetearia is a unique, utterly compelling place for a meeting, a meet-up or just a meditative wind down in Praha 2. The interiors are largely white, with an attention-grabbing wooden bar, chunky drop-down lights (some lantern-style, some more industrial), and a prominent cuddly Totoro in pride of place, just because.
Momoichi Coffetearia takes its processes seriously, whether it’s brewing tea or coffee, making a cocktail, or serving up a plate of something delicious. All things are possible here. The menu kicks off at breakfast, offering up dishes like matcha croissants or matcha waffles (served with raspberries, the Japanese bean paste, anko, and whipped cream), okonomiyaki (a traditional Japanese omelette) or a Lebanese breakfast of eggs, za’tar, olive oil, olives, hummus, fresh vegetables and bread. As the day wears on, all manner of dishes are added, from Saigon rice paper rolls (with shrimp, Vietnamese sauce, roasted peanuts, mint, basil and coriander) and dumplings to soft shell crab sliders (crispy soft shell crab served in a steamed Chinese bun with smoky mayonnaise, spring onions, and coriander), salads, noodles, and Japanese fried chicken.
While the food is delicious and caters to a wide range of tastes, no visit to Momoichi Coffetearia would be complete without partaking of its stellar drinks list. There are European wines, Czech beers, and Japanese inspired cocktails that run the gamut from the Sayuri (raspberry vodka, Aperol, lychee liqueur, rose syrup, and fresh lemon) to the Sakura (Jinzu gin, sake, cherry juice, and soda).
And then there are the coffees and teas, which is where Momoichi really shines – if it hasn’t already won you over, of course. They serve rare Japanese black teas, like the Setoya Momiji Japanese Black, processed using traditional Sri Lankan methods. Iced green teas like the Casablanca – a tantalising house mix of black and green tea infused with Moroccan mint and orange blossom water. Teas made with the first leaves of the season. Teas packed with vitamin C. Or innovative creations like the Red Cappuccino, which is made using rooibos tea in the same way as espresso, which gives five times more antioxidants than green tea and is caffeine free. Coffees, meanwhile, can be prepared according to your tastes, whether that’s V60 drip, French press, or the Nel 50, and with your choice of bean.