The first Starbucks opened in Prague on January 22, 2008. This blog is taking a quick trip to Czech Republic and I owe a huge thank you to Sebastian Birr who took the gorgeous photos that I am showing off below. I found an old blog article from September 2009 on a small non-professional appearing blog which indicated, at that time, there were nine stores in Prague. (I can't seem to find the link again to that article). Today, according to research by Sebastian and his touring efforts, there are twelve Starbucks in the Czech Republic. There are eight stores in downtown Prague. One Starbucks is at the airport. Another three stores are in more neighborhood-like locations within the city of Prague. The most recent store opening in Prague was at "Dejvicka," in October 2010. Generally speaking, the food offerings in Starbucks throughout Prague are high quality, include some local selections, and have a lot of variety. Sebastian wrote to me that he found ham and cheese-filled croissants, local apple pies and cakes, fresh yogurt, blueberry cheesecake, a tomato-mozzarella toast, bagels, a variety of wraps and sandwiches.
For those interested, there is an official Starbucks Czech Republic website which includes store information.
All the photos below were taken by Sebastian Birr and used by permission. And if you are not following him already on Twitter, I recommend you do!
STARBUCKS PRAGUE STORE TOUR:
AVION PARK ZLICIN
Skandinávská 13 155 00 Praha 5 Zličín Telefon:+420 235 013 515
One thing that is very unique about the Avion Park Zlicin store is that it is the only Starbucks in Prague (to the best of my knowledge) that is totally a stand-alone store. It appears that, in general, Starbucks are located inside multi-use buildings with shopping or other building uses. Sebastian noted the unique outdoor seating area with a pond with fish in it!
STARBUCKS COFFEEHOUSE DEJVICKA
Vítězné náměstí 2 160 00 Praha 6 Dejvice Mobil. tel: +420 725 429 402
I did a little googling and learned that this Starbucks location is near the Dejvická Metro subway stop. This is the Starbucks that opened in October 2010, as per Sebastian's research.
Malostranské náměstí 28 110 00 Praha 1 Telefon: +420 257 214 725
This store appears to be near the Malostranské subway station. The exterior photographs are incredibly interesting here. The very first photo of this store shows what appears to be a very old (perhaps 17th or 18th century) building but the Starbucks logo is the newest version unveiled by the headquarters on January 5, 2011. Even more interesting, the new logo appears to be nearly adjacent to the now-older logo, which was in effect from June 1992 through January 5, 2011.
According to Sebastian, it's not too uncommon to see wall art/signage in Starbucks in Prague which features photos and paintings of historical events of the county, like the transformation from communism to a free market economy. The last photo below (labeled number 11) is an example of that.
STARBUCKS OLD TOWN SQUARE
Staroměstské nám. 26 110 00 Praha 1 Tel: +420 224 241 070
STARBUCKS METROPOLE ZLICIN
Řevnická 1 155 21 Praha 5 Mobil.tel.: +420 725 836 698
There is only one photo of this store which is located in some sort of shopping center by the looks of the photograph. One thing I noticed about this picture is the coffee bins in the lobby area of the store. One of the bins is marked for "Sulawesi" coffee which, as many know, has long since been a discontinued coffee in the United States. This photo is a good reminder that the international markets often offer a different core whole bean selection than what we have in the United States.
Václavské náměstí 40 110 00 Praha 1 Telefon:+420 224 248 655
Náměstí Republiky 1 110 00 Praha 1
There is only one photo of this store too, but it's visually interesting, so here it is:
Hope you enjoyed your tour of Starbucks in Prague. If you like articles featuring Starbucks stores internationally, you can browse through the international category on this site for lots of past blog article on Starbucks in international markets. I owe big thank yous to the people who have sent in their international photographs for use on this blog. We've been from Australia (thank you again @jorda_nn) to Japan (thank you again Noboru Sakamoto) to Germany (thank you again Sebastian), and I don't know about you, but I have enjoyed every moment of it.