U Sta Ran Boudoir Cafe & Bar, Vinohrady, Praha
|Name:||Boudoir U Sta Ran|
|Location:||Francouzská 50, Vinohrady, Prague|
|Hours:||4 pm til late (midnight officially but open later)
Adjectives: dark, full, enchanting, romantic, cosy, bohemian, wooden
Nouns: candles, unorthodox hairstyles, chiaroscuro, olives, artwork, magazines, board games, cheeses, a dog
A place to: take a date, get drunk, eat food, brood, reflect
A place not to: bring a huge group, expect a seat, dance, park a bicycle
Note: all shitty/blurry/dark photos courtesy of me
My Love-hate Relationship with Boudoir
I used to pass this cafe/bar frequently on my way up Francouzska to Vinohrady. Beckoned by the cosy candlelit inside, my girlfriend and I would enter only to be turned away, unable to find a seat. The boudoir has a main room (seats about 18) with a mezzanine area (7), a backroom (18) and a garden with patio in the back for summer. However, its popularity means you'll often be unable to sit and there isn't much standing room.
My personal record: I've attempted to stop in there about 12 times, and found a seat maybe five times. I was able to sit both times I went there last week (at around 11:30pm), hence the positive shift in my attitude towards the place and the decision to finally write this review.
The joint doesn't have an official phone number, or website (just a facebook page). You can only make reservations by e-mailing kavarna.francouzska (at) centrum (dot) cz or in person.
Food & Drink
Svijany 11 .5L
Svijany 13 dark .5l
Local Moravian wines
white .2L = 36kr
rose .2L = 38kr
They have a great 'toast' dish (pictured below) which is actually grilled cheese sandwich served with vegetables and a chili dip. 59/89kr for one/two sandwiches.
Food is served late. I've eaten there at 12:30am (on a weekend). Menus contain English translations.
Here are some great photos of the Boudoir taken from their FB page courtesy of VítÄ›zslav Oscar VojtÄ›chovský:
Bottom line: if you can secure a seat, it's a great place.