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When in Prague

One of our favorite things to do when we travel around the world is to visit tea houses where we meet with other tea enthusiasts and often discover new teas. While several European capital cities have a number of tea houses, Prague's vibrant tea culture has a vibe and rhythm all its own. Many of Prague's tea houses date back to before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communism in 1989. Located in what was then Czechoslovakia, the city benefited from the countries strong ties with China, the USSR, Japan and North Africa. All countries that have rich tea drinking traditions.

One of our favorite tea houses is Amana, which features a selection of high grade teas from around the world, tea ware including bowls by Czech potters, and delicate Czech pastries (on a recent visit Janeil had the delicious Obrázky pro dotaz - a type of spinach pie). Amana has several rooms, each with a different mood, where you can take your tea and a wall that houses a see-through aquarium. On the other side of the aquarium you can see into the tea kitchen and watch the host or hostess prepare your tea. Amana is located within blocks of one of the cities most progressive alternative galleries (Tranzit.cz) and book and music stores. After all of this, you can take a stroll along the Vltava River also just a couple of blocks from Amana. A perfect afternoon off the beaten path in Prague!

Photo: Amana Tea House on July 4, 2012 by Janeil Engelstad