The title kind of says it all, the “West” has finally made it’s last stand to conquer my beloved Prague. Last Tuesday, while I was in Hungary for a conference, the long awaited Starbucks showed up. The first (yes, the first there are plans to have 20 new locations between Czech and Poland within the year) one ever in the Czech Republic and Prague has set up at MalostranskÃ© nÃ¡mÄ›stÃ to conquer yet another country and city with its green apron clad baristas!
You are probably picking up on a wee-bit of cynicism with this. I really don’t know what to think. I’m torn up a bit about this, and probably investing too much mental energy into it. I did enjoy my drink on Friday and I will probably be back there before the week ends, but I feel a bit reluctant with it all. I’m not sure why. However, I was impressed with the design and the set up of our, for the time being, only Starbucks at MalostranskÃ© nÃ¡mÄ›stÃ. It still has that welcomed Starbucks feel, but it definitely has a Prague feel, which was cool. Moreover, it wasn’t too gaudy. I was impressed that as I walked up to the store I was overwhelmed with a gaudy exterior of green letters. All in all, I’m going to enjoy it and at the same time lament a bit because sooner or later there will be more and more stores here. Seeing them on every corner, as I did in London, was a bit too much for me. Well, I should get rolling… Oh HERE is a little write up about the store from Radio.cz, and the pics below are from the article. You have to love those green aprons! 😉