Who would have thought that Brno would be a thriving hub of hipster coffee shops? Certainly not us, that’s for sure. When we arrived in this sleepy city we had no idea that there would be so many cute (and quirky places) to enjoy a cuppa.

Want to enjoy a drink in an underground bunker? Fancy an espresso in a Scandi – style minimalist cafe? Brno has both of these and more besides.

Brno is less well known than the Czech Republic’s other major tourist city of Prague, which for me, whilst beautiful, can be far too busy and overpriced for an enjoyable city break.

The Czech Republic’s second city hosts one of the most famous UNESCO heritage sites for modern architecture, some fascinating places associated with WW2 and post war soviet rule, as well as the usual scattering of beautiful churches and cathedrals that you’ll find as you travel Europe.

Discovering all of this, without the usual summer crowds and inflated price tags, mean that Brno fast became one of our top European cities for a cheap, cultural city break. Full blog post on all the fun things we got up to coming soon – but for now here’s a taster with some of the coffee shops you should definitely pop into on your visit.

1. SKØG Urban Hub

http://www.skog.cz

Enjoy a coffee at this modern yet rustic gem, located a couple of minutes from the centre of town and boasting a fantastic selection of homemade cakes and snacks. The window seats are great for people watching and the coffee was the best we had in a long time.

2. Monro

http://www.kavarna-monro.cz

Conveniently close to the Villa Tugendhat, this felt like more of a local cafe and we were the only tourists there when we visited. The villa itself is a bit of a walk from the town centre and it was crazy hot, so we sank gratefully into this cafe when we spotted it and enjoyed some iced coffees.

3. Monogram Espresso Bar

http://www.monogramespressobar.cz/

For more serious coffee lovers, e.g. Rob, not me – this is the perfect place to stop by. It’s simple and fairly unassuming but the coffee is fab and it’s a quiet spot to take a break from sightseeing. No interior photos I’m afraid as we were too busy recovering from the morning’s underground exploits.

4. My Kitchen

http://www.my-kitchen.cz/t/contact/

I LOVE this place and one of my big regrets from Brno was not getting the chance to head here for lunch one day. They serve what looks like amazing homemade veggie and vegan food, as well as fab coffees and healthy juices.

5. Café Pilát

https://www.facebook.com/cafepilat/

My favourite, I think, of all our coffee shops in Brno, this is a bird themed cafe with super cool interiors and one of the best brunches I’ve had in a long time. Whether you want a coffee or something harder, this cafe / wine bar is a must visit.

6. 10-Z Bunker Cafe

http://10-z.cz/en/

The quirkiest of our choices, the cafe at the 10-Z nuclear bunker is a more unique coffee shop and perfect for finishing off a tour of the interior. You can even stay at the bunker in their hostel style rooms if you want to go all in. Built during the Nazi occupation and once upon a time housing a successful winery, a lot of work has been invested in creating this space for people to learn about the history of Brno in the war and soviet occupation.

Bonus – Trdelník Recommendation

You can’t visit the Czech Republic without trying a traditional Trdelník and whilst you see plenty of these chimney style pastries sold in bakeries across Prague, we didn’t come across as many in Brno. In my opinion though you can’t enjoy coffee without cake, and these are one of my favourite baked goods ever – visit Trdlokafe for the best ones we tried on our trip.

There are tons more places you can stop off at, as well as the city’s many fab restaurants and bars, but these were our top picks when it comes to our favourite coffee shops in Brno. It’s well worth more than a fleeting visit for these alone!