Food connects people. This is the motto of the trendy Spojka Restaurant in Karlín located in the recently completed Praga Studios administrative building. You can eat here whether you are a fan of meat, vegetarian or vegan cuisine.
A group of friends with experience from the well-known Etnosvět vegetarian restaurant in Prague formed the vision of cooking without prejudice or compromise and in an environmentally-considerate manner. But they needed to create a team and find a suitable space for their original concept.
In the end, Spojka found a base in the Praga Studios building in Karlín, which is one of the TOP 10 sustainable administrative projects in the world, and it immediately became apparent that this created the perfect symbiosis. Many gastro-enthusiasts in Prague included Spojka on their list of places to visit immediately after it opened.
Legendary brunches at Spojka Karlín. Photo by Mirka Divoká
Lunch is full of the guests from Karlín business centres in informal and business meetings. But the restaurant is also busy in the evening or during the increasingly popular breakfast and weekend brunch times. The restaurant’s philosophy is based on so-called flexitarianism, which is favoured by people striving to limit their consumption of animal products, without giving them up completely.
Ethically about food and the environment
Spojka attracts guests not only with its well-thought-up menu, which panders to everyone from vegans and coeliac sufferers, to fans of an ethical approach to organically-farmed meat, but also with its unusual design. The industrial space is full of daylight and, most importantly, several hundreds of plants.
Spojka Karlín is situated on the ground floor of Praga Studios building. Photo by Tomáš Hejzlar
According to marketing manager at Spojka Karlín, Helena Slavíková, most of the guests’ compliments and questions are in relation these plants. “Guests most often ask whether the plants are real, how we water them and how many we have. So, we currently have 402 plants and they are definitely all real plants,“ Helena laughs.
Why did the team decide to base themselves in the former “Pragovka” factory in Karlín“? “We always knew we wanted to find something in Karlín. We were looking for a large, single-storey space and Praga Studios, with its lovely open ceilings, was the ideal choice. Then we found out that the building is also extremely environmental friendly, which matched our values perfectly, and there was nothing else to consider,“ Helena Slavíková adds.
The next phase of preparation was to fine-tune the interiors. Jaroslav Šubrt, the architect who designed Spojka, had relatively free rein, but he had to respect strict rules regarding air quality in the restaurant for example. The Praga Studios building is the second building in the Czech republic to boast WELL certification, which rates its positive impact on the health and mental comfort of its occupants.
“Although this certification imposed strict requirements on the restaurant regarding the quality of the air-conditioning system or the amount of daylight, it is also proof that our intuition was correct and we found a space that complies perfectly with our philosophy about an environmentally friendly and responsible approach to the world,“ the restaurant manager concludes.
Those of you who have already visited Spojka Karlín know that this is not just an empty phrase. And those who have not yet managed to visit the restaurant should do so as soon as possible. You will feel great in the interior full of plants as soon as you arrive. And the original dishes made from vegetables from their own garden or from free-range meat also taste fantastic.
The restaurant’s bestseller – cauliflower gnocchi with wild mushrooms. Photo by Mirka Divoká