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Vytopna, photos by placescases.com

Vytopna restaurant in Prague and the experience of being served by… a train

May 2022

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How does that sound to be served by a train instead of a waiter. This restaurant, when recruiting, must be advertising positions for traffic operators instead of waiters. I’m joking, of course, but here in Vytopna really most of the work of the waiters is done by mini trains. Read on to see what it’s all about and definitely watch the movie.

I have already talked about the theory of the Experience Economy many times. Vytopna, which translates as “steam”, is just such a place. You go there not so much for the food, not even so much for the beer, although there is a variety of lagers and IPA, but precisely for the experience of being served by a train.

For this reason, I will not give advice on the 5 categories of Taste, Smell, Vision, Hearing and Feel, but I will talk about the experience to dine in it.

You enter the restaurant and what you see are train tracks crossing the room, traffic lights, arrows, fast-paced mini trains crossing the hall, their headlights shine in the tunnels through which they pass to reach the customers’ tables. To get to yours, you go up and down overpasses. The tables in the middle have rails.

A smiling waiter takes your order, kindly explaining any questions you may have about the menu and the beers available in the restaurant. Finally, he/she tells you that your food will arrive soon. After a while you see a train stop in front of a nearby tunnel and after a short wait it leaves and composes itself directly on your table.

Now, this moment is key – it’s very important that while you’re shooting photos and videos of this toy, you don’t miss grabbing your beer, because once the train blows its whistle 3 times, it’s heading back, and at a pretty good speed. By the time you realize and manage to grab 1 beer, the other one has already left with the train, and it has slipped into the tunnel. Go chase it after that. Fortunately, the waiters are used to it and come around to ask if you need help. When you say your beer is gone, they find it waiting somewhere around and bring it to you.

Then again like that, a new train is composed with the rest of the order and after a while it brings you the food in metal boxes.

The kitchen offers both standard things like burgers, steaks, sausages, potatoes, as well as pig ears, liver and various other twisted things. The food is not very impressive, you will certainly find better sausages and burgers, but the pleasure of watching these mini trains is great.

It has a timetable, like any decent railway station. You book an appointment and put a note for how long you will stay. If you just decide to go without a reservation, you risk not getting a seat. In this way, the entire organization of the establishment is facilitated. You can do everything online, so if you are planning a visit to Prague, go to their website and book an appointment.

How to get to restaurant Vytopna in Prague?

Don’t worry about getting to Vytopna in Prague. Just use the Google map here by clicking on the red pin of its location and then select directions:

Václavské nám. 802/56, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia

A: Václavské nám. 802/56, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia

T: +420775444554

Opening Hours: Mon- Sun 11:00-24:00

If you need to rent a car, you can book it here in the box of the largest booking platform further at the end of the current post.

Where to stay?

You can book your stay right hereFor your convenience, I have added a booking.com box, which refers directly to their site. I guarantee you’re going to use all your genius discounts and privileges they would offer to you and I will get a modest commission. Just enter the dates of your trip, the place, then hit the Search button and voila.



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Do you ever wonder how some places differ so much from others in service, environment, as an overall experience? This means you are also interested like me in the topic of The Experience Economy by Joseph Pine and James Gilmore. I constantly add to my collection reviews about those of them, which practice its principles, regardless of intentionally or accidentally. If you are curious to understand which they are, explore category The Experience Economy.

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