Ballard is about to gain a Czech cafe: Little Prague Bakery & Deli will be opening soon in the former Corner Spot location on the corner of NW 56th St and 17th Ave NW.
The woman behind the bakery is Blanka Ly, recreating home-spun recipes passed down from her great-grandmother, who lived in what’s now the Czech Republic. Ly’s mother was the original owner of Little Prague Bakery, having launched in 1999 and operating out of farmer’s markets and a West Seattle brick-and-mortar at 6045 California Ave SW.
Ly took over the family bakery when her mother retired and is now opening a new location in central Ballard. The new location is in the former Corner Spot location, which closed in September 2021 after a three-year run.
One of the classic Czech pastries you’ll find at Little Prague is a kolach, filled with cream cheese and a choice of caramelized apples, blueberries, peaches, apricots, or strawberries. Other baked goods include strudels (fruit or poppyseed), kremroles, croissants, and cinnamon rolls.
Beyond pastries, Little Prague also serves “chlebicky”—open-faced sandwiches with cheese, turkey, ham, or salami and served with potato salad. They also serve Hungarian goulash, pork schnitzel, and Moravian roast pork with sauerkraut and dumplings.
No definitive word yet on when Little Prague will be opening, but we’ll keep you posted.