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Laura Baranik

freelance writer / editor

Location icon New York City



Tallie Somewhere Else
Where To Go If For Some Reason You Happen To Find Yourself In Bratislava

So you're in Central Europe for a limited time only and you want to hit the hottest of the Austro-Hungarian hot spots. These are, inarguably, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. (If you want to be really cool, you'll throw Český Krumlov into the mix, too.) Guess which capital city hasn't reached the top of the tourist...

InStyle Magazine
European Weekend: Stockholm, Capri, Amsterdam

The Scandinavian capital of cool is best visited in summer, when the days are super-long and the weather's perfect for strolling down the winding streets of the old town, Gamla Stan. And although Stockholm is jam-packed with cultural heritage, the shopping is where it’s really at.

InStyle Magazine
Where the Real Turks Go

It was clear from my introduction to Sultanahmet Hamami’s receptionist that my visit to one of the oldest spas in Istanbul was going to be a little different. He was a toothless Turkish man, seated on the street outside the hamami on a plastic chair. "You go hot room, you wash," he explained, gesticulating with a hand-rolled cigarette.

Think Again Magazine
The Dead, the Half-Dead, and the Reincarnated

There's a lot more than gravestones going on in Prague's oldest and coolest cemeteries. Here are five reasons you should get your ass out of the pub and into some hřbitovy this autumn:


Lidové Noviny / Prague Spoon
Restaurant Review: La Finestra

What happens when I get recognized in a restaurant? Well, the service usually gets better: suddenly, a waiter who's been ignoring me all night is perfectly on point, asking if we need a dash of fresh pepper or a foot massage.

Lidové Noviny / Prague Spoon
Restaurant Review: Lokál

The newest, best, most must-visit restaurant in the country doesn't have a celebrity chef. It doesn't have white tablecloths, amuses-bouche, or a sommelier. Instead of soufflés, there's smažený sýr (fried cheese); tlačenka (head cheese) takes the place of truffles. This is Lokál, and it's the restaurant we've all been waiting for.

Lidové Noviny / Prague Spoon
Restaurant Review: Buddha-Bar

On a chilly evening in late January, a Chinese dragon, held aloft by a team of puppeteers, pranced up and down a single block of Jakubská street.

Think Again Magazine
Prague Opens Its First Starbucks (But Definitely Not Its Last)

At three o'clock in the afternoon on opening day of the new Starbucks on Malostranské Naměstí, the area around the shop's cash registers was crowded with customers. As each order was finished, a barista placed a labeled cup on the counter. "Grande chai latte for Sandra!" A young woman with dreadlocks went to get her tea, but before she could reach it, an older lady muscled her way through the crowd and grabbed the cup.

Personal Essays

Vigilants Entertainment
Why I Marched (and why I keep marching)

I booked my train ticket to D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington on November 14th, 2016 – less than a week after Donald Trump was elected President, and way before anyone could predict just how huge the post-inauguration protest would become.

My Press

Lonely Planet Encounter Prague
Local Expert Laura Baranik

Q. Where do you recommend visitors go for good-value, authentic Czech food? A. In the Old Town especially it's becoming harder to find authentic Czech food with good ingredients and a nice atmosphere, but I'd recommend U Sadlů

Radio Prague
Prague restaurants improved but standards need to match prices, says food critic Laura Baranik

Laura Baranik is one of the Czech Republic's best known restaurant reviewers, writing a regular column in the Saturday edition of the newspaper Lidové noviny, as well as running her own blog, The Prague Spoon. During her short career, the 25-year-old has developed a reputation for demanding high standards, and earned the enmity of some restaurateurs, who are perhaps unused to such exacting...
Laura Baranik: The Blonde With the Spoon on Her Nose

Před půldruhým rokem začaly v LN vycházet recenze restaurací. Vzbudily okamžitě kontroverzní reakce - nadšení i odpor. Autorkou textů byla Laura Baranik (26), Kanaďanka žijící v Praze. Laura Baranik si vždy zakládala na anonymitě, ale protože s recenzemi končí, můžeme vám ji konečně představit.

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