Best Restaurants in Prague
The city of Prague may be known for its beauty and cultural
history, but visitors will be surprised by the diversity of
eateries and cuisines on offer. Largely geared to intrepid
tourists, Prague''s dining scene has come into its own in recent
years and will not disappoint.
Beer is a huge part of Czech culture and cuisine, and it is for
this reason that many gastro-pubs exist with hearty roast meats,
the most common being pork, and vegetables being the perfect
accompaniment to an ice-cold Pilsner Urquell. Knedl?ky (boiled
sliced dumplings) are a common accompaniment to meals. Those with a
sweet tooth will enjoy the many pastries in Prague, such as
Kolache, a type of yeast pastry filled with anything from fruits to
cheeses, or poppyseed doughnuts. There are many street vendors
selling local Czech-style hot dogs and mulled wine.
Just about any kind of niche restaurant can be found in Prague,
from Indonesian to Indian or American to Uruguayan. The most
popular dining areas around the city are the Star?© Mesto (Old
Town), Nove Mesto (New Town) and Vinohrady. It is customary to tip
waiters 10-15%, although some restaurants in heavily-touristed
areas will add a gratuity.
Located in the Old Town quarter, this is arguably one of
Prague's best eateries. The dining room is minimalistic yet three
different seven-course meals await you with the chance to sample
both food and wine. The
menu provides a spin on classic European
food, while the
draws inspiration from old Czech
cookbooks and raises the bar on the level of classic Czech cuisine.
It is a bit pricey, but well worth it! Open Monday to Saturday for
dinner only. Closed Sundays. Reservations essential.
Address: Hastalsk?? 18
This is vegetarian dining with an edge. Diners can enjoy a caf?©,
lounge and restaurant, all of which are decorated in a modern
cavernous style. An adjacent art gallery for local artists and a
late night club further let diners know they are in the trendiest
of vegetarian restaurants. The food is a bit less exciting than the
ambiance but that doesn't stop a loyal patronage.
Address: B?¬lehradsk?? 120 00 Praha 2
Regarded as the best fish restaurant in the city, it refers to
itself, perhaps more aptly, as a fish market. Fishermen's catches
of the day are displayed in the centre of the venue where patrons
can choose their favourite seafood. Diners are encouraged to
specify just how they like their favourite selections prepared
although a expert team of waiters have excellent
Address: T??nsk?? dv??r 5, 110 00 Praha 1
This traditional beer hall is a great place for late pub eats
and even later beers. With a restaurant downstairs and a pub on the
second floor balcony, the whole plays hums well into the night.
Traditional Czech food is available on an extensive menu but most
come for the renowned beer which can be a meal in itself.
Address: Jilsk?? 4, Prague 1
This French country cellar-cum-urban kitsch eatery is popular
with locals and, despite its crowded and cramped atmosphere diners
are still able to have conversations without too much
eavesdropping. Dishes include an array of French Proven?§al dishes
and other favourites such as escargots, Caesar and Ni?§oise salads
and some of the spiciest scampi in Prague. Upstairs, the Parisian
Brasserie offers traditional French classics. Open daily for lunch
and dinner. Bookings recommended.
Address: Stupartsk?? 9
King Solomon Strictly Kosher Restaurant
One of Prague's only truly Kosher restaurants, King Solomon runs
under the supervision of the Orthodox Council of Kaschrus with
dining hours that strictly adhere to the Sabbath. With 12 booths
huddled under an industrial-looking atrium, this restaurant is not
big on ambience, but the authentic Kosher food is a must. Diners
can choose from a variety of fresh vegetable and meat dishes such
as vegetable b?©chamel and stuffed roast quail. Selections of
Israeli, American, and Moravian kosher wines are on offer and the
restaurant prides itself on a Frankovka red from the Aaron
G??nsberger Moravian cellars in Rakvice. Open Sunday to Thursday for
lunch and dinner. Friday dinners and Saturday lunch by arrangement
only. Bookings advisable.
Address: Sirok?? 8
Even in Eastern Europe it is easy to eat western, and Prague's
premiere place to indulge in some authentic Tex-Mex cuisine in a
fun Wild West atmosphere is Buffalo Bill's cellar cantina near
Wenceslas Square. The fact that it is always full testifies to the
success of the food and atmosphere, which is enhanced with country
music and American cowboy memorabilia. Margaritas top the house
cocktail list, and burritos, tacos and fajitas abound. Open daily
from 12pm to midnight.
Address: Vodickova 9, Stare Mesto
The world's oldest pub and brewery and Prague's most famous
tavern, U Fleku has been in the heart of Prague for 500 years and
offers the chance to soak up some history along with the tasty brew
and hearty Czech meals on offer. Tours of the brewery are
available, and there is often cabaret entertainment. Those wanting
to dine should make a reservation. Recommended are the house
goulash and beer-flavoured cheese on toast. Open daily from 9am to
Address: Kremencova 11
Francouzsk?? Restaurant Municipal House
The beauty of the French Restaurant inside the famous art
nouveau Municipal House building will take your breath away with
the light of ten crystal chandeliers shimmering in the mirrors and
embellishing the wall panelling. Although the name suggests French
cuisine, the fare includes international and Czech specialities as
good as the d?©cor. A dazzling dining experience is guaranteed.
Address: N??m?¬st? Republiky 5
Visitors who enjoy the finer things in life will revel in
Prague's premier restaurant, the Bellevue. Every dish on the menu
is a masterpiece of modern Czech cuisine, which can be enjoyed
together with a stunning view of Prague's castle and piano playing
in the classically elegant surroundings. Open daily for lunch and
dinner. Reservations are recommended.
Address: Smetanova n??brezi 18, Stare Mesto
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