There’s always one thing you can count on when visiting any major city in the world – good food! Dining in Prague won’t disappoint – the food here will not only satisfy your palette, but it will also satisfy the comfort food lover in you. Of course we’re talking about Czech cuisine, which is not for types that tend to lean towards light fare and veggies. Meat is a serious staple here with beef, pork, and chicken at the top of the list. You can still find dishes made with, say, salmon or trout, but overall, fish is not the focus here -- even the salads are a stuffed with meat, sweet and heavy mayo-based dressings, and maybe a little bit of lettuce sprinkled in for good measure.
Starchy potatoes and dumplings are also Czech staples as well as hearty soups and ultra-rich desserts such as crepes, cakes, and sugary strudels. In all Czech desserts, the dominating ingredients are fatty butter, loads of sugar, and heaviest cream on the market. If you’re wondering what the Czech’s usually drink to wash all of this hearty fare down -- don’t count on water, juice, or even soda. A Czech meal is usually accompanied by good old-fashioned light or dark Czech beer. Other types of beer are also available. So if you’re on a diet or even considering attempting to stick to one while you’re here – forget about it. Dobrou chut! That means Bon appetite.
Authentic Czech Restaurants
In the heart of the city and on the outskirts of Prague, you can find many tasty authentic Czech restaurants. One of Prague’s most popular restaurants is actually a traditional Czech pub restaurant. Located a few minutes walk from Wenceslas Square, U Kalicha Pub Restaurant serves up authentic Czech fare and traditional Prague music. Because this restaurant is wildly popular, reservations are required. This U Kalicha Pub Restaurant is located at U Kalicha Pub Restaurant, Na Bojisti 12-14 Vinohrady, Prague 2.
Located just off Old Town Square is yet another popular Czech restaurant – Staromacek Restaurant. This inexpensive restaurant serves up a menu of “Bohemian” cuisine including pork, sausage, and venison. The atmosphere here is warm and friendly during the day and later in the evening, the restaurant is filled with candles to create a perfectly romantic setting. Staromacek Restaurant is located at Dlouha 4, Old Town, Prague 1.
If you can manage to get past the “this is where the tourists hang out” attitude, this next restaurant is the perfect place to grab some authentic Czech fare at very reasonable prices. Also frequented by locals on their lunch break, Pivovarsky dum features unique beers with flavors ranging from banana and coffee to sour cherry and vanilla, as well as champagne beer, unfiltered wheat beer and the staples – light and dark Czech beer. The menu offers a variety of hearty soups (goulash, garlic, and chicken noodle) as well as dishes ranging from chicken and pork to dumplings, trout, and even turkey. Try the chef’s specials: roast pork joint or potato dumplings stuffed with smoked meat. Pivovarsky dum is a popular restaurant, so expect a wait – especially at lunchtime. If you plan on having dinner here instead, reservations are highly recommended.
While La Degustation Boheme Bourgeoise is not considered an authentic Czech restaurant, it does serve up a mix of Italian, traditional, and French fare along with an impressive wine list. This is an excellent place to splurge with friends or if you want to impress the girl you just met. La Degustation Boheme Bourgeoise is conveniently located in Old Town.
Other Czech restaurants worth a visit include: Na stare kovarne v Braniku – a festive, table-sharing Czech pub serving excellent Czech fare, and The New Town Brewery (Novomestsky pivovar) – a Wenceslas Square pub restaurant serving up hearty breakfast, tasty traditional Czech fare, and live accordion music.
Other Prague Restaurants
When the Czech fare starts to weigh you down, and you’re ready for a switch to something lighter or just different, you’ll find a nice variety of French, Pakistani, and Thai restaurants to choose from and (surprisingly), dozens of Mexican, and literally hundreds of International restaurants throughout the city and surrounding areas. You may also uncover an authentic Chinese restaurant or two if you know where to look. Check out Huang He, Peking Restaurant, and Twin Dragon. To browse through a variety of popular ethnic restaurants in Prague, just follow the links above to pick out the ones that sound most appealing to you!
Prague Restaurant Web Guide
For more information about the restaurant scene in Prague, visit any of the websites or guides below.
City of Prague Tourism
The City of Prague website features a section for tourists called “Prague Information Service.” Here, you can find out about everything Prague has to offer including nightlife, restaurants, accommodations, shopping, transportation, museums and monuments, and much more! You can also find out about ways to save on admission prices across the city, and view photos of various sites and attractions.
The Prague Post is Prague’s news and entertainment source featuring reviews, hotel guides, dining guides, nightlife information, tourist information, shopping information, and more. You can find the Prague Post just about anywhere in the city.
This is a great website offering tons of information about attractions, restaurants, nightlife, art and culture, recreation, shopping, casino, news, and just about everything else that’s happening in and around Prague. You can also check out weather reports, maps, and transportation, as well as book hotel reservations, flights, hire a car, and more.
Find out about the best places to dine, sleep, party, shop, and explore. This online travel guide also features information about opera in Prague, sightseeing trips, deals on hotels and apartments, and a section dedicated to stag weekends.
Excellent place to find out about events and sightseeing tours around Prague as well as information on dining, shopping, hotels, recreation, attractions, and nightlife.
Fodors.com features summaries of places to see, eat, drink, and sleep in and around Prague. If you want a quick list of the top spots in Prague, you’ll find it here.
Frommers.com features summaries of places to see, eat, drink, and sleep in and around Prague. If you want a quick list of the top spots in Prague, you’ll find it here.
Lonely Planet features background information and fast facts about Prague, as well as places to see, drink, and eat. The site also features an image gallery, and shopping and travel tips.
Read reviews from people just like you that have been to the places you want to go. Expect to find raw reviews (and opinions) on just about everything from restaurants and nightlife to hotels, shopping, and sightseeing.
This is an excellent resource for international travel information. You can find the best deals on Prague hotels, airfare, car rentals, and more. You can also find information about Prague weather, currency, passport information, exchange rates, and more.