Nothing better to experience the spirit of the Czech Republic’s capital than to try the local food, made with fresh ingredients in the best restaurants in town! Here is my personal list of the best restaurants in Prague.
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Coffee & Breakfast
The Café scene in Prague has been going strong for over a hundred years, with great historical names such as Kafka and Einstein taking part in it. Enjoy the best the top local cafés have to offer.
Location: Národní 22, 110 00 Nové Město | Near Franz Kafka’s Head
Opening: Mon-Fri 08:00 – 23:30, Sat-Sun 09:00 – 23:30
Opening its doors in 1902, Café Louvre remains to this day one of the top meetup places in Prague. Throughout the decades it has managed to graciously preserve its café traditions. I can guarantee the experience you have there will be the same Franz Kafka, Albert Einstein, and T. G. Masaryk had once they visited the place.
Café Louvre is very spacious, and the big windows give you a lovely view of the old buildings around the block. The service is fast and efficient, treating visitors like royalty. Expect the place to be full at all times, so making a reservation would be preferable if you wish to avoid having no seat.
To get the maximum out of the experience, I would hight recommend the house’s traditional Czech breakfast which contains freshly squeezed orange juice, ham from bone and Czech cheeses, boiled egg (set white, runny yolk), fresh cream cheese, and Apple Gugelhupf cake.
Grand Café Orient
Location: Ovocný trh 19, 110 00 Staré Město | Above the Museum of Cubism
Opening: Mon-Fri 09:00 – 22:00, Sat-Sun 10:00 – 22:00
If you are a fan of design and architecture, you will love the Grand Café Orient. Designed by the architect Josef Gočár, the building itself is one of the iconic works of Czech Cubism. The Orient was created in 1912 in the “House of the Black Madonna”. The name comes from the black baroque figure, which is attached to the corner of the building.
The Grand Café Orient is not as big as other Cafés in Prague, so a reservation is highly advised. The staff is very friendly and humorous, especially after they see you are becoming regular. I went so many times to this place that at this point one of the waiters already knows what I want to eat, and serves the order while singing.
My definite go for the place would be a tasty hot chocolate accompanied by the famous ‘Kubistický věneček’, a Czech sweet which is originally round, but for cubist reasons is served here in a square shape.
Location: Karlova 26, 110 00 Staré Město | Near the Charle’s Bridge
Opening: Mon-Sat 09:00 – 00:00, Sun 16:00 – 00:00
Reservation: None Required
Kafe Damu is right near the city’s theatre school, which actually belongs to the university. They are the perfect pick for a relaxed atmosphere with a lot of youth. The place not only serves good coffee but has a great selection of alcoholic drinks.
The place has generally a very relaxed atmosphere and the coming and going of clients makes it very busy, but there is no need for a reservation, you can simply just wait for a table to get empty or seat by one of the windows. You will eventually see people with accentuated made up and clothing as they enter and leave the theatre school, so do not be surprised.
My pick for the place during colder months is the ‘Svařené víno’, mulled wine served with a slice of orange and sweetened with browns sugar. Make sure to drink some right before the sunset and head down to the Charle’s Bridge for an unforgettable view.
Traditional Czech Food
Traditional Czech food is very central-European, which means a lot of meet with vegetables and beer. The best part is that it does not need to come at a high cost, so you can enjoy state-of-the-art meals for cheap.
Location: Míšeňská 12, 110 00 Malá Strana | Near the Charle’s Bridge
Opening: Mon-Thu 11:30 – 00:00, Fri-Sat 11:30 – 01:00, Sun 11:30 – 00:00
There are many ‘Lokals’ spread around Prague, but my favorite is definitely ‘U Bílé kuželky’. As the name suggests, they serve great quality local food for very low prices. Apart from that, they have one of the best and cheapest beers in town.
Do not lose your hope of getting a seat once you step into the place. Although the place is almost always full, given that it is near the other end of the Charle’s bridge, you can ask to go to their cellar. There you will find a cozier atmosphere and peace to enjoy your quality meals. Everything prepared here uses only fresh ingredients and spices sourced from renowned regional suppliers.
Here my favorite dish is the duck breast with groat risotto. It is one of the most expensive dishes in the place and stands at around 10 EUR. Together, you can order a traditional Pilsner beer and then choose from a Hladinka, a Šnyt, or a Mliko, standing at less than 2 EUR.
Location: Zlatnická 1126/3, 110 00 Nové Město | Near Café Imperial
Opening: Mon-Sun 07:00 – 23:00
If you have a very demanding palate, Next Door is the place for you. The restaurant is headed by Zdeněk Pohlreich, one of the best chefs in the Czech Republic. Everything here is prepared with extreme caution, and the ingredients are mixed and elevated to the state of art. The way the flavors harmonize inside your mouth will make you want to order more than once.
Again, the place is busy and it would be extremely recommendable to make a reservation. One of the things that really stands out here, apart from the obviously perfect food, is the service. Throughout your whole experience, you will be guided on the best dishes and drinks of the house.
My pick for this place is the braised cheeks of suckling pig, served on dark beer sauce, mashed potatoes, and roasted root vegetables. I can guarantee you will not regret this choice. The mixture of flavors from the dark beer sauce and the mashed potatoes together with the tenderness of the pig’s cheeks will not be easy to forget.
Location: Politických vězňů 1511/5, 110 00 Nové Město | Near the Station
Opening: Mon-Sun 11:30 – 23:00
Kantýna is a modern Czech restaurant that occupies the building which once belonged to a bank. Here you have a choice to sit or stand by one of the counters, while you enjoy one of the places with the best meat in town.
Here you have three main options, you can order a ready meal from the menu, you can choose from the cooked meats on the counter, or you can actually select a cut of raw meat to be grilled especially for you. Your choice will be noted down on the scorecard given to you at the entrance and you will pay with it as you exit.
The food varies a lot between the days, so I usually stick to their pick of the day for ready meats. A meatloaf with some cooked cabbage is my most often pick. Of course, because this is the Czech Republic, you can also get one or maybe more beers to go with your food.
Prague also has a very vivid international cuisine, so you can find many international restaurants all over the city. These will tend to be more expensive than Czech traditional food, but worth the price on special occasions.
Location: Truhlářská 10, 110 00 Petrská čtvrť | Near the Palladium
Opening: Mon-Sun 08:00 – 23:00
La Boca is a distinctive district of Buenos Aires, famed for its vivid colors and excellent food. The district is known for its Italian and Spanish immigration, creating an interesting cultural mix. And this is the inspiration behind this lovely restaurant.
The restaurant is colorful and vibrant, with live ethnic music at night. But if you prefer a more private and quiet atmosphere, the staff can take you to one of their rooms on the back, where you can relax and enjoy your evening.
If you have company, you should definitely pick their ‘Parillada de Carne para 2 personas’, which comes with Argentinian rump steak, entrecote and Bife Ancosto steak, grilled egg, Txistorra sausage, roasted potatoes, grilled vegetables, mixed salad, as well as salsas chimichurri, mojo picon, and allioli.
Location: Masná 1051/3, 110 00 Staré Město | Near the Slavic Gymnasium
Opening: Mon-Sun 12:00 – 23:00
You cannot go wrong with sushi, and this is why Yami Sushi is one of the best places in town for a relaxed and light evening in Prague. The great Japanese food and the quiet ambiance make for an excellent place for a romantic dinner, for example.
Here you can sit at the sushi bar and watch the chefs preparing your food right in front of you, enjoy your meal at one of their comfortable tables or simply chill out at their summer garden.
This place is perfect for very light meals, so my top pick is a set of sake sashimi with simple carbonated water. But if you are ready for more food, you can pick one of their sushi sets, accompanied by a great sake.