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20 Of The Best Restaurants in Prague

Hamburger at Nase Maso in Prague
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Prague is a popular destination for travelers of all ages. And why not? The Czech city, one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals, is filled with both history and culture.

First time visitors typically arrive with a plan to stroll over the Charles Bridge, explore the Prague Castle and watch the Astronomical Clock’s hourly ‘walk of the apostles’ at least once. Some just want to drink beer since the Bohemian city has a beer tradition that spans at least 1,000 years. Few arrive with Prague food goals.

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Pilsner Beer at Beer Garden Riegrovy Sady in Prague
Beer is easy to find in Prague. It’s everywhere. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

The city’s food scene has traversed eons in recent years.

While most Prague restaurants seemed to serve mediocre Germanic-inspired pub grub in the past, those days are over. Options now include a range of international cuisines in addition to traditional Czech food. The key is to know which Prague restaurants are the good ones.

We’re impressed with the passionate commitment to food that we’ve observed in Prague at both simple cafes and upscale restaurants. This is a food scene that’s reaching maturity and doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.

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Inside Pizza Nuova in Prague
Prague restaurants aren’t stuck in the past. The best ones cater to both locals and tourists. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Prague is experiencing a restaurant renaissance. It’s happening in the center of town as well as in less touristic neighborhoods like Karlin and Holešovice. It excites us to check out different restaurants every time we visit the city, though we also like to revisit our favorites spots.

These are our picks for the best restaurants in Prague:

1. Kantýna – Meat Lover’s Happy Place

Outside Kantyna in Prague
Good things happen behind these doors. Most of them involve meat. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Kantýna is a butchery, a pub, a palace, a gathering place and just about everything that epitomizes today’s Prague. Most important – its butchery sells and serves some of the best cuts in the city.

Much like sister restaurant Naše Maso (see below), the skilled professionals at Kantýna will cook your cuts in the kitchen. But, unlike that other much smaller eatery, Kantýna’s original location provides a convivial space with ample seating and a vaulted central pub. It’s a location to build a night or afternoon around.

Pro Tip
Arrive early or plan to wait. Kantýna doesn’t take advance reservations.

Inside Kantyna in Prague
At Kantýna, the fun begins at the counter and ends in its expert kitchen. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

You can’t miss Kantýna’s exquisite butcher counter when you walk into the Nove Mesto (New Town) restaurant inside the historic Ringhoffer Palace. You can order from there and have your cuts cooked for you in the cafeteria’s expansive kitchen.

Hamburger at Kantyna in Prague
This loaded burger at Kantýna is a mouthful and a half. It’s also one of the best burgers in Europe. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

You can also order Kantýna’s fantastic burger, charred on the outside yet cooked rare. Like the similar burger at Nase Maso, this beef patty is a blend of textures that somehow doesn’t taste uncooked despite its rare appearance.

We’ve tasted great burgers in New York and Chicago. This Czech version holds its own.

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Beef Tartare at Kantyna in Prague
Beef tartare called tatarák is surprisingly popular in Prague. This version we ate at Kantýna was our favorite. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

You can also enjoy dishes like beef stew and a tartare from the back kitchen. But, best of all, you can enjoy it in the company of friends while drinking freshly tapped beer – a reminder that this modern city hasn’t forsaken its roots.

Kantýna is located at Politických vězňů 1511/5, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia.

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2. Field – Innovative Michelin Starred Restaurant

Inside Field in Prague
Field’s spartan dining room reminded us of dining rooms in Scandinavian cities like Copenhagen and Helsinki. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

You could say that Field is Prague’s ‘other’ Michelin-starred restaurant and you wouldn’t be wrong. More established La Degustacion gets all the press and even starred in a long ago Bourdain episode. But Field is no less auspicious.

This minimalist space in the heart of Prague 1, deliberately yet sparsely decorated with evocative plows and sickels (farm to table – we get the point), defines how far the city has come as a food destination.

Yes, Prague has come of age and Field is a restaurant the city should treasure.

On the first dig of a spoon into Field’s first course, a soup with a base of sweet, umami rich tomato topped by yogurt and basil powder, we were struck by the chord of sweet, vinegary flavors that were beautifully balanced by the dish’s top layer of creamy, foamy yogurt. Chef Radek Kašpárek’s flavors evoke the Czech Republic and we approve.

Our descendants are from this part of the world so, immediately, those dimensionally sweet flavors unleashed a flood of taste memories from our childhood.

Fermenting Strawberries at Field in Prague
Field has joined the global pickling and fermentation wave. We spotted these pickled white strawberries during our lunch. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We also loved our initial ‘amuse bouche’ course of asparagus cream served with a side ‘wafer’ of asparagus. Other courses like sturgeon, foie gras and veal tenderloin conveyed luxury despite the menu’s “short” designation.

Plus, the multiple presentations featuring dry ice clouds and tableside sauce pours provided by Field’s more than competent service staff made the experience feel special.

Field’s short degustation menu, with its six courses plus two glasses each of Moravian wine, provided more than enough to satisfy our lunch time goals. However, if you have the time, money and stomach space for Field’s full 10-course tasting menu, we say go for it. The same applies to the restaurant’s thoughtful wine pairings.

On the flip side, the restaurant offers an affordable lunch menu option. While geared toward locals looking for a less leisurely workday meal, the condensed lunch menu is a great option for travelers on a budget.

Field is located at U Milosrdných 12, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia.

More Michelin Starred Restaurant In Prague
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3. Café Imperial – Grand Prague Cafe

Inside Cafe Imperial in Prague
We briefly stepped into Prague’s glorious past when we ate lunch at Café Imperial. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

The dining room at Café Imperial is special.

This stunning Art Nouveau space, which opened in 1914, oozes with history. Rectangular tiles with geometric relief line the space in a bath of creamy white. Diners who look up can’t miss those tiles which go all the way up to the ceiling.

They can also imagine the room filled with artists and Czech notables like Franz Kafka who occasionally frequented rooms like this one more than a century ago. But what about the food?

Eating good food in historic buildings isn’t a given. In fact, it’s a rarity. But that’s exactly what we did when we ate lunch at Café Imperial, one of the world’s most stunning cafe spaces.

Operated by celebrity chef Zdeněk Pohlreich since 2007, Café Imperial serves Czech food that feels both familiar and special. Yes, you can eat schnitzel almost everywhere in Prague, but Pohlreich’s schnitzel is just a little bit better. The same goes for the cafe’s kulajda, a creamy mushroom soup with more than a hint of dill.

Roast Goose at Cafe Imperial in Prague
This roast goose at Café wasn’t just good for the gander. It was also good in our bellies. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

If you play your cards right, you can even eat roast goose at Cafe Imperial. The restaurant serves the gamey fowl in conjunction with St. Martin’s Day each year. It’s a must if you’re in Prague in November.

Cafe Imperial is located at Na Poříčí 1072/15, 110 00 Petrská čtvrť, Czechia.

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3. Stangl – Tasting Restaurant Above Eska

Dining Room at Eska in Prague
Stangl serves modern food in an equally modern space in Prague’s Karlin neighborhood. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

While we’ve experienced all day chef driven operations in other cities, like Middle Child Clubhouse in Philadelphia, Stangl holds a unique place in the Prague food scene.

It’s one of the city’s most ambitious food ventures – a cutting edge operation with a daring chef-driven menu served upstairs and a morning and afternoon cafe spot downstairs. Eska, the lower level cafe, also has an extensive baking operation.

Potatoes in Ash at Eska in Prague
Stangl’s Potatoes in Ash dish is a sophisticated yet comforting fan favorite. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Stangl currently offers three and six course tasting menus with a number of interesting dishes, none more exquisite than its ultra-popular Potatoes in Ash, a modern foamy (from a buttermilk espuma) yet comforting stew of whole ash-laden potatoes served with smoked fish, kefir, dill and dried egg yolk.

You won’t find beef tartare with the standard French accouterments like capers and onions at Stangl. On the night of our dinner, the restaurant’s tartare was made with a funky, tasty garum, a riff on the ancient Roman fish sauce. The restaurant served the tartare on bread baked in the full-service bakery on the ground floor – a great repurposing of a top notch product.

Disclosure
Stangl was operating as Eska at the time of our 2023 dinner.

To those who disdain the modern techniques happening at the Noma‘s of the world, we say check out the food at more accessible restaurants like Stangl. It’s tasty stuff and, more and more, it’s become de rigeur in better kitchens.

While Eska’s mini food factory serves a full brunch featuring items like crepes and sausages, we were more impressed by some of the kitchen’s baked goods like buchty and koláče that keep Eska proudly Czech. We were also impressed that Eska serves specialty coffee sourced from Northern Czech roaster Nordbeans.

Stangl is located at Pernerova 49, 186 00 Karlín, Czechia.

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5. Naše Maso – Tiny Butcher Shop With Limited Seating

Inside Nase Maso in Prague
Any food excursion through Prague could and maybe should begin at Naše Maso, a butcher counter where old meets new. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Naše Maso, which opened in 2014, is a tiny space with a small bifurcated butcher counter. There’s a pilsner tap by the door with accoutrements for sale along the butchery’s walls. Meats fill both sides of the counter – raw meats like steaks, chops, ribs and ground meat are on the left while cured meats like sausages, hams, bacon and salami are on the right.

Fun Fact
Naše Maso literally translates to Our Meat.

Meat at Nase Maso in Prague
The meat counter at Naše Maso is beyond impressive. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Everything at Naše Maso, including special native Přeštice pigs and other local livestock, is exclusively and locally sourced from Ambiente’s butchery operation, Amaso, in nearby Jenč. The shop is literally a carnivore’s dream come true.

And the best part? Naše Maso isn’t just a shop.

In many cities, markets provide more of a museum-like ‘look but don’t eat’ experience. Butchers at Naše Maso don’t just sell meat. They’ll also cook lunch or dinner for you in their slender kitchen. And, if you’re lucky like us, you can enjoy the butchery’s meats onsite at a table. Confession: We arrived right when Naše Maso opened to score that table.

Lunch at Nase Maso in Prague
Our burger and sausage lunch at Naše Maso fulfilled our protein requirements for the day. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Naše Maso’s menu features a fantastic burger and some of the best sausages cooked on this side of the Czech Republic. Our medium rare burger looked to be almost ‘blue’ but it ate well and didn’t taste raw. Judging by a similar, super red burger at sister restaurant Kantýna (see above), this is how the Czechs like their burgers. We’re all for it. Our burger was shockingly good.

We also loved Naše Maso’s grilled sausage. Our links were cooked to a beautiful golden brown with a skin that snapped with every bite. Thumbs up to the draught beer too.

Naše Maso is located at Dlouhá 727/39, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia.

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6. Kuchyn – Czech Food And Beer Near The Prague Castle

Outside Kuchyn in Prague
Kuchyň’s outdoor tables come with the added benefit of a beautiful view. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

If you’re in maximum tourist mode, chances are high that you’ll visit the Prague Castle complex at some point in you trip. After you’ve marveled at St. Vitus church, explored the complex’s collection of palaces and witnessed the castle’s changing of the guard, chances are equally high that you’ll wander down the hill toward the Charles Bridge and the old town, passing a plethora of magnet and figurine shops as well as just as many touristic restaurants.

However, once you leave of the castle gate, the better option is to wander to the left toward Prague’s National Gallery where you’ll find good food, tasty beer and a great view at Kuchyň.

Open Kitchen at Kuchyn in Prague
Kuchyň’s open kitchen action is the restaurant’s hub. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

When it opened, Kuchyň encouraged guests to approach the kitchen where they could choose what to eat. Considering that kuchyň translates to kitchen, it was a fun approach but perhaps too chaotic.

Now, though the kitchen still occupies the same space at the front of the restaurant, guests make their menu choices from the comfort of their table.

Kuchyň’s menu is mostly traditional.

We enjoyed a number of main courses including duck and schnitzel during our lunch. Two whole stewed duck legs arrived a little well done for our taste – this may be the way that locals prefer the dish. But the duck, served along with traditional Czech dumplings, was still ample and nourishing. The schnitzel, served with potato salad, was as good as others we’ve eaten in Prague.

That doesn’t mean that there aren’t chef driven touches here. Two thick slices of grilled halloumi were attractively plated over tomatoes and seasonal spears of tender asparagus in hollandaise had just the right bite. With all the travel we do, we often wonder how some of the worst restaurants end up in the best locations. Luckily, Kuchyň defies this trend.

Kuchyň is located at Hradčanské nám. 186/1, 118 00 Praha 1-Hradčany, Czechia.

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7. U Zlatého Tygra – Pilsner Pub On The Zoo Trail

Inside U Zlateho Tygra in Prague
We didn’t realize we were going to the zoo when we settled in for dinner and beer at U Zlatého Tygra. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Spending time at one or more traditional pub is a must in Prague for those who want to truly experience the city’s local food culture. We accomplished this mission with a stop at the Prague Zoo.

Now you’re probably saying to yourself what does the Prague Zoo have to do with pubs. Answer? Nothing and everything.

To be clear, we’re not talking about the Zoo Praha which has actual animals. We’re instead talking about nine (or more!) Prague pubs named after animals. Together, they form a different type of Prague Zoo. The pub we visited, U Zlateho Tygra, translates to The Golden Tiger.

Pilsner Beer at U Zlateho Tygra in Prague
Pilsner is always a good choice in Prague. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

U Zlateho Tygra’s history as a pub may stretch as far back as 300 years and its building dates back even further. Its space is filled with rows of long tables under an arched ceiling. While the tables are communal and shared, we got a good spot since we’d made a reservation for ourselves and two friends.

As for the staff, they’re best described as pleasantly surly. (Don’t try to order drinks from the wrong server. You’ll be castigated for it.) Drink choices are simple – pilsner beer, dark beer, nonalcoholic beer, white wine, red wine and soft drinks. But only the first one matters. This is Prague after all. You really should order the pilsner.

You should eat some food too. All of the Prague food staples are here: a schnitzel plate that’s generous enough to serve two, beer cheese dusted with paprika, goulash and grilled sausage just to name a few.

U Zlateho Tygra’s menu has a couple surprises like pikantní masová směs (spicy mix of meats) seasoned with a blend of sweet and sour flavors that’s more reminiscent of a Chinese restaurant than a Prague pub. And we appreciated the way the restaurant cuts their grilled sausage – in the shape of eagle wings.

Anyone with family roots in this part of the world will instantly connect with U Zlateho Tygra’s sliced rye bread which is reminiscent of New York deli rye. The challenge is not to eat too many slices.

U Zlateho Tygra is located at Husova 228/17 Staré Město Praha 1 Praha 1, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia.

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Červený Jelen (Red Stag), Mlsnej Kocour (Fussy Cat), U Buldoka (Bulldog), U Černého Vola (Black Ox), U Havrana (Rook), U Hrocha (Hippo), U Zlatého Slona (Golden Elephant) and U Veverky (Squirrel)

8. Lokál – Traditional Czech Food at a Beer Hall

Sausage at Lokal in Prague
Czech food doesn’t get much more traditional than the “Talián” sausage served with mustard and horseradish at Lokál. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Although it opened in 2009, Lokál feels like it’s been in Prague for decades longer. It’s a local favorite, no pun intended, that’s as popular with both Prague residents as it is with tourists.

Some of the tourist popularity is due to Lokál’s perennial spot on food tours. However, this traditional Czech restaurant is the real deal that starts with its sourcing of local ingredients to its simple presentation of a menu filled with local dishes. And beer. Lokál serves a lot of pilsner all day every day.

If there’s a traditional Czech dish that you want to try in Prague, Lokál probably has it on its daily menu. Schnitzel – check. Dumplings – check check. Sausage – check check check.

We tried all these dishes plus a potato pancake topped with smoked meat and fried cheese served with tartare sauce and buttered potatoes. That fried cheese (smažený sýr in Czech) isn’t just a traditional dish – it’s also a signature Ambiente dish. Yes, Lokál is yet another restaurant in the massive restaurant group’s coffers.

Lokál has multiple locations. The original Lokál is located at Dlouhá 33, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia.

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9. Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan – Vietnamese Food

Inside Pho Vietnam Tuan and Lan in Prague
Prague doesn’t just have one of the largest Vietnamese populations in Europe. It also has numerous Vietnamese restaurants like Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

If you’re living in Europe, as we do, the craving for good Vietnamese food often goes unsated. Sure, you can satisfy that craving in Vietnam or the USA or even Paris if your travels take you there. You can also satisfy it in the Czech Republic and Prague in particular. Just walk through almost any neighborhood and you’ll encounter decent Vietnamese restaurants on at least one street block.

If you’re hardcore, you can go the extra mile (literally) by visiting the Vietnamese enclave of SAPA located outside the city limits. Doing so requires a metro ride to a bus. However, there’s nothing wrong with eating at one of the many Vietnamese restaurants, like Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan, that are spread around the center of town.

Vietnamese Food at Pho Vietnam Tuan and Lan in Prague
This feast at Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan temporarily satisfied our Vietnamese food craving. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Ordering pho at Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan was a no-brainer for these two pho fans. The fact that the restaurant serves quality Bun Cha made our meal extra special.

Was our pho earth shattering? We have to say no. But the bowls of fragrant beef pho hit the spot while the bun cha featured nicely charred pork served in a bath of sweet, fish sauce-tinged gnoc cham along with a melange of fresh greens like fragrant betel leaves.

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan has two Prague locations. The sit-down restaurant is located at 15, Anglická 529, 120 00 Praha 2, Czechia.

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10. Sisters Bistro – Open-Faced Sandwiches

Sandwich Counter at Sisters Bistro in Prague
We found the end of the chlebíčk rainbow at Sisters Bistro in Prague. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

An open-faced sandwich is something we appreciate finding all over the world whether we’re in Copenhagen or Venice. We found a fine version in Prague at Sisters Bistro, a small cafe located next door to Naše Maso (see above).

The chlebíčk, Prague’s traditional open-faced sandwich, has been around since the early 20th century and is meant to be eaten in two to three bites. Sisters serves a rainbow of them with toppings like smoked salmon, hardboiled egg, red pickled mustard seeds and Hungarian salami.

Fun Fact
Sisters Bistro is owned by… wait for it… two sisters.

Chlebicky Trio at Sisters Bistro in Prague
This chlebíčk trio at Sisters was a great snack during a busy day of food tripping. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

You can eat fun chlebíčk combinations at Sisters like beet and goat cheese or avocado topped with prosciutto and pomegranate seeds. We ate three chlebíčky, including Sisters’ most popular sandwich topped with ham and potato salad, during our visit. They were all great.

The cafe also serves soups, salads and lemonade. However, the chlebíčk is the food to eat here. While not as healthy as salad, it’s still healthier than eating schnitzel.

Sisters Bistro is located at 39, Dlouhá 727, Staré Město, 110 00 Praha, Czechia.

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11. Pizza Nuova – Neapolitan Pizza

Pizzaiolo at Pizza Nuova in Prague
Pizza is serious business at Pizza Nuova. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We always seek pizza wherever we travel and Prague is no exception. After securing multiple recommendations, some from locals who live there and others online, we placed Pizza Nuova, Ambiente restaurant group’s pizza concept, at the top of our list for a few reasons starting with toppings.

Since Pizza Nuova sources its meat from Amaso, the same excellent butcher used by Naše Maso and Kantýna, we knew that the toppings would be top notch. But pepperoni and sausage were only part of our decision process. Clearly, crust matters too and they do a good job of that at Pizza Nuova, creating pies that are supple and airy.

Salsiccia e Friarielli Pizza at Pizza Nuova in Prague
Despite its local ingredients, this salsiccia e friarielli pizza at Pizza Nuova reminded us of pizzas we’ve previously eaten in Naples. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We’re huge fans of Neapolitan pizza and that’s the pizza style that Pizza Nuova makes. Daryl’s Salsiccia e Friarielli pizza, with big chunks of sausage and bitter fresh greens, channeled the spirit of pizza in Napoli. Meanwhile, Mind’s Diavola pizza satisfied her never-ending pepperoni pizza obsession.

Pizza Nuova is located at Revoluční 655/1, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia.

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12. Mr. HotDog – Prague Cheap Eats

Outside Mr Hot Dog in Prague
Mr. HotDog offers both indoor and outdoor seating to hot dog fans who travel to Prague’s Letná neighborhood. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We think that Prague should have its own hot dog style and it should be called a Prague Dog. Are we right or are we right? Accordingly, finding the ultimate Prague hot dog was an unofficial goal during our most recent Prague food trip.

And, though we didn’t find exactly what we were looking for, we found a valid contender at Mr. HotDog in Letná – the Lumberjack Dog.

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Lumberjack Dog and Fries at Mr Hot Dog in Prague
Unlike its tofu hot dogs, Mr. HotDog’s Lumberjack Dog is a vegetarian’s worst nightmare. We loved it. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Yes. Mr. HotDog’s Lumberjack Dog, smothered with bacon, whole grain mustard and pickles, is different. To us, this meaty, extreme hot dog screams Prague and earns the city’s ‘best hot dog’ title in our book.

Despite its name, Mr. HotDog also serves sliders as well as fries with a choice of plain, bacon cheddar or dumpster (which we guess is everything but the kitchen sink) toppings. The menu has salad too but that’s not why people come here.

Mr. HotDog is located at Kamenická 24, 170 00 Praha 7-Holešovice, Czechia.

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13. Etapa – Neighborhood Brunch Spot

Inside Etapa in Prague
Etapa serves Sunday brunch every day of the week in its chill Karlin space. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Etapa first caught our eye when we were researching the best Prague coffee shops. As we quickly realized, Etapa isn’t a coffee shop. It’s more of a brunch cafe that also serves specialty coffee. Once we made this revelation, we had just three words in mind – Sign Us Up. In other words, we promptly made a brunch reservation for later that week.

It was a good move. Etapa is a popular cafe that draws big crowds on the weekends. And, while our reservation was on a Friday, it was still nice to walk straight to a table. It was also nice to order dishes that were both healthy and of place.

Etapa was opened by food bloggers during the pandemic in 2000 and it remains independent to this day. Not only does the cafe bake all of its sourdough breads and pastries, but it also does its own pickling.

While the cafe serves eggs and cheese, being ‘vegetable forward’ is kind of a big deal in Prague considering the city’s obsession with pork products. While we have no problem with this obsession, we didn’t miss eating meat during our brunch at Etapa. Instead, we enjoyed eating dishes that featured eggs, locally grown vegetables, sourdough bread and fresh cheese

Oh, since specialty coffee was our initial goal, we’re pleased to report that our flat whites were good too.

Etapa is located at Urxova 479/6, 186 00 Karlín, Czechia.

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14. Manifesto Market – Eclectic Outdoor Food Hall

Inside Manifesto Market in Prague
Manifesto Market is ideal for those times when you can’t decide what you want to eat as well as for those times when you want to eat everything. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We’ve been to food halls, including the original Time Out Market in Lisbon, before. We’ve also been to container complexes, well just the one in downtown Las Vegas, before too. But we’ve never experienced anything quite like Prague’s Manifesto Market.

For starters, Manifesto Market is roofless and has a pool (intended for soaking feet as opposed to swimming). More important, it has more than two dozen vendors selling a range of international foods, beer and cocktails.

Greek Food at Manifesto Market in Prague
We didn’t expect to find Greek food in Pargue but that’s one of the many cuisines we encountered at Manifesto Market. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Although Manifesto Market attracts young professionals who appreciate its eclectic food selection and buzzy vibe, we felt perfectly welcome during our visit. Granted, we were there for an event related to our friends’ wedding. Thanks Charlie and Kate!

To us, having the event there was a bonus. Not only was it fun for us to hang with new and old friends, but it also gave us a chance to check out this progressive Prague food hub. And, since the market’s cuisines included Brazilian, Greek, Italian and Korean at the time of our visit, it’s fair to say that we ate well.

The original Manifesto Market is located at Ostrovského 34, 150 00 Praha 5-Anděl, Czechia.

More International Cuisine In Prague
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15. Bokovka – Wine Bar In A Hidden Courtyard

Courtyard at Bokovka in Prague
Locals know about the ‘secret’ wine bar called Bokovka and now you know about it too. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We felt like we found a hidden treasure when we stumbled into Bokovka, a wine bar tucked inside a courtyard on the same block as Naše Maso (see above). And, although we later realized that Bokovka is part of the Ambiente empire, we’re still pleased that we peaked into that courtyard and walked into Bokovka’s intimate space that looks and feels straight out of a Hollywood movie.

But we didn’t just walk into the space. We also sat down and ordered glasses of wine.

Of course, Bokovka serves Moravian wine. But the the wine bar, helmed by Roman Novotný, also pours wines produced in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Many of those wines sparkle, an ideal option for those celebrating a special event as well as for people who simply enjoy sipping Champagne.

Wine Glasses at Bokovka in Prague
We arrived at Bokovka at just the right time. According to our phones, it was wine o’clock on the nose. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We weren’t alone at Bokovka. Our fellow oenophiles included other couples as well as a relatively tame hen party that filled a large table. And, while we planned to drink Moravian wine, we couldn’t resist ordering French wine after tasting a few options. We’re nothing if not consistent with our love for all things French.

Beyond wine, Bokovka serves a curated menu of bar snacks that include cured meat, cheese, sardines and truffle popcorn. You could hypothetically try them all, though we ordered pickled veggies instead. You could also sit outside, either upstairs or downstairs, unless you’d rather sit inside.

Bokovka is located at Dlouhá 729/37, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia.

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16. Dva Kohouti – Karlin Beer Garden And Gathering Space

Outside Dva Kohouti in Prague
Dva Kohouti is a popular beer destination in Prague’s Karlin neighborhood. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

It’s not difficult to find Dva Kohouti in Karlin even without Google Maps. Sure, the microbrewery’s space is big but, more important, crowds fill its sprawling courtyard whenever the weather complies.

It’s all quite a scene. People come to Dva Kohouti to mingle and the resulting din is difficult to miss. But the main draw is a beer selection that transcends pilsner. The owners (or should we say roosters?) behind Dva Kohouti have built a better mouse trap, i.e. beer hall, and the people of Prague approve.

Fun Fact
Dva Kohouti translates to Two Roosters.

Inside Dva Kohouti in Prague
Beer is the thing to drink at Dva Kohouti unless you’d rather drink a cocktail. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

The success of Dva Kohouti shouldn’t be a surprise. The micobrewery is the joint effort of two local powerhouses – Ambiente (a restaurant group) and Pivovar Matuška (a popular brewer).

The joint was jumping during our mid-week visit. Every table was full. Food trucks were selling pizza. Most important, beer was flowing. We drank two – a signature Místní Pivo pale lager and a U Fleků dark lager. They were so good that we drank the same beers again.

Dva Kohouti is located at Sokolovská 81/55, 186 00 Praha 8-Karlín, Czechia.

More Beer Bars In Prague
Bad Flash, Beergeek, Letná Beer Garden, U Fleků and Vinohradsky Pivovar

17. Cukrarna Myšák – Prague Pastry Palace

Inside Cukrarna Mysak in Prague
The ground floor at Cukarna Myšák beguiled us with its historic decor and modern espresso machine. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We didn’t know the history of Cukrarna Myšák when we first ate pastries at the historic pastry palace in 2017. What we did know was that the pastries were so good that we simply had to return with a friend the very next day.

Like us, she was impressed by Cukrarna Myšák beautiful space and equally beautiful pastries. It would have intrigued us to learn that the pastry shop originally opened in 1911, that it later shuttered for decades and that its building was gutted in 2007 with only the facade and ground floor remaining intact. But, in retrospect, we were too busy eating sweet treats to inquire about those details.

Savoy Cake at Cukrarna Mysak in Prague
This Torte Savoy rocked our taste buds. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Those sweet treats included our first ever věneček, the Czech take on France’s Paris brest (or is the Paris brest’s a take on the věneček?). We also ate a decadent Torte Savoy (from the famous Czech cafe of the same name) – a chocolate cake with layers of chocolate mousse and cherry jam that made us question the superiority of Vienna‘s more famous cafes. But that’s not the only reason.

While Vienna’s pastry palaces serve commodity coffee, Cukrarna Myšák employees craft coffee drinks with single origin beans. To us, that’s reason enough to return to Cukrarna Myšák every time we return to Prague. Well, that and the pastries themselves.

Cukrarna Myšák is located at 710/31, Vodičkova, Nové Město, 110 00 Praha, Czechia.

More Dessert Destinations In Prague
Arctic Bakehouse, Bakeshop, Cafe Savoy, IF Café III, Sodó and Votre Plaisir

18. Kolacherie – Kolache And Coffee

Kolache at Kolacherie in Prague
We embraced Prague’s past and present when we paired this traditional poppy koláč with a modern lemonade (not pictured) at Kolacherie. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Kolacherie is proof that everything old can be new again. Open since 2022, Kolacherie is a relatively recent addition to Prague’s Old Town. Its primary product, koláč, was first baked in Moravia centuries ago but grew in popularity in Texas. Yes, Texas.

It’s important to understand that food evolution is never static. Some foods can reach new countries and people, grow in popularity and even return to the nations and cultures that they’re rooted in. Pizza is a good example of this phenomenon.

Czech immigrants brought koláče to Texas at the turn of the 19th century and the pastry’s popularity has grown ever since. The pastries have evolved over time in the Lone Star State, with some koláče now featuring meat and hot peppers instead of fruit.

Kolacherie embraces this evolution. While the Prague bake shop bakes traditional koláče with all-natural local ingredients and a family recipe, it also bakes koláče topped with sausage and jalapeño peppers. That being said, its most popular pastries are topped with poppy seed, cream cheese and plum. As it turns out, some things never change.

Kolacherie is located at Celetná 589/27, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia.

More Grab & Go Pastries In Prague
Eska, Kus Koláče, Letec Espresso Bar, Oh Deer! Bakery and Prokop Croissant

19. Crème De La Crème – Quality Gelato Shop In Old Town

Creme de la Creme Gelato on the Street in Prague
All cobble stone streets lead to Crème de la Crème on hot Prague days. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Crème de la Crème claims to be the ‘best of the best’ and we don’t disagree. The same goes for the crowds who choose to queue for quality gelato in the heart of the tourist zone as opposed to grabbing commodity ice cream from one of Old Town’s many trdelník vendors.

This quality is no accident. Honza Hochsteiger learned the art of making gelato at Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna and honed his skills in Trento before returning to Prague. He opened Crème de la Crème in 2015.

Gelato Counter at Creme de la Creme in Prague
Choosing flavors at Crème de la Crème is a worthy challenge. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Made with South Bohemian milk, gelato options at Crème de la Crème run the gamut from traditional Italian flavors like pistachio and stracciatella to more creative combinations. We went the latter route by ordering salted peanut and dark chocolate with cherries, though we were sorely tempted by a flavor that paired orange with Campari.

The shop also serves fruit sorbet, vegan gelato and sugar-free gelato for those with special dietary requirements. And, while those options are surely good, we were perfectly satisfied by the two flavors we chose. That being said, we’re still curious about the pairing of orange with Campari.

Creme de la Creme has multiple locations. We ate gelato at the original shop located at 12, Husova 231, Staré Město, 110 00, Czechia.

More Ice Cream Shops In Prague
Angelato, Puro Gelato and Zmrzlinar

20. Super Tramp Coffee – Modern Coffee Shop

Outside Super Tramp Coffee in Prague
It’s only logical that Super Tramp is one of our favorite Prague coffee shops. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

After visiting a lot of Prague coffee shops, Super Tramp is the one that sticks in our mind. It’s the one hidden in a courtyard and it’s the one that served us the most unique coffee drink. It’s also the one where we’d likely go most often if we lived in Prague.

We mentioned that Super Tramp served us a unique drink and we weren’t exaggerating. That drink, called a Pink Brew, combines cold brew with grapefruit juice and simple syrup. It was mostly tart and slightly sweet. We’re now thinking about making a batch at home.

Pink Brew at at Super Tramp Coffee in Prague
Drinking pink was never more enjoyable than when we sipped this Pink Brew at Super Tramp on a warm afternoon. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Super Tramp’s location near Old Town’s Prague Astronomical Clock makes it a prime spot for a touring break. However, coffee geeks and hipsters won’t want to leave this happy place once they order a flat white or other coffee drink. We recommend ordering a Pink Brew if your see it on the menu.

More Coffee Shops In Prague
Café Letka, EMA Espresso Bar and Onesip Coffee plus more in our Prague Coffee Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top foods to eat at Prague restaurants?

Prague restaurants serve a variety of foods ranging from traditional Czech dishes to global foods like hamburgers and pho.

Are Prague restaurants expensive?

Prague restaurants are moderately priced compared to restaurants in other European capitals.

Is tipping necessary in Prague?

No. Tipping is optional in the Czech Republic.

Where did Anthony Bourdain eat in Prague?

Bourdain visited the following spots while filming the sixth season of No Reservations: Cafe Savoy, La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise, Pivovarsky Klub, Pivovar Kout na Sumave (CLOSED), Pivovar U Medvídků, SAPA and Wenceslas Square Sausage Stand.

What time do people eat dinner in Prague?

People typically eat dinner between 7pm and 9pm; however, some restaurants and pubs stay open much later.

Are restaurant reservations necessary in Prague?

Reservations are necessary for most Prague restaurants. Failing to make advance reservations will likely result in dining disappointment.

How many Prague restaurants have Michelin stars?

Prague currently has two one-starred Michelin-starred restaurants – Field and La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise.

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Things To Do In Prague

Inside the Lobkowicz Palace in Prague
The Lobkowicz Palace is a great site in Prague for travelers that appreciate fine art and music. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

While eating and drinking are our two favorites things to do in Prague, they’re not the only things to do in Kafka’s city. Consider the following activities between meals and bar sessions:

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About the Authors

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers a unique taste of the world.

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Original Publication Date: August 17, 2023