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The 13 Greatest Restaurants in Prague

Published On 05/26/2016 Published On 05/26/2016
Juliana Fisherova/Maso a kobliha
Café Savoy

Best bourgeois experience: Cafe Savoy

Malá Strana
The classy menu here is guaranteed to have something for everyone, making it the perfect place for people-watching -- and the ornate, chandelier-bedecked ceilings make it perfect for ceiling-watching, which is definitely a thing. Go for the French toast at breakfast: it always ends with a deep sense of shame and guilt, but it's utterly delicious. Also, don't leave without trying the venecek, vetrnik, and laskonka, three classics of the Czech patisserie tradition.

Juliana Fisherova/Maso a kobliha

Best gastropub: Maso a Kobliha

Nové Město
Run by the owners of Sansho and the Real Meat Society butcher shop, this place specializes in the two best things this country has to offer: meat and beer. Food-savvy locals head here to eat themselves happy after a bad day: the food is juicy, salty, and definitely not the healthiest, but when you're downing Scotch eggs and vanilla custard donuts, who cares?

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Best local experience: Naplavka farmers market

Podskalí
Locals love to start their weekend at the Naplavka farmers market on the Vltava's riverside, so don't be surprised to see crowds here. However, between the seasonal fare, hot meals for breakfast, great coffee, and riverside views of the Prague Castle as you listen to live bands perform, what's not to like? Try the "Moravian Geisha" coffee cocktail at the Brewbar stand: it's the perfect boozy and caffeinated start to the weekend.

Filip Šlapal/La Degustation Boheme Bourgeoise

Best fine dining: La Degustation

Staré Město
The team of young, apron-clad, sneaker-wearing chefs here (headed by Mr Sahajdak) serves classic Czech flavors in a sleek, modern format. The six- or 11-course prix fixe menu can be paired with local Czech and foreign wines (or juices, if you're not a wine person), and while the modern interior (dominated by the "consomme" chandelier) may scream high class, the atmosphere is surprisingly casual.

Best Vietnamese smorgasbord: Sapa market

Písnice
Prague has a sizeable Vietnamese community thanks to the shared Communist past, and the Sapa market is the best place for authentic Vietnamese food. Sure, it might not be beautiful or welcoming, but it is home to a ton of great hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese eateries that serve delicious (and cheap) food. This is your place for a proper bowl of pho or banh cuon steamed rice rolls in Prague. And fake purses. For adventurers only.

Eska

Best breakfast: Eska

Karlín
Located in a former factory in the hip Karlin district, this new addition to Prague's dining scene takes classic ingredients of traditional Czech cuisine and puts a modern spin on them. The lunches and dinners are fantastic, but where Eska truly shines is its weekend brunches: start healthy with the granola, dehydrated red beets, and yogurt, continue with poached eggs and fermented wheat berries, and finish sinfully with some Czech pancakes. Bonus points for the specialty coffee served on site by apron-clad baristas.

Sisters

Best fast food: Sisters

Staré Město
The chlebicek, the classic Czech open-faced sandwich, is getting a modern remake by the Czech Martha Stewart in this small, unassuming bistro. As fast foods go, this one is the least guilty: it's not deep-fried or sugar-coated, and uses fresh, quality ingredients. While it might not be your first choice, the classic potato salad-and-ham version is still the one to have.

Sansho

Best for vegetarians: Sansho

Nové Město
Recommending a non-vegetarian restaurant for vegetarians may sound strange, but in a country where vegetarian cuisine is generally represented by fried cheese, this is what you get. The Asian-fusion dishes served family-style at communal tables in this hip, casual spot will satisfy both carnivores and vegetarians -- come for the a la carte lunches, and stay for the prix fixe dinners. We recommend the pumpkin sambal for vegetarians, and the pork belly for carnivores.

Naše maso

Best sausages: Nase maso

Staré Město
Seafood in the Czech Republic? You can skip it. Meat, on the other hand, is a very good idea. No wonder the Nase maso butcher shop attracts Disney World-caliber lines during rush hour: order the Prague ham cracklings, a selection of the three wieners, or the dry-aged beef burger, and you'll understand. Pre-book the seven-course dinner for a full-throttle meat bonanza. With open hours until 10pm, this is perfect for before-drink snacks, too.

Best wine bar: Veltlin

Karlín
Veltlin basically started the entire natural wines trend that's sweeping the hipper establishments in Prague, distributing beautiful and interesting Moravian wines to many popular restaurants and wine bars around the town. Come to the Karlin district for interesting, organic wines from the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, and stay for tastings with local winemakers. Combine with the locally sourced charcuterie and pâtés for the perfect evening.

Simply good

Best kolache: Simply good

Karlín
Forget Texas-style kolache and jalapeño sausage: the original, sweet-only kolache comes from the Czech Republic, and Prague's best are served by Simply good in the Karlin district. The bake is nearly as good as our grandma's, so your only question is the filling: plum jam, farmer's cheese, or poppies? The interior of this spot is slightly uninspiring, so we recommend grabbing a few to go, pairing them up with hipster coffee at Kafe Karlin two blocks away and enjoying them on the bench of the Karlin square park.

Dish {fine burger bistro}

Best burgers: Dish

Vinohrady
If you're in dire need of a great burger, head to the Dish for a Smoky Dish with a side of "fitness fries" (fries with maple syrup and bacon), and you'll die happy. Because you probably will, soon. Burger joints tend to be popular in Prague so make sure you book early, otherwise you may not get a seat in this rather diminutive spot full of young locals. Wash it all down with the local Unetice lager.

Lokál

Best beer hall: Lokal

Staré Město
The Czechs have the highest consumption of beer per capita, and an evening at Lokal, spanning over the length of a city block, will explain why. You simply drink more when the fresh, cold Pilsner (brought in stainless-steel tank trucks from Pilsen) is this good and cheap, especially when you actually don't have to order it: they just keep refilling it until you opt out. Combine it with the Prague-ham-and-horseradish-cream combo, or a proper schnitzel with potato salad for a truly immersive (and fattening) cultural experience.

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1. Café Savoy Vítězná 5, Praha, 150 00

Café Savoy, located in the Malá Strana area, is decorated with ornate chandeliers and an all around lavish interior, with a classy menu that has something for everyone. Go for The French toast at breakfast: it always ends with a deep sense of shame and guilt, but it’s utterly delicious. Also, don’t leave without trying the venecek, vetrnik, and laskonka, three classics of the Czech patisserie tradition.

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2. Maso a kobliha Petrská 23, Praha, 11000

Run by the owners of Sansho and the Real Meat Society butcher shop, this place specializes in the two best things this country has to offer: meat, and beer. Food-savvy locals head here to eat themselves happy after a bad day: the food is juicy, salty, and perfect for downing Scotch eggs and vanilla custard donuts.

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3. Naplavka farmers market undefined Náplavka, Prague, 128 00

The Naplavka farmers market on the Vltava's riverside is the perfect place to start the weekend, so don't be surprised to see crowds here. However, between the seasonal fare, hot meals for breakfast, great coffee, and riverside views of the Prague Castle as you listen to live bands perform, what's not to like? Try the "Moravian Geisha" coffee cocktail at the Brewbar stand: it's the perfect combination of alcohol and caffeine.

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4. La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise Haštalská 18, Praha, 11000

The team of young, apron-clad, sneaker-wearing chefs here serve classic Czech food in a sleek, modern format. The six- or 11-course prix fixe menu can be paired with local Czech and foreign wines or juices, and while the modern interior (dominated by the "consomme" chandelier) may scream high class, the atmosphere is surprisingly casual.

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5. TTTM Sapa (Malá Hanoj) Libušská 319/126, Praha, 148 00

Prague has a sizeable Vietnamese community, and the Sapa market is the best place for authentic Vietnamese food. Sure, it might not be beautiful or welcoming, but it is home to a ton of great, hole-in-a-wall Vietnamese eateries that serve delicious and cheap food. This is your place for a proper bowl of Pho or Banh Cuon steamed rice rolls in Prague.

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6. Eska Pernerova 49, Praha, 186 00

Located in a former factory in the hip Karlin district, Eska takes classic ingredients of traditional Czech cuisine and puts a modern spin on them. The lunches and dinners are fantastic, but where Eska truly shines is its weekend brunches: start healthy with the granola, dehydrated red beets and yogurt, continue with poached eggs and fermented wheat berries, and finish sinfully with some Czech pancakes.

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7. Sisters 9 Náměstí Míru, Prague, 120 00

Sisters in Staré Město is a small and unassuming fast food bistro. The chlebicek, the classic Czech open-faced sandwich, is getting a modern remake by the Czech Martha Stewart here, and as fast foods go, this one is the least guilty: it's not deep fried or sugar-coated and uses fresh quality ingredients. While it might not be your first choice, the classic potato-salad-and-ham version is still the one to have.

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8. Sansho Petrská 25, Praha, 110 00

Sansho is a stylish Asian fusion eatery that serves seasonal dishes family-style at communal tables. This hip and casual spot will satisfy both carnivores and vegetarians -- come for the a-la-carte lunches, and stay for the prix fixe dinners. We recommend the pumpkin sambal for vegetarians, and the pork belly for carnivores.

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9. Naše maso Dlouhá 727/39, Praha, 110 00

Nase maso butcher shop in the old town attracts Disney World-caliber lines during rush hour: order the Prague ham cracklings, a selection of the three Wieners, or the dry-aged beef burger, and you'll understand. Pre-book the 7-course dinner for full-throttle meat bonanza. With opening hours until 10pm, this is perfect for before-drink snacks, too.

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10. VELTLIN in Karlin Křižíkova 488/115, Karlín, 186 00

Veltlin, located in Prague's quarter Karlin, is a hip wine bar that offers interesting, organic wines from the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Veltlin is also a big distributor of wines to many popular restaurants and wine bars around the town. Combine the beverages with their locally sourced charcuterie and pâtés for the perfect evening.

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11. Simply good Sokolovská 146/70, Praha, 186 00

Forget Texas-style kolache and jalapeño sausage: the original, sweet-only kolache comes from the Czech Republic, Prague's best are served by Simply Good in the Karlin district. The bake is nearly as good as our grandmas’, so your only question is the filling: plum jam, farmer's cheese, or poppies? The interior of this spot unfussy and fairly bare, so we recommend grabbing a few to go, pairing them up with hipster coffee at Kafe Karlin two blocks away and enjoying them on the bench of the Karlin square park.

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12. Dish Římská 29, Praha, 120 00

If you've had your fill of dumplings and goulash and are in dire need of a great burger, head to the Dish in Vinohrady. Burger joints tend to be popular in Prague so make sure you book early, otherwise you may not get a seat in this rather diminutive spot full of young locals. Wash it all down with the local Unetice lager, and sit at the bar if you get the chance. You can watch the chefs make your meal from there.

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13. Lokál Dlouhá Dlouhá 33, Praha, 110 00

The Czechs have the highest consumption of beer per capita, and an evening at Lokal in Staré Město, spanning over the length of a city block, will explain why. You simply drink more when the fresh, cold Pilsner (brought in stainless steel tank trucks from Pilsen) is this good and cheap, especially when you actually don't have to order it: they just keep refilling it until you opt out. Combine it with a proper schnitzel and potato salad for a truly immersive (and fattening) cultural experience.

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