We are massive foodies here at Clock Out Check In and love to find the best restaurants wherever we travel. Vicky is vegan and we initially thought that Prague was going to be a tricky destination for us but after a lot of research, we found some great restaurants that offered up fantastic vegetarian and vegan food as well as some local delicacies for me to try. We think you will love them too so here are our top 5 places to eat in Prague!
One thing to look out for when eating out in Prague is that most restaurants will charge you for tap water so be prepared to add a nominal amount to the bill. You will also find that beer is cheaper than soft drinks in quite a lot of places – our favourite is Staropramen which is brewed in Prague itself.
1. STYL & INTERIER
A homely restaurant...
...in the heart of Prague!
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Wenceslas Square in Prague’s Nove Mesto (New Town) is Styl & Interier. After winding through the restaurant’s small but eclectic homeware shop, you will find yourself in a small and cosy restaurant perhaps sat next to the log fire which we found particularly welcoming on a cold winter’s day in Prague. The restaurant offers a very reasonable lunch menu which consists of a choice of soups followed by a range of main courses including a vegetarian option. My main course of roasted pork with a butternut squash puree was one of my favourite dishes of the trip.
Cost – a two course lunch for two with beers and tap water cost roughly £23 or 660 CZK.
Vodičkova 35, Praha 1 – New Town
Maitrea is perfect for veggies and vegans
Try the Maitrea burger!
Maitrea is a hugely popular vegetarian restaurant which has been impressing veggies and non-veggies alike for years. It has a whole stack of great reviews on TripAdvisor and it is not difficult to see why. The food is fantastic and the restaurant is a must visit for all vegetarian and vegan visitors to Prague. The restaurant itself is very small so book ahead to avoid disappoint particularly at the weekend. Maitrea offers a cheap lunch menu but we opted for the main menu. Particular highlights are the Tofoie Gras made with smoked tofu and barley miso and the Maitrea burger with tempeh bacon.
Cost – the Maitrea sharer selection to start plus mains and a glass of wine each cost roughly £32 or 930 CZK.
Týnská ulička 1064/6, Praha 1 – Old Town
3. TISKARNA RESTAURACE
Pork Belly Roulade
We came here for our final evening meal in Prague after a recommendation from our hotel and it did not disappoint. The vegetarian options are incredibly limited but Vicky thoroughly enjoyed the cauliflower pancakes served with mashed potatoes and tartar sauce. Tiskarna is perfect, however, for any meat lovers visiting Prague. I would highly recommend the main course of pork belly roulade served with mashed potatoes and a black beer sauce. This restaurant exemplifies the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover”. From the outside Tiskarna looks quiet and unwelcoming but once you are taken to your table you are swept up in the atmosphere of local people enjoying modern Czech cuisine.
Cost – a two course dinner for two with drinks cost roughly £27 or 790 CZK
Jindřišská ulice 940/22, Praha 1 – New Town
4. U PARLAMENTU
Enjoy the hustle and bustle...
...as you try traditional Czech food!
This lively, traditional beer hall is widely recommended for those wishing to sample a wide range of local Czech delicacies. U Parlamentu is almost always crowded but my top tip is to wait for a table, even when it’s full. You can queue by the bar with a pint of local beer and wait for a seat to become available. You should bear in mind that you will probably have to share unless you are in a larger group but in my opinion, this just adds to the experience. The Czech Plate consisting of smoked and roasted pork, smoked duck and a selection of bread and potato dumplings is well worth the visit.
Cost – a one course dinner for two including drinks cost roughly £23 or 650 CZK
Valentinská 52/8, Praha 1 – Old Town
5. LEHKA HLAVA
Vegetarian Mixed Bean Tacos
Lehka Hlava is the sister restaurant to Maitrea and another fantastic veggie restaurant in the centre of Prague. Whilst the menu is similar to Maitrea, there a number of additional options to keep you interested such as the delicious mixed bean tacos. If you are looking for somewhere cheap for lunch, Lehka Hlava offers a very reasonable lunch menu which changes on a daily basis. We really enjoyed the mix of new dishes and a few classics from the Maitrea menu including the Tofoie Gras – don’t mind if we do!
Cost – two course lunch with a shared started cost roughly £21 or 625 CZK
Boršov 280/2, Praha 1 – Old Town
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