Prague, Czech Republic is an Eastern European food lover’s paradise. You can nosh on all the dumplings and kielbasa you set your eyes on. They have so many extraordinary places to eat, drink, and be merry that include good food and unique experiences to match. From traditional Czech food to “across-the-border” style Mexican food; Prague has something for everyone.
Below are a list of restaurants and then a list of miscellaneous places to get snacks, food, or drinks.
Each restaurant has a different culinary expertise, price range, and atmosphere so find your favorites and go check them out!
Description: This restaurant was not just unique because it was in a boat, but the food was mind-blowing as well. The whole dining experience was a journey from start to finish. The restaurant area is set inside this wooden boat that is docked on the river. I requested to sit next to a window, which I was very kindly placed at with the most incredible view of Prague. The menu is definitely up scale, but for all you foodies out there, be prepared to be amazed. From salmon tartar appetizers to potato gnocchi with bacon as a side; this is a menu in a class of its own. As the name of the restaurant states, it is also a “botel” (hotel on a boat). We did not stay here, but it seemed very upscale and would be a very unique experience.
What I ate: Grilled halibut fillet with lime and ginger glacé
Description: Step aside Chipotle, Taco Bell, and Hot Head Burritos; Burrito Loco is the king of fast Mexican food. Yes, this is a fantastic late-night snack, but these burritos are so packed with flavor and love that I call them an “anytime snack.”
Description: Yes, this sounds very basic, which is unlike me, but these were the most delicious tacos stuffed with cooked onions, beans, and different types of salsa. It had been a very long day and I needed a change up from dumplings and sauerkraut, which is when I stumbled upon this very cool restaurant. It was eclectic inside and we ate on a platform they had next to the windows, which was very cool and different.
Description: The Folklore Garden was one of my favorite experiences in the Czech Republic. The dinner was served in a very traditional style where we passed the food down the table and scooped out what we wanted onto our plates. We dined on long wooden bench-style tables and ate on checkered table cloths. The food was out of this world, but my favorites were the cheese spread, the potato mushroom soup, and the apple strudel. They also served us hot honey wine at the beginning of the meal and then served us white and red wine using a special pipette called a kostyr.
What they served: Cheese spread, traditional Czech potato soup with wild mushrooms, 3 types of meat, mashed potatoes with fried onions, herbed baked potatoes, mixed veggie salad, and apple strudel. They also served unlimited drinks of beer, wine, soft drinks, and water.
Description: There are a lot of names for this one place, but once you are there you will understand! The Dancing House is a staple to go and see because it is a leaning misshapen building that is one of the most famous pieces of architecture. At the top, there is a restaurant called Ginger and Fred, but once you go through the restaurant there is a bar with a 360-degree view of the city called the Glass Bar. Once you go through the bar, it goes out to an open-air deck with a stunning view of the city. I was on a scavenger hunt and one of the requirements was to get a drink at the Glass Bar at the top of The Dancing House. I got the Pagomost Zazvor, which is a traditional Czech non-alcoholic fizzy pop that was very tasty and nothing like I’ve ever had in the U.S. The open-air deck has the most breath-taking view of the river that runs through the city.
Description: I am a sushi FANATIC. I eat so much sushi, I don’t know how I don’t look like a piece of sushi yet (soft and round). This Asian restaurant in the middle of Prague, Czech Republic was a pleasant surprise when I was craving something different after the 8th consecutive day of Czech food. The sushi was fresh, unique, and delicious and the atmosphere complimented it nicely with twinkle lights, wooden tables, and a bustling crowd.
Description: The Christmas Markets of Prague are one of my favorite travel experiences of all time. They are truly straight out of a fairytale and are a must-see at some point in everyone’s life. The food is all homemade and filled with love. Big cast iron vats of Haluski are steaming at every corner, little stands are selling fresh-off-the-coals Trdelnik, and there are wooden shacks selling bottles of Medovina to take home with you and share your Christmas market memories with the ones you love… or save it for yourself and let every sip take you back to those magical strolls through the Christmas Markets of Prague, Czech Republic.
What I ate: Latkes, Kielbasa, Haluski, Trdelnik, Bombardino, Medovina, Svařák
Description: This little café is very unique in it being the first deaf café in Prague, Czech Republic. They employee those who are hearing impaired as well as most patrons being hearing impaired. It gives them a space to feel welcomed and comfortable when interacting with the staff. Anyone is welcome at the café and it is a very cool experience since the ordering process is universal for everyone to understands. You have a color-coded stick on your table with one side red and one side green. You put up the red side when you don’t need anything and you put up the green side when you are ready to order. Besides their extraordinary purpose, they also have the most incredible coffee drinks.
Description: This is the cutest sweets shop in Prague! Their baked goods, desserts, pastries, and macarons are all delectable. As soon as you see the shop on the corner, you feel like you have been transported to France, but when you step inside to be welcomed by the sweet smell of croissants and baguettes, you know you have arrived in a true French Bakery. Every macaron I tried was exquisite and I wish I could have gone back to try more.
What I ate: Macarons and a Strawberry Nutella Tart
Description: As one of my favorite Prague memories, I have to recommend this activity to everyone. If you sign up with a big group, you don’t end up doing too much cooking so I think this experience fits those who like to cook and those who don’t. I was in Prague during Christmas time and I wanted an authentic experience so I cooked the traditional Czech Christmas dinner they offered. It consisted of traditional fish soup, fried carp, potato salad, Czech “Kuba,” and cinnamon apple strudel.
Description: I have a terrible, terrible, terrible sweet tooth. Did I mention how terrible it is? When I saw this candy shop sign from afar, I’m pretty sure I completely left my group and RAN to the store. I don’t think I was prepared for what my eyes were about to see; a dark wooden little shop totally filled with barrels upon barrels of candy with large scoops in them. I shot inside and grabbed the first clear bag on the wall that I set my eyes upon. In total awe, I started shoveling as much candy in my bag as I could. Sour straws, gummy bears, gummy worms, gummy root beer bottles, chocolate covered nuts, tennis ball shaped chewing gum, candy canes, and any other candy you can think of, it was there in one barrel or another and it was going into my bag.
What I ate: Enough candy to give a sugar rush to an elephant
What I drank: 1 mojito, 2 mojito, 3 mojito, floor!
Description: Ok, I know that saying is meant for tequila and not mojitos, but the mojitos at this bar are AMAZING. They were filled with sugar, tons of mint leaves, plenty of ice, and enough liquor to put you to sleep right at your table. Besides the delightful mojitos, this was the coolest bar I have ever been to. When you first walk in, there is a little bar up front and it appears to be a small local joint where people were watching sports. Do not be fooled by the entrance; if you continue walking through the first bar, you come to a tunnel with tables lined against the carved out rock wall. At the end of the tunnel you start your first descent into the underground bar by walking into an open room filled with lights and a pool table. After continuing past this room and going further into your descent, you eventually get to the very last, very back, very far below ground room that I call the cave room. Look left, look right, look up, look down and you will see that you are in an actual cave carved out of underground rock. There are tables set up and chatter everywhere from locals to tourists. It was a very cool place to hang out with friends, have drinks, and stay until the sun comes up… except you won’t know when the sun rises because you are underground!