No great trip is complete without great food! This Prague restaurant guide will get you started for amazing meals in Praha.
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Prague has quickly become one of my favorite cities in Europe. It’s gorgeous to explore, it’s packed with history, and it has great food! Today I’m sharing a guide to the Prague restaurant scene.
If you’re going to eat Czech food, this is the place to start. Friends who live in Prague recommended it, and I could immediately see why. U Pinkasu has the feel of being in a former house – there are so many small dining rooms that I have no idea how many tables they actually have.
We ordered the beer cheese, a Czech classic. It’s nothing like the Wisconsin appetizer sharing the name! It’s spreadable, not oozy. It’s very good though, especially on top of fried bread. Rub the bread with the garlic before you add the cheese, then sprinkle with paprika for the most traditional experience!
For dinner, we shared a mix grill platter called the Old Bohemian. It was a great way to try a bit of everything! We had sausages, ham, a quarter duck, and a few more meats alongside bread dumplings, potatoes, and cabbage.
We had our first ever Michelin-star meal in Prague! Sansho is an Asian fusion place and the perfect choice when we wanted a break from heavier food. At dinner, Sansho offers a fixed six-course meal. They ask if you have any allergies and if you like seafood (we had a mostly seafood menu), and then you’re off!
The food was EXCELLENT. Each course had some surprising elements, starting with an oyster shooter and ending with some kind of beef stir fry. My favorite may have been a clam dish served in a rich broth – not quite a soup, but so flavorful you wanted to get every drop!
I highly recommend this spot for a nice Prague restaurant. While it was an expensive meal, it’s probably one of the cheaper Michelin star restaurants, so it’s the perfect place to start!
Another great dinner spot we found was Sova. The food was modern Czech-ish cuisine. The spot was a bit off the tourist path and clearly a local favorite, we were the only English speakers I could hear in there!
I tried carp, which I’m pretty sure was another first for me. It was delicious – great crispy skin and delicate fish. When I saw the dessert menu, I had to try the beer ice cream. It was surprising but really good! The flavor was malty with some warming spices – it reminded me a lot of molasses sugar cookies. It was also served with nitrogen vanilla mousse, which felt a bit showy but it was definitely fun!
The biggest surprise? It was so affordable! We had two entrees, shared appetizer and dessert, and multiple drinks for about $50.
If you find yourself on the other side of the river in Lesser Town and need a quick bite or to just sit down for a minute over a drink, head to Kaficko. It’s a tiny little spot not far from the cathedral housing the Prague Infant Jesus, and perfect for getting off your feet for a bit. They have tea, coffee, beer, and wine, so whatever kind of pick-me-up you need they’ll have an option. We went for a super late lunch and didn’t want to load up right before dinner, and had some of the best quiches I’ve ever tasted!
If you want a good burger, go to Dish. Seriously, I think this spot has the best burger I’ve eaten in Europe to date. That alone merits it a spot in my Prague restaurant guide.
Also packed with locals, you probably need to get a reservation online to get in here. We ordered their classic Dish burger and one of the daily specials, a concoction with brie and sun-dried tomatoes. Both were delicious! Although huge – we could’ve shared fries on this one.
Hemingway Bar & Cash Only
If you want a quick hipster bite to eat, try Cash Only. It’s also (maybe primarily) a cocktail bar, serving upscale drinks. Mine had a dried apple slice stuck to the lip of my drink with a miniature clothespin if that gives you the hipster level we’re dealing with. The drinks were delicious! We ended up here after trying and failing to get into Hemingway Bar, a cool cocktail spot under the same ownership. I liked Cash Only, but definitely want to get into Hemingway bar next time!
Eat a trdelník
A general tip: if you go to Prague, you must eat a trdelník. It’s essentially a cylinder of dough that’s coated in almonds and cinnamon-sugar and then baked on a pole that rotates over an open flame. The inside is usually coated in chocolate and/or filled with whipped cream or ice cream, and it is a thing of beauty.
Keep in mind, though, that getting even one block away from the major tourist attractions will get you much cheaper prices. They’re not expensive to begin will, but if every little bit helps, keep it in mind.