Where to eat in Prague

From traditional taverns in the heart of the Old Town to chic restaurants in Vinorhady, Prague offers a wide variety of places to eat.
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Eating in Prague can be a challenging experience, given the enormous amount of calories and fat you will be swallowing.

Typical Czech cuisine is based almost exclusively on meat: succulent goulash, sausages, knuckle of pork and other dishes that it wouldn’t be insulting to call… pigs, served with generous portions of fried potatoes and washed down with mugs of golden-blond beer.

Since you are on holiday, don’t spare yourself: there will be time for the gym on your return. For an authentic experience, choose a small traditional tavern, off the more touristy streets of the centre.

Do you dread the return diet or simply can’t take it anymore? Don’t panic. Prague is a modern capital with a huge variety of places to eat to suit all budgets and diets. Alongside traditional pubs, today you will find fixed-menu restaurants for tourists, fast food outlets, ethnic and fusion establishments from the cheap to the luxurious and trendy restaurants with the best chefs in the Czech Republic.

What was once an undisputed carnivore’s paradise is now also a place for those who do not eat meat, fish and meat products: in recent years, several vegetarian and vegan restaurants have opened and this trend is growing.

With so much variety, are you wondering where to eat in Prague? Follow our tips!

Best places to eat in Prague

Old Town, Castle Village and Lesser Quarter

The Old Town, the Castle District and the Lesser Quarter are Prague’s most touristy areas. Finding a place to eat here is no problem as there is a huge choice of restaurants, pubs and cafés.

Be careful, however, because many places in these areas are designed for tourists and offer fixed menus that are not particularly interesting. There are some real gems hidden among the narrow streets of these areas, but if you have the patience to look, perhaps aided by our tips on the best restaurants and breweries in Prague, you can find delicious traditional eateries frequented by locals where you can eat genuine Czech cuisine.

New Town

Wenceslas Square and the surrounding streets are dotted with places to eat and you can find a little bit of everything: restaurants, traditional pubs, fast food outlets, ethnic venues. Another avenue recommended for the number of restaurants is Na Příkopě .

If you are more into traditional cuisine, look in the side streets between Wenceslas Square and the river.

Vinohrady

Vinohrady is the Prague district with the highest concentration of restaurants outside the centre. It is a chic neighbourhood, where house prices have skyrocketed and the establishments are designed for the pockets of the wealthy residents of the area. They are therefore mostly high-class restaurants with a very high standard of quality.

Chic and trendy, the restaurants in Vinohrady offer international cuisine and creative reinventions of traditional Czech cuisine.

Zizkov

Prague’s ‘red district’ is famous for its nightlife and its incredible number of pubs, but there is no shortage of good choices for eating out either.

Some of Zizkov‘s trendiest clubs and cultural centres are open during the day with a good-value café or restaurant corner… the plus here is the eccentric décor, sometimes chosen by local artists.

In Zizkov you will also find the ‘highest’ restaurant in Prague, located 66 metres above the ground on one floor of the TV tower.

Farmers’ markets

On sunny days, a fun alternative to restaurants and bars can be Prague street food. If the idea tempts you, we recommend the farmers’ markets. They offer fresh produce, mostly fruit and vegetables, but you can also find stalls selling fragrant bread baked the same day and local delicacies.

Prague’s farmers’ markets are held on different days depending on the area, so check with your hotel or tourist office to find out what’s on during your stay.

The most popular among the people of Prague is the market on the Vltava quay at the Rašínovo nábřeží waterfront, held on Saturday mornings.

Restaurant opening hours

Prague restaurants are open for lunch from noon to 3 p.m. and for dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Some establishments, especially in tourist areas, have extended their traditional opening hours by staying open continuously from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cafés generally open at 8 a.m. and close earlier in the evening.

If you get a late-night hunger attack, you can fall back on the 24-hour fast food restaurants or the kiosks on Wenceslas Square.

Some tips for eating in Prague

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Traditional Czech food and drink in Prague

Traditional Czech food and drink in Prague

Czech cuisine is tasty and flavourful, a paradise for meat and soup lovers. Here is a list of traditional dishes, desserts and cheeses to try.
Pubs and Restaurants in Prague

Pubs and Restaurants in Prague

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