Many pubs, cafes and restaurants can be found in Prague but familiarizing yourself with the local food requires some research and tasting. Some of the most popular dishes in Central Europe or traditional Czech cuisine can be found throughout the capital. Yes, there is more to the city than just amazing beer! From the beef guláš to the Czech rohlík (sausage roll), here is a list of the best places to eat in Prague.
1. Traditional Czech Cuisine at Lokál
Known as one of the most popular pubs in Prague.
When we visited Lokál, we went into this crowded pub without expectations looking to try local foods and beverages. We were seated on benches and we went during the World Hockey Championships. The atmosphere was truly amazing as fans cheered on their fellow countrymen. We ordered the beef guláš and it's a definite must try as well as the traditional potato dumplings (Knedlicky), fried cheese (Smažený sýr) and tartar sauce. Drink a pint of beer (everyone drinks beer and we do mean everyone) or try the Kofola, the Czech version of Coca-Cola.
2. Breakfast at Café Savoy
A busy restaurant that offers one of the best breakfasts in town. You might be required to wait a small line for this beautifully decorated and elegant café . The menu offers a nice selection to choose from like the traditional Ovocné Knedliky or go ahead and choose the "American breakfast" for that hearty meal.
3. Breakfast at Café Lounge
Known for its breakfast and delicious coffee, Café Lounge offers a small but enjoyable menu. Eat your food at the outdoor courtyard with a marvelous garden and the historic Hunger Wall. The tables come with a little piece of history to learn about Prague, featuring a map on their placemats. If you find yourself in the Malá Strana area, do not miss this place.
4. Hot Dog at Euro Hot Dog or Naměstí Míru
This hot dog stand is located near the Namesti Miru metro station.
Nothing says Prague like having a hot dog or sausage on the street. It's the best cheap eat available that fills that gap for your empty stomach when needed. Euro Hot Dog offers their Special or Giant hot dogs that are worth every penny with four different locations to choose from across town. There's also the award-winning vendor at the Naměstí Míru metro station known for the best hot dog stand in Prague. It's a bit out of the way, but a must try nonetheless for the most popular local street food out there.
5. Koleno at Mlejnice
Definitely a great place to eat in the Old Town area with another location near the Jewish Quarter. If you want to try out some traditional Czech dishes, then a stopover here is perfect. With a large menu selection and a nice cozy cave-like atmosphere, Restaurace Mlejnice has some desired choices for any meat lover. The Koleno (roasted Pork Knuckle) is very popular here.
6. Chlebicek (open-faced sandwiches) at Bistro Sisters
This modern bistro has a nice concept of traditional Czech open-faced sandwiches. They offer a wide selection of different fresh ingredients for your sandwich, perfect for a light healthy lunch. Beautiful presentation and the staff was friendly too.
7. Enjoy food and pastries at Café Louvre
We mentioned about this place in our Must Eat Sweets category and I guess we couldn't get enough of it that we had to mention it again for a second time. This historic cafe is located in the city center and can be found on the second floor on top of the art gallery. It can get very crowded at all times of the day, but rest assured the service is great. The menu has a large selection of breakfast, pastries, coffees, etc. and offers many more choices of food at very reasonable prices.
8. Meat at Naše Maso
Located right beside Bistro Sisters is the Naše Maso Meat shop where you can order your cold meats, a nice hot sandwich, cooked sausages or even a steak in the store. Seating is quite limited with tables available inside and outside, but communication was a bit more of a task as none of the employees spoke English very well. Although the confusion, it was still one of the best eating experiences in Prague!
9. Enjoy traditional food and beer at Strahov Monastery Brewery
A great opportunity to get one of the best views of Prague from its gates, this Brewery located at the top of the hill overlooks the city and offers a pleasant view for sightseers. Be sure to taste some of the best crafted homemade beer and the restaurant offers excellent local food as well. Don't forget to visit the Strahov Monastery Library situated next door.
10. Food and Beer at Pivovar U Tří Růží
If you want to try a restaurant that brews its own beer, then this is the place to be. A great location in the middle of Old Town near the Charles Bridge, this place offers a nice variety of different beer types (like light lager, amber and dark beer) made from their brewery located nearby. Great food at a reasonable price ranging from burgers to Czech cuisine specialties, this is one place we recommend to stop by at the historical center.
We were originally skeptical about trying Czech cuisine and tasting different foods. But to our surprise, traditional Czech food is actually delicious and certainly impressed us. Prague still remains a quite affordable major city in Europe, therefore take the opportunity to try the local foods and cuisine. Do not limit yourself only to sausages and their great beer.