The food scene in Prague is accessible in more ways than one – given the city’s relatively compact size, it’s possible to traverse the city for three separate courses and a digestif and not be too out of breath. There are some areas, of course, with a denser concentration of buzz-worthy dining and drinks options, and even within these, single streets that highlight the diversity of options now on offer. These are our favorite picks for where to wander for inspiration.
Dlouhá has been home to some of the most news-worthy openings in recent times. Highlights are places that take a twist on Czech culinary tradition – from fine-dining at Kalina to Lokál’s Slow Food approach and classic chlebicky at Sisters Bistro and Apetit Prague. Naše Maso in the street’s Gourmet Pasaz is just one of several specialty food shops in the area including Tržnice Dlouhá 14, Blue Fjord, and La Bottega Bistroteka, a serious Italian deli. Liquid fare at Prague Beer Museum Pub and upmarket take-out at Fish & Chips Dlouhá 21 round out the list of options.
Karoliny Světlé Street
Running parallel to the riverfront, this street is full of Prague charm and home to great ethnic food, student hangouts and some of the city’s best cocktails. For more upscale, there’s Amade, and a pre- or post-dinner drink at Hemingway’s is a must. Tempo Allegro and Bistro & Obchod No. 19 both offer intimate settings for light meals and extended sipping, while students and other boho types pack into long-standing café Duende and pub Atmosphere and the hip Standard Café.
In a hip, residential district loved for its trendy cafes and pubs, this street, branching off of náměstí Míru, is one of the best. In summer, tables spill onto the leafy sidewalks, and the fountain-centered square in the middle makes for a perfect leisurely hang-out for long evenings. Wine shops and specialty delis are aplenty here, with Bottega Del Vino, Flavours Wine & Deli, La Cave D’Adrien Wines & Deli and Enoteca Aroma Wine & Deli.
Olive Point and Sapori continue the Mediterranean buzz, while Bad Jeff’s BBQ and Las Adelitas satisfy those New World cravings. Pink Floyd Café has a secret garden out back, and the cafes Blatouch and Zanzibar offer ideal people-watching opportunities.
The bustling hub of the Karlín district, Sokolovská street offers lots of options for both light lunches and destination dinners. For earlier in the day, Simply Good has delicious baked treats, and Kafe Karlín and Mama Coffee have your caffeine fix covered. Polevkárna is much-loved for its homemade soups, and Hadog is a new entry for hip hot dogs and hamburgers. Krystal Mozaika Bistro has earned a strong following, and Lokál Hamburk brings Slow Food Czech to the area. You can stock up on liquor at Warehouse 1 or get your pho fix at Pho Viet Huong, and Mlsná Kavka happily caters to the vegan and kid-friendly crowd.
Milady Horákové Street
Letna’s main tram route is also a handy stretch for quick bites and light meals – perfect before (or after) hitting nearby Letna Beer Garden. Start the day over brunch at The Farm Letna. Erhartova Cukrarna spoils for choice with cakes and pies, and it’s easy to while away a morning at Creperie U Slepe Kocicky. Chlebicky Letna offers the classic Czech snack, and Cafe Balkon, as well as Kostovna u Poctu , are just as comfortable afternoon or late in the evening. Stock up on Greek items at Greek Corner or get a quick Indian plate at Bhojan . Pizzeria Capua has long been a popular destination.
What’s your favorite district for dining out in Prague?