Prague’s Best Places to Dine: 2019 Edition

 

When you think of Prague, you mostly likely think of this majestic city’s massive castle complex, its bustling old town center, its colorful architecture, and its deep history.  Maybe you’ve heard of the beer, but surely you haven’t heard much about its food.  Traditional Czech food is simple, comforting, hearty, and downright delicious.

Dining in Prague is rather casual, and beer is often cheaper than water (I’m not kidding).  It’s important to note that although dining is casual, reservations are needed – especially at popular restaurants.

In general, meals are very affordable in Prague, but eating cheaply does not mean sacrificing quality. The Czech capital has recently undergone a culinary explosion, and there is no shortage of options to choose from. I have tried to narrow down your options by sharing information about my favorite places to dine.

 

U Fleků
Continuously brewing since 1499, this beer hall is an absolute must. Some say it’s a tourist trap (while there is no doubt that U Fleku is highly-desired by visitors, it is also highly-desired by locals), but no trip to Prague is complete without a taste of gulaš washed down with U Fleku’s famous dark beer.

 

The Farm
This farm-to-fork restaurant in Letna, Prague’s foodie area, is the best place to go for wholesome food and a good vibe. The Farm is famous for its fabulous brunch, but it’s also a prime spot for a healthy lunch or dinner. Its locally sourced coffee, delicious homemade food, and modern setting make this spot one of the best in Prague.

 

Lod` Pivovar
Pivovar Lod is a most unique brewery restaurant. Beers are brewed in-house (errrr, in-boat), and its local cuisine is absolutely incredible. If it’s a sunny day, head up to the top deck of the boat to catch some rays and watch boats pass by on the Vltava River.

 

Mr. Hotdog
It’s true: A place by the name of Mr. Hotdog has the best burger in Prague. It is also famous, of course, for its delicious hotdog and insanely cheesy fries. All of its meat is sourced from a local butcher and the staff is super-friendly. So, whether you’re trying to nurse a gnarly hangover or simply craving some food from home, Mr. Hotdog is your best bet.

 

Pasta Fresca
I discovered Pasta Fresca before I even moved to Prague.  Its pasta is made fresh to order and its sauces have incredible flavor. It’s wise to make reservations in advance because this place is a favorite with locals.

 

Ristorante Matylda
This exquisite boat, featuring a glassed-in interior, is a charming and romantic restaurant. The Italian-style food is delicious, the staff is always smiling, and the views of the Vltava River, St. Vitus Cathedral, and Prague Castle are breathtaking.  Incredible views and a variety of offerings, make Ristorante Matylda a perfect spot for lunch or dinner.

 

Lokál
Lokál is one of Prague’s most popular pubs for local Czech food and beautifully poured tank beer. It features a special daily menu (read: cheap and delicious), and has multiple locations (but I recommend its big beer hall in Prague 1).

 

Pipca
Located in Prague 7, Pipca is a bistro specializing in a truly delicious and moist rotisserie chicken. Without a doubt, its chicken is among the best I’ve ever eaten, and its homemade stuffing reminds me of Thanksgiving. This place is truly worth a trip outside of Prague’s historical center.

 

Modry Zub
Yes, you can get authentic and spicy Thai food in the heart of Prague. Modry Zub has an incredible selection of dishes, the portions are large, and it consistently delivers excellently seasoned fare. If you’re feeling daring, try the Blue Tooth Noodles.

 

Bottega Linka
Bottega Linka immediately wins diners over with its sleek design, but that’s not all this restaurant has to offer. While it’s technically an Italian-style restaurant, Bottega Linka is also a meat-lovers heaven. Highlights of the menu include slabs of Grade A meat sold by the gram, fresh seafood prepared to order, and homemade pasta. This trendy restaurant has all the benefits of fine dining but without the stuffiness.

 

The Field
To this day, The Field remains one of my best and most memorable dining experiences. From start to finish, its menu will delight your taste buds. This highly regarded restaurant is beyond worthy of its Michelin Star. Arrive ready to splurge on the tasting menu – you won’t regret it. Reservations are a must.

 

Manifesto
This cashless food market, made out of used shipping containers, features two-dozen popup places displaying a variety of different food concepts. Compared to other places in Prague, Manifesto Market is a bit pricey, but it is a great place to visit if you’re craving small bites and an escape from the tourist zone.

 

Hillbilly Burger
Prague sure doesn’t have a shortage of burger joints, but the big juicy burgers at Hillbilly Burger are among Prague’s best. The establishment is small, so be prepared to wait and use the time to grab one of their incredible local tap beers. If you’re not feeling a burger, opt for their pulled pork instead (it’s the best I’ve had in all of Europe).
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