With a UNESCO landmark, close proximity to the countryside, and a lively restaurant and bar scene, Olomouc, Czech Republic has a bit of everything. Whether it’s a restaurant with its own microbrewery that you’re looking for, a luxurious gourmet restaurant, or a hip Czech pub, our guide to Olomouc’s best restaurants has it covered.
Saint Wenceslas, the man after whom this brewery is named, is the patron saint of the Czech Republic. Beer is the country’s national drink, and Czechs drink more of the stuff per capita than any other nation on Earth. So, you know that putting the two together is bound to get you a great result, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Olomouc’s Svatovaclavsky brewery, which also has a restaurant. You’ll find seven exciting varieties of beer on tap whenever you come, and a menu full of Czech classics that will blend just perfectly with those liquid hops.
The Czech Republic is a country that likes its bars, and Black Stuff has been honored more than once at the Czech Bar Awards as one of the best pubs in the country. This is a good place to come after a meal, to enjoy luxury spirits from around the world, a varied wine list and an extensive cocktail menu.
Bar and restaurant Plan B offers you gourmet food with an ever-changing menu, a warm and welcoming environment, and friendly service. They have no set menu, which means that the chefs are always experimenting with different styles and ingredients. You’ll find Czech touches on Italian and French bases, always with vegetarian options, and always at very reasonable prices.
A chocolate lover's paradise at Cafe La Fee | Courtesy of Cafe La Fee
Café La Fee’s has a lovely exterior, charming interior and a courtyard in the back where you can sit and enjoy a coffee and a cake. They always have a number of gluten-free desserts in their ever-changing selection, and you can order a delicious homemade lemonade to go with it. Whether you’re coming alone with a book, you want to get some work done, or you just want to hang out with friends, this is the perfect place.
If it’s fine dining you’re looking for, there’s no better place to come than the NH Olomouc Congress Hotel’s restaurant, Sal de Mar. You’ll be blown away by the intricacy and creativity of the menu, which ranges from a pigeon breast appetizer, to an apple and butternut squash soup with pork belly, to a main course of deer loin wrapped in pancetta. There’s also an excellent chocolate and cheery volcano for dessert. The restaurant is luxurious and open, with light streaming in on sunny days through the big windows.
Moravia, the region of the Czech Republic where Ostrava is situated, is known as the folksier half of the country. Moravska Restaurace feels like an exceptionally well-decorated old farmhouse, with flowers on the shelves and shiny wooden beams on all sides. The menu gives you expertly crafted versions of all the most famous Czech specialties, like Czech goulash and a savory pork dish, along with a few choices that you’re less likely to find at your average pub, such as rabbit or a full steak menu.
If your aim is to get the crispest, freshest tasting Pilsner Urquell, make Restaurace Drapal your first stop in Olomouc. The restaurant is connected to the Pilsner brewery, so they have tanks of the famous golden beer. They offer a remarkably varied menu, filled with Czech classics, salads, pasta, and a chicken stir-fry. One thing to try here is the Olomoucka topinka, or Olomouc toast, which features bacon and bread baked with Olomouc cheese, a particularly pungent cheese that is only made in this region.
Moritz is another restaurant and brewery together – a popular formula here in the Czech Republic. What’s special about the beer here, is that it is both unpasteurized and unfiltered – it’s alive, as they say. In addition to daily lunch specials, they have a permanent menu with a great selection of Czech and other regional cuisine. There is a range of sharing plates with cold appetizers, like Czech utopenec sausage or marinated hermelin cheese.
Atmosphere Restaurant offers fine dining unlike anything else in the city. The chef, a native of Olomouc, spent time working in kitchens across Europe, including at Prague’s Michelin-starred Alcron. As the name might suggest, the atmosphere in the restaurant is one of its major strengths, only surpassed by the elegantly presented and even more delicious food. If you’re looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion, you can get tasting menus at Atmosphere that will introduce you to a broad selection of the items on their menu. To accompany your meal, they offer some of the best liquors from around the world, and the staff are happy to advise you with your choices.
At Entrée Restaurant, their tagline is “inspired by nature”, and you’ll know exactly why when your meal arrives at the table. The dish is arranged to make full use of the ingredients natural colors, shapes, and flavors. There are four sections on their menu: the Garden, the Water, the Land, and Share (which mixes the other three together). The menu is not long, but each item is painstakingly thought out and created. .