Karlovy Vary, also known as Carlsbad, is one of the Czech Republic’s favorite vacation destinations. People travel from all over the world to enter the famous Hot Springs Colonnade and the town spas here. It’s claimed that the hot springs are therapeutic for many health conditions. True or not, what’s for sure is that the town boasts oodles of fine places to eat. Check out our list of the best.
Pizzeria Palermo is one of Karlovy Vary’s prized possessions. Plenty of visitors claim that it is the best restaurant in the city, and don’t worry it holds up to the hype. Named after the Sicilian city, Palermo strives to serve only the best and most authentic Italian dishes. Nothing beats their large wood-burning oven and the gourmet pizzas that emerge from it, and the owner is almost always there for a handshake and a chat too.
Address: Pizzeria Palermo, Moskevská 1526/44, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, +420 773 583 892
The Freedom Cafe has great food for an outstanding price. They serve baked goods all day, but be sure to check out their unbeatable breakfasts of pancakes, eggs, bacon and plenty more. They use home-grown ingredients to ensure the freshest taste, while the fine coffee goes perfectly with any of their menu options, especially the cheesecake. In short, this one’s a really fine place for breakfast, lunch or dinner in Karlovy.
Address: Freedom Cafe, Jugoslávská 1706/3, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, +420 353 231 621
Restaurant, European, Czech, $$$
Come to this pub hungry because Charleston promises to give any customer a truly satisfying meal. Their menu is full of traditional German and Czech dishes, like the popular Wiener schnitzel, roast pork knee or the grilled duck. It is centrally located, right across from the Karlovy Vary spas, making it an ideal stop-off during a sightseeing tour of the town. This one fills up fast and often hosts a lively crowd of locals to boot.
Address: Charleston, Bulharská 1273/1, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, +420 222 322 098
Promenada makes up for being rather pricey with a truly decadent experience. It is the perfect spot for a romantic evening, with the soft lighting and intimate atmosphere combining together. Their daily menu offers delicacies such as stuffed quail, venison, duck and rabbit served with an unique Promenáda twist. They offer an impressive assortment of wines from all over the world too, along with some labels from locally grown vineyards. What’s more, this one has been voted the best restaurant in Karlovy Vary and one of the top restaurants in all of Czech Republic by TOP 100.
Address: Promenáda, Tržiště 381/31, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, +420 353 225 648
Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian, $$$
Tucked away, this authentic Indian restaurant is a hidden gem of Karlovy Vary (hidden being the operative word, since it is located in a back street that can be tricky to find). Tandoor offers many delicious and classic favorites, like paratha, chicken curry, tikka masala, and the unmissable vindaloo. Locals love this place and the owner is nearly always there to offer a smile.
Address: Tandoor, Ivana Petroviče Pavlova 609/25, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, +420 608 701 341
When the urge to escape the tourist droves hits, Orion is the place to go. It is located off-the-beaten-track, past the Magdalene Church, and is a veritable favorite with the locals. It has a traditional home-style Czech menu filled with many game and poultry dishes. They have lots of great beer on draft and the owners are happy to recommend the best. Come to Orion for a relaxing night with great drinks, food and company.
Address: Orion, Petřín 1113/10, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, +420 353 232 007
Believe it or not, there is much more to Vertigo CAFE-PIZZA-WINE than coffee and pizza and wine (though their coffee, pizza and wine are exceptional!). A great place to sit-back with friends and enjoy a simple but delicious meal, this restaurant is located just outside the center of town and handy for public transport. Each pizza is freshly made in Vertigo’s stone oven that enhances all the delicious flavor, while there are also oodles of salad and pasta options on the al la carte.
Address: Vertigo CAFE-PIZZA-WINE, Moskevská 910/5, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, +420 608 824 666
They do things differently at Le Marche. Each day the chef creates a new menu with two or three mouthwatering appetizers, two choices of delicious main courses and a few dessert options. You could visit five days in a row and have a completely new experience each time. Chef Jan Krajč brings a piece of France to this Bohemian Spa town and strives to use the freshest ingredients around. There are no walk-ins at Le Marche, so be sure to make a reservation.
Address: Le Marche, Mariánskolázeňská 4, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, +420 730 133 695
There are a great many things to love about Panoptikum. For one, it is the perfect balance of homey atmosphere, comfort food and thirst-quenching beer; the perfect pub for a night out with friends and family. What’s more, the food comes in great big portions, so no one ever leaves hungry, while the duck dishes reign supreme in Karlovy Vary. The inside of the pub displays fascinating historic pictures that just begin to hint at the long history of the town and country, making for an atmosphere that is always lively, local and cultural.
Address: Panoptikum, Bělehradská 1004/3, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, +420 728 520 822
Restaurant, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, $$$
Based in the famous Carlsbad Plaza Spa, the Sweet Orient is a staple to the Karlovy Vary community. When craving Asian cuisine, this restaurant will satisfy even the most discerning of diners. They serve an assortment of choices from Japan, Thailand and China, so customers have plenty of options to choose from. The décor is simple and intimate, with traditional Asian influences in abundance. Their sushi is one of the main draws, and it does not disappoint!
Address: Sweet Orient, Mariánskolázeňská 23, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, +420 352 441 194