Prague, like no where else, allows visitors to walk down one street filled with flashing billboards and bustling shops then turn a corner and travel back in time to cobblestone streets with centuries-old buildings. The Malá Strana (or Lesser Quarter) is truly a hidden treasure of Prague, tucked away from the tourist craziness with some of the best places to eat. Check them out.
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Cukrkávalimonáda translates to “sugarcoffeelemonade”, which are all offered at this adorable café tucked away in Malá Strana. It’s perfect for those craving a light breakfast or delicious sandwiches and pasta dishes for lunch. The café has amazing choices for every time of day but don’t forget to snag yourself one of the mouthwatering pastries on the way out. Located in the peaceful Maltezské Square, Cukrkávalimonáda is the perfect place for a cozy meal with friends.
There are plenty of Thai restaurants options in Prague, however arguably nothing beats the atmosphere and tastes of Noi. The menu here offers a wide range of options, from small plates to traditional Thai courses like curries and noodles, each dish spicier than the next. Its modern decor and fun mood always attracts a young and lively crowd at the weekends, while the outdoor eating area is great for some al-fresco summer eating. Address: Noi Restaurant, Újezd 409/19, Malá Strana, Prague, Czech Republic, +420 257 311 411
The Mlýnská Kavárna has an amazing history, having hosted many famous artists and politicians over the years. Hidden away from prying eyes, this pub is a beloved choice among locals, famed for its wondrous views over the Vltava River and Old Town. The main attraction has to be the extensive drink selection, complete with many authentic Czech beers. They also have delicious small plate options and serve freshly baked bread that’s to die for.
Founded in 1893, the Cafe Savoy is a landmark in itself. Though it has been renovated over the years, visitors can still feel raw history here. Many tourists go for the breathtaking architecture and history, but stay for the scrumptious pastries and you won’t be disappointed. Everything is made on-site and fresh goodies are baked daily. They also serve gourmet breakfast and lunch along with an authentic Czech dinner menu, containing items such as veal sweetbread and beef cheek goulash.
U Modré Kachničky, or the ‘Blue Duckling’, shows all the charm of Prague in one go. The restaurant’s distinct and roaring 1920s decor makes customers feel like they’ve traveled back in time, while the seating is very intimate and some nights a talented pianist will serenade the restaurant. U Modré Kachničky has every type of meat dish that a carnivore could dream of, though it earns its name with its wonderful duck dishes.
When looking for a great night out for the whole family, Hergetova Cihelna is the place to go. Located right on the Vltava River it has wonderful views without the touristy vibes. Be sure to make a reservation for their outside terrace, where a breathtaking view of the bridge is especially beautiful at night. The menu has an impressive amount of choice, from up-scale burgers to gourmet pizzas to different Asian dishes.
This restaurant is more off-the-beaten-track than the other choices on this list, but boy is it worth it. Nebozizek sits on the side of Petrin Hill, meaning it has an unbeatable view of the castle and a truly panoramic view of the city. There’s also a heated glass conservatory to make the most of the privileged position. Dishes like duck and goulash adorn the menu.
Based in the Aria Hotel, Coda has everything you could want from a holiday dining experience. They serve a delectable selection of traditional Czech dishes. The chef insists on using fresh seasonal produce and meats in order to create the best dishes. Make sure to try the Czech tasting menu, which includes Kulajda soup, oven-roasted duck and Coda’s famous strawberry dumplings.
u Malé velryby is arguably the very definition of intimate dining in the neighborhood. The restaurant only sits 16 people and the menu is meticulously curated each day. They have their seafood flown in daily from France and only the best seasonal vegetables are used throughout. Everything on the menu is gluten-free, perfectly balanced with flavors and elegantly presented. This is Prague’s fine-dining at its best.
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When craving Italian food, look no further than Ichnusa Botega Bistro. The restaurant is located in a central location in Malá Strana and is great for both lunch and dinner. It is a family-run business and gives every visitor the distinct feeling of being part the family. The menu is changed daily, updating with what they have fresh in that day. Head down, settle in and let the staff here guide you in all that Ichnusa has to offer.