Only minutes out of Prague’s sparkling center is Žižkov, once known as a gritty working-man’s neighborhood, is now a hip and trendy attraction of its own. We’ve taken the liberty of picking our favorite restaurants in Žižkov.
Located in the TV tower that shoots up over Žižkov, Oblaca Restaurant gives you the ultimate meal with a view. You’ll be eating in a room with windows all around, looking out over rolling red roofs in the daytime, or all of Prague’s lit-up steeples at night. Their menu is a good mix of modern Czech cuisine and international dishes. It is always based on what is seasonally available and therefore always changing. They’re also very proud of their wine selection, which they will happily help you pair with your meal. Come in with a camera (or just a good phone) and you’ll leave with plenty of great food and city shots.
Bright and sunny at any time of the year, Lavička is where the people who work in the neighborhood head for lunch when they want to be a little bit fancy but still not break the bank. Featuring a lovely garden for when it’s warm and a back room with lots of windows, the atmosphere is always bright and the service very friendly. You never know what you’ll find on their daily lunch specials. Their standard menu covers everything from traditional Czech food to Mexican or Asian-inspired dishes, all expertly cooked using the freshest ingredients.
Lavicka Zahradni Restaurace, Seifertova 77, Prague, Czech Republic, +420 222 221 350
Korean food will be your new favorite cuisine after you check out Bibimbap Korea for the first time. Owned by a Korean couple who settled in Prague years ago, this restaurant has a menu full of Korean specialties that will wow you with their fascinating flavors and colorful presentation. If you’ve never tried bibimbap before, you have to start there. Sure, you can make it yourself or get it at a few other places around the city, but the attention to detail at Bibimbap Korea places their version head and shoulders above the rest.
Bibimbap Korea, Chlumova 1, Prague, Czech Republic, +1 420 737 917 956
Pracovna is better known as a coffee shop and shared workspace, but their cafe also offers excellent food with a menu that changes daily. Their soups and sandwiches often have flavors inspired by Vietnamese or other Asian cuisines, and they almost always have a quiche to give you another option. If you sit there long enough—which given the relaxing atmosphere you’ll probably want to do—you’ll see desserts come out of the kitchen one after another. Each pie, cake, or plate of cookies will look more delicious than the last.
Pracovna, Vlkova 36, Prague, Czech Republic, +420 731 180 134
Pivo a párek
The name, which in Czech means “beer and hot dog,” gives you a pretty good indication of what you’ll find at Pivo a párek. What it doesn’t give you, however, is a sense of exactly how good the beer and sausages are. The beer comes from microbreweries across the country and from a selection made especially for them. Moreover, they always keep a number of different types of beer on tap—so if you love an IPA, you won’t be stuck drinking wheat beers or lagers. As for the food, you’ll get excellent versions of all the best types of Czech sausage. This comfortable, non-smoking pub has quickly jumped up through the popularity rankings, and once entering, you’ll immediately know why.
Palác Akropolis is a restaurant, yes, but it’s also much more. It’s also a bar, a cafe, a music venue, and a nightclub, all decorated in a charming, retro feel and with various pieces of art hidden in the most unexpected places. If you come at lunchtime, you’ll find an ever-changing menu of very inexpensive lunch specials. If you want to do the Czech thing, get the soup of the day first and eat it with the fresh bread they’ll bring to your table. They also have a varied non-changing menu, where you will find a very good drink selection.
Palac Akropolis, Kubelikova 27, Prague, Czech Republic, +420 296 330 911
U Slovanské Lipy
There’s no better way to enjoy your time in Prague than to visit the pub claiming to be the oldest in Žižkov. Decorated to take you back to a simpler time, U Slovanské Lipy has a lot to recommend itself, from an excellent beer selection to a menu full of Czech classics, to the feel of a real, traditional Czech pub. Their menu isn’t long, but everything on it perfectly fits the atmosphere and will provide some real stomach padding for the beer, while also giving you a great introduction to Czech cuisine. For the most intense experience, try the pork knees—they’re available at all the tourist spots downtown, but this is the real deal.
Good Mexican food can be hard to come by in a Central European capital like Prague, but Little Mexico is a true exception to the rule. They offer Mexican street food with a variety of meats and sauces to choose from, so don’t worry if you’re like most Czechs and would rather stay away from spicy food. On the other hand, if you’re craving a little bit of heat, this is one of the best places in the city for you to visit. Little Mexico is informal and unpretentious, the perfect place for a quick bite or a leisurely meal. You’ll want to come back to try everything on the menu.
Little Mexico, Seifertova 93, Prague, Czech Republic, +1 420 776 478 959
Bar Polo, out in the western section of the neighborhood, really has something for everyone. They get their Pilsner Urquell beer straight from the tank, so it’s as fresh as possible. The menu is an exciting mix of Czech classics, pub food, and dishes that they’ve clearly crafted on their own—to great success. As you’ll be able to tell from the decoration, music is one of their themes, and the mix playing in the background is always great. On the other hand, this is one of the key neighborhood spots to watch the big sporting events, so be sure to make a reservation if there’s going to be a hockey game on.
Bar Polo, J. Zelivskeho 35, Prague, Czech Republic, +420 222 581 291