Despite its truly international character, Prague has still nurtures its own culture and, above all, its unique culinary culture. From traditional breweries that offer classic Czech dishes and regional beer specialties to modern interpretations of traditional recipes in unique locations, Czech cuisine successfully adapts to the demands of both locals and international tourists. Read on for our top picks.
The Art & Food Had restaurant is based on the successful combination of the modern interpretation of original Czech recipes along with international cuisine and a selection of fine wines from all around the world. Its location is far above the ordinary, with the restaurant also being a fantastic modern art gallery that exhibits over 200 paintings on two floors by both local and international artists. The Art & Food Had also sells the regional products used in the restaurant’s kitchen, such as cheese, meat or sausages, directly to its guests. Art & Food Had also offers live music events and wine tasting.
Plaska 617/4, Mala Strana, Prague 150 00, Czech Republic, +420 605 555 050
In the immediate vicinity of the Old Town Square, Restaurace Mlejnice offers traditional Czech dishes, such as goulash or pork neck side-by-side with modern international cuisine, like chicken wings and pork ribs. This is complemented with a wide selection of beers, such as Velkopopovický Kozel, Gambrinus and above all, the legendary Czech lager Pilsner Urquell. The menu is served in both the traditionally rustic interior and the outdoor garden in the summer seasons, creating a homely atmosphere.
Kozna 14, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic, +420 224 228 635
Located a little outside the hustle and bustle of Prague’s city centre, U Bulínů has become one of Prague’s most popular Czech restaurants, and deservedly so, with its traditional menu. Highlights include rabbit in mustard sauce, pork belly with black beer sauce and salmon trout with thyme. You’ll also find high-quality beverages; this restaurant is just the ticket if you’re after a traditional Czech meal.
The restaurant Nota Bene serves classic Czech and Eastern European cuisine with a varied menu that offers a few surprises. You can find fish specialties like the freshly prepared trout salad or the grilled salmon with ratatouille. Or for dessert, there’s the delicious homemade blueberry cheesecake. All its dishes use high-quality products and are very affordable, especially considering its convenient location in the city. Nota Bene is also known for its excellent selection of beers, with five different choices of craft beers that all come from small local breweries.
Mikovcova 4, Prague, Czech Republic, +420 721 299 131
Klášterní Pivovar Strahov (Strahov Monastery Brewery)
Prague’s old Strahov Monastery, which is located close to Prague Castle, also houses a traditional brewery that specializes in the combination of classic Czech dishes with locally brewed beers. The brewery was only restored in 2000 in an extensive reconstruction process, after being closed down in 1907. The venue now offers space to a total capacity of 350 guests in its three locations: the brewery itself, the St. Norbert restaurant and the brewery courtyard.