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The 14 best restaurants in Prague

For classic Czech cuisine, Michelin-starred favourites and international eats, try one of the top restaurants in Prague
Check out our list of the best restaurants in Prague to try on your next trip/
Photograph: Filip Vido, courtesy Terasa U Zlaté studně
By Lani Seelinger |
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Fine dining in Prague used to be limited to a couple of tired mainstays in the centre, and finding a salad on a menu was like hunting down a white whale. Now, the City of a Hundred Spires has diversified in both its inhabitants and its restaurant offerings, all without losing its down-to-earth spirit. A couple of the best restaurants in Prague have earned those coveted Michelin stars, so you can come for the fine dining—but you’ll stay for the hidden hipster gems and the unpretentious yet high-quality bars that seem to be around every corner. 

A substantial Vietnamese population gives the city some of the best Vietnamese cuisine on the continent, and a strong student scene means that vegan and veg-friendly cafes abound. Many of these delights lie a few tram stops out of the city centre, but let’s be honest—you’ll be glad for a break from the madding crowds in eateries surrounding Prague's top attractions (make it a day trip!). Pro tip? Always get a reservation when going out in Prague, even if you’re dining midweek.

Best restaurants in Prague

1
Terasa U Zlaté studně
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Restaurants, Czech

Terasa U Zlaté studně

For a full sensory experience, you can’t beat Terasa U Zlaté studně. This small, elegant restaurant in the Golden Well Hotel right under the castle serves inventive takes on Czech and European classics, and it comes with a view like no other. On a warm evening, plan on using the whole evening to enjoy a bottle of wine or two, indulge in the taster course and watch the light change over the city.

2
La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise
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Restaurants, Czech

La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise

Recipes based on a 19th century Czech cookbook, but refined to impress any of today’s gourmands; that’s what La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise has achieved, and they’ve received one of Prague’s two 2018 Michelin stars for their trouble. The chef changes the menu daily, so come here ready to just relax and let the artfully prepared small plates arrive in sequence at your table.

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3
Naše Maso
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Restaurants, Czech

Naše Maso

It’s a bit of a stretch to refer to Naše Maso (which translates to “Our Meat”) as a restaurant—really, it’s a butcher’s shop with a few coveted tables. You can always count on the meat being fresh, locally sourced and treated with loving care from the team of butchers in the back. Although this is a physically small member of Prague’s Ambiente restaurant group, it still thrills crowds daily.

4
U Modré Kachničky
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Restaurants, Czech

U Modré kachničky

At first glance, the medieval decorations at U Modré kachničky—think armor, lush maroon velvet, mahogany coloured wood—might strike you as kitschy. Once you’re treated to the welcoming service and the chefs’ penchant for creatively dealing with traditional Czech tastes and ingredients, it will all become endearing. The tasting menu paired with wine will teach you a thing or two about Czech wine tradition, and make sure you save room for dessert.

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5
Hillbilly Burger
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Restaurants, Burgers

Hillbilly Burger

A burger place ranking as one of the top restaurants in a Central European capital? Before you scoff, have a look at Hillybilly Burger’s short but oh-so-sweet menu of burgers and a select few other pub food favorites. How about a goat cheese burger with honey and arugula, for example? And rather than cornering vegetarians into just one or two choices, Hillbilly will happily substitute a veggie burger for any of their options.

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Field
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Restaurants, Czech

Field

Prague’s second 2018 Michelin star belongs to Field, which attempts to source locally while creating an exciting, Scandinavian-inspired menu. You have the option of ordering their ten-course tasting menu or eating à la carte, and both give you choices like kohlrabi and quark or various fish creations that you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in the landlocked Czech Republic. In addition to wine pairings with the taster menu, Field also features non-alcoholic drink pairings—mostly vegetable juices.

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7
La Bottega Linka
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Restaurants, Italian

La Bottega Linka

You’ll notice La Bottega Linka’s sleek lighting and design from the street when you walk by, but it’ll be the quality of the Italian meal that you’ll remember as you’re leaving. They use a special charcoal fired “X-Oven” that cooks the meat, fish and veggies to perfection and leaves them with that particular woody flavour. Also, enjoy the space, as it was home to one of the city’s beloved delis during the Interwar period.

8
Mlýnec
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Restaurants

Mlýnec

We know what you’re thinking—a restaurant directly next to Prague’s famed (and heavily trafficked) Charles Bridge couldn’t possibly focus that much on taste, right? Mlýnec, however, emphatically breaks that pattern with a seasonal modern Czech menu that the sommelier can help you pair with the best that Moravia, the Czech wine region, has to offer.

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9
Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan
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Restaurants, Vietnamese

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

Vietnamese food should really be one of Prague’s top attractions. Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan provides the most basic—and most delicious—versions of the Vietnamese classics, whether it’s pho to warm you up after a day touring or a couple of spring rolls to enjoy on the square next door. You’ve got two seating options at this joint—either come prepared to stand at one of the counters, or take the food elsewhere.

10
Marthy's Kitchen
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Restaurants, Bistros

Marthy’s Kitchen

The brunch game is strong in Prague, and Marthy’s Kitchen leads the way with all of your favorites—fluffy omelettes, croque monsieurs, homemade waffles or eggs benedict, for example—all in a cozy spot that will remind you of a French garden. You can’t make a reservation for brunch, but the quality is worth the wait.

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11
Restaurant Zvonice
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Restaurants, Czech

Restaurant Zvonice

You’ll see a lot of towers from the outside in Prague, so why not spend some time inside one? At Restaurant Zvonice, you’re literally sitting around the bells high up in Jindřišská Tower, which is right down the street from Wenceslaus Square. They do traditional Czech food right, and the intimacy of the atmosphere just adds to the experience.

12
Cafefin
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Restaurants, Cafés

Cafefin

Cafefin, a newcomer on the scene, quickly made a name for itself on Instagram with its colourful, shabby chic interior, avocado toast and tasty banh mi sandwiches. They’ll also set you up with a quality mid-day coffee fix, but far more interesting—if less caffeinated—is their passion fruit lemonade.

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13
Bibimbap Korea
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Restaurants, Korean

Bibimbap Korea

Run by a sweet Korean couple who warmly greet regular customers every time, Bibimbap Korea will give you an unforgettable culinary tour of its namesake country. You’d be remiss not to at least try the bibimbap—but then you might have issues ever appreciating anyone else’s bibimbap. Their Korean fried chicken is also memorable, but your best bet really is to order family style and try as much as possible.

14
Fresh & Fat Bistro
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Restaurants, Bistros

Fresh & Fat Bistro

A hip new spot in the Anděl, Fresh & Fat Bistro will greet you with bright, minimalist décor when you walk in, though the menu is anything but minimalist. Pumpkin risotto? Smoked duck soup? Boar ragout? They’re all there, and more. This spot is most popular for a quick lunch, but the dinners are still something of an undiscovered secret.

Time for a drink

Check out our list of the very best bars in Prague
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Bars and pubs

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