Although we visited Prague in October, it was still pretty cold. We walked everywhere – all of the neighborhoods near the city center are interesting, so I didn’t mind – but making frequent stops to warm up with food and drink was completely necessary. As was my daily glass of hot wine at 5pm. (Really, really need to learn how to make hot wine.)
We booked an inexpensive hotel (Aparthotel, if you’re interested), so more Czech krona for us to spend on food. If happen to be traveling to Prague soon, here are some of the places I loved.
I have to list La Degustation first, because it was by far the best restaurant we visited in Prague. You have two choices, both of which are a 7 course tasting menu: the international menu or the Czech menu. In addition to the 7 courses, we also got approximately 5 amuse bouches, so needless to say, it was a lot of food. But it was so delicious! And the Czech menu was really the star. I also recommend doing the wine pairing.
This cafe was close to our hotel and worth a trip to check out the interior alone. The ceilings were beautiful as were the chandeliers, and per my guidebook, they were both hidden during the Communist era because they were deemed too ornate. It’s a good spot for breakfast or lunch, and while we didn’t indulge in dessert, the pastries looked amazing. Cafe Savoy is owned by the same group as La Degustastion, which is worth mentioning because it seems like there are two companies that own all of the good restaurants in Prague.
This restaurant (sorry, can’t type the name again, too hard) is right on the river and has an unbelievable view of the Charles Bridge. Its menu is made up of international favorites, and I think it’s a perfect spot to visit for a first meal in Prague. You’ll spend 75% of the time gazing out the window and that’s perfectly ok.
Located on the top floor of the Dancing House designed by Frank Gehry, this restaurant also has amazing views. On a clear night, you can see Prague Castle. The menu features mostly French inspired dishes, and we had a great meal. I started with a pumpkin soup served in a pumpkin, which was adorable and tasty. They also have a very large cheese cart which they wheel out at dessert time, another huge pro in my book. Ask to go up to the roofdeck after your meal for an even better view of the city.
We stopped in this cozy cave-like restaurant for lunch and were glad we did for two reasons. First, the restaurant’s design is really cool and second, I ordered a traditional Czech dish called Smažený sýr. It’s a hunk of fried cheese and, served with a side of fries, it makes no effort to hide the fact that it’s ridiculously unhealthy and naughty to eat. I felt too embarrassed to finish it, but now I can say I’ve eaten a piece of fried cheese, which is important.