Březinova is not Prague’s most famous street. This little one is located in Karlín that is growing and might become even more hip and big soon (hard to imagine, we know), and started off sort of before the current boom of the bistro scene, but late enough to find customers who were interested.
A quick word
It did not take long for the Bistro Proti Proudu to become famous. It is not unusual to be featured in the Czech media if you have nice food and a nice design, but it is less common to be featured in the New York Times – which happened a few years ago. We like to see a place that has a beautiful yet comfortable interior, all day breakfast-like foods, great coffee and an all-round friendly vibe to be seen in renowned international media, and we are glad that the people who gave this place so much work run it for us and seem to plan to continue!
The Czechs like their garden restaurants. From the humble beer places to the more refines gastro experiences, these places are getting much love, even if the local weather usually permits the actual gardens to work just for a few months a year.
A New Take on a Classic Idea
Vozovna Stromovka is a place that is now a part of the Gare Restaurants brand, which is good news for the people who like good, interesting dishes made by real professionals. Each of their restaurants has its style (the Gare is French, U Supa is a traditional beer with hearty Czehc cuisine, Les Moules is seafood) and Vozovna Stromovka and its menu has been expertly tailored to the needs of this place: A restaurant that is informal, you can come with the whole family (they have a big play area for the kids too) and everyone will find something to their liking: The dad and grandad have some classical Czech meaty cuisine. The mom might want a large salad with chicken meat, and the dad who has traveled a lot might be happy to discover international dishes, including the pljeskavica to hummus. You can have small dishes if you just only popper in out of curiosity and go for a big dinner afterwards, or you can make it a full experience, or even a company event, or a special day for your whole extended family. We are sure they will find a way to cater for your needs.
Prague 4, especially the parts near the river, is bustling with new businesses now. There are restaurants, cafés and places for sports. One of the newer and interesting places is also the Soho, inspired by the American district full of creativity and colour.
Soho offers nice dishes that are on the lighter side: Try their fish, octopus or the corn fed chicken and enjoy the view!
The extra things
Soho offers family brunches every weekend. They also love to cater for wedding and other special events. These things are nice but other places have such things on offer, too. What is unique is the concept of finger foods served… in bed. The comfortable beds are an indulgent place to eat and the summer terrace where they are located is great. What an idea!
We like introducing here an insider tip or two: Places that the professionals and insiders know, and love – but you maybe have not found yet. Deli Shop is one such gem.
The professionals’ place
Deli shop sells delicatessen but works as a bar for wine and aperitifs, too. The good people at Deli Shop distribute their top quality products to the renowned restaurants and wine bars of Prague, so they are well respected within the gastronomy community. But you can go there as well, and use the expert knowledge with which they shop at the Parisian market of Le Rungis, the Italian farms and other places we all love but visit only rarely, if at all. Make your day special with the best products you find here.
The French know how to bake. And we are happy to be able to purchase their creations in the middle of Prague.
The French flair we like
La Petite France is a boulangerie, ie a shop that sells baked goods. We like everything here because it is made really well: The baguettes that are properly French. The bread that makes everything seem right. The sandwiches you can buy and enjoy in the office, and the cakes you can bring home. And, the macarons, just because.
Asian cuisine is big in Europe and Prague is right now going through a time when there are new oned popping up almost every day. How can one tell which ones are good? We have a few tips for the tried, tested and great.
One of the first Asian restaurants in the modern era of Prague’s gastronomy (opened in 2009) and still amongst the best. A rich fusion of several cuisines from the South East Asia, a menu that is always evolving and the impeccable décor. We keep coming back for more.
Some call Katsura the best Japanese restaurant in Prague. We like that they bring the lesser known Japanese dishes to our town. Are you a soup lover? They offer a range of soups that is much wider than what we usually see here.
Also, Katsura offers 7 types of bento boxes you can take away. Great!
This is another good place, part of the famous chain. Asian Fusion, central location, great brunches, a creative chef. The signature Buddha Bar dishes you know from all over the world, and several new ones. Not feeling like dining? Thy their bar with interesting cocktails.
Another succesful example of Asian cuisine with a twist. The influences vary from Japanese to Indian or Korean. We keep coming for their specials, ie a week of ramen or a collaboration with another restaurant that benefits both.
In a hurry? Love street food? Go here. Bánh mì is a type of Vietnamese sandwich that became famous worldwide. At Banh-Mi-Ba, they insist on freshness, no microwaving, no monosodium glutamate and many yummy, aromatic ingredients (lots of cilantro!) – perfect for a quick bite if you are on the run..
Tamarind Tree became famous for their pop-up presence at Prague’s markets and now run a small bistro at Vyšehradská street, near Sabores. It is a popular choice for lunches. We keep coming back for their noodles bit what people love are also their dim sum dumplings which are becoming very popular in Prague right now. They have several types and we like them for that.
Thai food from meats to desserts, also noodle and rice dishes from Laos or India. Another case where a place that started out amongst the first stays amongst the best. Did we mention their soups? You must thy those. They also have takeaway and delivery services.
This modern place features dishes from across Asia, utilizing as inspiration both street and comfort foods. The chefs Nyoman Purnata and Lee Chang have lived in Prague since 2008, and recently opened first restaurant, QQ Asian Kitchen.
Japanese food is not just sushi and perhaps a bowl of miso soup. That we can tell. If you want to know more about this colourful “genre”, you might want to try a real, good japanese restaurant that honors the traditions. Miyabi delivers on this front. And We like to see that the restaurant is always reflecting things like the New Year celebrations according to the Japanese, or the First of May celebrations.
Rosmarina is not your usual ship. Rosmarina is not your usual restaurant. Rosmarina is not your usual bistro. Rosmarina is not your usual sports venue. Um, what?
A Mix that Works
Rosmarina is one if the less usual places you might find in Prague. It is a sports complex where you can even try archery, and it is a big ship on the Vltava river that offers several restaurants where you can reward yourself after your sport efforts (or without, haha). There is Rosmarina restaurant that offers pleasant and comfortable cuisine based on the Italian traditions. Then there is their bistro offering grilled meats and quick fare such as soups. And they are working on something new too: A new spot dedicated to prawns in the making. We are very, very curious about this one!
Jan Punčochář is one of those chefs that have become celebrities per se: Even the folks who did not have the pleasure to eat his impeccable dishes know him, and regard him as an authority.
The new place you should see
Punčochář has been long working in the top restaurants in Prague, but it is only recently he became an owner: he rented this place for 25 years together with Jan Fidler (who co-owns a development company) and in the spring of 2019 he opened his restaurant for the first time.
Punčochář proudly and creatively cooks dishes that are built upon the local tradition, but are modern, interesting and can be compared to any of the top gastronomy experiences you can have. This restaurant does some things that are not usual in this tier though, the portions ale larger that you might expects in such an establishment, and you can do things that the Czechs did at their grandma’s such as finishing the sauce with a spoon because it is so good. We hope that we will be visiting this place for much longer than that 25 years!
Just when you thought you knew the new places in Prague, another one appears. That is what happened to us recently with the Food Lab.
A Modern Comfort
Food Lab has a very modern, simple interior that would not be out of place in any big city. We like that they offer breakfast (eggs, gluten free pancakes and much more), lunches (weekly specials – we like that their offer lighter options such as octopus but also more substantial dishes for the lovers of comfort food, such as duck), dinners (both Czech and Asian dishes are on the menu), and there is the brilliant idea of going for a weekend brunch and have galettes, salads, bao buns or perhaps the vegetable rolls. This blend works really well.
QQ Asian Kitchen shows that when you do things properly, with love and grit, you make a name for yourself. The rave reviews of this new-ish place speak for themselves.
A Friendly Place
QQ Asian Kitchen features dishes from across Asia, utilizing as inspiration both street and comfort foods. The chefs Nyoman Purnata and Lee Chang have lived in Prague since 2008, and have been in the restaurant business ever since. Their first restaurant, QQ Asian Kitchen, opened just recently, and Czechs started loving it almost immediately. We like the lighter options such as the marinated fish salad for the hot days but also the lovely soups for when it gets cold. If you like Asian cuisine, this one is highly recommended!