I went to Prague last weekend with my partner, Marika, as she had a couple days off and I had never been there before. Of course, any time we visit a new city, especially a global city like Prague, we love to scout out some good vegetarian restaurants and health food stores and try out some new food. (You might even say it’s one of our main aims.)
Before going, we got on Happy Cow — probably the best vegetarian restaurant guide in the world — and took a look at what Prague had to offer. We found it had quite a large number of fully vegetarian restaurants, which was exciting but also meant we wouldn’t get to visit them all.
I mapped out almost all of them, just leaving out a few that didn’t look all that spectacular or were way off the map, and made note of a few I really wanted to make sure to visit. Then, we basically decided that as we wandered around and got hungry, we could easily find one nearby or plan to make it to one we really wanted to visit before getting too hungry and biting each other’s heads off. 😀
We ended up eating 4 of these vegetarian restaurants (one of them twice) and checking out the menus of a few others from the street in our 2.5 days there. So, thought I’d give you my short take on the ones we ate at, in case you ever visit the city.
Vegetarian Dhaba Beas
Note: There are actually four of these restaurants around the city. We just ate at one — I think the biggest one — in the center of the city on Týnská Street, so not sure what the others are like.
Food: The food here was absolutely delicious. Loved it. It is Indian food, for the most part, and is quite authentic. For those who are spice-conscious (either loving spicy food or not being able to handle it), the dishes we had weren’t very spicy at all. There is one thing to be careful about, though. It is a self-serve buffet, so it is very easy to put too much on your plate. We certainly did.
Marika absolutely loved the pudding and Indian “halva” (mixed together a bit) and even said it was better than ice cream! That’s something.
We also got a fresh apple, orange, and ginger juice, which we both really liked.
Atmosphere/setting: Despite being in the center of the city, it is tucked away (actually, quite hard to find) off a narrow and short winding alley. But that also made for a quite and quaint atmosphere that we enjoyed. It sits right next to a hostel, Tyn Hostel, and we decided that, if we returned to Prague, we’d probably stay there next time. 😀
Service: The server was quite friendly, helpful, and funny.
Lekha Hlava (Clear Head)
We ate at this restaurant twice. There were so many options on the menu, the biggest problem for us was knowing what to try (which resulted in us eating too much here, the first time, as well). Another important thing to be aware of is that this restaurant seems to be very popular and you should make a reservation. It can be quite hard to get a table if you don’t.
Food: As I said, there are a ton of options. So, no matter what your preference, you should be able to find something. We had some cheesy dished the first night and they were a little too cheesy for us,.. but still quite good. We also had a red pepper spread (with bread) that was quite delicious. The second night, we had two of their salads, which were absolutely delicious (highly recommended), and a good, energizing green juice.
Atmosphere/setting: The restaurant is quite pretty and unique. It had coconut shells for lamp shades and other interesting decor. The restaurant was full of people both nights, but had a pleasant, cozy atmosphere, not a crowded one.
Service: The servers were very friendly and helped us to get a sit despite not having a reservation (either night).
Image via Lekha Hlava
We were still quite full from our meal at the restaurant at the bottom of this post, so we didn’t eat a lot here. And it actually seemed there weren’t a lot of main meal options. But what we did see looked quite good.
Food: The only food we got was a cheesecake. It was completely delicious, in my opinion, but I almost never eat cheesecake because I am strict about not eating eggs and it’s hard to know if a cheesecake has eggs in it or not in most situations where I would have the opportunity. This restaurant was completely egg-free, so it wasn’t a concern. A main ingredient of the cheesecake was poppy seeds, which seem to be a signature food of the Czech (along with fennel). We also had lassis (which we weren’t thrilled with, but determined we don’t really like lassis, in general) and a large, energizing wheatgrass juice.
Atmosphere/setting: It was a pretty small restaurant with a nice homey feel. Very warm atmosphere and nice outdoor seating in a little courtyard was available as well but not when we were there because it had been raining.
Service: The servers were extremely friendly, again, and the service was quite prompt.
Images via Gopal
This restaurant was out of the main tourist area a bit in a nice little neighborhood that we probably wouldn’t have visited if we weren’t headed here. It was really a nice neighborhood to see and would recommend it even if you don’t want to eat at this restaurant.
Food: The food here was good, but not our favorite. It was Vietnamese, I think, which we like from time to time but doesn’t thrill us. But it was good. Important note, however: IT WAS HOT/SPICY (and we were not warned). Also, I think this restaurant was pure vegan.
Atmosphere/setting: This restaurant had two levels, both were very nicely decorated, cozy, and interesting. There was nice, tranquil music playing. And, again, like the neighborhood around the restaurant.
Service: The owner, who took our order and served us, was extremely friendly and sociable. It was nice to meet him.
I think you can tell that we had a good time and LOVED the food in Prague 😀
Any questions? Have you visited Prague and have anything to add?