https://flic.kr/p/28CQdG6 Related Blog post: Our Awesome Planet’s How to Prague? (Food & Travel Guide) We asked our travel blogging friends during our recent trip to Czech Republic for the TBEX Ostrava conference on what are their best and most memorable restaurants during their trip. This is a collaboration post to help add to your foodie bucket list on our next trip to Czech Republic. Here are the Best Restaurants in Czech Republic according to the World’s Best Travel Bloggers: PRAGUE Coda Restaurant Photos and text by Mike Shubic of MikesRoadTrip.com https://flic.kr/p/287GWnG Coda Restaurant is an impeccable dining experience situated within (and above) the 5-star Aria Hotel, which is located in the heart of Lesser Town. They offer both traditional Czech cuisine as well as a refined international dishes as well as a tasting menu that can be paired with the perfect wine. Weather permitting, I recommend trying to get reservations for the rooftop, which provides unprecedented views of Prague. From the creative dishes to the stupendous service and the romantic rooftop terrace, Coda is a symphony of excellence you will not soon forget. https://flic.kr/p/2aNbgyL Pikeperch with Shrimp in a cauliflower purée (760 Kč) with fermented radish, herbs and a Beurré Blanc. The meal for two with appetizers, entrees and a bottle of wine and bottled water was around 3700 Kč ($165) with tip. Coda Restaurant Photos and text by Cat Rufino of Finicky-Kitty.com https://flic.kr/p/2aNbbKY The best food I had in Prague would have to be during my stay in Aria Hotel Prague by Library Hotel Collection. I enjoyed every meal in their Coda Restaurant where you can dine on the top of the terrace with a 360-degree view of the entire Prague. For lunch, I chose the traditional Czech Cuisine called Crispy Oven Roasted Duck (695 Kč) which came with Sauerkraut, Steamed Red Cabbage, South Bohemian Row Potato Dumplings, and fried onion. The duck had so much flavor without being too salty as many ducks often taste and not too oily being baked perfectly. The meat was succulently tender on the inside. https://flic.kr/p/29M6hUY Last day in Prague I chose from the Lunch Menu called ” Symphony ” with an option for a 2-course experience which cost 490Kč or a 3-course experience for 590 Kč. I went for the 3-course experience. For the starters, I had the Chickpeas hummus with Sun-dried tomatoes, green Cilantro, and Sumac. Such a nice a refreshing treat for vegetarians. https://flic.kr/p/29uciL8 For my main course, I ordered the Chicken Supreme which came with Mush Potato, Sauteed Carrots, Leeks. It was probably the best dish I have ever had. https://flic.kr/p/2aNbdab For Dessert, I tried the Chocolate Pudding which had coconut Tapioca, Raspberries, Cinnamon Biscuit. A dark indulgence that was worth the calories! CODA Restaurant Tržiště 9, 118 00 Praha 1 Telephone: +420 225 334 761 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: CODA Restaurant Instagram: @codarestaurant Website: www.codarestaurant.cz Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday 07.00 pm – 11.00 pm Terrace from 12.00 nn – 11:00 pm The restaurant is open all year round. Rooftop Terrace is open from April 1 – October 31. Weather permitted Eska Photo and text by Maria Haase of Europe Up Close https://flic.kr/p/2ba1Paz If you are looking for Czech food with a modern twist, ESKA is the place to be. This Bib Gourmand recipient feels like a breath of fresh air after sitting in the traditional dark wood-paneled beer halls that offer almost identical menus. The light and airy design and fun decor is welcoming and fresh – a casual place where you want to meet up with your friends on a summer day, sip some of their homemade fermented lemonades and indulge in some delicious food. On our visit, we shared the lentil soup, a sour cream soup with ash potatoes and a fish stew with dill sauce and of course tried their freshly baked bread. All three of the dishes were mouthwatering, decent portions and served in stunning glazed earthward bowls. The bread is a dark, crusty loaf that you rip apart and smear with lightly salted butter. Just the bread alone is worth a visit to ESKA. Farm-to-table is not a modern concept in the Czech Republic, it is how people have cooked for centuries. The menu at ESKA mirrors this way of cooking and is based on what is fresh and in season in the region. Differently, than most traditional Czech restaurants, ESKA does not shy away from vegetarian dishes, which highlight the farm-fresh ingredients and are a nice change after gorging on some meat-heavy dishes. If you are looking for something different and a little lighter, but still want to eat Czech food, ESKA is a great choice. Eska Pernerova 49, 186 00 Prague 8 – Karlín Telephone: +420 731 140 884 Email: email@example.com Facebook: Eska Instagram: @eska_karlin Website: eska.ambi.cz Operating Hours: Monday – Friday 08.00 am – 11:30 pm Saturday – Sunday 09.00 am – 11:30 pm Lokál Dlouhááá Photos and text by Rebecca Rayner of Rayner En Route https://flic.kr/p/2a4Sh4y If what you’re looking for is authentic Czech cuisine at a cost the local’s love then Lokál Dlouhááá is a must visit restaurant in a handy central Old Town location. The industrial decor and setting is home to warm and friendly servers who won’t judge you for ordering two main course (how can you not when fried cheese is on the menu?) They’ll also recommend which beer to try to really compliment your food. https://flic.kr/p/28pq4Nq I had the fried cheese served with tartar sauce, pork shoulder braised in mushrooms with steamed rice and a homemade strawberry lemonade. Delicious mains are under 130 Kč Lokál Dlouhááá Dlouhá 33, 110 00 Prague 1 Telephone: +420 734 283 874 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: lokal-dlouha.ambi.cz Opening hours: Monday-Saturday, 11.00 am-01.00 am Sunday, 11.00 am-12:00 mn Sansho Photos and text by Gürhan Kara of Tadinda Seyahat https://flic.kr/p/MpkiQv I am an Asian Food lover. So wherever I travel, I try to go and try an Asian restaurant in that city. Prague was no exception. I did my homework and found this amazing restaurant called Sansho. It is a pan-Asian restaurant in Prague owned by Chef Paul Day. They offer a la carte menu for lunch and tasting menu for dinner. https://flic.kr/p/MpkhSZ I had the tasting menu which is composed of 6 amazing plates including soft shell bao and coconut mussels. Each plate was delicious. If you ever visit Prague, you should definitely go to this best Asian restaurant in the city! With a glass of wine, the tasting menu cost 1140 Kč Sansho Restaurant Petrská 25, 110 00 Praha Telephone: +420 739 592 336 Email: email@example.com Website: sansho.cz Operating Hours: Tuesday – Friday: Lunch 11.30 am – 2.00 pm, Dinner 6.00 pm – 11.00 pm Closed Sundays and Mondays Javánka Photo and text by Veronika Primm of Travel Geekery https://flic.kr/p/2ba9qeZ I have a favorite Asian restaurant in the Vinohrady neighborhood where I live in Prague – it’s called Javánka. Essentially an Asian fusion restaurant, it’s mostly Indonesian dishes that the bistro prepares. I have two favorites: If I’m really hungry, I go for Opor for CZK176 – it’s turkey pieces cooked in coconut milk, with a generous heap of rice and a lovely lettuce & tofu salad. When I want only something very light, I choose Sayur Lodeh soup for CZK135 – a veggie broth combined with coconut milk, buckwheat or rice base, noodles, mungo beans and spices. Yum! You’ll absolutely love the fresh-looking interior of the bistro, with large wallpapers with a jungle motive. Javánka Máchova 22, 101 00 Praha-Vinohrady Telephone: +420 251 550 249, +420 734 823 519 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Javánka and Co. Website: javanka.eu Operating Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 11.00 am – 11.00 pm Sunday: 12.00 nn – 6.00 pm Caféfin Photo and text by Veronika Primm of Travel Geekery https://flic.kr/p/29LRPj4 It’s been about 10 years since Vietnamese cuisine has become very popular in Prague. However, most of the restaurants have not kept up with the modern ‘hipsterish’ times and are thus often ignored by millennial. There’s one Vietnamese family that got it right with their authentic Vietnamese restaurants. Caféfin is their first café and it serves delicious food as well. The interior is trendy and stylish and they even serve avotoasts 🙂 My favorite is their Bún bò Nam Bộ, a bowl of noodles with beef, a spring roll and lots of veggies. It costs around 160 Kč. You’ll find Caféfin at the Square Jiřího z Poděbrad, right on the border between the Vinohrady and Žižkov districts. I’m sure after all the heavy Czech food you’ll try in Prague and the Czech Republic, it will feel like a fresh breeze to have a different cuisine. After all, even us locals in Prague rarely eat Czech every day. Cafefin Nám. Jiřího z Poděbrad 4, 120 00, Praha 2 Facebook: Cafefin Instagram: @cafefinvpraze Website: www.cafefinvpraze.com Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday 8.00 am – 9.00 pm Sunday 10.00 am – 7.30 pm Kofein Photo and text by Charlie & Kristina of MapTrotting https://flic.kr/p/28p9T3N We highly recommend popping into Kofein, a family run tapas restaurant on a quiet street in Prague’s funky Vinohrady neighborhood. We dined here twice during our brief visit to the capital of the Chech Republic and have to say it was the best tapas experience outside Bilbao in Spain. The tapas here are varied enough to suit anyone’s tastes. Whether you are a vegetarian or love your meat, you’ll find something fresh and tasty. Both times we enjoyed our well-prepared food, beer and wine, and the chilled ambiance. Maybe not the cheapest of places to eat but it’s a hidden gem you should visit for a relaxing evening in Prague. Kofein Resturant Nitranska 9, 130 00 Prague 3 Telephone: +420 273 132 145 Email: email@example.com Facebook: Kofein Restaurant Website: www.ikofein.cz Opening hours: Monday – Friday 11.00 am – 12.00 mn Saturday – Sunday 5.00 am – 12.00 mn Holešovická Kozlovna Photos and text Alex Trembath of Career Gappers https://flic.kr/p/P2upP3 Holešovická Kozlovna is a traditional Czech beer-house restaurant tucked away in Prague’s trendy Holešovice district, north of the river from the Old Town. Seated in its lively outdoor courtyard, I had a traditional sauerkraut soup with smoked sausage in preparation for the showpiece: the Czech classic, svíčková na smetaně. Of the many times I’ve sampled this dish – beef sirloin in cream sauce with dumplings – this was the stand-out. The tenderness of the meat and the consistency of the sauce were flawless, and the portions just right to satisfy without leaving me bloated. A scattering of bacon scraps, cranberries and a dollop of whipped cream topped it off in indulgent style. Starter: tradiční zelňačka (traditional sauerkraut soup), 69 Kč Main: svíčková na smetaně (beef sirloin in cream sauce), 199 Kč Drink: large Kozel beer, 39 Kč Total bill: 307 Kč Restaurant Holešovická Kozlovna Dělnická 28, Praha 7 Holešovice Telephone: +420 220 875 900 / +420 777 201 770 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Holešovická Kozlovna Website: www.holesovickakozlovna.cz Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 11.00 am – 11.00 pm Saturday – Sunday: 11.30 am – 11.00 pm Arter Photo and text by Mark and Kylee of These Foreign Roads https://flic.kr/p/P2qFnf Often the best spots to find a nice, local meal are in obscure little spots in lesser-visited parts of town. Arter is one of these places. Only a quick metro journey to the outskirts of downtown Prague, you’ll find this comfortable little restaurant filled with chatting locals. While the daily set menus at around 70Kč make for a delicious and inexpensive lunch option, the real star is the pork knee. Perfectly seasoned, deboned and slow roasted, this juicy pile of pork needs no knife. The juicy meat shreds easily with a subtle drawing of your fork. The crispy skin backed with buttery-soft fat is contrasted wonderfully by the freshly grated horseradish, tangy mustard and sharp kick of the pickled chilli peppers. For only 160Kč, this platter feeds two people comfortably, a deal you’ll be hard-pressed to beat in the city centre. Arter Za Černým Mostem 1526/17, 198 00 Praha 9 – Kyje Telephone: +420 281 940 194 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.arter.cz
OSTRAVA Babetti Photo and text by Jan Petersen of TBEX https://flic.kr/p/2a4xBoo Patti and I arrived at Babetti shortly before closing on Saturday evening, and were greeted with a warm welcome and a menu that we soon discovered would be a feast for the senses. This small Italian restaurant in the heart of Ostrava is owned by Lucie Nováková, a chef and restaurant manager who received extensive training in the UK. She and her husband grow much of the restaurant’s ingredients in their garden, and carefully source the remaining fresh, organic ingredients through regional farmers and suppliers. Patti and I enjoyed a wonderful conversation with Lucie and her husband, where they explained their mission to offer deeply flavorful traditional Italian cuisine using the freshest ingredients possible, while modernizing those dishes with Lucie’s creative ability to add new and inventive twists to them. A tray of Bruschetta Pomodoro arrived at our table first, and was infused with rich flavors of marinated tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, tangy onion, and peppery basil that had been piled delicately onto warm slices of toasted baguette. The restaurant’s Insalata Primavera blended fresh greens, lusciously creamy goat cheese Rondin, more bright red cherry tomatoes, slivers of onion, and crispy Pancetta with a mild yet incredibly flavorful champagne vinaigrette. The salad burst with organically grown ‘garden to fork’ flavors – there was absolutely no doubt the ingredients were selected from the garden earlier that day. Our main course offered selections including several rustic pizzas topped with spicy Ventricina salami, chicken marinated in Rosé Harissa or ham, portabella and mascarpone. But our eyes landed on the menu’s pasta selections including traditional Lasagne Bolognese, Tagliatelle Carbonara and Casareccia Gorgonzola. Patti and I shared the Gnocchi Pesto Funghi, a mouthwatering bowl of tiny housemade dumplings tossed in basil pesto laced with garlic, buttery champignons, and wild mushrooms that were packed with earthy flavors. Savoring the final bites of gnocchi, we both agreed it was perhaps the best we’ve ever enjoyed. We also concurred that Lucie is clearly accomplishing the mission of Babetti, the restaurant she conceptualized and created in 2015, with brilliant success! Babetti Nádražní 756/49, 702 00 Moravská Ostrava a Přívoz Telephone: +420 591 153 112 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: @babetticentrum Instagram: @lucianbabetti Website: http://babetti.cz Operating Hours: Wednesday – Thursday: 12.00 nn – 10.00 pm Friday – Saturday: 12.00 nn – 11.00 pm Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – closed Hogo Fogo Bistro Photo and Text by Jean Cheney of www.travelinghoneybird.com https://flic.kr/p/2b5EXGQ Hidden behind a red brick walled sits one of Ostrava’s most infamous and delightful places to find yourself lost in. Whilst the exterior and indeed Ostrava itself may be more remiss of an industrial time gone by Hogo Fogo brings to this city a simple and elegant hideaway. From the moment you walk into the pristine garden, cooled with the overhanging trees, you know that you’re going to be in for a treat. The staff is warm and welcoming. The menu here is basic but well thought out. Changing every week dependent on local produce. Paired with a petite beer and wine selection. Hogo Fogo Bistro Sokolská tř. 871/6, 702 00 Moravská Ostrava a Přívoz, Czechia Telephone: +420 774 854 665 Facebook: HogoFogo Bistro Instagram: @hogofogobistro Website: www.hogofogobistro.cz Operating Hours: Monday – Friday 11.30 pm – 11:00 pm Saturday – Sunday: closed Vaše Prasátko Photos and text by Summer Brons Rylander of Eat Something Go Somewhere https://flic.kr/p/2a4LTKq Ostrava’s Stodolní Street may be famous for its plentiful booze and late-nights-turned-early-mornings, but the real gem of this party locale is a tiny restaurant called Vaše Prasátko. The name translates in English to “you’re a piggy” (quite accurate in my case as I ate here four times in four days) and is co-owned by two pork-passionate lads, Martin and Vlastimil. The concept of Vaše Prasátko is simplicity, and there’s no translation necessary for salty, juicy, slow-roasted pork. https://flic.kr/p/2baepA4 I tried both sandwiches on offer during my time in Ostrava: the first a pulled pork burger with pickled veggies and an herbed crème frâiche that dripped down my wrist with each incredible bite; the other a pork fat-baked bun filled with crunchy, house-made coleslaw, their magical pork pulled straight from the hog (only on Fridays!) and topped with a tangy blueberry sauce that ties the whole thing together so beautifully I began mentally planning my relocation to Ostrava for unfettered access to this restaurant. Price: 111-149 Kč Vaše Prasátko Stodolní 3, Ostrava 702 00 Telephone: +420 774 102 042 Email: email@example.com Facebook: Vaše prasátko Instagram: @vaseprasatko Website: www.vaseprasatko.cz
BRNO’s Die Küche Photo and Text by Wendy Werneth of The Nomadic Vegan https://flic.kr/p/28pjruJ I knew that Prague was an incredibly vegan-friendly city, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Brno has just as much, if not more, to offer plant-based eaters. Of all the great meals I enjoyed in the city, the one that stands out the most was at an all-vegan restaurant called Die Küche. Die Küche is inside Kabinet Múz, which is a popular art gallery, music venue and performing arts center in Brno. Everything I tried there was amazing — the jackfruit burger, the sweet potato fries, and the caprese salad made with the most convincing vegan mozzarella I’ve ever tasted. The portions were so huge that I couldn’t even finish the fries, which is highly unusual for me! Mains were about 100-120 Kč. Die Küche Kabinet múz, Sukova 4, Brno, Czech Republic Telephone: +420 608 022 126 Facebook: DIE KÜCHE Website: http://www.diekuche.cz Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 11.00 am – 2.00 pm, 2.30 pm – 7.00 pm Saturday – Sunday: closed CESKY KRUMLOV’s Na Louzi Photo and text by Nathan Aguilera of Foodie Flashpacker https://flic.kr/p/2baTKqZ During my time in Cesky Krumlov my favorite restaurant was Na Louzi. Even though it is located near the main tourist hub, you can find it filled with locals- always a good sign! This is one of the best places in town to try traditional Czech recipes, including the roasted duck served with purple cabbage and herbed dumplings that I tried the day I was there. The duck was tender and the cabbage was perfectly cooked. Also, I much prefer these herbed bread dumplings to the kind without herbs- they have so much flavor. Also, be sure to ask for a local Czech beer to go along with your lunch- Czech Republic is producing some of the best beers in the world! Hotel Na louži Kájovská 66, 381 01 Český Krumlov Telephone: +420 380 711 280 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.nalouzi.cz LIBEREC’s Jested Tower Restaurant Photos and text by Dave Brett of Travel Dave UK https://flic.kr/p/2baeqaR A highlight to visiting the region of Liberec has to be the fine dining experience on offer at the Jested tower. Construction of this unique TV tower started in 1963 and the idea was to also open up an exclusive hotel and restaurant on top of the Jested mountain. Many visitors often mistake the building for a spaceship due to its interesting and unique design and make for a perfect dining experience during sunset. https://flic.kr/p/P2yU8u One dish you must try on the menu that is unique to the Czech Republic is the fried chicken liver dumplings (in Czech: polevka z jatrove knedlicky). It’s a popular dish to have in the region to enjoy as a starter before you move onto your main dish, usually best paired with a duck dish or pork fillet. https://flic.kr/p/2b5SX7C Jested tower serves as a dominant attraction in the city and as a place to oversee stunning views of the surrounding Bohemia paradise from this unique building. Hotel Ještěd Horní Hanychov 153, 460 08 Liberec 8 Telephone: +420 485 104 291 / +420 605 292 563 E-mail: email@example.com Facebook: Hotel Ještěd Website: jested.cz Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday 10.00 am to 11.45 pm OLOMOUC’s Entrée Restaurant Photo and text by Auburn Scallon, co-author Moon Guide to Prague, Vienna, & Budapest https://flic.kr/p/29LQC6e Tell me that a place has been awarded “The Best Restaurant in the Czech Republic” and I go in skeptical, but Entrée lives up to the hype. An open kitchen dominates the dining room, a stage for the choreographed dance of the tattooed staff. The plates of artwork that emerge are every bit as delicious as they look – red pepper soup, baked potato bites with hey-infused foam, and trout in avocado cream. Patience when catering to dietary restrictions is impressive for a country often knocked for a lack of service, and Entrée defies that stereotype at every step. Cost: 950 Kč tasting menu (optional 525 Kč wine pairing) Entree Restaurant Ostravská 1, 779 00 Olomouc Telephone: +420 585 312 440 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Entree Restaurant Website: www.entree-restaurant.cz Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday 11.00 am – 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm – 12 mn HLUBOKA’s Bramboracky Photos and text by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett of Green Global Travel https://flic.kr/p/2b5GqJd Bramboracky, a savory potato pancake, is a traditional dish you can find at virtually any restaurant in the Czech Republic. But the best version we sampled during our two weeks in the country was at Solidní Šance, sitting on a picturesque patio on the historic square in Hluboka. https://flic.kr/p/28p9fMw The pancake was massive and perfectly textured, with a crispy, crunchy exterior and a chewy inside that burst with fresh, natural flavors (including garlic, marjoram, and caraway). Like most great Czech dishes, Bramboracky is simple but delicious, using just 6-7 ingredients. We can’t wait to try making our guide’s grandmother’s recipe! BROD NAD DYJI’s Penzion Pastuška cafe Photos and text by Eulanda & Omo Osagiede of Hey Dip Your Toes In https://flic.kr/p/2b5YgF1 Located in Brod nad Dyjí (village in South Moravia), Penzion Pastuška cafe is an atmospheric cafe with a thoughtfully designed rustic outdoor dining area. Connected to the guesthouse with the same name, guests naturally enjoy the opportunity to dine in the perfect countryside setting. https://flic.kr/p/P2Ed37 Under the direction of brothers brothers Marek and Michal Lípa, Penzion Pastuška features Southern Moravian specialities, as well as wine produced in their family winery Vino Lipa Mikulov. In terms of the price point, I found the food and wine prices to be extremely reasonable. I had a hearty vegan soup for 49 Kč (£1.70/$2.18). A bottle of late harvest Riesling will only run you 249 Kč (£8.68/$11.08). The cafe is a perfect stop for cyclist and road trippers exploring the region. Guesthouse Pastuška Brod nad Dyjí 228, 691 81 Telephone: +420 777 677 730 / +420 608 830 355 E-mail: email@example.com Website: pastuska.cz Opening Hours: Open Daily from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm KARLOVY VARY’s Le Marche Photos and text by Jane and Duncan of To Travel Too https://flic.kr/p/2b8uxVU Le Marche in the spa town of Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic has been awarded the title of one of the top 100 restaurants in 2015, 2016 and 2017. As part of our TBEX Fam Trip, we were delighted to enjoy our last night dining out under the stairs in their courtyard. The setting was enchanting and the food simply divine. The 3-course dinner menu changes depending on the season and what is available at the market. To my delight, they catered well for vegetarians. My 3-course vegetarian menu started with delicious locally grown greens with wild rocket and pesto dressing as the entree. The region is well known for mushrooms and the vegetarian main consisted of a variety of locally grown mushrooms on a brioche roll with basil sauce. Their signature raspberry sorbet dessert completed a very tasty, fresh menu of local seasonal produce. Restaurace Le Marché Mariánskolázěnská 4 360 01 Karlovy Vary Telephone: +420 730 133 695 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.le-marche.cz Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 12.00 am – 10.00 pm Sunday Closed Lunches: 12 nn to 3.00 pm Dinners: from 6.00 pm
Thank you for all our travel blogger friends who contributed in this collaboration post! Live an Awesome Life, Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com Disclosure: This is a collaboration post with Travel Bloggers who attended TBEX Ostrava.