Not only does Prague have some of the best sites in Eastern Europe, but it also has some of the best FOOD! I’m all about trying the local cuisine and, before traveling to a new city, I always do research and make a list of all the restaurants I want to hit while there. Below are some of the best! So read on and let me answer the question…where to eat in Prague on a budget!
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Where to Eat in Prague on a Budget
Beer ice cream. Need I say it again? Beer ice cream….
Spoiler: it was amazing. We tried some of U Medvídku’s healthy Czech options and (although my heart wanted the pork stuffed bread dumplings) the salad was very tasty and left plenty of room for beer ice cream. They also have a beer “gift shop” where I purchased some beer scented lotion after eating my beer flavored ice cream and beer soaked cheese. Never has a Wisconsin girl felt so at home in Europe!
One of the highest rated Czech restaurants in Prague, Restaurace Mlejnice should definitely be on your Czech food bucket list. Although it’s located in the heart of Old Town Square, the prices are reasonable and the food is authentic and crazy delicious! The interior of the restaurant is filled with dark wood and brick, giving off old-world historic vibes while you eat.
Pivnice Hlávkur Dvur
Nestled in a secret alley in the heart of Prague, Hlávkur Dvur is the perfect place to sit for a traditional Czech meal and a cold beer away from the bustle of the city. The outdoor terrace is lovely in the summer months and the food is tasty, affordable and very filling.
Looking for delicious and authentic Czech food? “Czech” out U Bulīnü! Where the duck melts in your mouth and the beer is ice-cold and cheaper than water. I’ve been to Prague five times now, and U Bulīnü still remains my favorite restaurant in the city. I usually stop by for a meal every time I’m in Prague and I’ve never had a dish I didn’t love. Mind blowing menu aside, the staff is warm and friendly and the decor feels like a step back in history.
If you’re asking yourself where to eat in Prague on a budget, the answer should always be U Bulīnü.
Another one of my favorites, U Fleku serves a mouthwatering three-course Czech meal including hot homemade soup, hearty beef goulash, fluffy potato dumplings and flaky sweet apple strudel. Served, of course, with cold Czech beer! U Fleku is one of the oldest breweries in Eastern Europe and has been brewing beer for over 500 years! The restaurant itself is enormous, filled with long wooden tables and iron chandeliers.
Another great find if you’re in the mood for more Czech food, Vinohradsky Parlament is a bit outside the city center but definitely worth the trip. They put a modern spin on traditional cuisine with their potato dumpling filled menu. If you’re booking a hostel for your stay in Prague, this restaurant is only a short walk from the Czech Inn!
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Combine a perfect photo spot with a fantastic cup of coffee and Chloé Cafe is what you’ll find. The entire cafe is built around the perfect Instagram shot, complete with adorable wall decals, pink lattes and an entire wall of peonies. But don’t try it out for just the photo op, the coffee is delicious and so is are the desserts, açaí bowls and toasts! (It’s not Czech food, but Chloé is just too picturesque to leave out).
If you need a bit of a break from the constant roasted meat and potato dumplings that is Czech cuisine… head over to Poke Haus and build your own Poke Bowl! There’s nothing I love more than sushi and poke is one of my favorite variations, especially when they offer sushi burritos. The shop is tiny but the atmosphere is adorable (Insta pic anyone?) and the poke bowls are tasty and affordable.
What to Eat in Prague
Now that you have a long list of restaurants to try…it’s time to stop asking “where to eat in Prague on a budget” and time to start asking “what to eat in Prague on a budget!”
Chimney Cakes – A.K.A. Trdelník
Contrary to what a lot of tourists believe, Chimney Cakes actually originated in Hungary. However, most people don’t know that, so Prague is full of shops selling the delicious, ice-cream filled treats! Stop by Good Food if you’re looking for some more adventurous flavors…charcoal or Aperol spritz ice cream anyone?
And if you really want to immerse yourself in the Eastern European culture…try calling them by their Czech name, trdelník.
Halušky is very popular among the street vendors in Old Town Square and is a must-try when visiting Prague. My first thought when I tasted it was that it tasted suspiciously like mac n’ cheese. Halušky is actually made with a mixture of potato dumplings, cabbage, sheep cheese and bacon bits. Definitely not low fat, but screw it, when in Prague!
Can’t decide whether to order bread or potatoes? Why not both? Commonly served as a side dish to pork, beef or duck, potato dumplings are one of my favorite Czech dishes! Savory bread and potatoes are combined to create a fluffy loaf that is sliced to perfection and served with meat and cabbage. If you didn’t notice, almost every one of the Czech meals I had in Prague served potato dumplings as a side dish and I’m definitely not complaining.
Hot Honey Wine
You’ll pass dozens of little outdoor stands offering “spiced wine” and “hot honey wine” in Old Town Square. It’s warm and delicious and definitely worth the Koruna, especially if you’re the genius who only packed a leather jacket in 35 degree weather.
No visit to Prague is complete without stuffing your face with all the above! If you have any new restaurant suggestions for me, drop them in the comments below. Otherwise, I hope I’ve supplied you with a healthy list of where to eat the best Czech food in Prague!
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