Prague had a lot to live up to after my amazing three days gorging myself on Budapest’s never-ending list of vegan eateries! Luckily for me, Prague also had a lot of great options, from raw cafes to Czech classics, as well as a number of Loving Hut restaurants dotted across the city. Here are my top choices for vegan food in Prague, plus an interactive map which shows how close restaurants are to the most popular tourist attractions (scroll to the end for map).
First up is a 100% vegan restaurant serving a mixture of main dishes, including a risotto, ravioli, tempeh roulade, and veggie burger – see their menu for all the options. They actually have two restaurants now – I visited the one on Jindřišská street and was very impressed! I went for the soya slices with red cabbage, dried orange and potato dumplings. I had heard good things about the soya slices and I wasn’t disappointed. They were so similar to meat that it was borderline freaky! The red cabbage was actually a puree which I wasn’t expecting, but it was delicious nonetheless and the whole plateful disappeared pretty quickly…
One of the most well-known vegetarian restaurants in Prague is the beautifully decorated Lehka Hlava which is nestled in one of Prague’s historic side streets. Each of the rooms has a different theme and is creatively adorned with lights, paintings and seating to create a different atmosphere for each room. We were lucky to be seated in what I think is the best room – the night room. The curved walls are painted deep blue are covered with miniature spotlights, to create the illusion of stars. I ordered the guacamole which in my opinion was a bit misproportioned; a huge pile of salty nacho chips but only a few tablespoons of guacamole which seemed a bit stingy for the £3 price tag (comparing to other eateries in Budapest). I had the rocket and spinach salad with sun-dried tomatoes, capers, roasted garlic, smoked tofu, balsamic reduction and home-made vegan parmesan. It was very tasty and a good sized portion – the parmesan was amazing!! Gary had the baked wrap with pumpkin which was also good, but again we thought it was overpriced but you definitely pay for the experience here! They also have a sister restaurant called Maitrea.
This chain vegan restaurant can be found allll over the world – Prague is not an exception! In fact, there are around eight across the city. I found one close to our hostel and had planned to visit, but when I got there I realised it was Sunday and it was therefore shut.. damn! Turns out all but one are shut on Sundays. The one that is open is situated in a shopping centre over the river, about an hours walk from the Old Town. I had set my sights on Loving Hut so I didn’t let a small trek get in the way of me and my Asian buffet!! It was worth the walk – this particular restaurant sells a range of dishes and also has a self-serve buffet with prices calculated by weight. It was cheap – it worked out about $6 for my big plateful. I went for a couple of different meaty curries, plus spring rolls, garlic veg, sautéed aubergine and the BEST deep-fried cauliflower ‘wing’ that I’ve ever had!
Etnosvet / Etnosvet Bistro
Etnosvet is a vegetarian restaurant offering immaculately presented dishes in a fine-dining style for a fraction of the price. It’s a little more expensive than other restaurants, but still great value. Starters are around $6-8, mains around $7-13 and vegan options are clearly marked on the menu. Choose from vegan steak tartar, coconut tempura, mock Peking duck, smoked tempeh medallions and strawberry tartar dessert made with rhubarb jam, basil and mint. They have a buffet and daily special alongside their standard menu which you can view here.
Just around the corner, you’ll find the all-vegan Estnosvet Bistro which offers a selection of pizzas, hot and cold sandwiches, baguettes, hot dogs, salads, soups as well as some sweet treats. (Thanks to Herbivores’ Heaven for letting me know about this one!).
Centrally located close to the famous astronomical clock, this is a pay-by-weight buffet restaurant with a range of fresh and locally sourced hot and cold dishes, salad bar and desserts. They also have a health food shop in front selling vegan cheeses, meats, tofu, milks etc. Pile your place high and expect a tasty, cheap and healthy lunch! They upload their menus to their website if you want to have a look what’s on offer before you get there.
This shop and bistro has a range of fresh salads and soups, houmous and falafels, plus a daily-changing special such as bulgar wheat, saffron and babaganoush stuffed peppers, black bean and tofu noodles and spicy grilled lemon zucchini. See their Facebook page for daily specials. They also have a range of smoothies and juices as well as acai bowls if you fancy a healthy breakfast!
Moment is a 100% vegan cafe and bistro serving speciality coffees, house made lemonades, cakes, sandwiches, bagels, burgers as well as a daily changing lunch menu using local and regional ingredients. They also have a great range of breakfast options, including scrambled tofu, plus smoothies and desserts. You can find their full menu here or check out their Facebook page to keep updated with their daily specials.
This popular all-raw cafe is centrally located in the centre of Prague’s Old Town and is known for their delicious vegan cakes and desserts. They also serve a daily-changing special which includes a soup plus a main dish – with nothing heated above 42 degrees Celsius. They also have a few breakfast options, coffee and wine (although maybe not for breakfast!). The modern, stylish interior is clean, bright and welcoming. See their website for the full menu or check out their Facebook page to keep up to date with daily offers.
There are many more vegan options in Prague – this is just a select handful! I’ve created an interactive map marked with more restaurants, alongside Prague’s top attractions so you easily plan a route. I found this map incredibly useful, so hopefully you will too 🙂