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Food and Drink

Traditional Czech cuisine. Photo: Jan Šimák

It is sometimes said that there is no street in Prague without at least one pub or a restaurant. Indeed, there is a multitude of cuisines and price ranges.

Over the last twenty years, Prague has become a renowned and frequently visited place for gourmets from every corner of the world. The prices for a dinner range from one hundred crowns to several thousands. Would you like to taste Italian, Asian, South American or African specialities? No problem. Yet at present, many Prague restaurateurs are returning to traditional Czech cuisine with such dishes as sirloin, goulash or pork, dumplings and cabbage.

Top quality

Allegro Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel has been the first restaurant to receive a one-star status under the Michelin Restaurant Rating in Central and Eastern Europe. (http://www.fourseasons.com/prague/dining.html). The BIB Gourmand symbol (i.e. the symbol for good food at moderate prices) has been awarded to the following restaurants: Aromi (www.aromi.cz/) , Le Cornichon (www.cornichon.cz) and Le Terroir (www.leterroir.cz/). A good domestic restaurant guide is the Grand Restaurant (http://www.grand-restaurant.cz/), where Prague restaurants regularly rank at the top of the list. The expected cost of a meal in such places is around 1000 CZK.

Lunch time

Praguers also frequently make use of internet sites such as www.kobedu.cz, www.lunchtime.cz or www.kdeobedvat.cz, which provide information on daily lunch menus. These usually do not exceed 130 CZK.

Eating out in shopping centres is also popular, as well as fast food stalls offering mainly hot dogs, hamburgers and baguettes (prices ranging from 15 to 70 CZK). If you wish, you can have your food delivered depending on the services of individual restaurants. You can equally make use of a central food ordering site at www.netcisnik.cz.

Beer or coffee?

Czechs are one of the biggest consumers of beer and Prague gives them countless opportunities. Tourists often visit U Medvídků Restaurant (www.umedvidku.cz) or U Fleků Brewery and Restaurant - www.ufleku.cz), which brews its own beer. Praguers love well-pulled pints of Pilsner beer, such as is found at U Zlatého Tygra (www.uzlatehotygra.cz) , U Jelínků, U Pinkasů (www.upinkasu.cz), U Rudolfina, U Hrocha or in Bredovský Dvur (bredovskydvur.unas.cz). Advanced booking is recommended.

Žižkov is the most renowned beer district in Prague offering a number of pubs, bars and cafés, many of them opened until the early hours if not non-stop. The Gay Community, on the other hand, favours Vinohrady. Good coffee cannot be found everywhere –  however you can check out places like Café Louvre (www.cafelouvre.cz) or Slavia (www.cafeslavia.cz), which offer a great opportunity for both business and private meetings. Owners of hundreds of other cafés also offer takeaway coffee.

In the Summer, Praguers often head for beer gardens in Letená Park, Riegrovy Sady, Folimanka, Parukářka, Bezručovy Sady or Klamovka, where they can spend their time relaxing or engaging is sports activities.

Useful links:

www.restaurace.cz – list of restaurants www.superjidlo.cz – list of restaurants

http://www.restauracepraha.cz/ - list of restaurants

www.squaremeal.cz – Prague restaurants reservation system

Prague Food Festival. Photo: PFF

Useful links

http://www.squaremeal.cz/

Assistance to local diners, SMS booking function. Square Meal is the official Prague Restaurant Guide since 1995. As well as publishing their own restaurant guide they write articles about Prague restaurants for many news organisations and international publishers.

http://www.czrb.cz/

Huge database of Prague Restaurants and Bar guide