Five of the Best Prague Beer Gardens

Spending a sunny day in a Prague beer garden is a local institution – you can soak up the sun and some suds, while enjoying the lively atmosphere. The city has several large and popular beer gardens offering great views and good times to go with your beer and grilled sausages.

Hospůdka Na Hradbách

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This gem is known as the ‘hidden’ beer garden of Vysehrad fortress. The popular spot draws a younger crowd, especially at night, but its upbeat atmosphere is attractive to almost everyone. For a fantastic view and some great grilled food, this beer garden is definitely the place to be.

Vyšehrad – V pevnosti, Prague 2. Tram: 6, 7, 18, 24 – Ostrčilovo náměstí. Tel: +420 734 112 214. Hours: Mon-Fri 2pm-midnight, Sat-Sun noon-midnight. Smoke free area. 

Letna Park Beer Garden

 

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Part of scenic Letna Park, not far from the metronome, Letna Beer Garden is another very popular summer hangout offering rows of wooden picnic tables with unbeatable views over the Vltava River and the Old Town. There’s a hole-in-the-wall selling beer and coffee, and a stall offering kebabs and sausages.

Letenské Sady, Prague 7. Tram: 5, 8, 24 & 26 to Dlouhá třída then walk across the bridge and up the steps. No telephone. Hours: approximately noon-midnight. Smoking throughout.

Riegrovy Sady Park Beer Garden

This very large and popular beer garden set within a city park has several bars selling beer and cocktails, and a grill offering sausages and other snacks to hungry drinkers. It gets very busy when there’s a sporting event on, showing everything from Czech football matches to Wimbledon on a big screen. Avoid the adjoining Park Café restaurant. If you’re looking for a quieter spot, get your beer to go and sit on the grass. Riegrovy Sady Park also boasts another pub nearby with a smaller beer garden, rooftop terrace and barbecued snacks. To find it, walk past the large beer garden, turn left at the top of the hill and you’ll soon see it on the right. The hilltop park itself boasts great views over the city center towards Prague Castle.

Riegrovy Sady 28, Prague 2. Metro: Line A – Jiřího z Poděbrad. Tel: +420 608 911 536. Hours: Approximately noon-midnight. Smoking throughout. 

Sousedský Pivovar Bašta

 

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This down-to-earth, traditionally-decorated neighborhood pub brews its own highly-rated beer as well as offering a small selection of Belgian beers. A favorite with local beer enthusiasts, it is slightly out of the way from the city center, but not far from Zlý Časy.

Táborská 49, Prague 4. Tram: 6, 11, 13 & 18 to Náměstí Bratří Synků. Tel: +420 602 295 403. Hours: 11am-midnight. Non-smoking section.

Únětický Pivovar brewery

 

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Monks started brewing out here on Prague’s outskirts back in 1710. Now it’s home to a new microbrewey serving up unfiltered lagers, plus some delicious Czech pub classics that are perfect for enjoying under an umbrella in their new beer garden. There’s hiking trails and bike paths nearby, and a bus from Prague only takes about half an hour to arrive in this quaint village.

Rýznerova 19/5, 252 62 Únětice, Czech Republic. Tel: +420 602 206 235. Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm, Web: unetickypivovar.cz.

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Best Prague Al Fresco Bars

prague al fresco bars

It’s day-drinking time, and there’s no better way to enjoy one of Europe’s most beautiful cities than sitting outside, drink in hand. Here are our four favorite Prague al fresco bars, so grab a pint and find a patio.

Cloud 9

 

The rooftop bar of the Hilton offers everything you’d expect – great cocktails, rooftop views, plush sofas and DJs spinning tracks late into the night. In the summer there are temporary art exhibitions on the terrace, while in winter there’s an outdoor bar made of ice blocks. The prices are sky-high to match, but there are few better spots to start a special night out. Reservations essential.

Pobřežní 1, Hilton Prague Hotel, Prague 8. Metro Line B – Florenc. Tel: +420 224 842 999. Hours: Mon-Sat 6pm-2am. Non-smoking throughout indoors (smoking on terrace). Web: http://www.cloud9.cz/

Lokal Nad Stromovkou

 

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Lokal Dlouhá, a large, long tunnel of a modern beer hall, is known as much for its fuss-free, well-executed Czech food as for its tank Pilsner Urquell. Love or hate the minimalist interior design, it is a great place to meet friends for beers and snacks in the evening, when it is always lively, busy (reservations recommended) and sometimes noisy, despite there being no music.  Lokal Nad Stromovkou, located next to the vast Stromovka city park has high standards, plus a neighborhood feel and some outdoor seating in the warmer months.

Lokal Nad Stromovkou, Nad Královskou Oborou 31, Letna, Prague 7. Tram 1, 8, 12, 16, &25 to Letenské Náměstí. Tel: +420 220 912 319. Hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-midnight, Sun 11.30am-11pm. Non-smoking section. Web: http://lokal-nadstromovkou.ambi.cz/cz/

Strahov Monastery

 

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Right by Prague castle, this is a popular city-center monastery pub and restaurant where you can drink monastic brews in historic surroundings.

Strahovské nádvoří 1, Prague 1. Tram: 22 to Pohořelec. Tel: +420 233 353 155. Hours: 11am-11pm. Non-smoking section. Web: http://www.strahovskyklaster.cz/

T-Anker 

T-Anker prides itself on its support of small breweries in the Czech Republic, but there are plenty of other reasons to enjoy this spot. Its 9 tap tower and wide selection of bottled beer is something to brag about. Enjoy a nice beer on the biggest terrace in Prague, while enjoying sweeping views of the city down below.

Restaurace Sluneční terasa T-Anker, náměstí Republiky 8 (OD Kotva – 5. patro), Praha 1 – Staré Město , 110 00. Metro:?. Tel:+420 722 445 474. Hours: 11am-11pm. Web: http://www.t-anker.cz/en/about/

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The Best Al Fresco Restaurants in Prague

It’s finally summer, and that means one thing: patio dining season. Check out our seven favorite al fresco restaurants in Prague. Enjoy the terraces!

Creperie U Kajetana 

At other times of year, you can find trdelníky (traditional pastries) at some cafes and stalls in the Old Town and Lesser Quarter. One place that does them well is Creperie U Kajetana, a good place for a stop after visiting Prague Castle. Unlike at many cafes in this area, prices here are reasonable and service is usually friendly. Don’t sit outside on the teeny tiny front patio; walk through to the quiet little courtyard out back.

Nerudova 17, Prague 1. Metro: Line A – Malostranská. Tel: +420 773 011 031. Hours: 10am-8pm. Non-smoking throughout.

Hergetova Cihelna

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A table on their large, outdoor terrace is the perfect spot for gazing out over the river towards Charles Bridge and the Old Town while enjoying their signature Asian-fusion dishes. There are tables inside, too, but only a few have a good view over the river. The restaurant is in the same complex as the Franz Kafka museum and a famous sculpture by Czech “bad boy” artist David Černý, affectionately titled “Piss”. Hergetova Cihelna has similar river views to more famous nearby restaurant Kampa Park, and is part of the same restaurant group. Kampa Park, which has attracted celebrities like Bill and Hillary Clinton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, has become less popular with locals after hiking up the prices.

Cihelná 2b, Prague 1. Metro: Line A – Malostranská. Tel: +420 296 826 103. Hours: 11:30am-1am. Non-smoking throughout. Web: kampagroup.com/en/restaurants.

Las Adelitas 

Take a walk from the square along leafy Americka Street towards the park at Havlíčkovy sady and you’ll find this popular local hangout. Owned and run by a group of friends from Mexico, it serves up the most authentic traditional and contemporary Mexican food in the city, and has a friendly, lively atmosphere. Try the crunchy flautas (rolled taco) or the sopa Azteca (tortilla soup), which the owners are particularly proud of, and the mango margaritas – plus the outdoor terrace in summer. Reservations recommended for evenings or weekends.

Americká 8, Prague 2. Metro: Line A – Náměstí Míru. Tel: +420 222 542 031. Hours: Weekdays 11am-1am, Weekends noon-1am. Non-smoking throughout. Web: lasadelitas.cz.

Mood 

Known for its top-notch burgers, Mood delivers a dining experience that reflects its pop art decor. The most enticing aspect of this restaurant is the the decking out back facing into the trees of a nearby park providing a tranquil area, and the perfect place to spend a summer evening.

Konevova 28/29, Prague 130 00, Czech Republic. Metro:?? Tel: +420 222 517 615. Hours: 12-11 pm. Web: restaurantmood.cz.

Mlynec

Overlooking the Charles Bridge, Mlynec serves up more than just a fantastic view and great food. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the terrace sprawls all the way into the dining room, and there’s no better way to enjoy their live jazz night than with the breeze from the Vitava River blowing in your hair.

Novotného lávka 199/9, Staré Město, 110 00 Praha, Czech Republic. Metro: ?? Tel: +420 277 000 777. Hours: 12pm-3 pm; 5:30pm-10 pm. Web: mlynec.cz/menu-en.htm.

Sansho 

A firm local favorite, Sansho is owned and run by British chef and butcher Paul Day, who simply cooks with whatever high-quality ingredients are freshest that day as part of a six-course tasting menu. The culinary flair and relaxed atmosphere keep locals coming back for more – and the streetside dining spills out on the sidewalk come summer. The menu may be ever-changing, but you can expect to taste Southeast Asian, Czech, British and other international influences. Signature dishes include soft shell crab sliders, mackerel ceviche tacos and their famous sticky toffee pudding. Reservations essential.

Petrská 25, Prague 1. Metro: Line B – Florenc. Tel: +420 222 317 425. Hours: Tue-Fri 11:30am-3pm, 6-11pm, Sat 6-11pm. Non-smoking throughout. Web: sansho.cz.

Villa Richter 

Set among vineyards on the hill beneath Prague Castle, the atmosphere at this renovated villa is nothing short of magical. It is divided into three parts: an Italian restaurant Terra; a casual, outdoor summer terrace, serving wines grown right here in the castle vineyard; and a traditional Czech restaurant Piano Nobile. The latter is the most expensive (but very much worth it), serving high-quality versions of local specialties in a beautiful space, with views over the city below. It is a popular place for weddings, and it is easy to see why. Book ahead and ask for a table by the window.

Map. Staré zámecké schody 6, Prague 1. Metro: Line A – Malostranská. Tel: +420 702 205 108. Hours: 11am-11pm. Non-smoking throughout. Web: villarichter.cz.

Or if prefer picnicking (the original al fresco dining), here’s some handy tips:

Havlickovy Sady Park

 

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Known by locals as “Grebovka” park, this large but peaceful park is set in an upscale residential neighborhood. Not only are there plenty of shady spots where you can picnic on the grass, but this unusual park, once the estate of a wealthy family, is well worth exploring thoroughly. Seek out the grand chateau, children’s playpark, glass-sided cafe, unusual water features, and expanse of vineyards clinging to the steep hillside. There are also great views over the south of the city – you’ll spot Prague’s handful of tower blocks in the tiny business district, intentionally placed away from the Old Town by communist-era city planners.

If you’re planning a picnic, stock up at these local stores to round out your al fresco meal:

Javanka & Co 

 

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Just a a three minute walk from the park, this laid-back Indonesian bistro is a local treasure. For an introduction to Indonesian cuisine you can try one of the mixed plates, called Nasi Rames. The sweet turkey semur (stew) and fragrant beef rendang (spicy slow-cooked dish) are highly rated. Order at the counter and find a seat at the eclectic collection of tables. Make sure you leave some room for a slice of salted caramel apple pie – Javanka & Co is one of just a couple of places in Prague to sell delicious pies made by small but popular American baking company: The Prague Pie Hole.

Máchova 22, Prague 2. Metro: Line A – Náměstí Míru. Tel: +420 222 515 107. Hours: Weekdays 11am-9pm, Sun noon-8pm. Non-smoking throughout.

Sklizeno

 

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As well as stocking locally-produced treats like Jordi’s chocolate, Doubleshot coffee and naturally-made wines by Autentiste, Sklizeno (meaning ‘harvested’) has a small selection of locally-sourced fruit and vegetables, dairy, baked goods and a meat counter, making it perfect if you want to pick up everything for a picnic in one stop. They have several locations around Prague (and in other Czech cities), but the one in the Karlín district is especially popular with local foodies thanks to its bigger selection. It is also a good place to look for unusual types of flour and other baking ingredients. See their website for a full list of store locations.

Sokolovská 79, Prague 8-Karlín. Metro: Line B – Křižíkova. Tel: +420 212 241 362. Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-7.30pm, Sat 8.30am-1pm. Web: sklizeno.cz.

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Prague’s Best Food Blogs

Read your way through Glutton Guide Prague: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook, but still want more? Prague’s best food blogs have loads of mouthwatering posts about the city’s best places to eat.

Bohemian Bites

Here you’ll find detailed reviews of tried-and-tested local restaurants, plus the latest news on Prague’s culinary scene and more tips for dining out in the city. Full disclosure: this is the personal blog of the Glutton Guide Prague author, and currently Prague’s only independent food blog written in English.

Czech Cookbook

This growing collection of video recipes by Kristýna, an American who was born in the Czech city of Brno, shows new generations of English-speaking Czechs how to prepare the dishes their grandmothers made. Whether you want to recreate dishes from your childhood or your vacation, this is a great place to start. The tutorials are easy to follow, and Kristýna’s love of Czech cuisine and enthusiasm for cooking are contagious. Her recipes use US measurements and ingredients that can be found in US supermarkets.

Czech Please

Though it is no longer being updated, this was Prague’s first English-language food blog. The detailed reviews and photos may still come in useful. The blogger is still active on social media, so follow links to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds for plenty of photos.  He also includes thoughts on dishes at new and favorite local restaurants.

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Prague’s Best Beer Halls

Did you know that the Czech Republic drinks more beer per capita than any other country? Explore Prague’s best beer halls, and you’ll soon understand why this country is so beer-crazy. For more on where to find these beer halls, and the best pub snacks to order, download Glutton Guide Prague.

Novomestsky Pivovar

 

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Taste light, dark and half-dark beers freshly brewed on-site at this restaurant and mini pivovar (brewery) not far from Wenceslas Square. It opened in 1993, picking up a centuries-old, almost-forgotten local tradition of brewing beer to be drunk on the premises. The beer uses only Czech malt and hops. When you enter the restaurant – the first of a long series of cavernous interconnected rooms and cellars – you’ll see the large bronze tanks that store and ferment the beer. Tours of the mini-brewery itself can be arranged through their website.

U Cerneho Vola

 

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Located just above Prague Castle, U Cerneho Vola is a great option for a traditional Czech pub. The name translates to The Black Ox and the pub originally opened in 1965. Expect ambience that hearkens back to Communist style and some of the best pub food in town. The pickled Camembert goes great with a pint of Kozel beer.

U Fleku

One of Prague’s most famous Czech restaurants, U Fleků’s food is worth a trip alone. But beer lovers flock here too. After all, they’ve been brewing beer for 500 years so they’ve got all the kinks worked out. The space stretches over 8 halls (and on beer garden), so a good seat is guaranteed. Accordion players serenade the imbibers throughout the venue.

U Medvidku

The only hotel with a brewery in Prague, the Hotel U Medvídků Brewery sits on the site of a former medieval brewery. They keep the tradition alive in the 15th century building, with a traditional Prague pub serving up a wide selection of Czech beer. If you order a pint of X BEER 33 (the Czech Republic’s strongest lager at 11.8% ABV), make sure you pad your stomach with some of the pub’s dumplings first.

U Vejvodu

Live Bohemian music and a non-smoking floor make this Old Bohemian alehouse a must-visit. Located right in the center of historic Prague, not far from Old Town Square, it’s a great option to experience the typical Czech beer hall atmosphere

For more information about Prague’s best beer halls, download our Glutton Guide: Prague 2017.

Hungry for more? Read Prague’s Best Food Books!

Read your way through Glutton Guide Prague: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook, but still want more? Learning more about Prague before you arrive will help you make the most of your trip. There aren’t that many books about Czech cuisine in English, but if you’re looking for some cultural insight there’s no shortage of reading material coming from this great literary city. Here are Prague’s best food books – enjoy these useful and insightful reads.

Czech & Slovak Food and Cooking, by Ivana Veruzabova


Missing the flavors from your visit to Prague? Or maybe you’d like to master some new dishes at home? This cookbook was written by the Czech owner of a Czech-Slovak restaurant in London. It features easy-to-follow recipes for straightforward home-cooking staples like chicken paprika and apple strudel. It lists alternatives to local ingredients that are more readily available in the US and packs in loads of historical background. Web

 

The Czechoslovak Cookbook by Joza Brizova


Want to peek into the kitchens of the communist regime? Of course you do. This famous 60s cookbook has been adapted for American use. Dated but culturally fascinating, it contains recipes for such fantastical and forgotten dishes as napkin dumplings, brain soup and stuffed roast squab. Not all of the dishes in here disappeared along with Czechoslovakia itself; you’ll also recognize dishes still found on restaurant menus – and the Christmas cookie recipes are timeless. Web

The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek

Satirical and dark-humored, this classic anti-war novel gives a great insight into the Czech mentality. Often described as the Czech precursor to Forrest Gump, our non-hero Svejk staggers from one ridiculous scenario to another, finding himself hopelessly caught in a vast bureaucratic machine. Plus, after reading it you’ll know why so many tourist-oriented restaurants around Prague are named “Svejk”. Web

Me, Myself & Prague by Rachael Weiss


Ok, it is cynical in places, but this Australian author’s description of life as a new expat in Prague is as accurate as it gets. The humorous anecdotes about adapting to life in a foreign country and culture will be familiar to anyone who’s ever decided to pack up and move abroad – and curious to anyone who hasn’t. There’s some Czech history in there, and plenty of description of locations in and around the city. Web

Prague Tales by Jan Neruda

A collection of intimate, tragicomic sketches of the lives of ordinary people living below the castle in the Lesser Quarter (Malá Strana) of 19th-century Prague. This book paints vivid human portraits and gives brief glimpses of an exciting time when the city was discovering its Czech, rather than Austrian, identity. Walking through the area today you’ll still be able to feel that old-world charm, and you can see the House of the Two Suns where the author grew up on Nerudova, the street since named in his honor. Web

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Prague’s Best Teahouses

Legend has it that tea first came to Prague in the mid-1800s, after a Russian requested tea in a coffeeshop. When the owner explained they had none, he made his own, to everyone’s delight. Over the next 80 years, čajovny (teahouses) became popular. Prague’s teahouses died out during the Communist regime. Post-Velvet Revolution, čajovny made a comeback. If you want to learn more about Prague’s best teahouses, download Glutton Guide Prague.

Cajovna Jedna Basen

While away an afternoon in this peaceful, cozy cafe. Wooden platforms covered in pillows offer great lounging, and it’s a Czech take on a cat cafe, so you can also enjoy some feline affection with your tea and pastry.

Cajovna Ve Vezi

 

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The name here translates to “Tearoom in the Tower”, thanks to its location in a former water tower originally built in 1888. Slip out of your shoes and into a booth, where you can play board games and sip one of almost 100 varietals of tea.

Dobra Cajovna

 

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This teahouse-cum-shop played a major role in the čajovny renaissance of the early 1990s. Originally opened in Wenceslas Square in 1993, this charming teahouse now has many locations around the world. Sample teas from all over Asia in the original location for the best experience.

Tea Mountain

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This teahouse is a more modern take on the čajovny. Expect a laidback vibe that welcomes educating tea drinkers about the leaves on offer. The menu includes teas from India, Japan, Taiwan and Nepal.

For more information about the best teahouses in Prague, and so much more on how to start eating with locals, download our Glutton Guide: Prague 2017

Prague’s Best Christmas Markets

It’s not December in Prague without visiting one of the city’s legendary Christmas markets (Vánoční Trhy). While the most famous of Prague’s Christmas Markets are in the touristy destinations of Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, there are several smaller options worth a visit. Download Glutton Guide Prague for more information about the best Christmas markets (and cookies!) in the city.

Namesti Miru

The area around Náměstí Míru (Peace Square) in Prague 2 is the first Christmas Market to open each year in Prague. Check out the stunning nativity scene and expect to find artisanal handicrafts, like Advent wreaths and wooden nativity scenes, interspersed with homemade treats at this local market. Don’t miss the apple strudel!

Namesti Respubliky

This Christmas Markets near Republic Square are easy to access on public transport thanks to the nearby metro station. But they are far enough away from the bustling crowds to make for a peaceful night out. Grab a glass of mulled wine and watch out for mistletoe as you walk through the wooden huts selling glassware, embroidered lace and puppets.

Andel

This traditional Christmas market is a great stop if you’re picking up a Christmas tree. Other times of year, this spot hosts a great farmer’s market, and the food at Christmastime meets the high expectations. Expect gourmet treats, mugs of mulled wine and live choirs.

For more information about Prague’s Christmas markets and how to start eating with locals, download our Glutton Guide: Prague 2017.

Meet the Author of Glutton Guide Prague: Clare Speak

Clare Speak is a British writer who has been eating her way around Prague since arriving in 2009. In the past few years, she’s watched the city’s food scene undergo a dramatic transformation. Through her food blog, Bohemian Bites, she documents the constant improvements that are turning Prague into a truly great destination for food lovers.

As an expat food blogger and private culinary tour guide, Clare knows how to eat well and avoid the tourist traps. From fine dining to street food, she writes about it all – and she firmly believes that you haven’t experienced all of Prague’s charms until you’ve eaten at a traditional Czech pub. She shares all of that info as the author of Glutton Guide Prague: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook.

Where are you from? Manchester, England

How long have you lived in Prague? Six years

Favorite food? Poached wild salmon

Favorite restaurant in Prague? Piano Nobile at Villa Richter is always a treat – not just for the food but the incredible setting, views and polished service make it extra special.

Favorite chef in Prague? Paul Day at Sansho is always doing something interesting

What’s the one dish visitors cannot miss if they come to your city? Beef tartar on garlic rye toast. A lot of people swear they don’t like beef tartar (or raw beef full stop) but the Czech version always converts them.

Favorite piece of food writing? Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl. Absorbing, often funny tales of life as an old-school newspaper food critic in New York – and you can almost taste the dishes she describes.

What is your guilty pleasure? McDonalds fries, or parek v rohliku – the Czech version of a hotdog, sold from little carts in the street.

Favorite destination for eating? Thailand.

What dish do you always make from scratch? Any kind of pasta sauce. It’s so easy, and I can’t stand that sugary, so-called sauce you can buy in a jar!

To read more about Clare Speak’s favorite places to eat in Prague, download Glutton Guide Prague: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook. It’s also available on Amazon’s Kindle store

Prague’s Best Food Festivals

Prague Food Festival

In the warmer months, Prague comes alive with all kinds of festivals setting up in the city streets, squares and gardens. Most include some food stalls, and there are several Prague festivals dedicated to foodies. Big events like the Prague Food Festival or Czech Beer Festival are a lot of fun, but it is also worth seeking out smaller festivals for the local feel and lower prices. The Prague Coffee Fest is coming up this weekend, so get caffeinated!

 

OCTOBER: Prague Coffee Festival

 

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Prague’s baristas come together at this annual foodie festival. Immerse yourself in their world of cool, technical coffee creations. There’s plenty to learn and try for both professionals and amateurs here. You can find out how the city’s coolest cafes make the perfect flat white, meet local and international roasters, and enjoy coffee at its finest, all at a venue loved by local foodies: the Holešovice market hall. Runs October 22-23 in 2016!

Web: coffeefest.cz

March – November: Seasonal festivals

 

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The organizers of the farmers’ markets at Jiřiho z Podebrad square and the Náplavka riverbank also arrange regular seasonal food (and drink) festivals at the same locations, celebrating everything from wine to strawberries. See their website for upcoming events, which usually run between March and November.

Web: farmarsketrziste.cz

May: Prague Food Festival

 

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A three-day gourmet feast on the lawns of the Royal Garden at Prague Castle, this is the biggest foodie event in the city’s calendar. High-end restaurants from Prague and across the Czech Republic set up stalls in the picturesque gardens for Prague Food Festival. Expect tasting menus featuring experimental flavors as well as classic recipes. It is a great chance to try dishes from a few restaurants while visiting the 16th century renaissance gardens – a part of the castle grounds few visitors stumble upon. The festival takes place in May, and you can book tickets through their website or at the gates on the day.

Web: praguefoodfestival.cz

June: Mini-brewery festival

While Prague’s big beer festival is fun, the mini-brewery festival is the one local beer lovers really look forward to. It has a bigger and better selection of Czech beers and can work out cheaper. For an entry fee of around 350kc (US$14), you get a festival glass and unlimited tastings from around 70 Czech breweries. The festival gets busy, but has a great location on a terrace in Prague Castle’s royal garden, with views over the city’s red rooftops. It takes place in June – exact dates can be found on the festival website.

August: Burgerfest

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This food festival has had to move to bigger locations every year as it continues to attract more and more visitors. Prague just can’t seem to get enough of gourmet burgers. Die-hard burger fans won’t want to miss this event, where you can sample lots of mouth-watering creations from popular local restaurants all in one place. Get here early, or prepare to queue. It takes place every year in August. Check the website for dates and more details.

Web: burgerfest.cz

To find out more about Prague’s food festivals, download your copy of Glutton Guide Prague: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook.