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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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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