What I Ate: A Vegan Guide to Prague

What I Ate: A Vegan Guide to Prague

When I first began researching Prague for a week long Easter break, I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer number of vegan options available. Just a quick search on Happy Cow (the best vegan app ever!) revealed a plenitude  of vegan and vegetarian restaurant options. Heaven! When I’m abroad, I do have a tendency to stick to vegetarian or vegan restaurants – merely because it is a lot easier than trying to explain or ask if something contains certain ingredients in a language I don’t know! So, here’s what I ate, and where, in Prague that fueled all my walking and exploring in this pretty city.

 

U Zelenina

Vegan Restaurant.
Jeronýmova 4/576, Prague.

This newly opened vegan restaurant was less than a 10 minute walk from our apartment so we ended up there at least twice. It opened this year and seems rather small when you walk in, thought there are stairs down but we never got to sit there so not sure if it contains a bigger seating area. The upstairs has a small bar and about four tables but sadly for them, it was practically empty every time we went in, which did mean we had no issue getting a table.

U Zelenina vegan restaurant

They have a small menu that consists of four choices which their Facebook says they publicise on there every day. I had a look though and it doesn’t look like they are consistent with updating it. Their menu does cover a range of things though so even though it’s small, I’m sure you’ll fancy one of the options. The first time we both chose burgers AND THEY WERE THE NICEST BURGERS EVER! So tasty and super filling so you didn’t even need chips. I think the second time I decided on a burger again too because it was just that nice. I definitely recommend a visit here, the service was good and the food was great.

Vegan burger U Zelenina

Vegan tiny beer

My first beer in Prague!

 

 Loving Hut – Na Porici

Vegan Restaurant. Na Porici 25 (at near Biskupska corner), Prague

I’m always excited when I find a Loving Hut because usually their food is top notch. I’ve been to one in London, one in Anaheim, CA and now this one in Prague. There are quite a few Loving Hut restaurants in Prague so you’re sure to find one near you. This particular one is located above a small health food store and contains a buffet as well as a la carte. We chose to order from the menu; for starters, we ordered the biggest spring rolls in the history of the world! Look at them, I’m so glad we only ordered one portion!

Spring rolls at Loving Hut Prague

They were on the greasy side, but delicious with the dipping sauce.

One of the things I get sad about when I travel is that sometimes I don’t get to try traditional food because more often or not, it’s not vegan, so I love it when vegan restaurants have veganised versions. I think this was escalopes, potato and spinach and it was really nice.

Loving Hut Prague

The only disappointment really, was Blaze’s chow mein. It was really dry and didn’t have any sauce – she ended up leaving most of it.

Loving Hut Prague

This particular Loving Hut wasn’t too busy when we went in and we got a table by the window looking out on the rainy streets below; the service was ok, if a little slow. I would recommend a visit but either pick the buffet items so you know exactly what you are getting, or chose wisely from the menu.

 

Maitrea

Vegetarian Restaurant. Tynska ulicka 6 (at Praha 1), Prague.

If you only pick one vegetarian/vegan restaurant to go to in Prague, then this is the one. The food was absolutely incredible! Blaze is neither vegetarian or vegan but the burger she had here on our first visit, she said was the best burger she’d ever had (I don’t have a photo because she ate it too quick but it wasn’t vegan, alas).

Maitrea vegetarian restaurant Prague

The first visit we were seated upstairs by the window and the second we ended up downstairs. It does get pretty busy in here, as you can imagine, so we were lucky to get a table both times – probably because there were only two of us so if you are a large party, it might be worth booking in advance. But it’s worth it, look at that pasta!

Maitrea vegetarian restaurant Prague

It was so delicious – and perfect to warm me up after being out on the cold streets of Prague.

Maitrea vegetarian restaurant Prague

Blaze’s second attempt at a noodle based dish was a success! We went to Maitrea twice, but honestly, if you’d have told me I could only eat here all week – I would have been perfectly happy.

Maitrea vegetarian restaurant Prague

BRB just booking flights back to Prague for this dessert…

 

Clear Head – Lehka Hlava

Borsov 2, Praha 1, Prague

This is the sister restaurant of Maitrea and opened first. It is located one tram stop away from the Dancing House and down a side street then an alleyway so you may need the help of Googlemaps to locate it, but it’s, as expected, worth a visit. At this point, I should also point out, I was surprised that Prague wasn’t as expensive as I thought it would be. I realise I live in London and therefore, by default, compare everything to London prices but for the fact that we weren’t going to little local cheap cafes and instead actively searching out vegetarian and vegan options, I was impressed. At Clear Head – Lehka Hlava, we ordered two starters, two mains and two drinks and it came in just under £30, which isn’t bad at all!

Clear Head - Lehka Hlava vegetarian restaurant Prague

My starter was tofu pate, which was so delicious, I wanted to lick the little bowl clean. I am not normally a massive fan of pate but I thought it intriguing that they used tofu so opted to try it and I’m glad I did. Blaze is firmly from the ‘I love hummus so much I would just eat it plain and spoon it into my mouth’ school of thought so she obviously ordered hummus, which looked equally delicious.

Clear Head - Lehka Hlava vegetarian restaurant Prague

Clear Head - Lehka Hlava vegetarian restaurant Prague

I ordered Cantonese tofu with vegetables and jasmine rice for a main and was so tasty. Just looking at the photo I want to eat it again right now!

Clear Head - Lehka Hlava vegetarian restaurant Prague

Blaze went for the smoked tofu wrap with a herby, garlicky dip. I also decided to try their lemonade and it came in a tankard as big as my head!

Clear Head - Lehka Hlava vegetarian restaurant Prague

We managed to get a booth and I couldn’t stop looking at the pretty starlight ceiling. If you are near the Dancing House, go visit Clear Head – Lehka Hlava, you won’t be disappointed.

Moment

Slezske 62, Prague.

This little vegan cafe was, thankfully, about fifteen minutes walk from our apartment. Also, just be aware, it is cash only.

Moments vegan cafe Prague

I was so impressed that I could get a V60 coffee that I ordered one and it was lovely. I fully expected the coffee to not be that great, so was pleasantly surprised. We decided to take a trip here to have a proper breakfast the morning before we explored Prague Castle. I am not a sweet person, much preferring savoury dishes so I don’t often order pancakes for breakfast. Instead, I ordered an omelette with mushrooms and potato.

Moments vegan cafe Prague

It was ok, the potatoes made it nicer in my opinion. Also the dip, I have no idea what it was but I smothered it everywhere. I am pretty sure this omelette mix is out of a packet that I bought previously and couldn’t get it to taste that good so props to them for getting it edible. I did ponder between this and tofu scramble so I think if we’d had a chance to go back, I would have tried that next. Or maybe the pancakes…

Moments vegan cafe Prague

I admit to stealing a bit of that cream from Blaze’s plate and it was heavenly. If you go, pick these pancakes. Mmmmm.

Country Life – Melantrichova

Melantrichova 15, Praha 1, Prague.

We actually didn’t eat here but did visit. It is located not too far from Old Town Square and is buffet style. I didn’t fancy any of the food on offer so we went elsewhere but if you want buffet food and you are in Old Town, then check it out.

 

These are just the restaurants we ate at during our week long stay in Prague (which was part of my #Take12trips Challenge for April) but there are plenty more so if you are vegan and contemplating a trip to Prague, rest assured, you won’t go hungry!

 

What is your favourite vegan restaurant and where?

 

 

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17 Comments

  1. Meg | MeanderWithMeg May 20, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    Great to see there is such much yummy looking choice for vegans and veggies in Prague. Your point that it’s sad that you often miss out on local cuisine because it’s not vegan really struck me. Travelling is often enhanced by the incredible new flavours we can try – I’m so glad you got that chance – with beer too!

    • Nicole May 20, 2017 / 12:44 pm

      Yeah it can suck sometimes because trying local cuisine is half the fun – also it tends to be cheaper, so I was super happy to find veganised versions!

  2. Sylvanmist May 20, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    Wow all that food looks amazing! I’m such a foodie I’m lucky I don’t get too fat lol….I’m actually not a vegan or vegetarian, but I do have lactose intolerance so anything vegan is great for me, because I know it’s safe! Good to know about these places if I get to visit Prague someday!

    • Nicole May 20, 2017 / 1:56 pm

      Haha, but if you’re on holiday it doesn’t count when you eat all the food, right? 😉 I actually think all these places are great even if you are a meat eater but yeah I can imagine it’s hard sometimes being lactose intolerant. One of my friends is vegetarian & lactose intolerant so I basically say he’s vegan. Hope you can visit Prague one day, I really loved it.

  3. Minna May 20, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    Great post for all the veggies out there! I try to stick to veggie dishes as best I can when I travel (and they’re usually cheaper!) Can’t believe you got four dishes for under £30 at Clear Head- amazing!

    • Nicole May 20, 2017 / 1:59 pm

      I was really surprised at the price of food in Prague, I thought it was going to be a lot more expensive than it was, especially as we were actively seeking out vegan and vegetarian restaurants! But then again, I guess like you say, dishes without meat in are generally cheaper anyway 🙂

  4. Kat | finding Malokoko May 20, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    Wow, this seriously surprised me very much! We were in Prague 2 years a go and as we are not vegans we were eating mostly Czech traditional food which is I believe far from being vegetarian/vegan. And since I´m not a huge meat lover myself (i stil eat it here and there) i was checking the menu for some veggies but that was a hard one. I would have never thought they have so many good vegan restaurants! This is a very nice & informative post 😉

    • Nicole May 20, 2017 / 2:10 pm

      Ah yeah Czech food is mainly meat and potatoes so unfortunately I could try much of it, which is a shame as it looks great. There are so many options for veggie food in Prague now so you’ll be fine if you go back again 🙂 Thanks for commenting, I’m so glad you found it informative.
      P.S – if you don’t already have it, I highly recommend the happy cow app as it will tell you nearby vegetarian/vegan places to eat, perfect when you are in a new city.

      • Kat | finding Malokoko May 20, 2017 / 2:30 pm

        I don´t have the app, but I´ll definately check it out, thanks for the tip! 😉

  5. Karen May 20, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    SUCH A useful guide. I’m lactose intolerant, so definitely saving this for my return trip back. I didn’t struggle too much although I’ve had food at Loving Hut (In other cities). It was quite good!. 🙂

    • Nicole May 20, 2017 / 3:37 pm

      I’m so glad you found it useful! Prague is great if you are lactose intolerant, so you definitely won’t starve 🙂 I do usually like the food in Loving Hut, I’m hoping this was just a one off. They also have so many Loving Huts in Prague, I just didn’t have time to visit them all!

  6. Lia May 20, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    Yummm, I’m not even vegan and some of this looks HELLA good!

    • Nicole May 20, 2017 / 5:20 pm

      haha I’m glad! I got super hungry writing this post lol.

  7. Tasha May 21, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    I’ve never heard of the happy cow app (maybe because I’m not vegan!) but my friend who I’m traveling with next week is so I’ll have to tell her about it. Those giant spring rolls you had look delicious! It’s making me very hungry!

    • Nicole May 21, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      Haha sorry! I got hungry all over again writing this post! I’d never heard of happy cow app until I went vegan but it’s a lifesaver now when I travel. It tells you nearest restaurants, cafes and shops that are vegetarian, vegan or have vegan options (you can filter it) based on location, so perfect when you are in a new city or country.

  8. Katie May 21, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Wow! So many really good options! And i LOVEEE Prague!!

    • Nicole May 21, 2017 / 4:27 pm

      It was my first visit to Prague and it was sooooooooo good! No idea why I waited so long lol.

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