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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
It was so delicious – and perfect to warm me up after being out on the cold streets of 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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Slezske 62, Prague.
This little vegan cafe was, thankfully, about fifteen minutes walk from our apartment. Also, just be aware, it is cash only.
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.
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…
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?