Each of Prague's neighborhoods has a distinct feeling, be it for the architecture or the inhabitants, the cafes or the restaurants. In recent years, changes have been happening fast; with the renovation of many neighborhoods, forgotten beauty and charm has been rediscovered.
What is even more palatable is the change in the gastronomy scene. No longer are guests satisfied with only a choice of pickled cheese or sausage and schnitzel (though those can perfectly hit the spot, and can be done in an astounding variety of ways). From gourmet burgers, to Vietnamese bistros, and high end tasting menus, Prague is putting itself on Europe's gastronomy map as a city that no foodie should miss. Alongside this impressive cuisine, beer has come a long way too; the tradition of brewing lagers has only gotten richer, keeping what made Czech Republic famous, but still with a little room for surprise. Ales have exploded on the Czech beer scene as brewers have gotten more skilled and the appreciation for this top fermented beer has grown. Happily, one can sit down on any given night to a beer of his choice, from lager to ale, and expect to dine on affordable, delicious, and even adventurous cuisine.
So here is a list of Prague's neighborhoods with noteworthy beer and gastronomical establishments. We've also mentioned a few pleasant things to do, which we think are worthy of anyone's time.
The map below shows the central districts of Prague (Prague 1-10) (click to read about a specific neighborhood)
The classic heart of the city, Old Town is an endlessly charming labyrinth of historical monuments and things to do. U Tří Růží on Husova makes excellent beers, especially their ales. U Rudolfina and U Zlatého Tygra, famous for their Pilsner, atmosphere, and devoted local fans, over the years have become cultural institutions. Lokál, voted in recent past years as having the best Pilsner in Prague, captures Czech pub charm and serves traditional Czech food. Further down on Dlouhá is Naše Maso, Ambiente’s premier butcher shop, serving tasty Czech style deli lunches and selling cream of the crop meat cuts.
Nové Město (Prague 1)
Václavské Náměstí, Prague’s modern square is a gritty mix of shopping and tourists, dabbed with history. Finding a good bite and beer is perplexingly not the easiest of tasks. Four notable breweries reside in New Town. U Fleků, the only brewery in central Europe to be brewing continuously for 500 years, serves exceptional dark lager and gives a great historic brewery tour; Novoměstský Pivovar brews light lagers, Ferdinand has a flagship restaurant, and U Medvídků is known for their strong lagers.
Just on the edge of the center, you’ll find Nota Bene, a modern restaurant serving cuisine made from farm fresh ingredients with 6 notable beers on tap. Just down the street is Aliance P.I.V member Kulový Blesk, with 14 taps that keep up with the newest beers from noteworthy Czech brewers. If dining on the finer side of things is up your alley, Sansho makes a fantastic menu of Asian fusion cuisine, and Čestr serves Pilsner Urquell and steaks to perfection. Náplavka, on the stretch of river bank from under Palackého Bridge along Rašínově Nábřeží, is lively river-walk, hosting events and a farmer’s market, and home to Bajkazyl, a DIY bar/bike shop.
Surrounded by the old castle walls, the fortress of Vyšehrad overlooks the Vltava, complete with a beautiful church, park, a few restaurants, and a beer garden. One of the most pleasant places for an afternoon stroll.
Malá Strana (Prague 1)
The 'Little Quarter', nestled along the Vltava below the castle, is a fairy tale-like maze of cobbled winding streets full of shops, cafes, and of course Czech history. Get lost in the Castle grounds, step inside St.Vitus, wander through the gardens, climb Petrin hill, and enjoy everything Malá Strana has to offer. Tucked behind the castle grounds in a historic Monastery is Klášterní Pivovar Strahov, brewing rich ales and lagers, with a nice menu of classic Czech cuisine done well. At the foot of the Charles Bridge on Míšeňská street, you find Lokál U Bílé Kuželky, serving Pilsner Urquell, famous for its freshness, alongside a menu of Czech canteen classics.
Vinohrady (Prague 2)
One of Prague's richest art nouveau neighborhoods, these tree lined streets are not only beautiful to the eye, but full of some spectacular cafes, eateries, and pubs. The square at Jiřího z Poděbrad comes alive with one of the city's best farmer's markets every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, full of fresh produce, food, and one gentleman sells decent beer.
Pivo a Párek, just around the corner on Korunní street, has the best hot dogs and a sturdy selection of Czech beers. Just a block down the street is Pivní Rozmanitost, one of Prague's best beer shops (and most affordable according to our price comparison). Selling a variety of beers, Pivní Rozmanitost specializes in Czech brews as well as some international classics, with 4 tap beers. The best Vietnamese bistro (so far) Tuan & Lan, is on Slavíkova across from Jiřího z Poděbrad.
Around Náměstí Míru, one has a hard choice to make; either ice-cold Staropramen and classic Czech cuisine with a modern twist at Vinohradský Parlament, or cuisine à la bière alongside Belgian beers at Bruxx. Dish on Římská makes our favorite burger (and supposedly some of the best burgers in Europe!) and has Únětické beer on tap.
Žižkov (Prague 3)
Prague’s most illustrious pub neighborhood. From virtually every street corner, at least one watering hole is in sight. At the top of lower Žižkov, where the streets and pubs tend to be grimier, is Vítkov. Surrounded by a beautiful park and bike lane, Vítkov is home to the world’s largest equestrian statue and the museum of modern Czech History.
Along the bike path, Bajkazyl has a pub/bike shop serving beer from Únětice brewery. U Slovanské Lípy and U Vodoucha both have affordable classic Czech cuisine with rotating taps of classic, fresh Czech beers. The Tavern makes some of Prague’s best burgers. As well as being one of Prague’s most unique monuments, Žižkov’s TV Tower offers one of the best views of the city. Just around the corner is U Sadu, with usually a decent selection of 6 taps, simple/affordable cuisine, and foosball. Riegrovy Sady, a green oasis between Vinohrady and Žižkov, has one of Prague’s most popular beer gardens.
Nusle (Prague 4)
Part of one of Prague’s largest districts, Nusle is a residential neighborhood with a few exceptional establishments. Crossing under the ‘suicide bridge’, Nuselský Most is an impressive piece of architecture, with Folimanka park below. Known for astoundingly fresh lagers and simple, home-style Czech cuisine, Sousedský Pivovar Bašta makes some of our favorite beer. Baretta bar by Náměstí Bratří Synků serves delicious pizza, and is just around the corner from legendary Zlý Časy with their 40+ taps of craft beer.
Anděl/Smichov (Prague 5)
Bordering Malá Strana to the south is Anděl, a busy shopping/residential area. Full of office parks and a large shopping mall, this bustling district is home to Staropramen brewery. Other notable establishments include U Buldocka, which is one of the few pubs serving beer from Zvíkov, and just across the street, Smíchovský Radniční Sklípek, a classic Pilsner pub. Bejzment on Zborovská is one of Prague’s leading burger bars and the usual winner at BurgerFest. Further down into Smíchov is the Meet Factory, an industrial art/concert space run by David Černý. A cool venue for art, performance, and sound.
Dejvice/Bubeneč (Prague 6)
One of Prague’s most popular neighborhoods, Dejvice's tree lined streets house numerous cafes and noteworthy restaurants. U Veverky on Eliášova is a Pilsner establishment known for crisp Pilsner and good pub food. Na Slamníku was one of the first Únětické pubs, and despite their rather rundown state, remains one of the neighborhoods most famous places. One of Prague’s first farmer’s markets, Vítězné Náměsti, or as locals say ‘Kulat’ák’, comes alive every Saturday with vendors from all over the country.
Břevnov (Prague 6)
In Břevnov, not too far from Dejvice, is Břevnovský Klašter, a monastery that houses Břevnovský Klášterní Sv. Vojtěcha Pivovar, which dates back to the year 933, is one of the oldest recorded breweries in the world. Next door is Klášterní Šenk, an excellent Czech restaurant where you can sample some of Břevnovs fantastic brews.
Letná/Holešovice (Prague 7)
Over looking the Vltava and Josefov, you’ll find Letná Park, one of most popular green spaces that includes a scenic beer garden. Stretching from Královský Letohrádek to almost Strossmayerovo Náměstí, Letenské Sady also includes the Prague Metronome, once the place of a giant Stalin head which is now a popular skatepark. The neighborhood of Letná is full of cosy cafes and eateries, like The Farm, known for their all day breakfast menu. Bistro 8 makes a mean cup o’joe. On Františka Křížka street is Bio Oko, a retro cinema showing independent film. Stromovka park, a historic hunting ground, is a lush green expanse full of walking/roller blading paths and beer oases, such as Lokál. Extremely conducive to picnicking.
Karlin (Prague 8)
Flat and newly renovated, this quiet district has some great cafes like Můj Šálek Kávy and Kafe Karlin. Polevkarna specializes in delicious soups. Of course there’s Pivovarský Klub with 5 taps of quality beer and hearty Czech cuisine. On Sokolovská, you’ll find Lokál’s newest branch, Hamburk.
Vršovice (Prague 10)
We're a little prejudiced here, since this is our hood, but this is a neighborhood full of surprises. Krymská street has come to symbolize the urban Czech hipster culture, with places such as Café V Lese, and just around the corner is Café Sladkovský, which serves by far the better beer and has decent food too. Zenit, newly opened, reminds one of Berlin. Galerie Piva on Krymská is a friendly neighborhood beer shop, complete with two rotating taps of good beer.
On Francouzská, Cafe Šlágr is the place to head for a sweet fix with vintage Czech decor, delectable cakes, and good coffee. A few doors up is Thai's Asian Food shop, a mini version of Sappa, well stocked and fairly priced. Further down, is Coffee House, selling gourmet coffee and accessories. Across Moskevska, is Vinotéka Baryk, our favorite wine shop, specializing in Czech and Austrian wines. On the corner of Norská and Ruská is Neklid, a local favorite, with Únětické beer on tap.
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