Healthy food preparation is on the rise in the Czech Republic as the demand for organic food continues to stay strong across Europe and around the world. Prague’s new restaurateurs focus mainly on plant-based menus and locally grown ingredients. Let’s take a look at some of the best places in the capital with healthy food options.
Order breakfast and brunch all day at Mezi Srnky
Mezi Srnky, which means “among the deer,” is known for serving breakfast any time of the day on weekdays and brunch meals on weekends. Start your morning right with their multi-grain oatmeal with poppy seed oil, gluten-free pancakes, baked pumpkin with herb hummus, or an open sandwich of seed-nutty or gluten-free buckwheat bread with scrambled eggs. It sources its coffee, tea, almond and oat milk, eggs, and bread from choice local suppliers.
This Vinohrady cafe has an intimate and homey atmosphere, having only two window seats near the entrance, two long wooden tables for communal dining on one side, and an open kitchen.
Enjoy gluten-free meals and light lager at Jina Krajina
Jina Krajina (Different Landscape) has a greenhouse, from which it harvests herbs, vegetables, and spices for its healthy meals. Veggie-based dishes include spinach quesadilla, Bulgur Risotto, gluten-free grilled tempeh, gluten-free tuna steak with basmati rice and salmon steak stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes and potatoes au gratin. Jina Krajina also has a salad for every type of eater, from its gluten-free small mixed salad and small beetroot salad to its chicken and corn Tex-Mex salad as well as lettuce with salmon, prosciutto, and yogurt dressing. The restaurant also boasts a regular supply of non-filtered light Policsky lager.
At its Nove Mesto branch, you can take your meal inside the main hall or within the roofed patio that’s enclosed by the restaurant’s high fence.
Sup on vegan-style Czech and Asian dishes at Moment Cafe
Moment Cafe serves Czech and Asian cuisine with a vegetarian twist, including svícková and tempeh beetroot meatloaf. Some crowd favorites are their seitan bagel, portobello mushroom burger, tofu scramble, and an omelet made of chickpea flour with mushrooms, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, and kale. Its soya cappuccino also has plenty of fans.
Moment Cafe is a family-friendly place with a kid’s play zone containing toys and colored pencils at the back portion of the dining area.
Address: Slezská 62, 120 00 Praha 2-Vinohrady
Go meatless at Mlsná Kavka
Just a short walk from the Florenc metro station in Karlin district, Mlsna Kavka (Picky Jackdaw) prepares meat-free meals using the freshest ingredients of the season. Its main dishes include crispy soya noodles, tofu, and zucchini in Hokkaido pumpkin curry, vegan quesadilla with cheddar, fermented vegetable Buddha bowls, seitan-bean sausages, and vegan BLT sandwiches. Enjoy their Sunday brunch featuring bagels, croissants, donuts, fresh orange juice, and more.
This non-smoking restaurant is an inclusive employer whose waitstaff has benefitted from Green Door’s employment program for mental health.
Tasty pasta and bread made in-house at Palo Verde
If you’re staying at Salvator Boutique Hotel in Prague, don’t pass up the chance to try Palo Verde’s homemade pasta and freshly baked sourdough bread. Its main dishes include oyster mushroom ravioli and tortellini with tofu ricotta cheese. Pumpkin risotto, tom kha (Thai coconut) soup with non-chicken meat, and the Palo Verde bowl of quinoa, beluga lentils, avocado, broccoli, and roasted sweet potatoes in hazelnut dressing are also on the menu.
Located on the ground floor of this hotel near the Old Town, the restaurant with a shady patio also has a collection of vegan, bio, and natural wines.
Vietnamese and European delights served at Forrest Bistro
Located along the quiet Londynska Street near Peace Square, Forrest Bistro prepares at least two unique meals daily apart from its regular menu. It cooks a mean vegan pho and serves other Vietnamese specialties such as bahn mi sandwiches. Its European and global offerings such as bean goulash, soybean roast, seitan schnitzel, and cherry-soy burger can leave you pleasantly surprised.
Also, don’t miss the beet cappuccino from its espresso bar—a must-try if you’re a coffee lover who’s trying to reduce your caffeine intake.
Explore Country Life’s pay-by-weight buffet
From being an organic health supplies and cosmetics wholesaler, Country Life now has a robust self-service restaurant chain with three outlets in Prague. Since you decide on your portion size, you can try as many items on from their self-service bar, the contents of which changes daily.
You can choose from a selection of raw, baked, and grilled vegetables, oats, bread, soups, pizzas, vegetarian goulash, pastries, fruit and vegetable juices, and more. Ingredients come from the company’s organic farm and bakery.
Daytime dining is sober at Cobra Bar
Cobra Bar may be more popular for its DJ nights from Friday to Saturday and Bad Flash beer on tap. However, it’s starting to earn a name for itself among mindful eaters for its vegan and vegetarian options.
Other than its vegan granola bowl with Krasolesi milk, everything on the breakfast menu is vegetarian from the omelets, pancakes, and toast to the fluffy semolina porridge with cherries and Chambord black raspberry-chocolate liqueur. For lunch, there’s mushroom and spinach lasagna, baked ricotta with Moravia cheese and olives, and pearl pasta risotto with beetroot, arugula, and sheep cheese.
Have a vegan fast food party at Chutnej
Are you hungry for flavorful vegan pizzas and burgers? Let Chutnej satisfy your cravings. You can choose from a variety of burger add-ons from vegan cheese and mayo to tomatoes, red onions, pickles, and lettuce. Plus, their buns are gluten-free! Feast on gluten-free sides like baked veggie fries, Roman chickpea balls, onion rings, and coleslaw.
Chutnej also has tomato-based and cream-based pizzas as well as several vegan pasta dishes.
Light meals and desserts galore await you at Cukrkávalimonáda
There are salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and fine pastries to be had at this cafe and bakery that’s named after an old clapping game among Czech children. You can pair off pancakes with brewed coffee from northern Italy’s Lake Garda region for breakfast. Or take a light lunch of tomato-mozzarella salad or chicken breast with mozzarella and prosciutto on balsamic vinegar.
Whether you’re ordering food to go or dining in, take a moment to look up at the cafe’s ceiling and appreciate its timber roof beams with Renaissance-era design.