As a self-proclaimed foodie, I've made it my mission to find the best places to eat in Prague that all visitors should do their best to try out. Here are my top 5!
Nearest metro: Jiriho Z Podrebad
Known to locals simply as “Pho Vietnam” or “The Best Pho You’ll Have In Your Life,” my roommates and frequent this place. And by frequent, I mean frequent. We go once a week at the very least to get a steaming bowl of steak pho for just $5. Add a couple complimentary lemon slices, sriracha, and the $10 bottle of Hoisin sauce you picked up at Marks & Spencer and you’re good to go. Also be prepared to order takeaway and maybe eat at the park right outside – there’s no seating in the restaurant, just a few tables to awkwardly stand at. Cash only!
Tansu’s Tip: You see that sketchy open bottle of liquid sitting on the metal counter by the plastic cutlery? The orangey-red stuff that looks like it hasn’t been touched in years? Put it in your pho. You won’t die (probably) and it really amps up the flavor. Just don’t ask me what it is because I still don’t know and would like to remain blissfully ignorant.
Nearest tram: Malostranske Namesti
If we’re being honest, I’m not really a fan at all. The only reason this place is on here is because of the free wi-fi, location (five steps away from Anglo-American University) and cheap bagels. Basically, if you’re looking to fill your stomach on a dime in between classes, you’ll end up here. Otherwise, the horrible service in terms of speed and attitude paired with mediocre food would suggest you stay away.
Tansu’s Tip: You do not have to sit down to eat here. Feel free to walk up to the bagel display case for a quick(er) order.
If you'd like an extended list, be sure to check out my food blog at www.tastingwithtansu.com!
3. The Tavern
Nearest metro: Jiriho Z Podrebad
|A Bacon-Cheddar Burger with seasoned fries|
|An enormous serving of chili-cheese ranch fries|
I can’t say enough good things about this place. The atmosphere is warm, intimate, and relaxed, as customers are seated on wooden benches and stools all around the small restaurant. Despite its size, this is one of the only restaurants in Prague where I’ve been given a wait time instead of a stiff “we’re full” upon walking in. The waiters/waitresses are busy, but friendly and willing to walk you through the menu.
Speaking of, The Tavern – although in the middle of Eastern Europe – has provided me with one of the best burgers I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. The Classic Bacon-Cheddar offers sharp, English cheddar and perfectly crispy American bacon, melting together beautifully in between two perfectly fluffy buns. Ugh, eating this burger is like poetry.
Not to be outdone, the pommes-frites on the menu step up their game with the Chili-Cheese Ranch Fries. Meant to be shared (even though I definitely didn’t) this gigantic order of fries has a hearty, meaty chili and smooth ranch. It also takes some inspiration from American fast-food restaurants with a random curly fry here and there.
Tansu’s Tip: Cash only! Although you can expect a burger on par with those back in America, don’t have the same expectations for dessert.
Nearest tram: Ujezd
If you're from Southern California or Texas, you know what good Mexican food is (bonus points if you're actually from Mexico). Your best bet when it comes to satisfying your craving in Prague is Cantina, which serves up delicious burritos, soups, salads, fajitas, and desserts! Just a little bit pricier than your run of the mill restaurant in Prague, but still cheaper than the U.S. and worth every cent.
Tansu's Tip: It's a great place to go for large groups, but if that's your plan, be sure to call ahead to reserve! They don't have too much space for walk-ins.
5. Monolok Cafe
Nearest metro: Namesti Miru
Easily the best breakfast you'll have in Prague. If you're looking for a solid early morning meal with eggs, bacon, toast, and all the fixin's, this is your place! It's extremely affordable - a full breakfast can cost you just $7 - and boasts fresh brewed coffee as well.
Tansu's Tip: Don't be afraid to show up early. Monolok is open at 8AM on weekdays.
Tansu Philip is the Fall 2014 CEA MOJO in Prague, Czech Republic. She is currently a junior at Chapman University.
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