Last November my Dad turned 50 and to celebrate, he and I went for a 3 day trip to his favourite city in the world, Prague. I had been once before with my Dad back in 2007 but at that point he had only been a couple of times, since then he has been on at least 10 more occasions, so I was excited to go again nearly a decade later, with my very own personal veggie tour guide.
We stayed in an apartment pretty central and spent most of our time in the touristy bits of Prague eating and drinking so hopefully if you’re planning a trip and are veggie or vegan these little reviews might come in handy…… Sorry for lack of photos, I’m rubbish!
In short: Average American-style food with plenty of veggie and vegan options in a cool setting…. although not as cool as I remembered.
As far as I am aware The Globe Café and Bookshop was one of the first places my dad and step-mum discovered in Prague and visiting there was one of my favourite memories from the 2007 trip. It had felt so cool and artsy to me back then. The vibe is still pretty cool, walking through the English-language bookshop to the café at the back of the space there are definitely worse places to have lunch. The menu which is American-influenced features all the usual suspects. We went early afternoon on a Saturday and they had the Brunch menu running. I went for a Soy Cappuccino and we both had the Huevos Rancheros, it was good but not startling. Overall, I would recommend The Globe as a relaxed and safe veggie option if you’re in the area. The staff are friendly and the food is good but flyers advertising their Saturday night karaoke confirmed that they have definitely lost some cool points since my last visit.
In short: Delicious and authentic meze at a crazy-low price!
The first time we tried this restaurant we were turned away (it was getting petty late) but I was keen to return the following night to try again. I’m a massive fan of meze and my dad had been on his previous trip and said it was good. We picked a selection of meze to share from the fairly standard Middle Eastern menu; Hummous, Baba Ganoush, Falafel, Tabbouleh, little cheese and spinach pastries and of course pitta breads. The food was amazing and as good as any Middle Eastern food I’ve had in the UK. The vibe is relaxed and in total, with a bottle of wine and a beer, our meal cost about £20.00 for the two of us!
In short: A cute vegetarian coffee shop with great coffee and cake and lots of vegan options
There are a few Mamacoffee shops dotted across Prague and one of them was just around the corner from our apartment so we popped in on the way into town one morning for a coffee and some cake.
Again, this modern little café had a really nice relaxed feel to it and the staff made us welcome straight away by explaining that we could choose a table and they would come over to take our order. I opted for a soy flat white and a piece of their stunning (looking and tasting) cinnamon flavoured cheesecake. Although I went for a very non-vegan option there was were a couple of vegan cakes on offer too. From looking back at their website it also looks like they do a good choice of savoury dishes too with lots of vegan options so well worth bearing in mind!
In short: Perfectly located, canteen-style vegan café and shop
Countrylife is a bit of an institution in Prague, slap-bang in the middle of all the action at the bottom of St Wenceslas Square its location is ideal for when you’re doing the touristy thing. Less of a restaurant and more of a canteen; its self-service and you pay for your food by weight! We went towards the end of the day which meant some of the options were running low but I didn’t mind this as it meant we missed the crowds. It’s the kind of place where you grab yourself a tray and a plate and slide along the runners past the various dishes, adding to your plate as you go, problem is if you don’t know what’s up ahead you might fill up your plate with the wrong stuff at the start and end up with massive food envy! (The trials and tribulations of a food-lover, ey!) Luckily, as it was quiet, I was able to do a quick run up and down the line to asses all of my options before loading my plate, with an admittedly random selection of foods (too many choices!!). I can’t really remember any of the specific elements of my meal but it compromised a selection of hot and cold bits all of which were tasty. Surprisingly this isn’t one of the cheaper places for a veggie to eat and the service is kind of grumpy but it’s still worth a visit. The shop is also a great place to stock up if you’re planning on doing a bit of self-catering. Worth noting it’s closed on Saturdays too.
In short: Friendly bistro with modern veggie/vegan food, big portions and cheap
On our last day we went up Petrin Hill and popped into the handily placed vegetarian café , Green Spirit, at the bottom of the hill on the way back to the apartment. This café is pretty small with only a few tables inside however from the photos on the website it looks like you can sit outside in the Summer. I was impressed by the menu, although not huge there was a good variety of options, a few Mexican dishes, some more Oriental-style mains as well as burgers and pasta too and around half of these were vegan. I went for the quesadilla, a soy cappuccino and because I just couldn’t resist once I’d seen it… a lavender lemonade!! The mains were massive when they came, a big quesadilla with a mound of well cooked rice and all the essential sides, guacamole, salsa and jalapeños. My dad had a veggie chilli which came in a humongous deep-fried tortilla bowl. The lavender lemonade was also definitely worth a try, sweet and floral, but not too flowery. All together 2 mains, 2 hot drinks and 2 cold drinks came to £15.00!