Prague has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe for centuries. It’s home to about 1.26 million people and is the capital of the Czech Republic. With its rich history, this make Prague a popular tourist destination – named the top 6 travel destinations by TripAdvisor in 2016. The city receives more than 6.4 million international visitors annually.
Being a hot tourist destination, with attractions such as Prague Castle, Old Town Square, and many museums and galleries – visitors need to eat somewhere in between, right? Yes, Prague is also famous for amazing restaurants and fine cuisine. That said, you don’t have to spend a fortune to eat well in the Czech capitol.
So don’t fear! We’ve collected some top cheap eat locations in Prague for the travel budget conscious. While planning your trip (or bike tour with us) be sure to include these on your itinerary!
BUDGET COFFEE SHOPS
Another way of discovering some great cheap eats in Prague is to eat at some local coffee shops. Muj salek kavy, the flagship cafe of the local Doubleshot roasters, serves up great coffee and reasonably priced lunches and snacks during the day, some of them gluten free. Just a street away, the recently opened Proti proudu bistro combines fun design with delicious breakfasts and sandwiches (the pork belly is pictured below), soup and something sweet. We would just skip the coffee and still have it at Muj salek kavy. On the other side of the river, Cafe Lounge serves consistently solid coffee, a daily soup all day and popular lunch specials up until 3pm.
MASO A KOBLIHA
Probably the best “bistro” in Prague, Maso a kobliha is located ten steps from the famed Sansho restaurant. Maso a kobliha is a winner because of two people: Paul Day uses the best Czech protein from his butchers of The Real Meat Society and combines it with the wonderful brioche and other breads baked by Julka, a.k.a. Maskrtnica, arguably the best baker in the city.
If you want to try Czech fast food in Prague, head over to the extremely popular Sisters bistro, which serves “chlebicek”, the classic Czech open-faced sandwiches. Unlike large Czech dishes, chlebiceks give you, according to Hana Michopulu, the owner, the opportunity to try, let’s say, three different meals on a piece of bread. A favorite chlebicek, ham and potato salad, pickled herring with wasabi mayo, or smoked mackerel with beet roots and potato salad, cost CZK 39 each. Sisters also serves delicious daily soup for CZK 59. You can combine the soup and two chlebiceks for a rich meal.
One of the best butcheries in town does not just sell meat to go. Nase maso also has a kitchen and serves simple, truly Czech meals that will not cost you an arm and a leg. For instance, three thick slices of the best meatloaf in town (and the world) cost under CZK 100, the same as three pieces of their delicious, juicy sausages. Their burgers are delicious and cost about EUR 5. If you are really lucky, their pork belly braised for hours with lager and onion is to die for and costs below CZK 150. Whatever Nase maso cooks can easily list among the best cheap eats in Prague. Just expect to wait in line, but the Czech beer on tap makes the wait that much easier.