Al fresco meals are one of the greatest pleasures of the summer months, and luckily, Prague has plenty of excellent outdoor dining destinations to take advantage of. Many of the city’s best restaurants and cafés offer imaginative and thoughtful outdoor seating areas, along with fantastic food and drink. Enjoy farm-to-fork cuisine in a cute cobbled courtyard, exemplary coffee and homemade cake in a secret garden, or a three-course French-inspired meal and natural wine as you bask in the sunshine near Old Town Square. Here’s our pick of the best outdoor dining options in Prague.
Sansho’s Asian-inspired cuisine has earned it a loyal following in Prague and beyond. Chef Paul Day works with local suppliers who are committed to traditional farming methods and high standards to create a minimal waste menu that uses the whole animal. Furthermore, it’s an ideal option for warm weather dining thanks to its outdoor seating area, which allows diners to bask in the sun whilst tucking into some exceptional cuisine. Stop by for lunch and try the legendary pork belly sliders before moving on to the rabbit jungle curry or crispy sweet and sour beef. The green tea ice cream and chocolate chip cookie sandwich also make the ideal summer treats.
Located in the leafy Letna district, Cukrarna Alchymista is Prague’s very own secret garden and hidden oasis of calm. Visit for great coffee, an extensive range of delectable cakes and lighter bites. Fitted with wonderfully old-fashioned décor, there are plenty of gluten- and dairy-free options in addition to some sinfully good cheesecake, all served on pretty vintage chinaware.
Close to Wenceslas Square, Styl & Interier is an interiors store and a restaurant and also one of the Prague’s best spots for outdoor dining. Despite its central location, the courtyard garden restaurant has a tranquil and calming atmosphere in addition to an impressive menu. Taking its inspiration from around the globe and incorporating touches of French, Italian, Moroccan and Scandinavian cooking, this is a great choice for breakfast, brunch, lunch or simply a delicious cup of coffee and a sweet snack.
Channelling Parisian pavement café culture beneath a vast awning, Brasserie La Gare is where to find fine French food plated up for some of the best outdoor dining in Prague. The à la carte menu reads as a Francophile’s greatest hits – gratinéed snails, steak tartar, coq au vin – with a changing daily menu to keep its many regular customers interested. Go in for three dazzlingly buttery courses, or simply settle back with a sparkling aperitif and watch the world drift by.
While not exactly en plein air, Malostranská Beseda’s tables spill out beneath the arched arcade of an elegant 15th-century building. This restaurant is a down-to-earth, proudly Czech establishment, with meaty local favourites such as roast duck and creamy svickova being the real crowd pleasers. It goes without saying that there’s not much choice for vegetarians here. It’s all washed down in true Czech style with beer, which will continue to be replenished until you place a mat over the top of your glass.
One of the loveliest places for outdoor dining in Prague is Grand Cru. The setting is sophisticated, the menu is inventive (think exquisitely presented quail with duck crackling or hare saddle with gnocchi and rosehip), and the wines are sommelier-paired. Come summer, Grand Cru’s modest clutch of al fresco tables are highly coveted, so book ahead to guarantee a spot in the cobbled courtyard.