From rich pork stews and meaty goulashes to hearty sausages and dumplings, traditional cuisine in the Czech Republic isn’t exactly renowned for its health-conscious leanings. However, its capital is not immune to the vegan trend that’s sweeping the world. Prague’s wealth of excellent vegan-friendly cafés and restaurants earn it a place among Europe’s healthiest hipster echelons. Here, our guide points out Prague’s loveliest vegan cafés and best fine dining restaurants.
Located in Prague’s Old Town, MyRaw Café’s pastel-hued cakes crowned with berries and chocolate are a picture of creamy, buttery decadence, but they’re all vegan and raw. Nothing served here is heated above 42 degrees, meaning ingredients retain every one of their nutrients. Pair a dessert with one of MyRaw Café’s expertly poured organic coffees or detox smoothies and sink into a cosy armchair to watch the tides of yogis drift past.
With its exposed lightbulbs and raw wood finishes, Prague’s ultra-hip vegan café Moment Kavarna & Bistro is a magnet for the city’s cool crowd. It’s open for breakfast right through until dinner, and the menu is stacked with meat-free interpretations of easy, laid-back classics: think seitan bagels, tofu hotdogs and ‘fish’ and chips. Our recommendation? Moment’s delicious vegan version of the beefy Svíčková.
Occupying a uniquely decorated Gothic house, Lahka Hlava, (Czech for ‘clear head’) is a vegetarian restaurant and tearoom with serious personality. Each room is individually painted: one a night sky with a canopy of twinkling stars; another adorned with vivid murals. Lahka Hlava’s inventive menu looks internationally for inspiration. Tofu Gras is a creamy pâté of smoked tofu, barley miso and cashews, while the lively green pesto is made with courgette, almond and parvegan.
Abundant in fresh vegetables and laden with herbs, Asian cuisine lends itself perfectly to veganism. While not strictly meat-free, the elegant Rickshaw
has a dedicated vegan section that presents the greatest hits of Oriental cuisine, from China and Japan to Thailand and Indonesia. There’s aromatic Pad Thai with a tangle of noodles, tamarind sauce and peanuts. There’s tenderly grilled tofu steak with bok choy and sesame seeds. Appointed in deep scarlet and dark woods, Rickshaw is Prague’s most romantic vegan spot for a memorable date.
Serving up artfully plated dishes that look too perfect to eat, the award-winning Etnosvět is a vegetarian restaurant with an adjoining all-vegan Bistro next door. The menu whisks diners around the world and back again with globally inspired dishes, from sushi to tagliatelle with zucchini and saffron. The best way to navigate Etnosvět’s pretty plates is via the six-course vegetarian or vegan tasting menus.