Vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Prague's guide to the capital's vegetarian and vegan restaurants

It’s no secret that the most popular dishes in the Czech Republic are those containing meat and dumplings. Whether goulash or svíčková, pork or beef is normally a staple part of the meal, while American style burger bars are popping up everywhere and in supermarkets it’s possible to buy two decent sized steaks for the same price as a box of Alpen cereal. For those who don’t eat animals, or are just looking for a meat-free option, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan restaurants across Prague, most of which are non-smoking.

Built over 600 years ago but opened as a vegetarian, open-kitchen restaurant in 2005, Clear Head in Prague 1 has a unique interior where old meets new. The curved ceilings, artistic wallpaper and lights create a peaceful atmosphere. Everything on their menu is made without eggs and an English language version with vegan items clearly marked makes it easier for non-Czech speakers. A range of starters, soups, salads and mains, including Thai curries, pinto bean burritos and mushroom risotto as well as a kids menu and selection of desserts are always available.

Their sister restaurant Maitrea, near Old Town Square also features vegan items and a daily meal offer that changes every week. With two floors it is slightly bigger than Clear Head and non-smoking too with a special feng shui interior. The menu features some different dishes to Clear Head such as vegetarian sushi and Czech specialities goulash and svíčková created using vegetarian ‘meat’.

Indian food is relatively rare in the Czech Republic but in Dhaba Beas Prague has a chain of six vegetarian restaurants all using recipes from the north of India. They provide a self-service buffet with Indian and European vegetarian food that is made from scratch with fresh produce every day and no eggs, meat or fish involved. Lunchtime delivery is available between 11am and 1pm every weekday (small charge for delivery unless over 475 CZK, then it’s free) as well as half price meals for anyone getting there an hour before closing time.

Another chain is the Loving Hut which has eight vegan restaurants across the capital. Even though it is an international chain each restaurant operates on an individual basis with slightly differing choices, although most involve a self-service buffet as well as a standalone menu. Expect to find inexpensive dishes utilising tofu, numerous vegetables and many in an Asian style from chow mein to kung pao.

Over in Letná Vegtral can be found; a vegetarian restaurant with a menu that changes weekly. Pasta and couscous dishes, tofu burgers and vegetarian goulash are just some of the items available alongside an extensive drinks menu including hot drinks, various juices, beers, wines, spirits and classic cocktails. It may be further out of the centre but the cosy decor and unique menu full of homemade food make the extra few minutes on a tram worth it.

Also in Prague 7 is the cafe, bistro and shop that is Kidó. Located close to the Academy of Fine Arts, it’s no surprise to find funky patterned tiles along the walls and floor inside. They post a daily menu to their Facebook page but the bistro has a regular one including breakfast, quiches, sandwiches and a weekend brunch. Sustainability is at the heart of the place so they use fresh, local ingredients and follow traditional recipes, as well as having a partnership with City Bike.

A few new all vegan places have recently opened up in the city too. Plevel, meaning weed in English (not that kind!) started in Spring this year in Prague 10 with a completely vegan menu. There isn’t a fixed menu as they like to use wild plants when in season and apparently enjoy ‘the variety of life’, but do have a regular dessert menu featuring pancakes, cookies and other goodies. They also have a lot of gluten-free dishes on offer.

Moment also opened early in 2013 in Prague 2, serving up only vegan food. More of a cafe than a restaurant they have a savoury menu but place a lot of emphasis on sweet things such as their own homemade ice cream and various cakes. As well as not using meat or any animal products they source all their ingredients locally, mainly from farmers’ and other markets.

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