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Prague Restaurants Offer Quality Meals at Affordable Prices



One of the joys of travelling is eating out. Prague offers lots of opportunities for quality meals at very affordable prices. Lunch is the main meal and can start as early as 11 am, by 2 pm lunch is over and you can order a la carte. Poledni Menu or lunch menu is the secret. It features authentic Czech cuisine and often a few 'foreign' dishes like pasta or hamburgers at prices that make you smile.

When you are with the kids IKEA offers the best value for money meals. No one, young or old, can resist their delicious meat balls. For carnivores, Ceska Hospoda in the Vinohrady district offers traditional schnitzels as large as doormats served with crispy French fries. If you like a panoramic view with your meal, the panorama from the ninth floor of Zlata Praha is hard to beat. Chef Miroslav Kubec will impress you with roast duck Czech style.

French cuisine is best sampled at Chez Marcel. Who can resist coq au vin followed by chocolate mousse? Mussels washed down with Stella Artois are best sampled at Les Moules, a restaurant that specializes in Belgian favorites. If you are fond of seafood, Barock is the restaurant to eat oysters and drink champagne.

The following restaurants tickle your taste buds without emptying your wallet.


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Bohemia Bagel Masna
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If you have eaten enough schnitzels, sausages, sauerkraut and dumplings and you crave for 'home food', Bohemia Bagel is the right place to go. The peanut, butter, jelly bagel will certainly tickle your taste buds. Breakfast is served all day. Why not have Full Monty, fried eggs with bacon, sausage, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, at 11 am. It will give you enough energy to go on a shopping spree in the Josefov district. Everyone knows that shopping makes hungry. Therefore come back at 4 pm for a Caesar salad with grilled chicken breast, or maybe celery and carrots sticks if you are on a diet.

Recommended for Best Value because: Traditional goulash served in a bread bowl is more like a Czech meal than bagels.

Local Expert tip: Between 12:30 and 1:30 reservations are recommended because Bohemia Bagel is a favorite among tourists groups.

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Chez Marcel
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Chez Marcel has the look, the feel and the taste of Paris. A young crowd sits around the tables laid with red and white checkered tablecloths in the two brightly painted yellow rooms. The menu is stuffed with French favorites such as snails a la Provence, warm goat cheese with honey and steak tartare for starters. The main courses are equally mouthwatering; coq au vin, white wine sautéed mussles or beef tournedos. Go for the duck breast with caramelized red onions in port wine sauce if you like to eat Czech food prepared by a French chef. Familiar desserts include chocolate mousse and tarte tatin.

Recommended for Best Value because: 'La Formule du midi', the lunch menu, is too good to be true.

Local Expert tip: Relax in a authentic Parisian brasserie in the heart of Prague.

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As a break from shopping in chic (and expensive) Pariszka street, Barock is a heaven of peace. The menu takes you on a journey with specialties that are inspired by culinary art from the occident and the orient. Lunch al fresco in summer or inside where mood lightning enhances the romantic atmosphere. Let culinary art from the east seduce you; chicken wok with fresh vegetables accompanied by sweet and sour sauce and Basmati rice. If your taste is more European, be tempted by Norwegian salmon with grilled vegetables and vierge sauce. There is no better way to end your meal than with vanilla, coconut and passionfruit crème brulee.

Recommended for Best Value because: Taste the subtle flavors of east and west, without even leaving your chair.

Local Expert tip: Come to Barock on a Sunday afternoon to sample oysters served with champagne.

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Zlata Praha Restaurant
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Situated on the ninth floor of the Intercontinental Hotel, Zlata Praha is dining with a view. The panoramic windows of this rooftop restaurant offer striking views of the Vltava River, and the spires and rooftops of the Old Town. In summer restaurant tables spill out onto the large terrace. Whether you come for a quick lunch or a romantic candlelit dinner, you'll be impressed by tantalizing Czech and gourmet international cuisine. Try the crispy roasted Czech duck or grilled lamb cutlet with garlic butter,and be sure to leave room for dessert. Hardly anyone can resist yeast dumplings filled with nougat.

Recommended for Best Value because: Candle-lit dining makes Zlata Praha into the most romantic dining experience in Prague.

Local Expert tip: The eight-course degustation menu is heaven on earth

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Les Moules is simply one the best Belgian restaurants in Prague. The delicious and fresh meals are marvelously well presented. The kitchen specializes in moules, mussels. The mussels arrive from Denmark within 12 hours from fishing and are always of the best quality. Prepared with onions and celery and prepared in wine, Chef Pavel Veltrusky cooks your mussels the Belgian way. Eat them with pommes frites and your taste buds will be on holiday. If you don't crave mussels, try rabbit waterzooi, the most famous of Flemish stews. Bring the children because the kids' menu will make reluctant eaters into gourmets; poached salmon or grilled chicken with French fries are hard to resist.

Recommended for Best Value because: The beer sommelier will advise you which beer goes best with your meal.

Local Expert tip: The only restaurant in Prague where you can choose from 100 kinds of Belgian beer.

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Prague 07 Holesovice
Vozovna Stromovka
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Vozovna is Czech for Tram Depot and that is exactly what the building used to be. Totally revamped, Vozovna takes advantage of the park environment that surrounds it. Indoor plenty of tables, but on a warm day you can sit outside under bright umbrellas. Right in front is Kastanek playground with swings, climbing frames and a zip line. For the tiny tots lots of sand to build castles. The restaurant offers special meals for kids. Vozovna's speciality is fruit dumplings served with curd, sugar and hot butter. Fathers and grandfathers will be happy with German white sausages with a big dllop of mustard and a mug of cool beer.

Recommended for Best Value because: A truly family friendly restaurant with small portion for the kids at a small price.

Local Expert tip: Bring they kids, they will love the Kastanek playground

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Prague 02 Vinohrady
Ceska Hospoda Na Vinohradech
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If you are looking for authentic Czech cuisine, head for Ceska Hospoda Na Vinohradech. It is a popular place and often packed for lunch especially on weekdays. You will find a place because it is quite usual to share a table. Most young Czechs speak very good English. They can also help you reading the Czech menu which features two choices and changes every day. It sounds simple but their schnitzels big like doormats and served with crispy French fries are a true delicacy. Be sure to come between 11:00 and 15:00. Outside these hours you will have to order a la carte. The disadvantage of not ordering the fixed lunch menu is that dishes are more expensive and take longer to prepare.

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Prague 05 Smichov

IKEA is not only famous for its Swedish design furniture but also for its excellent meals that won't break the bank. Swedish meat balls are the favorite of everyone, small portion if you are not so hungry, large portion for the big eater. IKEA serves a special kids menu at 35 CZK (€1.30 $1.80) for children up to 15 years old. The supervised play area is well equipped and meant for children over 3 and under 7. They can watch videos in a cute separate place that looks like a little cinema. Upstairs near the restaurant is a play corner for under 5s. Zlicin is the last stop of the yellow metro line. A free bus service whisks you to the IKEA store in Metropole Zlicin Shopping Center.

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Ferdinanda
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Locals are common and tourists are rare at Ferdinanda, thanks to its location just far enough from action, but still close enough to one of Prague's secret tourist's sights; Infant Jesus of Prague in the Church of Our Lady of Victory. As you enter the basement of Ferdinanda a mannequin wearing a Ferdinanda T-shirts greets you. Next to her you will see a black chest with Frozen Cats. Seating is around bare wooden tables and benches. Choose from Ferdinanda's lunch menu. If you can't read Czech, the staff will explain in almost perfect English. Whatever you order; Schnitzel, Prague sausages or goulash, the portions are huge.

Recommended for Best Value because: in Ferdinanda you will share your table with Czechs who come here during their lunch break.

Local Expert tip: Sample Ferdinand beer brewed in their own micro-brewery

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More than fifty types of pizza plus pasta, salads, a kids' menu and entertainment tempt fathers , mothers and grandparents on a regular basis. Pizzas are prepared in front of you in traditional wood-fired ovens by experienced chefs. Neapolitan pizza, tomato, mozzarella and mushrooms or the plain Margherita, just tomato and mozzarella, Rugantini pizzas are difficult to resist. Or go vegetarian with fifteen different possibilities. Salads are big, so depending on how many there are in your party, agree on one or two and plan to share. Pizzeria Rugantino also offers a variety of hot and cold starters and tasty desserts including tiramisu and home-made ice cream.

Recommended for Best Value because: Portions are huge, prices are low. Try Rugantino strawberry ice cream, the best you have ever tasted.

Local Expert tip: Spend an hour or two in the wine cellar and taste the best Italian wines.

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