Famous Czech Dishes Shine in Mala Strana

Prague has no shortage of restaurants. They are tucked away in winding streets that make up the maze of Stare Mesto, the Old Town. You can find them along Wenceslas Square in Nove Mesto, the New Town. Few tourists hop on a tram or walk or all the way to Mala Strana or lesser quarter, across the Vltava River. It is in the Mala Strana quarter that you will find exquisite, simple and authentic restaurants. 

Czech cuisine is famous for large portions of meat. Duck is also considered a true delicacy. One of the best eateries to sample Duck a la Czech is Restaurant U Modre Kacknicky. Be seduced by their duck in slivovice, a potent eau de vie from Moravia. The poledni menu, or lunch menu at a fixed price, is the best kept secret in town. Tourists are not automatically given this list. Simply ask for it and you will be surprised at the prices. Ferdinanda is one of these typical lunch time restaurants that has always interesting dishes featuring on the lunch menu. If it is just coffee and pastry you are craving, Curakavalimonada is the best place to sample fluffy merengue, crispy outside and gooey inside.

Here are ten eateries in the Mala Strana district that will tickle your taste buds and make your trip to Prague one to remember.


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Tucked away in a small side street in the Mala Strana district, Cukrakavalimonada is a combination of restaurant, wine bar and patisserie. The painted wooden ceiling blends well with contemporary furniture. This is the ideal place to refuel...  Read More

Tucked away in a Gothic cellar close to Petrin Hill, Pivnice Pod Petrinem is a typical lunch time restaurant that transforms itself into a beer hall in the evening. With only nine tables seating six persons each, Pod Petrinem is quite small....  Read More

U Tri Zlatych Hvezd
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U Tri Zlatych Hvezd, The Three Golden Stars, is situated in a three-hundred year old building under the arches of St Nicolas Church in the Mala Strana district. It's No 8, but you will find the restaurant quicker if you look out for a house sign...  Read More

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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...  Read More

Located in a little back street in the Mala Strana quarter, U Modre Kachnicky is a gourmet paradise for meat eaters and in particular for lovers of duck. Classic furniture, damask upholstered chairs and graceful drapes make you feel as if you...  Read More

U Maltezskych Ryteru is located in a medieval building that once served as a hospice for the Knights of Malta. Candlelit tables are tucked away in stone and brick Gothic vaults. This is a place only possible in Prague. The short menu lists...  Read More

Strahov Monastic Brewery
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The Strahov Monastic Brewery, Klastarni Pivovar, occupies a platinum location right next to Strahov Monastry and close to Prague Castle. Sample unfiltered amber or dark St. Norbert beer in the brewery pub. In summer join the locals and tourists...  Read More

Sit in the Baroque dining room or on the summer terrace with a corner view of Prague Castle. The candle lit dining room is the perfect setting for a romantic meal. Crystal chandeliers, bowls of shining fruit and colorful flowers in elegant vases...  Read More

Dine in style in the dining room, the winter garden or sit on the riverside terrace with views of Charles Bridge. No matter where you sit, Kampa Park Restaurant is one of the best places to spot celebrities. The menu features fresh fish and...  Read More

Nebozizek Restaurant surrounded by woodland is half-way up Petrin Hill. Sit for the best panoramic views in the glass conservatory, heated in winter, or retreat to the main building where the pianist plays most nights. Some of the Czech...  Read More


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