What are the best vegan restaurants in Prague? And why is the capital of the Czech Republic a paradise for vegans? After all Czech cuisine is mostly made up of stewed meats, dumplings, and heavy sauces right?
In the past decade vegetarian restaurants have been popping up all over Prague and a whopping 38 of them are vegan! Nearly every month it seems like a new one crops up.
Apparently growth of the vegan scene in Prague is organic. According to one vegan restaurant owner, Czechs have started to change their thinking and are very curious. They are happy to try vegan food even if traditional thinking is,”if you don’t have meat in your food then you don’t have food.”
Additionally, even though the past few years have brought about most of the new restaurants, vegetarian dining is nothing new to this city. Prague had four vegetarian restaurants before World War II. There has been an influx of health food stores in recent years and since Czech’s are embracing international nutrition trends there is more of a market for vegan products and cuisine in Prague.
Thanks to the curious nature of Czechs, great vegan dining options in Prague are abundant. So without further ado, here are some of the best vegan restaurants in Prague.
Moment Vegan Bistro and Cafe has a daily lunch menu, burgers, falafel, breakfast, and wraps. They also have amazing, foodgasm-worthy desserts, and coffee, tea, beer, and wine. The setting is relaxed, cozy, animal-friendly, and a great place for people watching or reading a book.
What to Try: The Vegan Scrambled Eggs, the cheesy Bagel Seitan, Chai Latte, and obviously any of the unbelievable desserts.
Incruenti is my new favorite vegan restaurant in Prague!
Opened in 2016, Incruenti serves up delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Although every dish I’ve had there is fantastic, as you can see their homemade pasta steals the show.
What to Try: For one of the best deals in Prague go at lunch for a two course menu under $6.00. I’ve also heard the burger is fantastic but I haven’t had it yet.
Plevel is located in the trendy neighborhood Vršovice on Krymska Street. It’s a cozy restaurant with friendly staff, antique hodpodge of furniture including tables made of old sewing machines, unusual art, and tacky wallpaper that somehow works well in the space. The menu is seasonal and changes often so it’s hard to get tired of eating here.
What to try: Some of my favorites at Plevel are their veganized versions of traditional Czech dishes like the Wheat Seitan with Plum-Apple Sauce and “Bacon” Dumplings below and their Tofu dishes. One word of advice, skip the Curry if you see it on the menu. I’ve had it a few times and it’s lackluster.
Be sure to save a little room for dessert. Plevel has a nice selection of daily desserts and some are even raw.
Secret of Raw
Secret of Raw was opened in 2013. The owners Jan Plajner and Eva Kavkova want to share the Raw Diet with Prague and all the health benefits that come along with it. Their aim isn’t to convert people but to simply provide the option to try something new.
I adore their Mushroom Crepes with Spinach and Garlic Spread. This dish converted me to a raw dining fan. The crepes are delicate, yet hearty, and the mushrooms are robust, earthy, and flavorful. The zesty garlic spread perfectly compliments the opposing earthy flavors.
Whether you eat raw every day or have never tried it, Secret of Raw is a must visit for an invigorating and fully satisfying meal while in Prague.
Country Life, open since 1998, is located a few meters from Old Town Square and next door to its health food store, also named Country Life.
The Country Life restaurant offers a wide variety of simple, country style food to choose from. It’s a self serve dining experience where you pay for food by weight. The daily options include beans, pasta, pizza, salad, veggies, and mock meats. To be honest, at first glance I didn’t think I was going to love my meal but the dishes surpassed my expectations. Each was well seasoned, tasty, and comforting.
With its location, daily changing menu, and cozy atmosphere Country Life is a great place to frequent for a relaxed and casual lunch while in Prague.
Loving Hut is a worldwide chain of vegan restaurants. There are multiple locations scattered about Prague that offer a vegan buffet as well as a menu. It’s definitely vegan comfort food and when I’m in Prague, a week doesn’t go by without a visit to Loving Hut in Vinohrady.
For a real treat, try their Vegan Pho! You won’t regret it.
Dhaba Beas – Vegetarian Indian Restaurant
Another pay by weight, buffet style restaurant, Dhaba Beas Vegetarian Restaurant has a nice selection of vegan Indian dishes. Most of the items on their buffet are vegetarian but everything is clearly marked to show which items are vegan and which include dairy products.
Dhaba Beas is a chain restaurant with eight locations around Prague.
Puro is a casual vegan restaurant with a nice selection of sandwiches, bagels, daily hot dishes, fresh juices, smoothies, and desserts. It’s a great lunch spot but is pretty small and can get crowded at peak hours.
One of the best things about Puro is that it is also a Veganz grocery store and has a fantastic selection of vegan supplies like chocolate, ice cream, sausages, lunch meat, condiments, plant based milk, and cheese.
Pastva (which means feast in Czech) is a fairly new vegan restaurant in the Andel neighborhood of Prague. The food is phenomenal and it’s obvious that someone in the kitchen really knows what they’re doing. Prices are reasonable but for the best deal, go at lunch for the two course menu that’s under $6.00.
Before you leave, check out the dessert case where they have an ever changing variety of vegan and raw sweets.
When I saw Chutnej pop up on HappyCow for the first time I was not inclined to run over and give it a try. The pics on their website and Facebook page are a bit misleading. I was expecting it to be akin to a vegan version of Mc Donalds or Burger King and wasn’t enticed. After a few positive reviews from friends and some cravings for junk food I decided to give it a try.
The restaurant is much larger and open than I expected. The space is clean and has a minimalistic feel complete with unvarnished wooden tables and chairs, and the big windows at the front of the restaurant let in loads of light.
Their burgers are solid and they have nice fixin’s like vegan mayo and cheese, pickles, lettuce, red onion, and tomato. It’s a big mess and a touch challenging to eat, but what burger worth its salt isn’t? The onion rings were a bit lackluster but not bad overall, and the lemonades (what Czech call sodas) were up to any hipsters standards.
For the price – 225 kc for burger/side/drink – the quality could be higher, but if you’re craving flavorful vegan junk food and are in the neighborhood, Chutnej is a good option.
More Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Prague
Here is a list of other vegan or vegetarian restaurants in Prague I haven’t had a chance to try (or have only been to once).
- Radost FX – Food can be hit or miss.
- Lehká Hlava – Clear Head – Nice vegetarian restaurant with a few vegan options. Good atmosphere but a bit over rated in my opinion.
- My Raw Cafe – Haven’t tried.
- Mr Hau – Haven’t tried.
- Maitrea – Nice vegetarian restaurant with a few vegan options. Good atmosphere but a bit over rated in my opinion.
- RawCHA – Haven’t tried.
- Raw For You – Haven’t tried.
- Krmelec Vrsky – Haven’t tried.
- Vegan’s Prague – Formerly LoVeg. Restaurant was better before changing owners.
- U Zelenia – New vegan restaurant in Zizkov. I had lunch here once and it was pretty good but I want to try it again before giving a full review.
Ready for Dessert? Check out my Prague Vegan Dessert Guide.
Need more tips on vegan dining in Prague? Check out my friend’s post on it over at Indefinite Adventure.
Looking for accommodations in Prague? Check out our hostel guide on Just a Pack.