Looking for vegan food in Prague? Hanging with omni friends that can’t seem to wrap their heads around the idea that vegan food can be tasty? Or maybe they just really “need” meat for dinner one night? Then this guide is for you!
Luckily my friends in Prague are pretty awesome. They don’t mind venturing into a vegan restaurant or two with me, but sometimes I want to repay the effort and head to a “regular” restaurant with them and still be able to have something more than liquid bread…aka Czech beer.
I’m not going to lie, sometimes you can feel like an alien being vegan in Prague. It’s a bit tricky to find vegan food at non-vegan restaurant. In fact, many traditional Czech pub restaurants won’t even allow patrons to order a side dish without first ordering a main course. Attempts to combat copious amounts of beer with a few sides of fries will likely be met with a stern “NO” from Czech waitstaff. If you’ve been in Prague long enough you know there’s no point in arguing with a Czech waiter, or trying to butter them up with smiles and pleas. You’re efforts will be unrewarded and your belly unsatisfied.
So what’s a vegan to do? Is eating before heading out in Prague with non-vegan friends the only option? Not always. Luckily there are some great restaurants in Prague offering vegan food. It’s a matter of knowing where to find them.
Before we dive in…here are a few other articles about the vegan scene in Prague and the Czech Republic:
- The Best Vegan Food in Prague! – Guide to my absolute favorite vegan food in Prague. The best vegan, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly restaurants in Prague here!
- The Best Vegan Desserts in Prague – Where to feed your vegan sweet tooth in Prague!
- Vegan Shopping Guide to Prague – Where to get vegan groceries, clothes, shoes, and personal products in Prague!
- Vegan Guide to Ceske Budejovice – Venture outside of Prague and explore this city’s growing vegan scene!
- Sweet Secret of Raw in Prague – Behind the Scenes – Get a behind the scenes look at how this raw sweets shop is making its cakes!
Vegan Food in Prague – Where to eat in Prague with Omni Friends
Javánka & Co.
Javánka, an Indonesian inspired restaurant, is one of my favorite places to eat at with non-vegan friends. Not only are there several vegan options on the menu but they are all clearly marked.
My favorite dish is the Vegan Javanka with Tempeh. It comes served with a variety of dishes, each full of different flavors. The highlights are the tempeh and the peanut sauce they put on the salad. It’s really incredible. Also, there is usually a small bowl of spicy sauce on each table. Do yourself a favor and use it liberally.
Tip: I always order the small version of the Javanka (shown in the pic above) even though I tend to have a pretty healthy appetite. I’ve never left the restaurant hungry.
Bon Fresh Ramen & Soba
Just around the corner from Namesti Miru, BON Fresh Ramen & Soba is a little ramen restaurant serving dishes with authentic hand-made ramen & soba noodles.
The usual ramen suspects like chicken, beef, and pork are all featured on the menu, but not to worry vegans are also welcome with open arms by the incredibly friendly staff. Two of the main dishes on the menu are vegan, the VEGE Ramen and VEGE Soba.
The VEGE ramen is served with savory toppings like roasted mushroom, eggplant, tomato, soy sprouts, corn, and spring onions. The broth is mildly flavored and perfect with a spoonful of the spicy chili and sesame sauce displayed on each table. The VEGA soba comes topped with avocado, corn, green beans, sprouts, and sesame seeds.
I’ve been planning to write this article for about a year now, always pushing it aside. Visiting Kofein today for the first time inspired me to get my ass in gear.
What I really like about this restaurant is the vegan dish I tried didn’t at all seem like an afterthought. But before I get into that I should start by saying that the restaurant offers a lunch menu that changes each week and always includes one vegan option. Additionally, many of the dishes on the dinner menu can be made vegan. Finally, the staff are quite friendly and helpful.
I visited Kofein at lunch. The menu, which changes weekly, includes a soup or salad, main dish, and an iced tea. The soup wasn’t vegan and the salad was just lettuce with oil and vinegar, however it was actually quite tasty. But the highlight of the whole experience was the main dish. It was a savory spinach strudel with oyster mushrooms, tomato sauce and olive tapenade. The exceptionally well seasoned spinach and mushrooms were wrapped in puffpastry and baked till crispy. It was served on a bed of arugula and a rich tomato sauce dotted with salty olive tapenade.
After that lunch I’m pretty sure Kofein will be one of my favorite lunch spots in Prague.
Mr. Hotdog is one of the most hipster restaurants in Prague. As the name implies it mainly serves hot dogs but also has sliders and killer french fries.
For vegans, they offer a vegan Chicago Style hot dog. The soy sausage is served in a toasted poppyseed roll and topped with onions, pickles, banana peppers, mustard and tomatoes. It’s not huge so best to pair it with some of their homemade fries and a large pivo from Vinohradska brewery.
Not a beer fan? You can opt for a coriander martini, which sounds disgusting to me, but if you’re into cilantro then it could be right up your alley.
Note: the only difference between the vegetarian and vegan hot dog is that the vegetarian dog is served on a buttered bun, so make sure you specify which one you want.
Typika, located in Nusle, is a bit off the beaten path but well worth the tram ride. Delicious food and even more delicious coffee keep me coming back time and time again.
They currently only serve food at breakfast, brunch, and lunch so opt to visit earlier in the day. The menu changes monthly but when I visited there were three (out of four) vegan options on the menu including vegan porridge, vegan pancakes, and a vegan poke bowl.
Additionally, the restaurant usually has at least a few vegan dessert options. So stick around and satisfy your sweet tooth…and don’t forget to wash it all down with some of their stellar coffee!
I have brought almost everyone I know in Prague to Donut Shop and when I have friends and family visiting I pretty much force them to go at least once.
Donut Shop is truly one of my biggest addictions in Prague. This shop serves at least 10 different donuts a day, half of which are vegan. They also have bagels, breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, and soft serve ice cream.
The coffee is also exceptional here so it’s the perfect place to start the day or get a mid-afternoon sugar-buzz going.
Belzepub is another one of my favorite places to frequent. They have what is probably the best homemade vegan burger in the city. Plus, they also offer beef burgers so it’s a good place to bring friends who won’t budge and give vegan food a try.
The menu changes fairly regularly but they always have at least three vegan burgers on it. Plus they have vegan fries, onion rings, cheese sticks, nachos, and vegan mayo dipping sauces. On top of all that, the beer at Belzepub is excellent, the punk vibes are cool, and dogs (and openminded people) are always welcome here.
Finally, good falafel has come to Prague!
Paprika Mediterranean Bistro & Bar is an excellent lunch time option. The Israeli restaurant serves superb falafel, hummus, and vegan schwarma. For non-vegans they have omelettes and other egg dishes, and chicken schwarma on the menu.
One word of warning, the seating area is tiny and it is often difficult to get a spot. You can make a reservation or if you’re visiting on a sunny day you can opt to get takeaway and enjoy your food in the nearby IP Pavlova Square.
Hana Sushi House
Good sushi certainly isn’t around ever corner in Prague, and vegan sushi in Prague is even more sparse. Even so, most sushi shops have at least one vegetarian roll on the menu that happens to be vegan. But Hana Sushi House is my favorite for a few reasons.
The restaurant is beautiful, elegant, and has a relaxed vibes. The sushi is made with care by an actual sushi chef, and the wait staff are the epitome of polite. Last, but not least, the sushi is exactly what you’d expect from a quality sushi restaurant. The rice is fresh, still slightly warm, perfectly cooked and perfectly seasoned. The veggies are ripe and tasty, and the tofu nigiri is savory, meaty, and delicious. Finally, the rolls are uniformly cut and beautifully presented.
These are not designer rolls slathered in spicy mayo. Instead they include a single high-quality ingredient left alone to shine on its own.
Pizzeria Manna & Pizza Letna
Pizzeria Manna is a typical pizzeria that also offers vegan pizza options, including vegan cheese. They even offer two different vegan sauce options to choose from. The pizza is served thin-crust style with an abundant amount of toppings. The restaurant also has lots of pasta dishes on the menu.
Pizza Letna is a hole-in-the-wall pizza joint near Letná park. They also offer vegan cheese as an option and it’s a great place to get takeaway and enjoy your pie in the park.
The Tavern has been serving American diner style burgers since 2010. Tucked comfortably into the corner of a building right across from Riegrovy Sady, The Tavern is immensely popular with local expats and Czechs. Impossible to get into on the weekends, it’s a great place for a quick weekday lunch.
Despite offering vegetarian burgers for years, The Tavern only recently added a vegan burger to their menu. Rather than the go-to portobello “burger” many joints offer as a vegan option, The Tavern went a few steps further with their spinach, mushroom, garlic, soy and thyme patty. Topped with a homemade plum BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, tomato, and mesculun salad, and served on an English muffin, it’s a solid burger. The only thing missing…a few slices of vegan cheese!
Conductor is a tiny, mostly takeaway, restaurant with an equally tiny menu. The focus here is on sandwiches and wraps but they also have some daily specials which are usually vegan and usually Asian or Caribbean inspired.
The biggest reason to head to Conductor, though, is to try their incredible vegan cinnamon rolls. They are gooey, soft, fluffy, sweet, and downright decadent. Washed down with a cup of their incredible coffee, it’s an excellent snack. In addition to the vegan version, Conductor also has a traditional cinnamon roll on offer.
Arepas de Lyna
Arepas de Lyna is a Venezuelan restaurant that serves homemade dishes including arepas and empanadas. If you’ve never had either then you’re in for a real treat. Both arepas and empanadas come in vegan, vegetarian, or meat filled versions.
It’s an excellent option if you’re looking for something a bit “different” or craving food from South America.
Mr. Banh Mi
Mr. Banh Mi is a restaurant serving, you guessed it, Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches. They also have rolls, soups, salads, and rice and noodle dishes.
The only reason to visit, in my opinion, is for one of their delicious sandwiches. Vegans can choose from two different banh mi options (tofu and mushroom) and meat-eaters have five options (two pork options, chicken, beef, and omelette). Add a side of fries and you’ll be full for hours.
Las Adelitas is a chain of Mexican-owned and operated restaurants in Prague.
I’ve been going for years and have had a bit of a running joke about the place. Every time I went I would ask for a dish to be veganized (made without cheese and sour cream) and every time it would spark a long conversation with the waiter, who insisted it was impossible to do. In the end, I’d always win but not without a bit of effort.
Now Las Adelitas actually marks a few of their menu items as vegan or vegan possible and offers a vegan option on their lunch menu.
As someone who is from Texas, and has spent a decent amount of time in Mexico, I can confirm the food is pretty close to being authentic.
My favorite things to order are the cactus tacos and the incredible (and huge) frozen margaritas.
Burrito Loco is a trippy place. It’s a take-away Mexican-inspired chain serving burritos, nachos, tacos, and burgers. It’s one of the only late-night food options in Prague and they are open 24/hrs. The staff are almost all young stoner dudes that are not usually concerned about keeping the open kitchen tidy. If you’re wasted and looking to curb your hunger at 2am in Prague it’s your best bet.
Vegans – ask for the vegan burrito, which comes with a red flour tortilla (the other tortillas are not vegan), and opt for the “spicy” beans (again, the other beans are not vegan). Don’t worry the beans are Czech-spicy, which means they aren’t spicy at all.
A word of caution, don’t rely on the staff to be knowledgable about what veganism is…remember what I said earlier about the stoner thing? You have to stay alert when ordering here, especially when they move your tortilla off the grill to the selection of cold toppings. These guys are often keen to get your order finished and get back to doing whatever they were doing before you arrived. So they very well could throw some cheese on your burrito if you don’t pay attention.
Burrito Loco also has a vegan burger on the menu but, honestly, I don’t know why one would want a burger at a burrito place.
Mamy is a Korean restaurant with loads of vegan options. The vegetarian options are marked with a broccoli on the menu but double check with the server before ordering to make sure it doesn’t have egg or fish sauce in it, which is the case with the kimchi dishes. My suggestion, order the Tofu Bimbibap. It’s quite tasty.
I’m still surprised that Jelica has so many vegan dishes on the menu. Tucked away in Prague 5, in the middle of nowhere, this lovely homey restaurant serves delicious traditional Serbian dishes.
An entire section of their large menu is devoted to vegan and vegetarian dishes (most of which are vegan). I highly recommend the vegan Čevapčiči or the vegan mushroom goulash. Both are incredibly hearty, filling, and will warm your vegan heart!
The trek to Jelica is well worth it! Visiting is not only a treat for your stomach but also for your senses. The cozy decor makes you feel like you stepped back in time to visit your great-grandmother…who happens to live in Serbia. It’s a lovely experience.
Cross Club Restaurant
If you’re looking for an awesome night out at one of the most unique clubs in Prague then Cross Club is a great options. But wait…this article is about food, right?
Yes! Cross Club also has a restaurant with lots of vegan options on the menu. I’m not going to lie, when I visited my dish was less than stellar but it’s a solid option if you want to get something substantial in your stomach before a big (long) night out.