The Prague Feed: 27 new openings plus summer food events

Rooftop bars, breezy tapas and cocktails, and Mediterranean eats that bring Italian holidays to the local table – your summer to-do list just got tastier!

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 20.06.2024 13:03:00 (updated on 24.06.2024) Reading time: 6 minutes

Summer Mediterranean and tapas

On Myslíková Street, entrepreneur Juan Cruz has expanded his gastronomic portfolio with Lola, joining his Argentinian steakhouse Gran Fierro and ceviche spot Meza Cruz. Specializing in tapas and vermouth, Lola transports diners to the bustling streets of Spain. The menu features excellent charcuterie, cheeses, and signature dishes like Galician-style octopus and patatas bravas. Alongside the tapas are heartier plates, making Lola perfect for sharing with friends.

Černošice now boasts Bublina, a bistro blending Mediterranean cuisine with sparkling wines and beer, founded by Jan Horešovský, known for Vinograf wine bars. Teaming up with chef Gianfranco Coizza, Horešovský offers Italian, Greek, and Spanish flavors with exotic North African and Middle Eastern influences. 

Restaurace di Nuovo has relocated from Horní Jirčany to Vinohrady’s Buděčská Street, Prague’s unmistakeable ‘Little Italy.’ Its focus on Italian cuisine remains – summery octopus and lemon tagliolines, mussels, grilled artichokes, and more – with Sunday brunch offering a sampling. Fans of Di Nuovo’s pizza can now visit the new Labonetta location in Prosek, which now provides seating to enjoy their Neapolitan-style pies, which previously operated as a delivery-only service.

Choice Chinese

Slap bang in the center of Prague, Malatang No.1 combines bold flavors and communal dining with offerings of Szechwan pickled cabbage soup, Yuanqi bone soup, and chrysanthemum greens. What’s especially cool about this Vodičkova-based outlet is that you can freely select from 100 ingredients laid out in the restaurant.

Serving Chinese rice noodles, dumplings, and cold appetizers, must-tries at the decidedly more low-key Mi I'm Restaurant on the Žižkov-Vinohrady border include red chili Chao Shou, Hot Beef Stew, and tofu soup.

Czech reinvented

The Mandarin Oriental in the heart of Malá Strana has reinvented its former Spices restaurant with Monastiq, a groundbreaking concept honoring Czech culinary history and the hotel’s 14th-century Dominican monastery roots. Chef Michal Horváth and Aleš Bursík craft modern dishes inspired by historical recipes: veal steak with traditional sides, lamb chops with mulberries, and innovative twists on desserts like zemlbába bread pudding.

Located less than 100 meters from Prague Castle, the newly opened ŪVOZ, sister restaurant to nearby Tāst, offers skillful renditions of traditional Czech dishes such as pork schnitzel with potato purée and cucumber salad and Bohemian trout with chard, leek, butter sauce, and caviar. A variety of beers, sourced directly from the Kamenice nad Lipou brewery, are available on tap. 

Spirited summer cocktails

The Cloud One Hotel’s sixth-floor wine bar and lounge features a sweeping terrace that seats over 100 and provides stunning views of Prague, including the Castle and Petřín lookout tower. Guests can enjoy around 50 curated wines from the Czech and Moravian regions paired with pastrami sandwiches and organic farm cheeses. The bar features a golden canopy rendering of Prague’s silhouette.

The Cloud One Hotels
The Cloud One Hotels

Forbína, set to open in Lažanské Palace in July, across from the National Theater, is brought to you by the creative team behind Café Slavia. The bar will offer cocktails named after famous productions like Swan Lake and Don Giovanni with theatrical art deco-inspired decor, complete with leather armchairs, velvet curtains, and statement chandeliers designed by Studio Olgoj Chorchoj.

Four unique bars are gearing up to provide diverse menus and entertainment in Prague's soon-to-be-opened Máj building. Among them, Fly Vista Rooftop bar, a champagne bar with panoramic views of the Czech capital.

Klub by Alma, also opening later this summer, pays homage to 1970s disco cocktails with playful, colorful drinks from top-shelf ingredients. Located in Alma’s historic cellar, the club features a weekly DJ and a lively Studio 54 atmosphere. In addition to cocktails, Klub by Alma will serve as a digital art gallery, showcasing video projections and light fixtures by artist Alex Jindrák of Modified Studio.

Monkey Bar has opened its summer terrace, featuring an outdoor cocktail bar and tapas menu. The menu boasts adventurous flavor combinations amidst a backdrop of music, cocktails, and jungle vibes.

Focus on fusion

Open from March, Vinohrady restaurant and natural wine bar Aleb reflects the owners’ Palestinian and Lebanese roots with a menu that blends flavors from the Levant, including creamy muhammara dip, vibrant orange salad, and unique Levantine-inspired ice cream. With natural wines and genuine Middle Eastern hospitality, Aleb is a delightful addition to Prague’s diverse dining scene.

The newest addition to Prague's Masaryčka district, Fuze fuses Czech, Belgian and Asian flavors in a high-energy, visually stunning setting. Explore the craft beer menu, including the divisive FUZEnáč with its smoky notes, paired with clay-oven specialties and small plates like pork belly buns and gyozas. Killer cocktails, attentive service and a lively playlist create a vibrant atmosphere, though the menu hits some uneven notes.

This recently opened SaSaZu Old Town behind the Powder Tower, which combines Thai, Vietnamese, and Indonesian cuisine. Expect dishes like Thai papaya salad, corn and coconut soup, and Hanoi shrimp amid the same luscious setting that made the original Holešovice market location successful. Sharing menus designed for two give it date night appeal.

Cafés calling

For a sweet finish, head to Letná. The Choux Choux patisserie has opened here, where you can indulge in the eponymous French desserts reminiscent of a pinwheel. It offers several variants, such as matcha tea, raspberries, or mascarpone with orange and blackberry.

Open early and closing late, Efsy serves daytime bowls of healthful quinoa, chicken, veggies, cashew sauce, and mango calamansi dip paired with a refreshing strawberry matcha. Desserts like parmesan cheesecake keep things sinful, while lively evening events promise live music, cocktails, and light bites on the terrace.

Opening on Václavské Náměstí, Melt offers exceptional matcha drinks with coconut milk, syrups, and matcha lemonades. The yellow latte (mango and banana) is a standout. Local vegan sweets and pastries are also available. Future plans include a patio and soft-serve ice cream.

Prague's newest specialty coffee experience, Wild Cafe, features expertly roasted beans and creative brunch bites. Sip on a perfectly pulled espresso or try the unique non-alcoholic fermented birch sap, Euforia. Savor seasonal small plates like whipped ricotta with chive oil and freeze-dried raspberries on artisanal bread.

Casual eats

The new Smashed Burgers Prague location in Žižkov has a lineup of tasty burgers, including a double bacon-jam burger and tacos. BoldBite Burgers has opened on Krymská Street in Vršovice and offers another take on the smash burger; you can also get a bun filled with spicy jerk meat, fried chicken, or fried cheese.

Opening soon at Náměstí Míru Mega Blast is brought to you by the foodies behind Hoxton Burgers and will specialize in loaded jacket potatoes and stuffed pizza pockets to rev up your taste buds.

The food hall on the second floor of Prague’s Máj Národní will open later this month. It will feature 750 seats and house a Popeyes, Burger King, and later this autumn, Czechia's first Five Guys franchise.

To your health

Goodie Store & Café’s new physical location on Vinohradská Street invites visitors to shop for healthy food while sampling breakfast options like gluten-free mochi waffles, smoothie bowls, and freshly squeezed juices. All offerings are sweetened naturally with dates or organic coconut sugar, eschewing white sugar entirely.

The country’s first plant-based butcher shop, Bezmasna, opened earlier this spring in Letná. Plant-based sausages, tartare, steaks, pâtés, meatloaf, burgers, minced meat, jerky, and gourmet salads, including fish, cheese, and egg options abound.

Seasonal dining and new experiences

Experience Japanese cuisine with a panoramic view of Prague at the seasonal MIRU restaurant, reopening on the roof terrace of the Four Seasons Hotel for the summer. Led by Japanese chef Toshikazu Kato and Four Seasons’ Nicholas Trosien, MIRU offers a nine-course Nikkei cuisine tasting menu blending Japanese techniques with Peruvian influences (Wagyu Hoba Yaki, Matcha Mousse). Reservations are a must.

A new beer experience has opened just in time for tourist season. Dinner with a special beer sommelier at the Pilsner Urquell: Original Beer Experience, right on Wenceslas Square, offers five types of beer and a five-course menu. Learn about the history and depths of Czech beer (and not just Pilsner).

Summer Food events

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