The Prague Feed: Openings, pop-ups, and food events for spring 2024

A new wave of cocktails bars and sushi bistros bring delicious diversity to town this spring while a Slovak deli and square donuts round out the list.

Soňa Hanušová

Written by Soňa Hanušová Published on 13.03.2024 16:55:00 (updated on 14.04.2024) Reading time: 5 minutes

After the winter pizza deluge comes a surge of sushi, accompanied by the burgeoning presence of modern Czech cuisine. The capital’s food scene is also newly imbued with a fresh wave of innovative cocktail bars and the debut of a tantalizing Slovak deli concept. This month’s edition of Prague Feed promises a delicious array of good eats to add to your to-try list – time to tuck in!

A nice slice of diversity

Lately, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of Neapolitan pizza restaurants in Prague: Slice Slice Baby, Pizza Gatto Nero, and Da Pietro are all popular choices. On Belgrade Street, Da Pietro offers both classic and specialty pizzas. Our favorite is the Tartufata, filled with delicious truffles. Additionally, they serve Neapolitan street food dishes like arancini or frittatina.

Sushi bistro Bisutoro is now open in Vinohrady, and Moshi Moshi in Dejvice offers a modern sushi concept. In addition to tasty rolls, the menu includes Japanese breakfast sandwiches, poké bowls, and shrimp or vegetables in tempura. The latest Vietnamese, also in Vinohrady, is Rice Field, where fresh rolls, phò soup, and Bún Bò Nam Bô are meant to be shared family style.

After the Italian invasion, a deluge of Asian food arrives. Not far from Riegrovy Sady, Funwari Japanese Delights has sprung up, where, in addition to the classic gyoza dumplings, ramen soup, or takoyaki (octopus-stuffed balls), you’ll also find the fluffiest Japanese pancakes or the specialty Niko Purin pudding.

Meza Cruz’s Peruvian ceviche bar offers raw fish such as tuna, scallops, and sea bass served with various sauces. Over by Náměstí Míru, Casa 71, a new Spanish restaurant replaces The Bistro, owned by renowned restaurateur Yurij Kolesnik. The transition from tapas to a refined Spanish dining experience marks a new chapter with dishes like ceviche and octopus. The list of world cuisine is rounded off by the Zátiší pop-up in Karlín, where you can enjoy Italian, Indian, and Czech cuisine all in one place.

Czech out fresh flavors (and a Slovak deli)

Vinohrady’s latest entry, Barometer Dining, offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, focusing on honest ingredients, old-fashioned Czech recipes, fermentation, and natural wines. Dig into catfish pepperoni with juniper and gin or duck and chicken liver pate with black beer and semi-dried plums.

Although the opening of 420 has generated a lot of buzz, HolKa Karlínská started its operations more quietly. This didn’t stop many food enthusiasts (me included) from noticing and trying it out a few days after its opening. The business is owned by the Kolektiv group, which includes Výčep, Nejen Bistro, and Dock House.

Executive chef at Dock House Vratislav Oehm oversees Karlínská HolKa, where he does Austro-Hungarian with a modern twist. Visit for lunch, dinner, or weekend breakfast. A Spring Welcome event on Thursday, March 21, is the perfect time to try.

Bistro U Býka, which introduces a Slovak deli concept to Prague, has opened in the center. The delicatessen offers cold cuts, open-faced sandwiches, and a hot buffet with burgers or goulash. Fish delights such as cod in mayonnaise are also on offer.

Oh, sweet everything

Oh Deer Bakery is dead, but long live Oh Deer. In December, Lukáš Vašek announced his departure from Oh Deer Bakery, which continues to operate at the original locations under the rebranded name Luna Bakery. It didn’t take the cronut innovator long to make a comeback. His new Oh Deer location on Purkyňova Street is across the street from Luna Bakery!

Following in the footsteps of the Cubist věneček from Grand Cafe Orient comes a donut shop called The Box Donut, selling square donuts. With two locations, one at Korunovační 18 and the other at Palladium on náměstí Republiky, the Rose Pistachio, with pistachio and strawberry cream, also smells like roses.

Cocktail craze

The lounge bar Revír has sprung in Karlín, next to Karlínská HolKa (mentioned above). The massive concrete bar, red neons, and lounge-style seating evoke Berlin, while the menu features seasonal mixed cocktails complemented by sophisticated mocktails and natural and organic wines.

The Forbína cocktail bar will soon open its doors in the neighborhood of Café Slavia. However, you can visit the Éra cocktail pop-up in the former Parnas restaurant until then. The barman crew from Forbín will be serving perfect cocktails and small bites from Thursday to Saturday.

Be savage, not average. With this motto, bartending duo Carola Urru and Štěpán Šimánek opened the Savage cocktail bar in Vinohrady. The business is based on the concept of total sustainability. The bar has no plastic straws or paper coasters, and all the decorations are edible. The bar offers three menus: The Champions, which features the winning cocktails to emerge from duels between Carola and Stephen; The Seasonal, which builds on collaborations with local brands; and Jungle Twists, which builds on the classics.

You can enjoy various drinks at the new Lucerna Cafe Bar, including non-alcoholic options. In addition to cocktails, they also offer breakfast, coffee, and evening parties with DJs. If you’re in Prague, visit Matcha Crew, the greenest business in the city. They serve delicious desserts that are all made with matcha. And don’t wait for St. Patrick’s Day to visit; they’re open all year round!

Save the date: Spring food events

A few food and drink events are happening in Prague soon. The Asia Food Fest takes place on March 16 at Náplavka before spring officially starts. The following day, the Festival of Delicious Tastes heads to New Town Hall. On March 18 Meggie and Nugy from the Mămăm bistro will take over the Sandwich Rodeo kitchen for a tasty Asian-American pop-up.

If you’re a fan of vermouth, head to Back Doors bar in Smíchov on March 19 for an evening of guest bartending by Rudolf Forman and Tomáš Křemenák from the Brno Bar. They will serve cocktails made with Sedmero Czech vermouth, which they helped create with winemaker Jan Stávek.

The second year of the Makro Czech Gastro Fest, full of food and gastronomic lectures, will take place on April 12 and 13. The Prague Beer Fest will take place on the same date in the Holešovice Market Hall. A few days later, on April 25, the Pastrami pop-up vol. II event will take place at the same market.

Veggie Náplavka, on May 1, kicks off the largest vegan food festival in Central Europe. The beginning of May also belongs to a celebration of juniper distillate – Ginfest will take place in Žluty lázně on May 4.

On May 16, head to the Holešovice market again for Vyshyvanka Day, a celebration of Ukrainian folklore and food. On May 18, raise a glass of rosé and claret wines with 30 Czech wineries, gastronomy, cocktails, jazz, and swing on Náplavka for the annual Pink May festival, followed by Beer & Burger Festival on May 19 at Karlín Square.

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