In preparation for our upcoming trip to Prague, Czech Republic, I've been researching places to have great gluten free meals. Although we are staying in a friend's apartment and will be cooking much of our own food, one of my favourite parts of traveling is experiencing the local cuisine. You learn so much about a culture and its history through food that it's a shame to travel somewhere and miss out.
Since my oldest son must eat gluten free, we can't just stop into any place that looks good. It takes a bit of effort to find safe options for him to eat. Here are some of the places we're planning to check out on our visit to Prague. I can't wait to review one or two and let you know what we think!
This restaurant is centrally located and offers a regular menu along with a quite extensive gluten free menu. It also includes two gluten free beer options. The menu consists of traditional Czech dishes. Non-smoking restaurant. It also features a card lounge! Sounds good to me.
- Address: Křemencova 7, Praha 1
- Phone: (+420) 222 515 889
- Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-Midnight, Sunday 11am-10pm
Inside the hotel is a restaurant and banquet hall that offers an extensive menu of both traditional and international dishes. The hotel is centrally located, and from the photos on the website it looks like a great place to have a special meal. Their online menu is coded, so you can see at a glance which items are gluten free, vegetarian, spicy, etc. The hotel is located in the pedestrian zone, with parking nearby. I could not find opening hours online, but as it is a hotel, I imagine the hours are fairly extensive.
- Address: Hotel U Prince, Old Town Square 29, Praha 1
- Phone: (+420) 737 261 842
- Hours: Not specified
Located on the rooftop of the same hotel as the restaurant above, this restaurant deserves its own post for a few reasons. To start, it has been voted one of the Top 15 Hotel Rooftop Views in the World. Who doesn't want to see what that's all about? More relevant to this post, however, is the fact that the menu is different from the restaurant downstairs. The good news is that it is still quite a large menu, and has several gluten free meal options indicated. I can't wait to see the view!
- Address: Hotel U Prince 4th Floor, Old Town Square 29, Praha 1
- Phone: (+420) 737 261 842
- Hours: 11am-11:30pm 7 days a week
How about a 100% gluten free Italian restaurant? Alriso is just that. Using rice as their base grain, they have created an entire Italian menu from starters, to mains and desserts that is 100% gluten free. Pasta, risotto, meat and fish dishes, and even traditional desserts such as tiramisu make this place a must try for me. The online photos portray a charming restaurant and beautiful dishes. They also have fresh bread that can be purchased to take home.
- Address: Betlémské nám. 11/259, 110 00 Praha
- Phone: (+420) 222 233 341
- Hours: 11am-Midnight, 7 days a week
This hotel seems to be part of the U chain of hotels mentioned above, and has an onsite restaurant that offers both Czech and international dishes. It also includes a detailed online menu that highlights the gluten free offerings. Looks rather charming, and less large and imposing than the restaurant at the Hotel U Prince. No hours posted online for this one either.
- Address: Karlova 6, Praha 1
- Phone: (+420) 222 220 441
A bright and airy restaurant that focuses on fresh, homemade dishes, located near the river in Praha 5. While not 100% gluten free, based on the online menu, it appears that almost 90% of the dishes are gluten free, and many are vegetarian. The restaurant website also states that all the pasta dishes can be made gluten free upon request. There is a rotating daily menu and a regular menu, and the food appears to be a mix of traditional dishes with a modern, experimental twist. They also sell homemade goods to take-away, such as sausages.
- Address: Lidická 2, 150 00 Praha 5, Anděl
- Phone: (+420) 734 322 351
- Hours: Mon – Fri 11:00-23:00, Sat – Sun 12:00-23:00
This Mediterranean restaurant and bar appears to be 100% gluten free from the menu that's available online, including pizza, pasta, and cake. The website states suitable for Celiacs. Located in the Palladium mall, it's good to know that there is a gluten free option in the mall in case he make it there to do some shopping.
- Address: Gurmán patro / Gourmet floor Palladium (2.patro / 2nd floor) Náměstí Republiky 1, Praha 1
- Phone: (+420) 225 771 915
- Hours: Daily from 11am-11pm
This restaurant is more for the trendy set than for families, as it's the self-proclaimed "place to see and be seen" in Prague. Located in Wenceslas Square, it's about as centrally located as it gets. The food is eclectic, from Mediterranean dishes to sushi, traditional plates and vegetarian options, the menu is varied. They also have a selection of gluten free options. They're open all day, and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Address: Mediterranean Restaurant & Café, Václavské náměstí 45, 110 00 Prague 1
- Phone: (+420) 222 247 240
- Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-1am, Sat-Sun 7am-1am
If you're looking for fancy, you've found it. This hotel restaurant looks gorgeous, and the menu is full of fancy dishes. I checked out the menu, and all the gluten free meals are clearly marked. There is a great selection of gluten free options in each section. They recommend making a meal reservation at least 7 days in advance.
- Address: Na Poříčí 15, 110 00 Prague
- Phone: (+420) 246 011 600
- Hours: 7am-11pm, 7 days a week
Cafes & Bakeries
This cafe popped up on many sites as being a great place to get some gluten free sweet treats right smack dab in the heart of the city. While it's not a gluten free bakery, sources say that there are always a few gluten free treats available. The website doesn't say much about the gluten free offerings, so I'm not sure about prep and storage, but since it seems to be a popular spot among the gluten free crowd, I've included it here and I hope to check it out when I'm in the city.
- Address: Anenská 3, 110 00 Praha 1
- Phone: (+420) 222 210 326
- Hours: Mon-Sun 8:30am-6pm
This cafe serves breakfast and lunch with a menu that focuses on local produce and organic ingredients where possible. They website states that there are always at least three completely gluten free meal options every day. It also states that they try to limit the use of gluten in most other dishes, which may be sufficient for those avoiding gluten for personal reasons but who don't need to be medically gluten free.
- Address: Senovážné nám. 994/2, 110 00 - Nové Město
- Phone: (+420) 224 281 098
- Hours: Mo - Fr 8:30-22:00h | Sat 10:00-21:00h | Sun 11:00-21:00h
This company is a network of partner cafes that serve up fair trade coffee, has an e-shop where you can purchase items online, and also has an in-house bakery. They serve traditional baked goods but also have a selection of vegetarian, vegan, lactose, and gluten free items. They are certified kosher.The network of cafes can be found on their website. Note that while Mama Coffee's website offers an English version, some of the partner ones do not. Locations around Prague.
- Address: Vodičkova 674/6 (Navrátilova), 110 00 Prague, Czech Republic
- Phone: (+420) 773 337 309
- Hours: Until 10pm (I couldn't find more specific times)
Some where between a bakery and a restaurant this place offers meals and baked goods for the gluten free set. It has some pretty rave reviews online, and I'm alwayshappy to support places that are 100% gluten free because I know the food will be safe for my son.
- Address: Pavla Švandy ze Semčic 388/16, 150 00 Praha, Czech Republic
- Phone: (+420) 222 263 883
- Hours: Could not confirm their hours
I've included this cafe based on the fact that it keeps popping up over and over as a great place to get gluten free options, despite very little information about gluten free being included on the website. It is a small cafe that opens onto a back garden and includes a children's menu and corner. I'm interested in checking it out and finding out what it's all about.
- Address: Valentinská 11/56, 110 00 Praha 1
- Phone: (+420) 222 317 737
- Hours: 10am-11pm, 7 days a week
This ice cream spot is famous in Prague, although it closes over the winter until March. Hopefully we'll be able to check it out before our trip is over. They offer a wide variety of ice cream, including many gluten free options. They also offer gluten free cones upon request, which should make a particular 6 year old I know very happy.
- Address: Rytířská 27, Praha 1
- Phone: (+420) 224 235 123
- Hours: I could not confirm the hours as they are currently closed for the season
In researching for great gluten free places to eat in Prague, I consulted a number of different sites offering suggestions. Some of the most informative were Taste of Prague, The Happy Coeliac, and Its Got to be Gluten Free. They all had wonderful resources that sent me in the right direction for further information and resources.
Since my son cannot eat any gluten at all, I only included places that offer dedicated gluten free dishes and that seem to have a grasp on what gluten free really means when it comes to preparation, etc. Cross-contamination is a real issue for my son, so I need to feel confident that a restaurant can safely provide a gluten free meal beyond simply removing the croutons from the salad, so to speak.
While most people plan out the sights they want to see first, I typically scope out the food options, so I'm relieved to find so many choices. Now on to the itinerary...