Brunch in Prague

The essence of the weekend is relaxation and a long lingering brunch with your family or friends is a great way to relax… We have picked out for you some of the best places for weekend brunch in Prague. Choose any of these excellent brunch restaurants - they ARE worth the expense.


Located close to the Wenceslas square, the beautiful terrace of the Monkey Bar hosts brunch with unlimited Mimosas and Margaritas, a wide selection of dishes, DJs or live music and laid-back atmosphere on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Whether you want to sit in the sun, feel the breeze, sip stunning cocktails in the fresh air or eat delicious brunch dishes, the Monkey Bar has it all on the most gorgeous sunny terrace with vibrant greenery and flowers. The Monkey Bar, one of Prague's hidden gems,is a great spot for alfresco dining, parties or unique celebrations with friends and family. Food comes individually priced and bottomless Mimosas and Margaritas cost 750 CZK



For a luxurious brunch experience in Prague, consider "The Aquarius Restaurant" at the Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa, a prestigious and iconic hotel, located in the the heart of the Little quarter in Prague 1. Known for its opulent setting and delicious brunch offerings, the Aquarius restaurant features a grand dining room with Venetian plasterwork, an impressive Murano chandelier, original French Zuber "à la planche" wallpaper, and antique furniture. The brunch menu at Aquarius Restaurant is a blend of classic brunch and contemporary dishes, with a focus on high-quality ingredients and impeccable presentation. The price of 1 500 CZK includes dishes from both the à la carte brunch menu and buffet as well as unlimited prosecco,cocktails, and live music.



Whether you're looking to start your weekend off with bacon and eggs or Belgian-inspired dishes served alongside delicious Belgian beer on tap, head to Be Silly Prague, one the coolest beer bars in Prague, from Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Treat yourself to a brunch platter including eggs, sausages, bacon, Belgian fries, salad, sauce, sweet waffle and beer caramel for approximately 10 EURO. Alternatively, you can have sweet waffles with Belgian chocolate, forest fruits, honey yogurt and nuts. To go with your brunch dishes, choose from a wide selection of Belgian beers and cocktails, such classic Mimosa, silly Mimosa or Espresso Gin Tonic.



The renowned Augustine restaurant is located in a former Augustinian monastery at the Little quarter. One of the most beautiful restaurants in Prague offers a lush interior, stylish décor along with exquisite dishes and drinks. Dedicated to providing great service and unique culinary experience, Augustine restaurant boasts the finest international cuisine created with the freshest ingredients. It is an award-winning restaurant voted specifically for its sophisticated menu and delicious food. The Sunday brunch for 1.600 CZK includes unlimited consumption from hot and cold buffet and selected soft drinks. Price for brunch is 2.200 CZK per person includes both bottomless bottle of prosecco and 3.200 CZK includes unlimited consumption of champagne. Experience fine-dining at its best!



Served from 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. once a month on Sunday, themed Sunday brunches at Grand Hotel Bohemia offer a truly unique experience at the place where the cream of Prague´s society of the 1920s and 1930s used to meet. The experience costs 1.950 CZK per person but offers far more than usual brunch classics. Alongside bottomless contemporary and seasonal dishes, unlimited consumption of prosecco, wine, beer and soft drinks, expect live entertainment in the form of piano music and jazz songs in an impressive environment of unique historic Bocaccio Ballroom from 1927. With a unique atmosphere, grand interior and luxury selection of pastries, sweet and savoury dishes, the 5-star Grand Hotel Bohemia is a true star of Prague’s buzzing brunch scene.



Asian Temple is definitely one of the best brunch spots in Prague. Aside from delightful Asian food and a delicious range of freshly prepared sushi - Asian Temple boasts refreshingly large and airy interior. With fresh salads, Tom kha kai soup, shrimps, octupus, paratha or chicken in Thai style prepared on teppan grill, Asian Temple has something to offer everyone. The hot buffet includes a selection of Indian chicken tikka masala, Bami Goreng noodles or red Thai curry with tofu and vegetables. The brunch takes place every Saturday. The price of 1,490 CZK per person includes all-you-can-eat buffet and welcome drink. Kids up to 5 eat for free and the price for children aged 6 to 13 is 990 CZK. Their bottomless brunch with Teppanyaki shows and a play area for children, is the place to be.



Just a few steps away from Old Town square in the heart of the Old Town, the Buddha-bar Prague features stunning interior, sumptuous environment along with fabulous food. The Sunday brunch is definitely one of the city's classiest buffet meals. Unlike other restaurants, the brunch menu has a large selection of traditional breakfast favourites including scrambled eggs, roasted sausages, omelettes or the crispest bacon. True sushi aficionados will appreciate a selection of fresh, simple and delicious maki sushi made from the rise of the outstanding quality. The brunch menu includes beef burger, grilled salmon, succulent pork spareribs, classic yellow curry with chicken. In addition, the restaurant is equipped with kid's play area and offers services of animators and live DJ during brunch. Buddha-bar Prague boasts fantastic food in a chick setting!



Mlýnec is consistently ranked among the best restaurants in Prague. Elegance, superb cuisine, and impeccable service are staples at this riverside restaurant. Immerse yourself in sophisticated ambience and enjoy a roast menu featuring delicacies such as veal tartar with truffle mayonnaise, roasted lamb shank with rosemary sauce or grilled Pike perch. Do save room for a dessert, from a delicious raspberry Bakewell Tart to a home-made tiramisu and luscious chocolate cheesecake. Starters, main dishes and desserts are served at the table so you do not have to queue at the buffet table. If you are dining with kids, you will appreciate a supervised children's play area. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. The price includes unlimited consumption of soft drinks, fresh orange juice and selected red, white and sparkling wine. The restaurant's lunch and dinner menu are also worth trying. Outdoor seating is available during summer months as there is a charming terrace, which offers stunning views of the Little quarter and the Prague castle. Mlýnec is a true culinary gem!




Puro crafting the perfect Gelato

Puro Gelato Artigianale, sits just about a block off Old Town square on Kaprova. Given its location, it might easily be dismissed as another tourist shop, selling a product of questionable quality to tourists that will never return. In fact with Puro, nothing could be further from the truth. Puro makes premium gelato right there in the back of the shop from fresh ingredients, every day. They have new flavours daily and nothing is served more than three days after it is made, if it lasts that long. If you go to Puro and have a vanilla gelato, that means someone was crushing vanilla beans in the back in the last 72 hours. It's all that fresh. On any given day they will have up to 16 different flavours available but the possibilities are virtually endless and they do make an effort to keep adding variety. Puro even tried out a basil gelato this summer and it was quite a success.

Puro, crafting the perfect gelato

For those of you who don't know, gelato is a little different from ice cream. Gelato has less butter fat and less air. Gelato tends to be sweeter and denser than ice cream. Most gelato uses industrial made flavour pastes and compounds. Puro's complete artisanal approach uses only fresh ingredients. It’s the fresh ingredients and Puro’s devotion to freshness that sets it apart.

Puro, Gelato Artigianale, was opened on Kaprova in 2016 by Ludmila Strakova. Ludmila is originally from Slovakia but lived in Berlin for ten years. She went to Berlin to study at first but after school Ludmila stayed and began her career in the hospitality industry. It is possible she would still be in Berlin but in 2013 Ludmila took a trip to Bologna to study gelato making under a famous gelato master. The trip was just for fun and there were no plans to start a gelato business at this point. Not long after returning from Bologna Ludmila began to think seriously about starting a business of her own. She wanted to do something that would allow her to be “hands on” at every step. A gelato shop seemed the perfect answer. She can be involved in everything from sourcing fresh ingredients to getting her hands dirty in the back and even handing a gelato cone to another excited customer. Every part of it is a labour of love for Ludmila, she is very passionate about gelato and Prague seemed like a city that might share that passion.


Puro Gelato Artigianate is a must for gelato and ice cream enthusiasts. Take a cone to go or have a seat in this bright and friendly little shop and watch the world walk by on the street. Better yet, take a seat in the back. Puro puts in a large window allowing customers to look into the area where the gelato is made. You can sit at one of the back tables, stare through the glass and watch the magic happen.

Steve Meyers




Puro Gelato Artigianale - Výtoň
Na Hrobci 410/1, Prague 2 - Výtoň

Opening hours:
visits the official site

TEL.:
+420 778 977 792


Puro Gelato Artigianale - Vinohrady
Rybalkova 29, Prague 10

Opening hours:
visits the official site
 
TEL.:
+420 732 894 888


Puro Gelato Artigianale - Karlín
Thámova 289/13, Prague 8

Opening hours:
visits the official site

TEL.:
+420 721 438 209


5 best refreshing wines perfect for summer

Good wine is an essential part of summer barbecues, long warm evenings and sitting with friends. Dry white wines and rosé wines are great choices. You don't even have to deny yourself red, just choose the right variety. Let yourself be inspired by 5 wines that will reliably refresh you even in the summer heat.

Fresh white wines for long summer evenings


In the summer, you should not miss the light Portuguese wine Case De Vilacetinho Avesso - Alvarinho. It is great for appetizers, finger food and appetizers. Just open it and treat yourself to a moment of sweet idleness, or shine during a summer gathering with family or friends. This wine will surprise you with its interesting structure and full taste, which is created by an unusually balanced combination of Avesso and Alvarinho varieties. Avesso has the full flavor of twenty-five-year-old vines, while Alvarinho from young bushes gives the wine freshness and minerality.

In the summer, it reliably refreshes light and medium wines with a dry taste. The wines must be cooled before serving.


The Italian cuvee Zenato Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie Igt is also perfect for summer. It will enchant you with its fresh and lively taste with wonderful notes of galia melon, papaya, mango and kumquats. You will also smell hints of grapefruit and lemon. Pinot Grigio is best enjoyed with vegetarian dishes or seafood.

Lovers of elegant wines with a spicy taste will be delighted by the Austrian wine Alzinger Dürnsteiner Grüner Veltliner Federspiel 2021. Juicy texture, tropical aroma and taste of cool fruit with lively acidity will refresh even on very hot days. It goes well with cheese specialities, light summer dishes without meat and fish.

If you want a change, open a bottle of Domaine des Diables MiP CollectionCôtes de Provence Rosé, a French rosé wine with a strong aroma and fresh taste. In the mouth you will feel notes of citrus and red berries with a long pleasant finish. It is best enjoyed with poultry and pork or with seafood.

The best barbecue with a glass of red


Open a bottle of fresh Bread & Butter Pinot Noir, one of the top 3% of wines in the world, for a summer barbecue. It comes from sunny California, where thanks to the ideal climate, the vine reaches perfect fullness and maturity. This Pinot Noir goes particularly well with light summer dishes such as poultry or fish. From the first sip, you will be charmed by the subtle notes of juicy fruit - raspberry, cherry and blackcurrant with a hint of cedar and bay leaf, which balance the sweetness of the fruit.

Red wine is ideal for serving at a temperature of 12-16 °C. If you leave it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before tasting, it will taste perfect and refreshing.

However, do not leave the bottle in the fridge for too long, at low temperatures reds lose their fruity taste and can develop a metallic aftertaste.


Choose the best wines from around the world at the drink-good-wine.com e-shop and treat yourself to the perfect summer refreshment.


Wonder Wines Bar
Karla Engliše 3, 150 00
Prague 5 Anděl

TEL.: 
+420 255 719 072



Best food markets in Prague

Whether you are looking for fresh seasonal products, home-made goods, or even delicious dishes from Prague street food vendors, Prague Farmer´s markets are the place to go. From spring to autumn small farmers sell quality Czech food, local and sometimes organic produce at different locations in Prague. Outdoor farmer´s markets aim to promote and support small farmers and producers. Take a look at the capital´s best food markets below. Updated information including opening hours can be found in „What´s on“ section.


Farmer´s market at Jiriho z Podebrad, Prague 3

Wednesday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

From 2017 the Town Hall of Prague 3 organizes Farmer´s markets at Jirího z Podebrad square. Located in the centre of Vinohrady, this bustling market boasts friendly atmosphere, beautiful location and a wide range of goods including fresh fruit, veggies, flowers, herbs, pasta, dairy products, fresh meat, fish or pizza. Certified organic products are also available. Visitors can enjoy live music Saturdays and various seasonal events such as street food festivals, Easter or Christmas markets.

Farmer´s market Kulatak, Prague 6

Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Situated close to Victory square and the metro station on line A, Dejvicka, Farmer´s markets Kulatak take place every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This markets is well known for its perfect organization and careful selection of goods and farmers. The market has everything from fresh meat to delicious pastries. Fruit, vegetables, fish, baked goods, cheeses, eggs, coffee, beer or honey are all high quality, fresh and local. An educational programme for children called a „Small farmer“ take place at the kid´s play area every Saturday. Children can participate in competitions, workshops and various creative activities. The market also has an appealing community atmosphere and live music programme. Every year the market hosts seasonal events and the Festival of Embassies, which has a diverse selection of worldly cuisine including Thai, Chinese, Afghan, Russian as well as traditional British favourites.


Farmer´s market Naplavka, Rasinovo nabrezi, Prague 2

Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registered Voluntary Association Archetyp organizes Naplavka Farmer´s market below the Palacky bridge at Rasin embarkment. Best organic, traditional and homemade foods as well as spectacular location at the river and amazing views make this food market really unique. The market features many stalls with a wide variety of goods including fresh and delicious fruits, veggies, meats, poultry, eggs, honey and breads. Traditional sausages, homemade pasta, beef burgers, savouries, crepes are also offered at the market.

Farmer´s market at Kubanske square, Prague 10

Tuesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Town District of Prague 10 operates Farmer´s market in Vrsovice. It is a small market with about 20 stands and its focus is on building community atmosphere. Fresh grilled fish, fruits, vegetables, quality and reasonably priced milk, eggs, juices, baked goods, pastries and flowers can be found.   This market is easily accessible via public transportation. It hosts seasonal events with accompanying programme, for example, hog feasts, spring celebrations, Christmas and Easter markets.

Farmer´s market Tyl square, Prague 2

Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Famer´s markets at Tyl square is hold every weekday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from March to November. The market offers fresh and quality products from Czech farms such as fruits, vegetables, smoked meats, juices, jams, mushrooms, honey, wine, bakery and dairy products. Exotic market sometimes takes place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can sample the wide range of exotic foods. Stallholders from various backgrounds will take you on a culinary journey around the world.

www.farmama.cz


Farmer´s market Karlin square, Prague 8

Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Located close to Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Karlin food market is hold every Saturday from the end of March to the end of November.  Shoppers can find antiques, tasty dishes, and fruit all in one location. High quality goods from small Czech and Moravian producers and proximity to public transportation make this market a go-to for many residents. Interesting events with accompanying programme for both kids and adults take place every month. Children cen enjoy workshops, theatre performances, games, competions or traditional Czech roasting of sausages on the open open fires. Traditional flea markets are hold at the same time as Farmer´s market.

www.facebook.com/karlinsketrhy



Farmer´s market Hermanak, Řezáčovo square, Prague 7

Selected Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registered Voluntary Association Archetyp invites all residents and visitors to „Farmer´s market without plastic bags“. Archetyp takes its commitment to the environment seriously by using only recyclable containers for ready-to-go food, drinks and dishes, and encouraging shoppers to bring their own containers and paper bags. As the main focus is on eco-friendly packaging solutions, food and drinks are not served in disposable cups and plastic plates but in glass or porcelain tableware. Farmers offer a wide range of high quality and fresh products.

www.farmarsketrziste.cz


Holesovice Market, Bubenske nabrezi 13, Prague 7

Monday to Friday 7.30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Located in Holesovice market in hall no. 22, large fruit and vegetable market stay open all year.  Small growers and farmers offer locally grown produce such as fruits, veggies, eggs, meats, fish, honey, herbs, nuts and spices. The advantages of the market are a large number and variety of vendors and proximity of the parking lot (1 hour for free).

Grom Gelato: An authentic Italian tradition in Prague

    Carl Petrini’s Slow Food philosophy “envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it, and good for the planet.” It is this philosophy that inspired Guido Martinetti and Federico Grom to embark on a mission to bring back the age-old Italian tradition of making fresh and authentic gelato to the modern world. In 2003, they opened the first Grom gelateria in the center of their hometown of Turin, Italy. No artificial dyes or aromas — just pure, unadulterated gelato. It was a complete success that eventually led to Grom’s expansion around Italy and the world, including major cities such as New York, Paris, Shanghai, Jakarta, and Prague’s Wenceslas Square.


    Simplicity is the key to the rich and flavorful gelato Grom has become famous for. Based on the long-standing traditions of Italian gelaterias, Grom produces gelato using high-quality milk, free-range eggs, white cane sugar, and carefully selected ingredients from Italy and other parts of the world. They use carob to thicken the gelato, a gluten-free, low-sugar alternative to cocoa powder known for its health benefits and ecological sustainability.

    “We want to make gelato like it used to be, because, as in the old days, ours is made without the use of flavors, dyes, preservatives, or emulsifiers,” the founders said about their brand philosophy. “The flavors and colors of our gelato therefore come only from seasonally available raw materials, which in turn are grown or produced by our suppliers without the use of chemical additives.”


    In 2005, Martinetti and Grom invested in a production laboratory outside of Turin where they bring the raw materials they find around the world to be mixed into a liquid. These fruit and cream mixtures are then delivered to Grom’s gelateria locations around the world, where the actual production of the gelato takes place. This process guarantees consistently high-quality gelato at any of Grom’s worldwide locations. In addition to their laboratory, the friends own an organic farm, Mura Mura, in the Monferrato region of Italy. Here they grow peaches, apricots, pears, and figs; they also experiment with more than 100 varieties of fruit trees, strawberries, and melons in order to discover the best fruits for gelato, while still respecting the cycles of nature and the environment.

    But of course, as with any gastronomical endeavor, taste is what really matters. And Grom does not disappoint. Offering classic gelato flavors like coffee (made with coffee beans grown on untouched Guatemalan mountains at 1,500 to 2,000 meters), pistachio (using the Perfect Green and Mawardi varieties from the pistachio’s homeland in the Middle East), and chocolate (with cocoa beans grown in Arriba Mocache in Ecuador), Grom is sure to satisfy every customer’s craving. Beyond the classics, more inventive flavors can also be found. “Cream of Grom” combines Martinetti’s passion for the highest quality of ingredients with Grom’s weakness for more tempting delights, resulting in a gelato that brings together pastry cream, Venezuelan chocolate, and meliga Grom cookies.


    While gelato is their primary passion, Grom also sells a variety of other delectable treats, including gluten-free cookies made with pistachios, hazelnuts, and chocolate, frozen fruit sorbets, semi-sweet crushed ice that’s a perfect way to beat the summer heat, and frappes made from your favorite gelato or sorbet. Grom gelato can even be enjoyed at home or given to loved ones as a gift in the form of 460 ml pints that can be purchased either at the gelateria or online through Dame Jidlo, kosik.cz, or rohlik.cz.

By Caroline Corrigan

 

Grom Gelato
Václavské náměstí 55,
Prague 1

Opening hours:
10.30 AM - 11 PM

TEL.: 
+420 771 141 227

Food Lab: Perfecting the gastronomic formula

    Hospitality. Energy. Creativity. It’s not common for restaurants to have overtly stated “values”. But then again, Food Lab isn’t a ‘common’ restaurant. Situated on Hastalska Street in Prague’s Old Town — known for being the historical center of European alchemy — this year-old restaurant offers a forward-thinking, yet comfortably familiar gastronomical experience.


Creativity

    Though listed third in Food Lab’s values, creativity is the first thing visitors notice. Lush greenery whimsically hangs from the ceiling, a brick wall stamped with da Vinci’s Vetruvian Man frames the bar, accents of dark leather and iron add an air of sophistication —  you’ve suddenly gone from Prague’s cobblestone sidewalks to a place straight out of a modernized fairytale.
    But Food Lab’s creativity isn’t limited to its decor. The dining style is similar to tapas, where dishes are meant to be shared. However, these “small plates” would be more accurately described as medium; two guests can share around 3 to 4 plates and be satiated. But good luck choosing — the menu is fairly expansive, offering a delectable assortment of dishes, as well as some with “unexpected details and surprising ingredients”. And of course, you can’t go wrong with one of their fine wines or spirits imported from all over the word.
    One of these so-called surprising dishes is the smoked beef and beetroot tartare with truffle mayo and pickled yellow beetroot. As a Czech culinary staple, varieties of beef tartare (and beetroot) can be found in restaurants all over Prague. But the combination is something new. What at first seems like an obvious pairing, the beetroot takes the tartare to the next level, with the pickled beetroot's acidic tang cutting through the richness of the beef and creating a more complex, balanced flavor.
    Yet, the most creative dish was a surprise in and of itself: “Golden Pumpkin”, a pumpkin and cinnamon cake glazed with caramel chocolate. While the description seems fairly ordinary, what arrived at the table was anything but. Three almond-shaped (but not sized) shells filled with a mousse-like cake inside. Drizzled with caramel and supported by rings of dark chocolate, it was not only creative, but also absolutely delicious.


Energy

    The energy of a restaurant usually comes from the atmosphere and quality of the service — both of which were phenomenal. But at Food Lab, it’s also the energy of the food. While some dishes stood out for their creativity, others focused on bringing out the flavors of simple ingredients.
    For example, the bolete mushroom creamy soup with chestnut and wild mushrooms. First, I have to admit: I detest mushrooms. But when my dining partner ordered the mushroom soup, I had to try it. And… wow. If there was a dish that could convert me into a mushroom lover, this is it! Perfectly creamy, with the nuttiness of the chestnut energizing every bite. So, if you love soup, and you love mushrooms (or even if you don’t), don’t miss out on this palette-changing dish.
    Finally, the main courses. We went fairly meat-heavy with our order, but it just so happens that Food Lab has several of my favorite non-vegetarian dishes all on the same menu. Naturally, I indulged. First were the tiger prawns with carrot, sea buckthorn, and hollandaise sauce. The prawns were perfectly cooked (and fresh), with some crunchy bits throughout to add some texture to the creaminess of the hollandaise. Like the pickled beetroot in the tartare, the sea buckthorn also helped cut through the dish’s fattiness with some much-needed acidity.
    Next, we had the teriyaki and sesame pork belly with grilled pak choi and topinambur puree. Another example of a simple dish executed perfectly — tender, fatty meat balanced with salty pak choi and creamy topinambur, also knows as the Jerusalem artichoke, which is native to central North America.
    And finally, the dish I was most excited about: veal sweetbreads with celery puree and fried onions. If you’re a fan of sweetbreads — which are organ meat from the animal’s thymus and pancreas — you can’t go wrong here. Generously portioned, Food Lab doesn’t over-fry the sweetbreads like many other restaurants tend to do, allowing diners to truly experience and enjoy the tender flavor of the meat.


Hospitality  

    Food and atmosphere are essential to any restaurant’s success. But what leaves a lasting impression long after the dining experience has ended is the service. Food Lab checks this box, too. Attentive without being intrusive, laid-back yet still very professional, and entirely unpretentious. We were a bit indecisive, and much appreciated the waiter's patience while we made our selections.
    But Food Lab goes beyond just great table service. A staircase takes you beneath the restaurant upper level, revealing two hidden gems: the piano lounge and the kid's corner. With walls adorned with photos of famous jazz musicians and a grand piano sitting longingly on the stage, you’ve entered the sultrier, speakeasy-esque club that hosts live music, stand-up comedy, and other shows. The space can also be rented for private parties, accommodating either 70 standing guests or 40 sitting with dinner.
    Finally, the kid's corner. If there are other restaurants that offer to take care of your children in a 100m2 supervised space that offers a climbing wall, movie theater, video game arcades, and more — well, I have yet to discover them. But for busy parents looking for a nice dinner out together without the hassle of having to find a babysitter last minute, Food Lab is the solution. What could be better than enjoying fine dining with your loved one, while knowing your kids are having just as good a time as you are?


    Food Lab’s website states, “While we probably cannot create the formula for an enteral life, we will do our best in ensuring our food and atmosphere enriches and improves the life we have.” I’d say they’ve been successful in their mission.

Caroline Corrigan



Food Lab
Haštalská 749/4, Prague 1 - Old Town

Opening hours:
MON-FRI: 08 AM - 12 AM;
SAT-SUN: 10 AM - 12 AM

TEL.:
+420 257 310 713


Email:
reservation@food-lab.cz


Web:
www.food-lab.cz



Breakfast, lunch or dinner, The Bakeshop is a winner!

About two blocks off Prague's old town square, at V Kolkovně where Dlouha changes into Kozi, The Bakeshop sits behind an impressive old town facade. Once inside though, I was struck by how cosy it seemed. It looked smaller than its exterior might suggest. The main reason, of course, is that two thirds of the interior is the actual bakery part of the operation. Behind the walls you can imagine ovens, baking tables and exhausted bakers, all coated in flour. The din of whisks and spoons on mixing bowls, the clatter of oven trays, cookie sheets and cooling racks and the excited chatter of the red-faced bakers whipping up their magic.

The remaining one third of The Bakeshop is an L-shaped space. Two walls of large windows with counters and stools facing the street. Across the isle from the stools is a serving counter stacked high with fresh baked wares and attended to by a notably efficient and friendly staff. Behind the bustling staff are shelves holding even more baked goods like fresh rolls and breads of all kind.

Bakeshop Praha
Choosing something to go with my coffee was not easy. The variety was a little overwhelming and everything looked so good. I decided on an apple croissant and navigated my way through the early morning coffee crowd who buzzed like bees from croissant tray to brownie basket to cookie stack and back again. I found my way to the end of the counter where the coffee is served, ordered my small Americano and took a seat on one of the benches lining the wall outside.

I had arranged to meet with owner and general manager Martin Hofman and he joined me on the bench to give me a little background on The Bake Shop. Martin is from Boskovice in Moravia but moved to Australia in 1998. It was in Australia, working various jobs that Martin learned his bar and restaurant management skills and also where he met his wife and business partner Carolyn.

Bakeshop Praha Exterior
After about five years in Australia Martin and Carolyn move back to the Czech Republic. At first trying to make a life for themselves in Martin's home town but ultimately landing in Prague. Martin went to work at different hotels and restaurants around town before finally taking on the manager position at The Bakeshop in 2010 and buying it in 2011.

The Bakeshop first opened in 1998 and expanded over the years to finally reach its current size in 2007. Martin and Carolyn opened a small version of The Bakeshop in Mala Strana, U Lužického semináře 22, but otherwise have not changed the physical business since taking control five years ago.

In a broad way The Bakeshop has remained the same over the years but Martin is constantly changing what's on the menu. Constantly adding and subtracting items and changing recipes while maintaining old favourites like their luxury cakes, cheesecakes and croissants.

Bakeshop Praha Interior
Almost everything is made right there; not just the croissant but the jam you put in it. Not just the bread but the beef in your sandwich was roasted right there in the back. The Bake Shop obviously places a lot of importance on freshness and quality. Variety too is a prominent consideration, along with good service and a comfortable environment but if you ask Martin what's his main goal, he'll tell you, he does not want The Bakeshop to be like anywhere else. There's no question Martin and Carolyn have achieved that goal. The level of quality, freshness, comfort and good service puts The Bakeshop in a class of its own. The Bakeshop is the original.

The Bakeshop is open from 7am to 9pm. It’s not easy to find a decent breakfast in Prague so it’s a safe bet i’ll be back again in mornings to come but The Bakeshop is busiest at lunch time. I went back for lunch another day and was impressed by the selection. A great variety of old favourite lunch items and a few choices that border on the exotic. Breakfast lunch or dinner, The Bakeshop is a winner.

Steve Meyers


Bakeshop Prague
Kozí 1, Prague 1

Opening hours:
MON - SUN 7:00 - 21:00

TEL.:
+420 222 316 823

Aperitivo at Il Mulino

Il Mulino restaurant brings a new term to Prague’s gastronomic scene: APERITIVO. The aperitivo is redolent of Italy just like pasta or pizza. Traditionally is it served between 5 and 9 pm in selected bars and restaurants. If you order a drink during this time you will also get a light courtesy snack. It is a very popular way of meeting up with friends before dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. And now you can enjoy it in the center of Prague too.


In Il Mulino they serve aperitivo every Saturday between 5 and 8 pm and customers receive complimentary food. The offer typically includes bruschetta with tomatoes, croissants with ham and cheese, pieces of pizza, pasta, hamburgers, dried tomatoes, artichokes, olives, as well as selected cheese and salami – even the famous Salame Fellino from the Italian town of the same name. Il Mulino imports most of the ingredients straight from Italian farm companies, such as Fattoria Rossi di Montecavolo. Cheese and salami are regularly on display behind the counter in the restaurant and you can order them as an appetizer too or buy them to take home.

Il Mulino Praga
This restaurant in Prague 1 - located near Old Town Square and right next to the Estates Theatre - is hugely popular among the Italian community in Prague as well as locals. The management and kitchen staff are almost entirely Italian, which guarantees uncompromising authenticity.


That is really the key because Il Mulino's offer is based on genuine Italian cuisine: fresh fish, pizza and home made pasta, as well as desserts from their own Italian confectioner. The menu and wine list represent the best across Italy. 


This Italian venue is popular not only among Italians living in Prague, but also parents with kids. The retaurant has access to a public pool which is often visited by mothers with kids, and there is a nice kids corner too. The place can be easily entered with a baby carriage and the ground floor of the restaurant is non smoking.

Il Mulino is open daily from 10 am, lunch menu is served between 11 am and 3 pm and comprises of two soups and three main courses: pizza, pasta and meat in the affordable price range CZK 105 to 125.

Klára Smolová


Il Mulino Ristorante Pizzeria
Rytířská 22 - 110 00 Prague 1

Opening hours:
Open daily from 10:00am to 23:00pm

TEL.:
+420 221 094 305


Email:
ilmulino@ilmulino.cz


Web:
www.ilmulino.cz


Levitate, a burgeoning star in Prague's fine dining scene

Levitate is one of Prague's newest fine dining establishments. Located at Štepanska 14, just 300 meters from Wenceslas Square, Levitate gets its share of the high-end tourist trade from Prague's five star hotels but the local culinary connoisseurs are starting to take notice. In spite of being rather new on the scene, Levitate has already created a bit of a buzz here through local and social media.

Levitate Restaurant fine dining in Prague
After a full year of preparation and planning, Levitate opened its doors on October 6th, 2017 with the unique concept of an Asian / Nordic restaurant. The Asian part is mostly in the food. Levitate uses spices, sauces, seasonings and herbs from Korea, China, Thailand, Japan and Viet Nam to create a melange of Asian flavours. The Nordic part manifests itself largely in decor and presentation but also key to Levitate's overall philosophy is the Nordic tradition of using locally sourced ingredients. Levitate uses only locally sourced ingredients and try to adhere to a strict "zero waste" policy.

All of Levitate's meat is from local farms. They get their mushrooms fresh from local forests and grow their own herbs. They even get seafood from local fish farms. Clearly, they take the Nordic concept of locally sourced ingredients very seriously. When you go to Levitate, the food on your plate was obtained that day. They don't even own a freezer.



Like all great restaurants, Levitate is mostly about the food but atmosphere is always important and their approach to the design of the space is worthy of note. Levitate's website describes it as "an oasis of tranquility in the heart of Prague." and i think that sums it up nicely. Walking into Levitate, you are truly transported to another place. It's not a large space but it's open and airy. It seats 22 but it could easily hold a few more. The creators of levitate, in keeping with a Nordic sense of  simple, clear and natural surroundings use lots of real plants, sparse furnishing and a bright and open space to create a unique dining environment. It really is an oasis. Just far enough from the bustle of tourists to make you feel like you've discovered a local favourite, which it's fast becoming.

As I said, Levitate is creating a bit of a local buzz and that buzz is mostly about the food. It would be accurate to call Levitate's food, "Asian fusion" but that would be telling only half the story. Chef and co founder, Chu Phong Duy has years of experience with Asian cooking but Levitate's policy of using only locally sourced ingredients, constantly challenges the limits of his creative ability. Much of that year of planning and preparation was spent experimenting and coming up with signature dishes. Chu is not able to take it easy now that Levitate is up and running. They plan to have a new menu every season, based on the best local ingredients available at that time. Every dish has been thoroughly tried and tested before it makes the menu but Chu's creative experimentation is a constant feature of Levitate's charm. If you find yourself there on a night that's not too busy, you can expect Chu to visit your table to talk about the meal, answer your questions and get a little feedback from you.

Levitate Restaurant fine dining in Prague
Levitate is the brain child of Thanh Nguyen. Thanh is of Vietnamese decent but born and raised in the Czech Republic. He knows Asian food because he grew up on it but as a born and raised European, Thanh understands European tastes and culinary desires. Thanh is part of that generation of Vietnamese Czechs who have one foot firmly planted in each culture, giving him the solid footing needed to take on a project like this.


Check out Levitate's website at (www.levitate.cz) to see their latest seasonal menu and click on the gallery option to have a look at the space itself but also the presentation of the food. The food is beautifully presented, using elements from nature in a fashion that stays in step with the Nordic theme. Thanh (George), Chu (Chris) and third partner Jiři Bosák have created more than just a restaurant. Levitate is a unique dining experience in Prague.

Steve Meyers


Levitate Prague
nám. Curieových 100/1, 110 00 Staré Město, Prague 1

Opening hours:
Tue - Sat: 18.00 - 22.30

TEL.:
+420 724 516 996