We just returned from our month long trip to Central and Eastern Europe and while exhausted, have come back with several adventures under our belt and a lot of fond food memories. Eating while traveling has become a huge ordeal for me ever since I discovered my gluten and dairy intolerance. I spend hours upon hours scouring the internet for gluten free restaurants in each city we’re visiting. I create spreadsheets listing the name, address, type of food and price point for each place. If you suffer from celiac disease this may sound very familiar to you (or you may just be thinking, wow this girl is really OCD). At any rate, my hope with creating these GF city guides is to make your travel life a little easier and minimize the amount of research you have to do before your trip.
Prague is a surprisingly easy city to eat gluten free. Grocery stores all have a dedicated gluten free section and we found the bread and pasta they carry to be infinitely tastier than the brands we have available in the US. Restaurants too have stepped up to the challenge and that’s what I’ll focus on with my list below. Prague sticks to the European numbering system for indicating foods containing allergens. Number 1 is gluten and number 7 is dairy. You should always double check the key at the bottom of the menu though, because it’s possible for restaurants to deviate from this. Gluten free in Czech is bez lepku.
Gluten Free Prague Restaurant List
This is a 100% gluten free Italian restaurant that also has a few dairy free options as well. We ate lunch here and were impressed with both the quality and price of the food. The gluten free bread served at the start of the meal was free (very unusual in Prague as you are charged for everything including tap water) and delicious. I tried the lunch special of the day, a vegetarian risotto, and my husband had the Spaghetti Aglio E Olio. Both dishes were delicious and the service was excellent. They even had a high chair for our baby, which again was unusual in most places we went in Prague. Highly recommend.
An awesome choice for a delicious gluten free desert, particularly in the hot Prague summer. Angelato has gluten free waffle cones, which is a treat I have not been able to enjoy in years! They also have a wide selection of sorbet, which is dairy free and vegan. We came here multiple times and were never disappointed.
So my review is mixed for this restaurant. They do clearly mark allergens on their menu and my meal of grilled cod was delicious to the point that I almost licked the plate. Also the GF apple cake was a fantastic end to the meal. However, I woke up that same night with horrible stomach pain and vomited my entire meal. My husband had the beef goulash with no issues and my sister also ate the grilled cod with no problem, but something went wrong for me. I’m assuming it was food poisoning, but fear it could also have been gluten. Based on my personal experience I might skip this restaurant if you are particularly sensitive or have celiacs.
This was our favorite restaurant in Prague hands down. I would suggest going here for a nice leisurely dinner and a bottle (or two) of wine. It’s along the Vltava river and close to the Dancing House, so you can take a sunset stroll one evening and end with a gourmet meal. Their menu changes frequently so you could easily eat here as many times as you like during your stay. The menu has clearly marked gluten free and dairy free options including dessert! The staff is very knowledgeable about allergies and the service is excellent.
I know, I know really McDonald’s? Judge me if you want, but the Prague McDonalds’ all have a gluten free cheeseburger meal (you can order with no cheese for dairy free). This was really helpful to us when we were out in an area with no good gluten free restaurant options. Just remember you’ll have to order (and pay for) ketchup if you want it for your fries.
Great lunch spot if you’re in the Jewish Quarter. This tiny eatery has the famous Czech open faced sandwiches and you can get almost any of them on gluten free bread. There were two types while we were there that could not be made gluten free, but all the rest were possible. The sandwiches were unusual and tasty. Definitely order at least two as the portions are a little small.
Clearly marked allergens on the menu and great brunch food. I enjoyed the sweet potato hash and my husband the breakfast burger.
These are all the places we got a chance to try. There are many other options in Prague and here are links to some of the blogs and websites I found to be helpful in my GF restaurant search: Taste of Prague, Endless Distances and Trip Advisor.
Please comment below on your experience with gluten free restaurants in Prague. I’d love your input!