For many people, experiencing new cuisines is one of the best parts of travelling, and in this respect Prague certainly does not disappoint. The city's lively dining scene seems constantly to grow larger and more diverse; amongst its many charms, Prague now offers a wide selection of restaurants featuring both Czech and international cuisines.
In the summer, it is delightful to dine outdoors on shady cobbled streets; in the winter, there's nothing better than to settle into a cosy stone-walled tavern beside a roaring fire. Prague offers everything from elegant fine dining to Bohemian drinking holes, and there's a style of food for every taste.
Hotel dining at its finest
If you're staying at the centrally-located Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel in Prague, you're already set for dining. The hotel boasts its own Michelin-starred restaurant, The Alcron, which dishes up exquisite seafood under the direction of award-winning chef Roman Paulus.
Alternately, sample a range of international cuisine at the hotel's restaurant La Rotonde, which also takes advantage of the hotel's beautifully restored Art Deco features by hosting a Sunday Jazz Brunch and Friday Dance Evenings that feature music from the 20s and 40s.
If you feel like venturing forth some evenings, though, there is a good selection of restaurants and bars within easy reach of the Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel. Try one of these options:
Café Colore evokes the elegant, continental atmosphere of a Parisian or Viennese café with grand, Art Deco-style interiors. Whether you're looking for coffee and cake to fuel you during an afternoon of sightseeing, a light lunch or filling dinner, there's surely something to take your fancy on the diverse menu, which predominantly revolves around Central and Eastern European favourites.
Meat lovers will adore this bright, cheerful restaurant specialising in carefully matured Czech Fleckvieh beef. From charcoal-grilled steaks and "sashimi"-style beef, to more unusual cuts that make use of all parts of the cow, you'll find plenty at Čestr to engage your taste buds. There are also dishes featuring fresh local fish and other produce for those who don't eat beef.
Conveniently located just off Wenceslas Square, this laid-back tapas bar and restaurant is perfect if you're struggling to decide what to eat. Fill up on a variety of authentic Spanish-inspired tapas dishes created by Maximiliano Pettit (personal chef to actor Tommy Lee Jones), then chill out with a cocktail and savour the cool vibe.
Small, intimate and friendly, Home Kitchen really does offer all the comforts of a home away from home. This cosy little restaurant offers simple yet hearty dishes prepared from fresh local produce at extremely reasonably prices, and attracts a steady stream of locals and tourists keen on their rustic home cooking. Try and get there early to secure a table – the small restaurant space can fill up quickly at peak times.
Výtopna Railway Restaurant
For a truly unique dining experience that's great for the whole family, pay a visit to this unusual restaurant run by dedicated model railway enthusiasts. A complex, detailed model train track runs throughout the restaurant, complete with bridges, tunnels, stations and woods – it's fascinating to watch, especially when it delivers your drinks to your table. Be sure to book well in advance if you'd like to experience Výtopna – with good, reasonably priced Czech food and beer, plus the added attraction of the trains, it tends to fill up quickly.
What are your favourite places to dine in Prague?