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URBAN GARDEN’S BEST OF VINOHRADY/ŽIŽKOV 2010

Jiřího z Poděbrad and Žižkov TV Tower

Jiřího z Poděbrad and Žižkov TV Tower

After living in Prague 2 & 3 neighborhoods for over a decade we have a lot of love for the place. We’ve assembled a 2010 short list of a few of our favorite local cafes, bars and restaurants. Our picks include a combination of venues recommended for good ambiance, friendly service and excellent quality. Hopefully you’ll enjoy frequenting them as much as we do, please submit any tips for other great finds in this neighborhood or your district of Prague!

BEST CAFÉ: Kaaba Café and Tabak
Set at street level and lined with huge windows, the atmosphere of this café is light, comfortable, and cheerful. The retro design elements complement original Art Deco pieces and furniture to make it well worth a visit. Specialties include gourmet coffees and teas, homemade desserts, soups and snacks and an impressive international wine list. Free WiFi throughout the day.
Mánesova 20, Prague 2 , tel.: +420 / 222 25 40 21. Open Mon- Fri from 8am, Saturday from 9am, Sunday from 10am.

BEST BISTRO: Mozaika Restaurant
Our favorite neighborhood restaurant Mozaika offers high quality, consistency and creativity with their ever-changing menu. The food is thoughtfully presented and prepared with homemade stocks, sauces and condiments, and the majority of the meats and vegetables are locally sourced. One thing that sets them apart is the hands-on presence of the head chef and owners who make sure guests are looked after. Their gourmet cheeseburgers served on a fresh homemade spinach bun keep us coming back for more.
Nitranská 13, Prague 3, Tel: +420-224-253-011. Open Mon-Fri 11:30-24:00, Sat 12:00-24:00, Sun 16:00-24:00

BEST MEXICAN FOOD: Fosil Cantina
Having moved from their original tiny closet on Belehradska, the Fosil team now run a festive joint at the bottom of Milíčova ulice near Prokopovo náměstí. Every night has a perk, whether it’s a free sombrero, group salsa lessons, or 2-for-1 tequila shots. But the real reason to go is to enjoy the authentic Mexican grub that by all rights should embarrass the too-prevalent ‘Czech Mex’ restaurants right out of town.
Milíčova 25, Prague 3, Tel: +420- 737-502-824. Open Sun-Weds 11:00-12:00, Thurs-Sat 11:00-02:00

BEST PIZZERIA: Sorrento Ristorante
Sorrento stands out from the multitude of neighborhood pizzerias in that the wood-fired oven pizzas are consistently excellent and they never skimp on the high-quality ingredients. Our top favorite double-bill order is ‘Diavolo’ and ‘Bolognaise’, both with mushrooms added. Delicious every time.
Nitranská 20, Prague 3, Tel: +420-224-250-003. Open Mon-Sat 11:00-23:00, Sun 13:00-23:00

BEST VEGETERIAN RESTAURANT: Radost FX Café
After all these years we still love Radost (and yes, we are biased). The eclectic vegetarian menu covers a wide variety of foods (Thai, Mexican, Italian, etc.), and nearly every meal is original, tasty, and huge. The desserts are outstanding (Key Lime Pie!) and the cocktails and smoothies are terrific. If you haven’t visited in a while, as of September the front cafe has been remodeled and is now non-smoking!
Bělehradská 120, Prague 2, Tel: +420 224 254 776. Open daily 11am-late. Weekend brunch 10:30-15:00

BEST ITALIAN/HIGH-END FOOD: Aromi Restaurant & La Bottega Deli
Much to our delight, Aromi opened its doors in 2005 and began serving some of the best fresh seafood and authentic Italian dishes in town. It has a low-key, tasteful atmosphere, unparalleled service, and a great wine selection. This easily qualifies as the best spot to throw down some serious cash and walk away feeling like it was absolutely worth it.  They also run the ‘La Bottega’ Italian deli across the street at Mánesova 83 offering take-way pasta and sauces as well as pre-made daily dinner specials. They have an extensive line of Italian cheeses, meats, wines, as well as fresh fish and shellfish.
Mánesova 78, Praha 2, Tel: +420-222-713-222. Open Mon-Sat 12:00-23:00, Sunday 12:00-22:00. La Bottega: Open Mon – Fri 11:00 – 20:30, Sat 11:00 – 19:00, Sun closed.

BEST COCKTAIL BAR: Hapu
Celebrating it’s 13th year in operation, this friendly, relaxed neighborhood joint is well-heeled in mixing the best cocktails in the neighborhood and possibly all of Prague. The space is decorated like a comfy little living room and the vibe is always lively and welcoming. Their fresh-squeezed juice cocktails are fantastic –and they offer a multitude of top shelf liquors, including an extensive tequila selection.
Orlická 8, Prague 3, Tel: +420-775-109-331. Open daily 18:00-02:00

BEST ALL-AROUND PUB: Pastička Kvelb and Pub
It’s always fun at Pasticka! Great atmosphere (they managed to do ‘cozy’ without the standard bricka-brack overkill), friendly staff, unpasteurized Bernard beer on tap, Czech food with a creative twist and…a fireplace! Definitely reserve around any holidays, even for two, as this popular pub is a favorite for big parties.
Blanická 25, Prague 2. Tel: 222 253 228. Open Mon-Fri: 11:00 – 01:00, Sat-Sun: 17:00 – 01:00

BEST BEER PUB: U Sadu
It’s a stretch to choose a ‘best’ pub, but U Sadu definitely covers a lot of bases. With an impressive selection of bottled and tap beers they also feature weekly special draft beers from local and regional breweries. Additionally they boast one of the best Czech kitchens in these parts serving big, tasty portions and as well as seasonal specials (for the hungry and lazy they now offer free food delivery in Zizkov/Vinohrady!). And if you want to get your rock-star on, the basement has a jukebox with some solid old school selections.
Škroupovo náměstí. 5, Praha 3. Open Mon-Fri 8:00-4am, Sat-Sun 9:00-4am

BEST PUB TO MEET UP WITH A BIG GROUP OF PALS: Sokool Bar
Housed within the Riegrovy Sady Sokol building, this laid-back pub is a great place to reserve a table for a bunch of friends once the beer garden closes down for the winter. The high ceilings, warm lighting and long hard-wood bar make for a fun atmosphere and the beer (Gambrinus/Pilsner) always flows freely. The wait staff is used to handling big tables, so the lag time between drinks is minimal. Wednesday evenings are smoke-free.
Polská 1, Prague 2, Tel: +420-222-210-528. Open Mon-Fri 11:00-24:00, Saturday 12:00-24:00, Sunday 12:00-23:00

BEST LATE-NIGHT BAR: Bukowski’s
Whether you want to hang in the dimly lit corner for a quiet drink or elbow up to the usually-packed bar, Bukowski’s is a great place to keep the party going into the wee hours. The friendly bar staff serves some of the best cocktails in the neighborhood and the music is always pumping. Good times…(what you remember of them the next day anyway…)
Bořivojova 86, Prague 3. Open daily 19:00-02:00

BEST NON-STOP JOINT: Pizzeria Roma Uno
A neighborhood staple, Pizza Roma has been serving the hungry late-night wanderers of Žižkov and Vinohrady with decent pizza, pastas, and lasagna for years on end. And don’t worry about the kitchen closing before you stagger in, it’s open every day and night, round-the-clock.
Jagellonská  16, Prague 3. Tel: +420-222-714-154. Open daily Non-stop

BEST NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Dirty Dog Bar

This casual little bar located just off Vinohradska is the perfect place to stop in for a decent cocktail or tasty little snack. The super-friendly owners personally greet their guests, as well as cook up some fine bar food including grilled Panini sandwiches, spicy nachos, and gourmet quesadillas. It’s a great new addition to the neighborhood and it’s open late!
Vinohradská 102, Prague 3. Open Mon – Thurs: 18:00- 02:00, Fri – Sun: 18:00- 04:00

BEST OVERALL VENUE: Palác Akropolis
One of the most interesting cultural spaces in Prague, the aptly named Palác Akropolis contains a labyrinth of activity. Upstairs the uniquely designed corner pub serves food till after midnight every day. Next door you’ll find a small café and stairwell leading down to the funky theater bar, ‘small stage’ bar, and concert hall which hosts local and internationally acclaimed bands and theater events. The entire venue is showcase for Czech design and a real hub for neighborhood party people.
Kubelíkova 27, Prague 3 Tel: +420 296 330 911. Open Mon-Fri 10:00-05:00, Sat-Sun 16:00-05:00

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2 Responses to “URBAN GARDEN’S BEST OF VINOHRADY/ŽIŽKOV 2010”

  1. Thank you. I’m supposed to cook for my new vegetarian girlfriend this weekend and have no idea what to make! I found tons of recipes online but with so manay to choose from I just got confused. Do you have any recommendations, like .. the tastiest vegetarian recipe, ever, or something?! Thanks in advance! I hope it goes well

  2. Carolyn Wyant says:

    Interesting post. You have taken us to many of these great places to eat! Look forward to visiting more when we visit again.

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