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Prague's dining destinations: City Guide

Prague’s restaurant scene continues its ascent with a host of innovative new venues that cater to international palates. From urban farmhouses to colourful continental fare, the Czech capital has become a dining destination

City Guide
Elizabeth Haas,

Aureole Fusion Restaurant & Lounge
Take to the stratosphere for a cocktail in Aureole’s sleek lounge or an unforgettable meal among the clouds. Situated on the top floor of City Tower, the tallest building in the Czech Republic at 109 metres, Aureole overlooks the astonishing vista of UNESCO-preserved Prague like no other restaurant. Thae food is as terrific as the view; the menu, which features sea bass, sushi and curry, has an Asian focus, alongside surprises such as the warm chocolate muffin for dessert.

Aureole Fusion Restaurant & Lounge,
Hvězdova 1716/2B,
140 00 Prague, +420 222 755380

Cestr’s unobtrusive location behind the Prague State Opera, atop touristy Wenceslas Square, means it can be easily overlooked. But the quirky steakhouse has quickly become a star among the Czech capital’s latest crop of dining establishments. Properly aged Czech beef of all cuts and classic side dishes with a gourmet makeover are served beneath a blue-tiled ceiling in a rustic farmhouse setting. Be sure to sample the fresh tank pilsner, a must for beer-lovers visiting the Czech Republic.

Cestr, Legerova 75, 110 00 Prague, +420 222 727851

Chagall’s Club Restaurant
This centrally located restaurant’s artistic namesake is its guiding spirit, so Chagall’s promises a colourful dining experience. Expect beautifully presented continental fare that’s heavy on game and local ingredients, followed by desserts that range from lavender crème brûlée with blueberry sorbet to nougat glacé with oranges and pistachio ice cream. This is a great option for lunch in Prague’s luxury shopping district.

Chagall’s Club Restaurant, Kozí 5, 110 00 Prague, +420 739 002347

Sansho is owned by former Nobu London sous chef Paul Day and the restaurant’s seasonally revolving menu highlights local ingredients and skilled butchery, particularly Czech dry-hung beef and pork, for delicious results. Day’s Asian influences and English pedigree show in signature dishes such as soft-shell crab sliders, pork belly and watermelon salad and sticky toffee pudding. Experience Sansho’s top-notch tasting menu, bolstered by Sardinian wines and Czech microbrew, in its communal dining atmosphere.

Sansho, Petrská 25, 110 00 Prague, +420 222 317425

Zdeněk’s Oyster Bar
Prague’s first oyster bar, tucked on a quiet lane just behind the Old Town, is still somewhat novel in the landlocked Czech Republic. Yet Zdeněk’s consistently draws a well-heeled clientele who come for the generous platters of oysters and clams, caviar, prawn cocktail and the house specialty: Prague’s only lobster roll. The impressive list of Champagne and sparkling wines fits perfectly with Zdeněk’s briny offerings.

Zdeněk’s Oyster Bar, Malá Štupartská 5, 110 00 Prague, +420 725 946250



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