Brunch is the most important meal of any day and over the course of my time living in Prague, I’ve cultivated a list of all the best spots for when I want a delicious brunch any day of the week. Skip the line at Café Louvre and head to these yummy neighborhood breakfast spots instead when you want to get brunch in Prague.
Sweet & Pepper Days
I can make scrambled eggs and bacon at home, so when I go out for brunch, I want something extra special. That’s why Sweet & Pepper Days is my go-to brunch spot largely due to their creative flavors and rotating menu. It’s so special, in fact, that this was the first restaurant we ate at after lockdown. In addition to traditional staples, their offerings vary according to the month’s theme: Middle Eastern, Mexican, Nordic, and British to name a few. Their themed dishes are bursting with flavors you didn’t know should go together, like halloumi and eggs benedict.
For a brunch that will cure your hangover or give you a new one, the weekend brunch at The Tavern will probably fit the bill. Here you’ll find all your American favorites including biscuits and gravy, crispy waffles, and hash browns. The fried chicken sausage biscuit smothered in maple syrup is the closest thing to a big American Sunday brunch you’ll get in Prague. The cocktail menu is stacked with their own twist on the classic mimosa as well as cocktails made with their own home-brewed ginger vodka. That Zizkov Mule packs quite a kick.
I don’t often go to Old Town, but when I do, it’s to have chicken and waffles at Venue. The menu is chock full of sweet and savory options, appealing to all kinds of brunchers. You’ll find all the breakfast standards like French toast and omelettes along with all your favorite brunch cocktails. So whether it’s a vegan avocado toast or breakfast burger kind of morning (or afternoon), Venue has you covered.
La Bottega is a chain of Italian bistros/delis where you can find food that is simple but perfect. I’m partial to their Žižkov location (La Bottega Gastronomica), but if you’re staying closer to city center, there are a couple of restaurants in Old Town as well. Their breakfast menu is small but satisfying and you can be sure their ingredients are top notch. Make sure you leave room for dessert, because their delicate pastries and cakes are too delicious to pass up. The only downside about this Prague brunch is that the breakfast menu is only served until 11 am on weekdays and 1 pm on weekends, so if you wake up too late, you could miss it.
I wouldn’t normally put a Japanese fusion restaurant on any kind of brunch list, but Momoichi is a true culinary gem and their brunch is spectacular and surprisingly popular. In addition to their wide array of Japanese teas, coffees, and cocktails, make sure you try to the Japanese pancake (Okonomiyaki) which is sure to be unlike anything you’ve ever had. Perhaps more surprisingly, they also serve the best hummus and lamb meatballs I’ve ever had in my life. (Sorry, Tel Aviv.)
This Vinohrady café is popular for people who want a quiet place to work or study. The atmosphere at Monolok is perfect for an extended purposeful stay, but also hits the spot when you need caffeine and nourishment. Their coffee is some of the best in the city, and the menu is famously random as hell. They pretty much whip up whatever they happen to have around, which makes for excellent fresh dishes. I’ve had everything from a cheese and charcuterie board to black squid ink risotto at Monolok, so it’s always a fun surprise.
Den Noc is nestled between Old Town Square and the Powder Tower, but it’s in a peaceful back street, which makes you feel a world away from the busy tourist avenues. Their pancakes make people line up for a table in the small eatery. Their inventive combinations are a head above your average stack of pancakes covered in syrup (though they have that too if you like something less elaborate). My personal recommendation is the bacon, feta, and avocado pancakes.
If you prefer a French kind of brunch, Le Caveau is always brimming with life on weekend mornings for a reason. Get a crunchy Croque Madame or a plate of Eggs Florentine to start you morning, and if your morning turned into an afternoon, their a la carte menu includes eggs and galettes. Pro-tip: If you want to enjoy their great fresh bread and pastries without having to sit down to breakfast, their bakery is located at Krymska.