Czech food is a notorious foe to gluten intolerant folk. Upon traveling to the land of beer, goulash and dumplings, you may feel left out from the feasting. However, eating gluten free in Prague is possible, as there are a few excellent restaurants that have gluten free options for their traditional Czech dishes.
At Švejk Restaurant U Karla
, there are classic Czech dishes prepared especially gluten free for a surprisingly decent price. You can feast upon their gluten free beef goulash with onions and homemade dumplings, pork sirloin in a sour cream sauce with homemade dumplings, roasted ham sausage with mustard and horseradish, pancakes with marmalade, fruit dumplings and apple strudel. They even serve a tasty gluten free Czech beer called Celia. You can check out the rest of their extensive GF menu here
Behold, good gluten free beer actually exists!
These fluffy pancakes filled with apricot marmalade melt in your mouth.
Gooey dumplings filled with seasonal fruit & topped with cinnamon, sugar and cheese. Perfection.
Švejk Restaurant U Karla is conveniently located in Nové Město, or New Town, just a 15 minute walk from Old Town Square.
You can also find GF meals at Hotel U Prince
, one of the few restaurants in town that specifically labels meals on their menu
as gluten free. Both of their indoor and outdoor dining areas next to Old Town Square offer many gluten free dishes, but their rooftop terrace has a different menu with fewer options. (Which is a shame, because the views are amazing. But I still recommend going up there for a drink and perhaps an appetizer.)
If you are traveling to Prague and have Celiac Disease or a gluten intolerance, I highly recommend printing out a gluten free restaurant card like this one to give to your waiters at restaurants. There aren’t many eateries in Prague that have special gluten free menus like Švejk Restaurant U Karla or Hotel U Prince, and not every waiter knows what gluten is. Using this card helped me enjoy dishes at other not-so-Celiac-friendly restaurants without getting sick.
Although you might not have expected to sample authentic Czech cuisine in Prague, you might be pleasantly surprised by how much you’ll get to enjoy. You might just love every single bite.
Do you have any food allergies? How do you survive them while traveling?
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Author Bio: Courtney is a Seattle native living in Madrid and working as an assistant English teacher. Besides venturing around Europe, she likes drinking tinto de verano in the sunshine, embarrassing herself by trying to speak the local language, and attempting to seek out the best brunch in Spain. You can follow along with her adventures on her blog Adelante, as well as on Instagram and Twitter.