In the city of dumplings, flour-infused meat sauces and of course beer, how can a celiac possibly enjoy a safe gluten-free trip to Prague? Well, with the help of this guide you can. Before I dive into our gluten-free Prague guide, I must say, there’s a lot of outdated information on gluten-free restaurants and foods in Prague, so I figured I needed to clear the cobwebs so my fellow gluten-free eaters and celiacs traveling to Prague have a safe and gluten-free trip.
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What You’ll Find in This Guide
- Gluten-Free Restaurants in Prague
- Gluten-Free Beers in Prague
- Supermarkets with Gluten-Free Items
- Gluten-Free Hotels in Prague
- Useful Czech Terms & Phrases
- Gluten-Free Resources
Gluten-Free Restaurants in Prague
Svejk Restaurant U Karla | Křemencova 186/7, 110 00 Praha
For a traveling celiac, there is nothing quite like the feeling of traveling to a new country and being able to eat their traditional dishes! And with U Karla, you get just that! Though not a dedicated gluten-free restaurant, U Karla has an extensive gluten-free menu (over 6 pages long :)) with traditional Czech dishes such as dumplings, goulash, roasted duck and more. We, of course, went with the traditional dishes all three times we visited. The goulash, schnitzel, and apple strudel are highly recommended. At U Karla you can also join in on the Czech tradition and have a nice beer (gluten-free of course) with your meal.
Please note: Svejk is a chain restaurant and there are many around the city. However, U Karla is the only one with gluten-free options, so be sure you go to the right one!
Sweet Secrets of Raw ★ | Rumunská 256/25, 120 00 Praha 2
If you are looking to have a sweet treat while in Prague without worrying about gluten being everywhere and cross-contamination, head to Sweet Secrets of Raw! Everything in this raw dessert/cake shop is gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and vegan! So there is no need for your sweet tooth to suffer during your gluten-free trip to Prague.
Angelato | Rytířská 27, 110 00 Praha
Angelato is an ice cream parlor with gluten-free gelato and sorbets. 90% of the flavors are gluten-free, with the exception of the cookies, tiramisu and the gingerbread flavors (please note that new flavors are added each month, so check their website for an allergens list). Did I mention they have gluten-free waffle cones? However, please be aware of cross-contamination, as they do have regular cones and the scooping spoon might touch the cones.
Alriso & Ristorant ★ | Betlémské nám. 11/259, 110 00 Praha
Sick of meat and beer (i.e. the Czech diet)? Head over to Alriso for an Italian meal that is 100% gluten-free! Yes, I said 100% gluten-free! The dedicated gluten-free restaurant is not to be missed during your visit to Prague. I know it’s not traditional Czech food, but you can never go wrong with Italian food, especially if it’s 100% gluten-free. P.S. if you don’t want to drink wine while you dine, you can enjoy the Italian gluten-free beer brand “Celia”.
White & Crispy ★ | Pavla Švandy ze Semčic 388/16, 150 00 Praha-Smíchov
Formerly known as “The Sweet Life of Gluten Free”, this 100% gluten-free Italian bakery is exactly what a celiac needs, a place where you can indulge in freshly-made bread and pastries without the fear of cross-contamination. Oh, and did I mention that you can also choose from over 20 different kinds of pizza and even lasagne? It’s a celiac paradise in my opinion.
Lavande | Lidická 2, 150 00 Praha 5, Anděl
This French restaurant will have you wondering “what have I been eating all my life”? The food is made with high-quality ingredients and tastes delicious. Most of the items on the menu are gluten-free, and if they are not, gluten-free options are available. For example, they will serve you their homemade GF bread instead of regular bread for sides, or their homemade GF gnocchi if you want the gnocchi dish. However, please note cross-contamination is still possible, as regular bread is handled in the same area.
Permanently Closed Gluten-Free Restaurants
Don’t go searching for these restaurants, because unfortunately they have closed down 🙁
- Little Whale/U Male
- Na zlaté křižovatce
Gluten-Free Beers In Prague
Czech’s drink beer like it’s water, actually it’s cheaper than water so it’s clear you can’t visit Prague without drinking beer. Luckily for you (and me :)) there are two gluten-free beers in Prague, Zatec Celia and Bernard Bezlepkový, both of which you can find in supermarkets and some bars and restaurants. Yup, socializing as a celiac in Prague just got easier! Na zdravi! (Cheers!)
Gluten-Friendly Hotels In Prague
Below you will find a list of hotels that offer gluten-free options for breakfast (more than just gluten-free bread) and in their restaurants. Please inform them in advance during your booking, so they can plan accordingly for your stay.
- Hotel U Prince
- Hotel Augustine
- InterContinental Prague
- Mandarin Oriental Prague
- Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town
- Old Town Square Hotel
- Grandior Hotel Prague
Want to prepare your own food? Check out Airbnb rentals with kitchens here. Oh, and don’t forget to use our Airbnb coupon code to get up to $40 off your next booking.
Supermarkets with Gluten-Free Items
Fear not, as you will find almost all the big name European supermarkets such as Albert, Billa, Lidl and DM have a huge dedicated gluten-free section. You can find practically anything. There’s bread, pastas, chocolate, cereals, cookies, biscuits and more. The brands are usually the popular European brands Schar and Free From. You can shop until your heart’s content. Just be sure to use the gluten-free Prague terms below to read labels to make sure what you are buying is gluten-free. All allergens are marked in bold in Prague.
Other Supermarkets with Gluten-Free Items
Celiakie * | Pod baštami 277/4, 160 00 Praha
Celiakie is a dedicated gluten-free shop where you’ll love to stock up on gluten-free goodies.
BioPoint | Multiple Locations
It’s not often you find a store in a main train station with an aisle full of gluten-free options. Located at Praha hlavní nádraží (Prague’s main station), Biopoint is a good place to grab some snacks before you head out to your next destination. There are also 4 other locations around the city. Click here for other locations. (http://www.bio-point.cz/)
Country Life | Multiple Locations
This chain health food store offers a wide range of gluten-free products throughout their many locations in Prague. Some locations even have restaurants with gluten-free dishes.
Useful Czech Terms
Below are a few useful terms in Czech you may find helpful during your gluten-free trip to Prague!
- Gluten – lepek
- Gluten-free – bezlepkové (can also have the -á, -ý ending instead of the é), bez lepku
- Product may contain traces of gluten – výrobek může obsahovat stopy lepek
- Contains gluten – obsahujicich/obsahuje lepek
- Does not contain gluten – neobsahuje lepek
- Fried (probably battered) – Smažený /smažené –
- Wheat – Pšenice
- Flour – Mouka
- Wheat Flour – Pšeniča Mouka
- Wheat Starch – Pšeničný škrob
- Bread – chléb
- Bread crumbs – Strouhanka
- Barley – Ječmen
- Rye – Žito
- Oats – Oves
- Malt – Slad
- Semolina – Krupice
- Wafer – Oplatka
Now that you know you can safely eat gluten-free in Prague, it’s time to start planning the rest of your trip to the city of 100 spires.