In the city where beer is cheaper than water, what is a celiac to do? Long story short, I ate well in Prague, but it wasn’t without effort. Gluten free Prague is possible and I’m going to tell you how to find it!
Traditional Czech dishes revolve around beer, dumplings, and meat that’s either fried or swimming in an ale-infused, flour-thickened sauce. To be completely honest, you’ll be hard pressed even finding a salad in Prague.
So if you’re gluten free and going to Prague, you’ll need a plan and I’m here to help! In this article I’ll tell you the best gluten free Prague options, including a Czech translation card, dedicated and non-dedicated gluten free restaurants, hotels with gluten free breakfasts, and more!
This gluten free Prague guide is updated for 2023.
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Gluten Free Prague Translation Card
If you’re staying within downtown Prague you’ll find that most people speak passable English – emphasis on passable.
Based on my experience, you definitely want to use a gluten free translation card in Prague. You shouldn’t expect staff at most restaurants to have an in depth understanding of gluten, much less not in their native language!
There are a few gluten free translation cards on the market, but not all include Czech language. Luckily, Select Wisely does have a thorough Czech card detailing that we can’t eat wheat, barley, rye, cereals, soy sauce, malt, flour, gravy, and more.
I highly recommend the investment as it will not only help your peace of mind, but keep you safe so you don’t get glutened and ruin your vacation! Select Wisely is particularly useful if you have additional allergies or intolerance as you can opt to combine gluten free with dairy, shellfish, tree nuts, etc.
Dedicated Gluten Free Prague Restaurants, Bakeries, and More
Of course, the safest place to eat is always a 100% gluten free establishment. There are a number of dedicated gluten free establishments in Prague. Whilst some of my favorites have sadly closed over the years, there appear to be many new ones that have replaced them (2023 update)!
Alriso Risotteria Italiana
Alriso is the longest standing 100% gluten free Prague restaurant. It serves Italian food, not traditional Czech food, but it’s very good at what it does!
Alriso is located near Charles Bridge, so the prices are a bit higher than you’d find elsewhere, and it was our most expensive meal by far (still only £16 for a beer, a main, and a dessert!).
I really enjoyed the risotto and the Celia* beer, and loved that they stamped the dessert menu on the tablecloth (also that they had a dessert menu, period!). Although it’s not exactly an “authentic” Czech experience, I’d recommend Alriso because 1) it’s good food with lots of options that are guaranteed to be safe, and 2) it’s great if you get sick of the meat and beer diet that the Czechs love!
*Note: Below I’m pictured drinking Celia beer, which is a gluten removed beer. There are differing opinions between the USA and Europe on whether gluten removed beer is safe for celiacs. This beer tests as <5ppm and is reported by some to be safe for celiacs, but this is up to your own discretion – personally I no longer drink gluten removed beer. I will touch on this more in the gluten free Prague beers section.
Address: Alriso Risotteria Italiana, Betlémské nám. 11/259, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
GROM is a 100% gluten free gelato shop with multiple stores across Europe. I ate at their London shop during my last visit to the UK and can attest to how flavorful and unique the gelato is!
GROM is definitely worth visiting to fulfill the afternoon crash or post dinner treat.
Address: GROM, Václavské nám. 1306/55, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia
Babiccina Spiz is a 100% gluten free Prague bakery! In addition, it is also completely lactose free. You can find a huge variety of pastries and baked goods, including even gluten free baguettes.
Like most dedicated gluten free bakeries seem to be, it’s a bit of a trek to get here and even then hard to find – but well worth the journey for some of Prague’s best (and only) gluten free baked goods!
I haven’t been able to eat here yet myself but it’s top of my list for when I visit Prague again in September 2023!
Address: Babiccina Spiz, Hradební 1044/14, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
Buchta Cukrarstvi is a 100% gluten free bakery. My friend Rachel from The Sightseeing Coeliac found this incredible bakery and I’m so happy that I may finally be able to try the traditional Chimney Cake on my next visit!
I made Dan try the gluten version on our last trip and it just looked so good that it was a kind of punishment to watch!!
Address: Buchta Cukrarstvi, Národní obrany 824/35, 160 00 Praha 6-Bubeneč, Czechia
Bassotto is a 100% gluten free bakery also offering vegan and lactose-free products. They also have traditional gluten free pizza and a wine bar.
Address: Bassotto, Pštrossova 1926/4, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia
Tree Sisters is a dedicated gluten free and vegan bakery that offers raw cakes and other desserts. This is another new one since my last visit to Prague, so I haven’t eaten here myself yet. I’ll be sure to visit here to satisfy my sweet cravings on my next visit.
Sweet Secret of Raw – CLOSED
Secret of Raw was the very first 100% gluten free bakery in all of Prague.
Unfortunately the restaurant appears to be permanently closed.
White & Crispy – CLOSED
White & Crispy was a dedicated gluten free bakery and cafe that served pizza, pasta, and pastries. Unfortunately they closed way back in 2017 before I even visited Prague for the first time myself. Inexplicably, they’re still listed on a lot of blogs as a gluten free Prague restaurant. Please do not go out of your way to come here (like I did).
Gluten Free Prague Traditional Czech Food
If you’re like me, you always want to try the local delicacies when you travel. This can be impossible if you have to eat gluten free – especially in places like Prague where the local flavors are pretty much gluten, gluten, and more gluten.
However, we did hit the jackpot with two places where you can find celiac-safe gluten free Czech food! These are sadly now both closed, however for one of them the owners did open a new restaurant. A few new places serving traditional food have also popped up, so I’m mentioning those below, as well!
Svejk U Karla – CLOSED
Svejk U Karla was the #1 gluten free Prague restaurant that anyone on a gluten free diet need(ed) to go to! This is where I had my first ever gluten free dumplings, schnitzel, and apple strudel. It was a special place and I felt so included here.
I’m not gonna lie, I’m kind of devastated to confirm in 2023 that Svejk U Karla is now closed.
They posted on Instagram about closing and I messaged to confirm with no response so I can only assume the worst. I really really hope that this re-opens in the future!
Address: Svejk U Karla, Křešínská 155, 104 00 Praha 22, Czechia
U Agamy Restaurace – 100% Gluten Free
U Agamy Restaurace may have saved us gluten free travelers. A new restaurant that serves traditional Czech cuisine… without the gluten. I can’t express how happy I am to hear about the restaurant now that Svejk U Karla has closed.
This is 100% going to be my first stop when I visit in September 2023, and maybe my second, third, and fourth as well! They appear to offer much more than just the traditional food so should be great for larger groups with different preferences!
Address: U Agamy Resaurace, 35, Štítného 202, 130 00 Praha 3, Czechia
Good Food, Coffee and Bakery
Good Food, Coffee and Bakery took the original chimney cake and added a few modern twists. Not me just me tearing up with happiness about finding gluten free chimney cake!
I’ve seen multiple reviews saying Good Food, Coffee and Bakery has celiac safe options however I haven’t eaten here myself as they are new since my last visit to Prague. Please be sure to check the preparation and ask the staff to be careful regarding cross contact.
This is top of my list for my next Prague visit in September 2023 so stay tuned for a personal update!
Address: Good Food, Coffee and Bakery, Karlova 160/8, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
U Magistra Kelly – TEMPORARILY CLOSED
U Magistra Kelly had low prices, and a secluded, authentic atmosphere. On the other side of the bridge (Mala Strana), U Magisra Kelly was away from the hustle and bustle.
We went to it with no expectations (we wanted to check it out as Dan’s friends liked it and Kelly is his nickname)… so I was SO surprised to see gluten free items marked on the menu!
The gluten free options at U Magistra Kelly included two starters and two mains, as well as gluten free rice bread. The second time we ate here, their special was also gluten free. I found the wait staff really knowledgeable, which is always a plus in my book.
They don’t have gluten free beer, but they do carry cider for a low price, which is unusual in Prague! It’s a great place to go, especially if you are traveling with non-celiac companions who want to try out really authentic Czech food.
Although temporarily closed you should definitely check their website before you visit in case this changes. The owners have also set-up a new restaurant called St. Martin which you can read about below.
St. Martin is run by the same owners as U Magistra Kelly. Whilst I haven’t eaten here personally, I’ll be sure to check it out during my next visit in September 2023. Here’s me hoping its a similar vibe and knowledge to U Magistra Kelly because that was the perfect blend of feeling safe and the authentic experience.
Address: St. Martin, Vlašská 7, 118 00 Malá Strana, Czechia
Non-Dedicated Gluten Free Prague Restaurants
There are plenty of other places to eat in Prague that, although not 100% gluten free, offer gluten free options and take steps to prevent cross contact.
Grandium Hotel (previously called Hotel Yasmin) is not actually a restaurant, but serves an incredible gluten free breakfast option!
This is where we stayed in Prague, and I recommend it to everyone, especially gluten free travelers. Grandium Hotel is a four star hotel in Prague 1 that’s quite cheap (yay Prague prices – although they do seem to be victims of inflation since my last visit!) and breakfast is included in the cost.
It turns out that there was not only a 100% gluten free omelette station, but also a basket of gluten free bread and pastries, and special gluten free granola!
Address: Grandium Hotel Prague, Politických vězňů 913/12, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia
Cafe Savoy is one of Prague’s most well known restaurants, located along the river on the Mala Strana side, and is on many travelers’ Prague ‘bucket list’. It is a truly grand restaurant with an ambience straight out of 1893 – when it was founded! As such, be prepared to either make a reservation, or have a very long wait for a table.
In terms of gluten free options, Cafe Savoy offers gluten free bread, although it is unclear to me whether this is prepared in a dedicated toaster (please check!). So this could be a good breakfast option, if you are desperate to experience this iconic Prague institution. However, you will definitely have limited options and will not be able to partake in the mountains of pastries.
We attempted eating at Cafe Savoy but didn’t make a reservation, and weren’t prepared to wait. However, I ran into a celiac couple on our last night in Prague, who said that they loved Cafe Savoy and they had the gluten free bread.
Since then, I have seen some mixed reviews online regarding gluten free options – my advice is to go in with low expectations, and come here for the ambience and not the food.
Address: Cafe Savoy, Vítězná 124/5, Vítězná 5, 150 00 Praha, Czechia
Arepas de Lyna
Arepas de Lyna is a tiny Venezuelan restaurant that’s tucked away in Prague 1. Due to the nature of Venezuelan food, the menu is almost completely gluten free!
The restaurant’s namesake, Arepas, are a traditional Venezuelan dish that’s essentially a flat pancake made out of corn flour.
This is a dinner-only establishment, but definitely stop by for a low key and gluten free meal!
Address: Arepas de Lyna, Korunní 1173/83, 130 00 Vinohrady, Czechia
Vegan’s Prague is located in Mala Strana, and well situated if you are on your way up to (or back from) Prague Castle. It advertises gluten free and vegan burgers, gluten free traditional potato goulash, and offers gluten free crackers.
We did not eat here as we were on our way to U Magistra Kelly (see above!), but I have seen very positive reviews online.
Address: Vegan’s Prague, 36, Nerudova 221, Malá Strana, 118 00 Praha 1, Czechia
Like the other restaurants in this section, Podolka is not a dedicated gluten free restaurant. However, they do have plenty of gluten free options, and mark these clearly on the menu. The staff and chef also have an understanding of celiac disease, so they are able to prepare your meal in the safest way.
There are two locations – one in Karlin and one in Poldoli. Personally, I love the Karlin district and even wrote a whole guide on what to do in Karlin!
Address: Podolka, Podolské nábřeží – Přístav 1, 147 00, Czechia
Pizza Nuova is a really popular restaurant in Prague that you will see on a lot of ‘gluten free Prague’ lists. It’s little deceptive, though, and I want to warn you: you cannot get gluten free pizza here!
Sadly, due to the use of a shared oven, Pizza Nuova does not offer gluten free pizza. I know, I was disappointed at first, too. However you can definitely put a positive spin on this: the staff at Pizza Nuova clearly understand celiac disease and the importance of preventing cross contact!
They do offer gluten free pasta, so you certainly won’t go hungry here.
Address: Pizza Nuova, Revoluční 655/1, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
Located in Prague Old Town, MAITREA is another vegetarian restaurant in Prague that also has gluten free options!
Perfect if your traveling group has multiple needs. If you’re in the market for a combo gluten free and vegetarian friendly restaurant, then MAITREA seems like the best place – even better than Vegan’s Restaurant, in my opinion. This is because not only does the menu mark gluten free items, but there is also gluten free bread available.
Address: MAITREA, Týnská ulička 1064/6, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
Mali Bistro is the ultimate restaurant for making celiacs feel welcome. They serve hamburgers, pizzas and more with normal gluten containing ingredients but ALSO offer gluten free alternatives for each dish! Gluten free pizza bases and buns galore!
They do mention on their website that this is safe for celiacs however I have not eaten there myself (yet). Be sure to check that ovens and prep surfaces avoid cross contact and so actually are celiac safe!
Address: Mali Bistro, Freyova 247/13, 190 00 Praha 9, Czechia
Lavande – CLOSED
Lavande was a French and Italian cafe that offered a huge variety of gluten free options.
Unfortunately, they’re currently closed, however their website mentions they are looking for a new location in the Prague area. I hope that one opens in the near future and in a more convenient location for the weekend getaway! I’ll update this post when I know the exact location.
Gluten Free Prague Cafes
In addition to the two dedicated gluten free Prague bakeries/cafes (Babiccino Spiz and Sweet Secret of Raw) that I mentioned earlier, there are a few other cafes well worth mentioning!
Muj Salek Kavy
Muj Salek Kavy is lauded as the best cafe in Prague by a lot of different sources, including this gluten free writer!
It’s also the establishment which is credited for the comeback of the Karlin neighborhood, a once rough area of Prague that is now seeing an economic/cultural rebirth. We could definitely see why, as this was a very hip cafe, super crowded, and we waited about 15 minutes to be seated on a Sunday morning.
Their menu is full of specialty coffees, juices, and they carry lots of gluten free cakes and brunch options.
I also want to note that since my visit, Muj Salek Kavy has taken their gluten free options to the next level! They now prepare their own gluten free bread in house. This bread has rave reviews and I honestly would love to return to Prague just to try it out.
Address: Muj Salek Kavy, Křižíkova 386/105, 186 00 Praha 8-Karlín, Czechia
Kavarna Kocici – Gluten Free Prague cat cafe!
It’s a bit further out from Prague’s center, but such a fun and unique experience. Dan and I both just ordered coffees and played with the cats, but their menu does list allergens, so I know I could’ve ordered a salad (which is actually a feat in this city).
There are also gluten free cakes available, but I don’t know about the preparation or risk of cross contact so be sure to ask! There is a 20kc cover charge to come in, which contributes to the cats’ care.
Address: Kavarna Kocici, Michalská 430/3, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
My Raw Cafe
My Raw Cafe is another Gluten Free and vegan café. It looks like a great place to also enjoy a coffee and more. My Raw Cafe allows reservations and also runs raw food courses if you’d like to learn more about how and why they prepare their food in the way they do.
Address: My Raw Cafe, Na Struze 5, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia
Tricafe – CLOSED
Tricafe was a super cute cafe close to Charles Bridge. Although this was not a dedicated gluten free cafe, they did offer plenty of gluten free cakes and they even helped me find my wallet when I lost it, haha.
Tricafe appears to be closed on Google however they were posting on their social media in 2022 so I’ll update this post if I hear back that they’re actually still open.
Gluten Free Prague Drinking: Beer and Cider
As we know, Prague is the city where beer is cheaper than water (seriously, I think they’re so proud of this phrase, but it’s true). But can those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance join in?
Beer: Gluten Free vs. Gluten Removed
As far as gluten free beer goes, I tried Celia (at Svejk U Karla and Alriso) and Bernard’s (we only saw this sold at Svejk U Karla). Personally, I preferred the Celia which was crisp and light and supposedly like an IPA… the Bernard’s was much more like an ale according to Dan.
Both Celia and Bernard’s are gluten removed beers. This means that they were brewed with barley malt, which is then removed post production. Both beers test at <20ppm which is the cut off for something to be considered gluten free (Celia at <5ppm and Bernard’s at <20ppm).
There is a lot of contention around this topic, with notable differences between Europe and the USA. For instance, in the USA the FDA rules that gluten-removed beer cannot be labeled ‘gluten free’. In Europe, gluten removed beer is much more accepted, despite research pointing it may still not be safe for celiacs.
Ultimately, this is a personal decision you must make for yourself in conversation with your doctor and dietitian. I personally no longer drink gluten removed beer and I have to say I feel a lot better and noticed subtle symptoms go away after I made that change.
If I was to go back in time, I would not drink the gluten removed beer in Prague again. My hope is that on my next visit I can actually discover some beer brewed from gluten free grains!
Luckily, there is not the same contention with cider, which is naturally gluten free! Phew.
If you’re into cider, you won’t find it many places in Prague, and when you do it will be much more pricy than beer. I got a quite good price for Kingswood Apple Cider at U Magistra Kelly, though, for only 40kc!
Closed Gluten Free Prague Restaurants
For whatever reason, there seems to be a really high turnover of gluten free restaurants in Prague. I try to keep this post as updated as possible with closed restaurants, or new gluten free restaurants on the scene.
Before my own trip to Prague, I read some really great gluten free guides, but unfortunately most of these posts were quite old! Which means that actually a lot of the gluten free restaurants they mention NO LONGER EXIST. So, don’t make the same mistake as us and spend 30 minutes walking in circles trying to find a restaurant that it turns out has been closed for years.
Some notable gluten free Prague restaurants that are now closed:
- Svejk U Karla
- U Magistra Kelly
- Little Whale Restaurant/U Male Velybry
- Na zlaté křižovatce
- White & Crispy
Where to Stay for your Gluten Free Prague Visit
As I mentioned earlier in this article, gluten free breakfast is somewhat hard to come by in Prague. I highly recommend staying in a hotel that caters to gluten free guests with a safe breakfast.
Grandium Hotel is where we stayed in Prague. It is a four star hotel at an incredibly reasonable price, in a great location in Prague 1. For breakfast, I could have omelettes, gluten free pastries, gluten free bread, and more. I would definitely stay here again and highly recommend it to others.
Other Gluten Free Prague Hotels:
- Hotel U Prince: Gluten free options at the hotel restaurant, Teresa U Prince.
- Grandior Hotel Prague: Gluten free breakfast options available.
- Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town: Gluten free breakfast, cookies, sandwiches, and more available.
Gluten Free Prague: Final Thoughts
There you have it! Prague was an incredible place to visit, and I was so happy that I got to experience it despite having to eat gluten free.
In fact, we definitely saw more of Prague than we would’ve if I wasn’t gluten free, as we looked for restaurants. And that made the trip even more memorable!
As usual, please comment below or email me if you use this guide on your trip to Prague. I try to keep it as updated as possible (and will be doing another BIG update after my upcoming September 2023 visit to Prague) so let me know if any restaurant closes or changes its options. Happy traveling, and happy eating!