The Czech Republic is world famous for its selections of beers and the national dish is dumplings, not a great combination for eating gluten free. However, it is possible and here are our suggestions to get around.
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Charles Bridge, Prague View On Map
I was in Prague this weekend. I found a great place, where you can eat gluten free: Alriso. It's near by Charles Bridge. They have a lot rice flour products (they bake they own gluten free bread). That's a great place.
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Billa are a leading Austrian supermarket chain who have supermarkets in 10 countries in central/eastern Europe. If you're in Austria or Czech Republic, look out for Billa supermarkets. As well as this supermarket in Brno, I also visited several Billa supermarkets in Vienna and found they all carried a selection of gluten free goods.
Restaurace Na Zlaté křižovatce
After exploring the Christmas market we walked out towards the Florenc region of the city to find the restaurant. It was lunch time and on arrival there were 3 or 4 other tables in the quaint downstairs location. Na Zlaté křižovatce serves a 100% Gluten Free menu, a menu that even includes draught beer which was a first in 5yrs! It was so nice sitting down enjoying a beer and a bread basket while checking out the menu. After a starter of soup for Mrs TGF and a caesar salad with chicken, bacon and some of the nicest toast I have ever tasted. They were of a great size and very soon we were tucking in to mains of gnocchi and spaghetti. Again both were large and delicious. We were so full we couldn't manage desert but the range did look very appetising.
Most of the patrons while we were in the restaurant were overseas travellers so it is good to see that it is becoming well known as it is off the beaten track so knowledge is power! Here's hoping that it will continue to prosper and be of help to all future Prague travllers.
Švejk Restaurant U Karla
I had arranged to meet a new TravBuddy friend, Limora, on Saturday night for dinner, so I suggested Švejk Restaurant U Karla which happened to be right near her hostel. We were seated promptly as we passed by the accordion player and tables full of big meals and bigger beers. I asked for a gluten-free menu and the waiter quickly brought one over.
I was pleased to see the gluten-free menu at Švejk Restaurant wasn't much different from the traditional Czech menu my friend had in front of her. I was pleased that I was going to get another traditional meal that was safe for me to eat. On a recommendation from the waiter, I decided on the gluten-free beef goulash with roasted sausage, onions, homemade gluten free dumplings. I also asked for a side of gluten-free bread and the waiter insisted the dumplings were "enough bread!" I ordered a Celia beer as well and then began to explain Celiac to my dining companion.
My goulash and dumplings came and I was excited to see a "GLUTEN-FREE" flag right in the middle of my plate. Another happy sigh of relief escaped my mouth. I explained to Limora that is just so comforting to know that your food is safe. The meal was heavy and saucey and bready and exactly what I wanted from this traditional Czech dish. I think I started to realize why Czechs drink so much beer; it is the perfect balance with the salty and thick sauced-meal that I was having that night. It was all so filling that I didn't even have room for dessert.
I went back to Švejk Restaurant U Karla my last night in Prague because I really wanted to try the Pork schnitzel in cheese gluten free dough. I was excited that my waiter remembered me and he immediately brought me the gluten-free menu. If you don't know what schnitzel is, the best way I can describe it is breaded and fried meat. Can you say delicious?! This was the first time I ever had a deep-fried anything in a restaurant and I devoured the dish. Of course, I also washed this down with another one (or two!) gluten-free beers. Seriously, I think this was my favorite dish in Prague. Can you go wrong with deep-fried anything? This was the perfect last dinner in the Czech Republic. Check out the picture of the food and the gluten-free flag.
You should definitely add Švejk Restaurant U Karla to your list of gluten-free places to eat in Prague. Make sure you go to the right "U Karla" though, because they seemed to be a chain of restaurants.
Restaurace Na Zlaté křižovatce
Traditional Czech cuisine is very unfriendly to those of us on a gluten-free diet. The dishes are heavy on flour-thickened sauces, dumplings, and fried foods. Now, you can enjoy traditional cuisine in a very safe environment at this new restaurant where everything is gluten-free. I will update more about this meal when I get home, but I wanted to share this great news with everyone right away! The staff was fantastic, the meal was delicious, but more importantly where the language is impossible and the food is usually unsafe, this is truly a safe haven for us with Coeliac Disease.