"Anybody who thinks talk is cheap should get some legal advice." Franklin P. JonesI eat in a lot of expensive restaurants. I also have plenty of "go to" spots around Prague for inexpensive meals.
In addition to good value, I've also looking for something that tastes good -- or at least not too bad. And when I talk about taste, I'm just talking about what appeals to me.
Those who live here will have their own favorites. Prague is full of low-priced offerings, especially at lunch time. I couldn't begin to list them all.
What I will do, however, is give you my list, in no particular order, of places I like or know about that I stop at for a low-cost bite or two.
Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan
Red Hot Chili in Karlin for their breakfast-only banh mi sandwich. Or try one of the small shops at SAPA market in Prague 4 or Holešovice Market.
Safir, at the top of the Nový Smíchov shopping mall.
This is a nice little place in Karlín that specializes in soup. A small bowl is 36 CZK and a large is 57 CZK. They do recipes like chicken with tarragon or tomato cream with fresh basil. They almost always sell it all, and by the end of the day, they usually only have their borscht with beef. Chačapuri (Khachapuri) or cheese bread with meat (45 CZK) or spinach or beans (32 CZK) can help fill you up. Expats.cz did a bigger article on other soup joints like Dobrá polévka, Polévka je Grund, Home Kitchen, and others.
Bea's Vegetarian Dhaba
I'm a big meat eater, but I stopped by the Bea's hidden in a little courtyard on Týnská recently.
is said to have invented them. They go from 21 to 39 CZK.
Wenceslas Square Sausage Stands
a blog post about trying many of them. A favorite from then was the garlic-studded Pražská klobása (Prague sausage).
"Hot dogs" at Náměstí Míru
Sometimes these burgers can be pretty good. Sometimes they're not. There is some luck involved. Either way, if you take your chances, they are huge and cheap. I get the Big Queen's Burger (82 CZK) with ground beef, mayo, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, cheese, bacon, fried onion (I recommend asking to hold the cucumber).
If I'm going to sit down in the center for a real meal, Mistral Café offers some of the best value.
Café Louvre. You get style, history, and decent, occasionally pretty good food.
Sushi Tam Da
Cheap sushi is something that was missing for a long time in Prague. Sushi Tam Da, which I wrote about back in 2010, was a pioneer in this area.
A number of other restaurants following Tam Da's model have popped up around the city like Asian Fast Food Binh Minh at Strossmayerovo náměstí.
As always, I'd love to hear any suggestions of your favorite cheap eats. If there are items on my list you find too obvious, unworthy, or even repulsive, I'll understand. Everybody has difference tastes, experiences and limits for price to quality.
In any case, the food is pretty cheap and so is my advice.