Partly attracted by more affordable rents, eateries are opening in the post-industrial inner areas of Karlín and Smíchov, and Vinohrady just beyond the centre. “Vinohardy has always been an affluent area, and restaurants thrive when locals have money for activities such as dining,” explains Jan Valenta.
Restaurants in all these three areas offer value, informality, and Czech and international dishes. In Karlín, good names include Nejen Bistro and Podolka Karlín. In Vinohrady, wine connoisseur and tourism operator Isabelle du Plessix recommends breakfast favourite Mezi srnky and longer established U Bulínů: “an authentic Czech restaurant with nice ambience.” She also advocates Na Kopci in Smíchov for great value.
Inner area farmers’ markets, such as at Jiřího z Poděbrad or Kulat’ák by Dejvická metro station also enjoy huge popularity, showcasing the wares of food producers from jam-makers to speciality bakers.