After enjoying a couple of relaxing days in Vienna after Bratislava, we headed to the Czech Republic’s capital, Prague. I have visited Prague before nearly 9 years ago with two friends on a boozey weekend. I was vegetarian back then but never experienced any of the vegetarian restaurants as my chef friend who I was travelling with refused to entertain the idea of vegetarian-only food. Funny that 9 years later he has decided that raw veganism is the best diet in the world – haha, Matt if you’re reading this!
We rocked up at River Camping Prague which is in Troja district, 3km out of the city centre. Pete did really well to navigate the busy city roads at rush hour! There are loads of RV camping sites in this area called ‘autocamps’ where RVs can park for cheap, empty their gross toilets and clean their windscreens to their hearts content. Seriously every campsite we have stayed in, I’ve noticed people in RVs spend half their time cleaning them.
River Camping is in a great location as the back gate leads out to the riverside which is perfect for longboarding, running and watching the kayakers on the canoe slalom. It has really good facilities; actual HOT showers and quiet spaces for tents.
There are loads of vegetarian and vegan restaurants to choose from in Prague and our first meal was at a Loving Hut. These are a vegan-Asian chain of eateries around the city and also around the world. We went to the one on Budějovická street where we both opted for the buffet. It was 25 Czech Kroner/€1 per 100g and really tasty. I had read mixed reviews about this chain, some saying the food was cold and uninteresting but I experienced the opposite. We spent 290 Czech Kroner (£10) in total and we both had large plates of food. There were 3 choices of curry, and loads of side dishes like spring rolls, noodles, rice, deep-fried cauliflower, vegetables and tofu omelette. The tofu omelette was a highlight and really tasty. There is a menu too where you can order cheap sushi and various vegan fast food. I found some Alpro banana flavoured soya milk in a mini market next door which was a nice dessert.
We watched the sunset from Letná beer gardens then after a gut full of Czech beer, a kebab was in order! We both got a falafel wrap from Pasha Kebab house. Other cheap bars we liked were Café Muzeum, Občerstvení Slalom café and U Sumavy. Most pints here were around £1.
On our third day, we had a bit of a lazy day in the tent as the sun had disappeared, so we decided to go for a skate along the river. In the evening we walked to Waipawa vegan restaurant which is in between Letná and Stromovka park. This restaurant was slightly hidden and looked closed from the outside but when I entered I was surprised to see a bright, busy and nicely decorated restaurant. Although the burgers looked really tempting, I went for the seitan goulash served with potato cakes. The smoky tomato sauce was cooked with roasted soy pieces and topped with red onion. It was tasty and filling but overall it did look a bit brown in appearance, I think a side serving of fresh vegetables would have enhanced this meal but I was still pleased with my choice. Overall, Waipawa was a really nice restaurant with a warm atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious vegan food.
On our last full day in Prague, we went for a gentle 10km run down the riverside path where I spotted a kingfisher. We then walked into the city centre which took around 45 minutes from the campsite. Normally you can easily take a tram from Troja, but we opted for a stroll through the parks. After some sightseeing, we ate at Veganland near Charles Square. It is slightly like Loving Hut but appeared to be a bit more canteen style. As it was in a shopping centre/office blocks, I assume the restaurant will fill up over lunchtimes and after work. There was a buffet with similar options to Loving Hut, but cheaper. We ordered from the menu and I had a vegan cheeseburger and a banana and mango smoothie. The food was okay, but it wasn’t my favourite meal I’ve had. Pete ordered a side of sweet potato fries with his burger which were nice. I think Veganland is a cheap and cheerful way for non-vegans to try vegan fast food but for people who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, then I think there are better restaurant options out there. Swing Kitchen in Vienna is currently ranked the number 1 place for my favourite vegan burger.
Prague is a really beautiful city with lots to see and do. We ended up camping there for 4 nights and it only cost 15 euros per night. I met some of my favourite youtubers in the campsite too, Wild We Roam, which was a crazy coincidence. I noticed that tourism is really booming in Prague and it seemed much busier then when I visited 9 years ago. Even in October, there were huge tour groups roaming the city and the price of beer has definitely increased. Despite this, it’s still a great place with plenty of charm, gorgeous architecture and good food. I really liked the area around Letná park as there were vibrant bars and a good choice of vegetarian restaurants.