Ahhh yes, Prague. Breathe it all in as the sun shines on your face on a lazy sunny afternoon. Feel her energy as a romantic flare oozes from the artists and couples strolling along Charles Bridge. After spending a few hours making your way through old town, where it feels almost Disney-like, you begin to gaze at things as if you’re lost on a cloud, the way parts of Paris can make you feel, especially if you’re new to the city. Sure, there’s too many tourists, especially during prime travel months, but you can easily find an alley and get lost for an hour or so, or grab a seat in a cafe and stare out at the chaos of the crowds while taking in all the beauty that Prague has to offer.
There’s no better way to really process the Charles River than from a quiet venue that overlooks it. It’s even better than a boat unless you’ve privately chartered one and have your own captain. Prague’s Kampa Park, albeit on the ‘dear’ side for the value compared to some of my favorites in the city like Valoria, is all about romance and that’s why you’re there. This is not to suggest that the food isn’t good, but when you have a front row seat to the river and there’s serenity around you, suddenly you ‘get’ why Kampa Park gets its applause.
They brought out a ‘tater’ ball which given my limited carb diet, I was going to ignore, but in the end, decided to taste a little — it was my first few days in Prague after all and I hadn’t built up the discipline yet.
Lastly, I ended the evening with a cheese plate that included Roquefort, Beafort, Epoisses, and Pico Boite — a perfect ending with a perfect view. There was also a strawberry cappuccino with vanilla ice cream, walnuts, meringue and forest berries, a Rhubarb compote with raspberries and almond croquant and a Manjari chocolate fondant with ice cream and passion fruit sauce.
It may not be a Michelin star and certainly there are better value restaurants in Prague (vis a vis price for the volume of ‘aha’ palette moments), but it’s a lovely romantic choice if you want to woo that someone or frankly, even woo yourself. Dining solo with a view like this is incredibly rewarding. As for other times of year, they’re are other great ambiance options.
Below, the covered Riverside Terrace
The Venetian Balcony
The winter garden
The main dining room
Above indoor shots, courtesy/credit of Kampa Park
The executive chef here is Marek Raditsch and the Chef de Cuisine is Milan Sedlak.
Kampa Park Restaurant
Na Kampě 8b
118 00 Prague