Saint Valentine’s Day isn’t a Czech tradition – the ‘Czech Day of Love’ or ‘Svátek zamilovaných’ is celebrated on May 1st. Prague lovers tend to visit Petřín hill and kiss under a blooming cherry tree. Legend has it that a girl who is not kissed will wither and die within twelve months.
February 14th (a Friday this year) is the name day for Valentýn (the feast day of Svatý Valentin) – Western influences mean that there will be plenty of couples celebrating Valentine’s Day this year in Prague. Here are some ideas..
Restaurants and Bars
Best Value Bar/Restaurant near Výtoň – U Dobré Myšlenky
U Dobré Myšlenky near Výtoň, has this tasting menu served 14th, 15th & 16th:
Salmon tartar with capers and fresh dill
Whipped goat cheese with marinated red and yellow beetroot
Duck breast cooked sous vide with cherry sauce and pumpkin puree
Pork tenderloin with white wine sauce, cream and parmesan, ratatouille vegetables
Chocolate panna cotta with orange coulis
Bottle of Prosecco
An amazing 999 Kč for two people – and yes I even emailed to confirm that the price was for two. I’ve eaten at U Dobré Myšlenky and the food is pretty good.
Update: We had the menu on the 16th February and it was delicious – review here.
Classic French Menu in a Bistro near Krymská Street – Levain
For a classic French menu in a casual bistro setting, Levain, between Havlíčkovy sady and Krymská, offers this menu between 13th, 14th & 15th:
Glass of Cava
Seared lamb fillet, chorizo, goat cheese, green beans – OR – Fish cake, red pepper aioli, salad
Jerusalem artichoke & prosciutto soup
Roast quail, mushroom duxelles, black-eyed peas, orange – OR – Baked Atlantic Cod, herb crust, brandade & fresh greens
Strawberry meringue roulade – OR – Pressed chocolate cake, Chantilly cream
Good quality food for 995 Kč per person.
Good for foodies near Holesovice – The Eatery
The Eatery writes: We are not the most romantic restaurant, we do not offer intimate tables, we do not have rose petals or candles on the table … But if good food and drink is the right romance for you, you will enjoy St. Valentine’s Day with us. We serve a three-course menu where you can choose from four starters, four main courses and three desserts. Menu can be found here. Price is 995 Kč per person and can be booked here.
Best Vegan / Vegetarian – Satsang
Satsang doesn’t have a Valentine’s menu advertised yet and likely won’t have one. But it is a cool, romantic place.
Best Wine Bar in Vinohrady – Le Bouquet
Le Bouquet doesn’t have a Valentine’s menu, but it is a romantic place for a glass of wine and tapas.
Flowers and Gifts
Flowers – Cool Flowers
It’s hard to find a good florist. I don’t want to buy flowers only to find them dead after a few days. You may remember my poor experience with Belles Fleurs who not only sold me flowers that died a few days later, they also refused to refund me. Luckily I found a new shop called ‘Cool Flowers‘ in Vinohrady that has friendly staff and great flowers that last. Review here.
Handbags – HM²K
And what do women love more than flowers? Shoes and handbags! Czech artist and designer, Martina Krupičková has hand-crocheted handbags under her HM²K brand.
Game in Czech and English – Flaps Card Game
If the prospect of overt romance is too much for you. You can always play a game of Flaps. The rules are written on the cards in both Czech and English. It’s easy to start playing, but takes years to become a Level Seven Master. Is it genius or madness?
Love & Money
Love & Money is a theatrical production that examines how love is destroyed by materialism. The next performance is February 12th – giving you plenty of time to re-consider your plans and cancel the flowers, handbag, card game and restaurant!