Country Life

  • Health-food-store Health Store
    ( 19 reviews )

Jungmannova 1, Praha 1 (at Vodickova, short walk south of Old Square), Prague, Czech Republic,

Natural and organic food shop stocking a range of package and dried food products in addition to a small refrigerated case of foods, and a few natural household products. No vitamins or supplements. Has a veggie food restaurant upstairs. Open Mon-Thu 9:30am-6:30pm, Fri 10:30am-6:00pm. Closed Sat-Sun.

Reviews (19)

First Review by Poundie

Worth a visit, just be careful - Edit

It's a bit confusing when you first walk into Country Life, there's a Rainbow Cafe style help yourself queue where you can pile up your plate full of wonderful vegetarian and vegan food. But when you get to the checkout they actually weigh your plate and charge you for all the individual bits on it. Mine came to £7.50, which was way more than I had wanted to spend and I didn't feel like I had gotten that much. If I went back I would probably stick to salad leaves and veg then get a bowl of their soup, which was reasonably priced. I also bought an expensive bottle of water without knowing there was actually a free water tank just next to the till, gutted! The cafe was busy, but we managed to get a seat next to a window. It was cosy and comfortable. We ate at Maitrea and Clearhead over the next few days, both of which were far above this little place in a quality and price. However I'm not knocking it, it was a haven from all the tourist trap cafes

Updated from previous review on 2016-10-02

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Good food in the centre of town - Edit

Bistro and market in one. In bistro you can choose during work week from two main hot meals with side dish and soup. If you can´t decide which you want, you can have both of them on one plate. They also serve half portions.
Meals are only lightly spiced, you can enjoi taste of real food from Country life´s farm.
It is not haute cuisine, on the other hand one of best options for vegans in the center of the Prague.

Pros: Very fair price, Bio quality food, Staff

Cons: Plastic fork and spoon / Paper plates, Overcrowded during lunch, At 14:00 out of food

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Fab - Edit

Really lovely wholesome food. Recommended.

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Good selection, including vegan pastries - Edit

Country Life packs a lot into its small footprint, with a comprehensive selection of healthy dry goods, drinks, refrigerated items (including Czech-style vegan "meats"), and freshly baked breads and pastries.

I picked up a few vegan pastries that i very much enjoyed. On the left side of the pastry rack, there are a few pieces of paper that detail the ingredients of some of the items in the case, so it's relatively to figure out what suits your dietary preferences.

Pros: vegan pastries

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Convenient and central - Edit

If you head towards the river from Wenceslas Square, this shop, which combines a restaurant just to the rear, is hard to miss. A variety of items are stocked, such as dairy-free cheeses, sandwich spreads, cereals, snack bars and tofu, as well as imported ingredients such as miso and sea vegetables, which are less common in the Czech Republic. In my experience, the staff are friendly and helpful and are able and willing to speak English. Accepts card payments.

Pros: location, friendly staff, choice

Cons: slightly expensive

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Great choice - Edit

This store has one of best selection of veggie and meatless food in Prague. It also has some greek, middle east, bio etc. options. It is very easy to find. Check out opening hours as they may vary depending on months. Closed on Saturdays.

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Country Life - Edit

We visited Country Life twice on our visit to Prague. The buffet was varied, healthy and very cheap! Note that the afternoon buffet starts at 3pm and runs up until about 7pm. Be careful when piling up your plate, as you are charged extra for anything over 1kg!

Pros: Varied range of food, Good buffet, Cheap

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That's the Life, Country Life - Edit

You simple can't go wrong with the Country Life brand in Prague. It's really grown over the last few years but this does not impact on quality. Rather like the Polish vegetarian fast food Greenway brand, this is another bright idea from Eastern Europe. The food is mainly self-service and is freshly prepared on the premises. Superb value and great for non-gourmet budget vegetarian dining. If you want a gourmet experience this is not the place to go but there are times when you just need a good cheap feed in rustic surroundings

Pros: cheap, choice, location

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The Country Life shop on Jungmannova St. - Edit

It seems all the other reviewers here are referring to the buffet restaurant on Melantrichova St, rather than this small health food store and "deli" type place on Jungmannova.

This Country Life on Jungmannova is a delightful, jam-packed, very tiny place to pick up a few things for the vegetarian pantry, and also functions as a small deli counter where you can get soups, pre-made salads, sandwiches, etc. There are a couple of eating surfaces along the front window, but as I said if there are a lot of people in the place (which there were every time I went there), it's a little hard to eat in-house.

I got a very tasty bowl of soup, and a nice wrapped sandwich to take back to my pension just up the street. It's 100% vegetarian, and I believe vegan (like the restaurant near the Square). The people there are really nice and very helpful, and the prices can't be beat.

This was my first meal upon arriving in Prague, and between this place, the Country Life restaurant on Melantrichova, and Maly Buddha across the river and down from the Castle, I stayed happily fed in a very meat-oriented city.

Another huge plus: Country Life is 100% smoke-free! I found listings for both Country Life and Maly Buddha on a smokefree travel site, as I cannot be around secondhand smoke w/out being hospitalized.

Pros: Healthy, tasty, vegetarian food made by very nice people in a 100% smoke-free environment... how can you go wrong?

Cons: Tends to be very crowded (which is only because it's such a great place).

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Great - Edit

You take a plate, put some food, its not gonna come expensive, I think the bread and soup are for free, cause they didnt mesure it, or maybe its a steady price for 1 slice of bread and every soup. Theres confusion couse I didnt say anything, I understood what the stuff was saying when i put my bread and soup on scale. Very tasty! Place not to mis and not to go anywhere else.

Pros: healthy cuisine, excellent food, good value

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yay veagn food - Edit

I went to the location, it is near the clock. They also have a shop i plan to visit. The food was descent. I would go back again. Nice salad choice, open every day. Though over all nothing pseical. But its in prague.. and i never found any others.

Pros: Vegan food, healthy, nice staff

Cons: some bland food

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OK food - Edit

My husband loved the food here but, I have to say I found it rather bland and unintersting. Great salsd bar but, that was it. I guess it depends what they have cooked that day. I had a really bland burger, some salsa or relish could really help pep things up a wee bit. Even my husband had to agree with that one!
Still cheap ( but not really cheerful)

Pros: cheap food, good salad bar

Cons: bland food, no atmosphere

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Country Life - Edit

Good food, great location and great price. Perhaps it was due to the fact I had not had a quality meal in 4 days, but I really enjoyed this place! If you are out doing the 'tourist' stuff in Prague definitely stop by for lunch.

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Great stop for lunch - Edit

This is a great place, just off the Old Town Square on Melantrichova (I think the two listings are the wrong way round, as it's the Melantrichova one that's the larger with the shop next door.) Very simple concept - you take a tray and a plate, and serve yourself from the range of salads, hot food, drinks and puddings (a great vegan selection - I had some really good roasted pumpkin with soya cheese). At the end your plate is weighed and you pay. Good solid food, which is very cheap. This place is excellent to stop for lunch in the middle of a busy day sightseeing - I'd highly recommend it.

Pros: great range of food, choose what and how much, very cheap

Cons: can get crowded, bit confusing at first!

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Go for the veggie burgers. - Edit

For quick take-out veggie food, this place is excellent. Even when busy, the wait was not very long. The prices seemed fairly reasonable. Their shop next door was a great place to stock up on bars and snacks before hitting the road again. Worth checking out.

Pros: excellent food, nice staff

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Fantastic place for lunch! - Edit

Myself and non-veggie friend had a great lunch here, huge salad selection with sprouts and fab olives, the pizza was really good and I had a veggie hash thing which was lovely. It was cheap and the only problem was the queue - the place is so popular!

Pros: healthy cuisine, great value, easy to find

Cons: busy

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Comfort food is the only comfort... - Edit

I seriously thank Country Life for being a forerunner to respectful eating in the land of meat and gulash. On that note, the food here is actually pretty tasty for being served in what can be called nothing more than a caffeteria. You get your grub buffet style (you pay by weight and its REALLY cheap, even by Prague standards), and then go sit in one of two rooms full of too-bright lights, hard benches, and long caffeteria tables. It even smells like cleaner the way HS caffeterias do. If you're grabbing food on the go, there's no better... but the atmosphere is wretched.

Pros: cheap, vegan, daily selection

Cons: uncomfortable atmosphere, middle of tourist-land, decent walk from metro

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FAB - Edit

Really good selection of tasty food, well priced, I cannot fault this place! Definatly worth a try :)

Pros: Good food, healthy options

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