Country Life - Vodickova

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 17 reviews )

Jungmannova 1 (at Vodickova, Praha 1), Prague, Czech Republic

Veggie food cafe upstairs from the Country Life natural food shop, short walk south of Old Square. Menu consists of vegan food, salad bar, veggie burgers, pizza, and more; uses many organic ingredients. Open Mon-Thu 9:30am-6:30pm, Fri 10:00am-3:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Organic, Western, Fast food, Salad bar, Take-out, Czech

17 Reviews

First Review by mfoy

All vegan buffet! - Edit

A lot of different options! They have everything from salad, soup, buckwheat rissole to sausages, casserole and tipical side dishes with a lot of sauces. They have cake as well. There is a happy hour around noon, but even after/before that, they are not pricey at all. Go there!

Pros: Everything is vegan, Nice staff, tap water for free

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So good we ate there twice!!! - Edit

Buffet style. Food was delicious and very inexpensive.

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Perfect lunch menu - Edit

This place is actually a health food shop where you can get different bio or vegan food. They have perfect lunch menu - always two menus and both of them are vegan and you can even combine the menus for the same price - which is unbelievable for the center of Prague - less than 4 euros!!!
It's one of my favourite places to have lunch in Prague.

Pros: Tasty, Local, bio food, Price

Cons: Not many places to sit

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Perfect for lunch - Edit

They have a lot of different vegan options here: Quiches, marinated seitan stew, fresh raw vegs, etc... The food was delicious and you pay per weight! I paid around 5€ for a big plate. I'd definitely recommend it!
They also have outdoor seating

Pros: fresh varied food, glutenfree options and soups, nice and helpful staff

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the best place - Edit

this was rhe best place in prague to eat vegan

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Yum - Edit

Buffet style cafe with a salad bar and hot food bar - it all costs the same (food is charged according to the weight of what's on your plate). Good variety, friendly staff, nice interior, central location. Cost about £9 for two adults including some soft drinks.

Pros: Lots of variety. Good food.

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Cheap and quick - Edit

A canteen style place with a selection of 2 lunch menu options changing daily. The portions are big, but fortunately you can adjust it to a smaller size.

The meals are average, served on a paper plate with plastic cutlery. It's a self-service, but the shop assistants are friendly.

The place is very cramped, during the lunch you usually sit down with a stranger as there are only a few tables available, but all the visitors have the same mindset so it doesn't really matter :)

Conclusion: Great place if you're looking for a quick healthy meal during your lunch break.

Pros: Good value, Quick, Huge portions

Cons: Canteen style & plastic cutlery, Closed on weekends, Cramped

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Quick, Convenient And Centrally Located - Edit

Country Life is the best health food shop ive found in Prague so far, offering plenty of meat substitutes, vegan mylks, nuts, fruit, veg etc. Just around the corner is its affliated restaurant, which offers a small buffet of salad options, warm veg variations on Czech foods, some desserta and fresh juices (many of the dishes contain soy meats and tempeh). You pay for your food by weight and takeaway is also available. The food is quick, convenient and tasty, although nothing too outstanding. They could improve the restaurant by specifically labelling the vegan options. Otherwise if youre in need of a quick feed, its a great place to go.

Pros: Centrally Located, Convenient, Quick And Easy Options

Cons: Vegan Dishes Could Be Labelled

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Small but super convienent! - Edit

Highly recommend, one of the best veggie friendly grocery stores I've been to in Europe. It is super small!

Stopped in a few times while in Prague, super easy to get there from Old Town Square (just walk south down the alley directly across from the Astronomical Clock). Has a fairly good selection of soy yogurts and soy meats. Fresh bread, some fruits and veggies, a good selection of herbal teas, grains, pasta, etc.

Everything is labeled in Czech (a few things had English labels), so make sure you have a good dictionary handy to look up ingredients you aren't sure about.

Steer clear of the nettle kombucha, it was pretty gross even for kombuncha and better (only slightly) cold. The soy salami however, was pretty damn good, as was all the flavors of soy yogurt we tried.

Pros: Soy products, Fresh fruit/veggies/bread, Teas and kombucha

Cons: Small, Not open weekends, Closes at 3pm on Fridays

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Organic shop & take away - Edit

The place is quiet small and this is actually an organic shop with some take away. There are abour 12 sits if you want to eat there.
The shop is NOT VEGAN!!!!!
When I asked if all the products in the shop were vegan I was told yes but in fact they were not, "only" vegetarian for most of them.
All the ingredients on the items are written in Czech so there was no way for us to know if the products were actually vegan or not.
Apart from that, we tried the take away risotto which was vegan and it was really good!
It's not a place I would recommend though unless your speak Czech fluently and can determined which products are vegan and which are not.

Pros: Location

Cons: Not vegan, Small place

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Could Be Better - Edit

I only ate here once while in Prague because I wasn't very happy with my original experience. The man serving the food didn't speak very much English and seemed less than thrilled when I asked what was vegan. Also, there wasn't enough seating upstairs after I got my food. Although I feel this place could use some improvements (such as food labeled vegan and vegetarian on the serving bar), I will rate it as "fair" because I really appreciated the vegan yogurt and things like that sold in the store part of the "restaurant"

Pros: vegan yogurt sold in store, some friendly staff

Cons: vegan food not labeled on bar, some staff not friendly, not enough seats

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Perfect! - Edit

Cannot express my gratefulness to this restaurant cause it literally saved my ass))it was tasty and relatively cheap.Loved it,
I kept on coming there for 10 days out of my 10 day trip to prague.I also bought lots of stuff in the health store for dinner then.

Pros: tasty, cheap, cosy

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great for lunch - Edit

The restaurant is actually round the corner from the shop (not upstairs) in a nice courtyard that reminds me of Neals Yard in London. Big queue when we we went at lunchtime on Friday but enough tables to fit everyone. Great choice of mixed salads, hot foods and also have tofu burgers and burittos as well as a couple of soups each day. Get a plate and fill it as you go along the counter then get it weighed at the end. Free water from a dispenser at the end of the till. We also tried the desserts on offer which were excellent - with carob rather than chocolate. Recommended for a filling lunch. Problem is the opening hours - it closes at 6pm and didn't seem to be open much at the weekends. Very high quality, healthy food.

Pros: central location, just off the square, excellent food, help yourself

Cons: busy at lunch time, don't know cost until weighed

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Countrylife - Vodickova - Edit

Country Life is a nice little bio store with a lunch section. It is close to my school, so when all my peers went to menza (cafeteria) to get a cheap Czech meal, I chose to go here. Everything is vegetarian.

The lunch selection is really good and popular too. They have a hot bar everyday with a soup (for 35kc, +5kc for bread), two hot dishes with soy meat - usually a traditional Czech dish (for 65kc), bulgar cakes, and couscous patties (for around 20kc i think). All of which is really well done with good traditional Czech flavour, yet vegetarian! They also have a cold area with salads with soynaise dressing, tofu burgers and other sandwhiches, drinks, cakes, and other things.

They have seating upstairs. Usually during lunch time it gets pretty busy but there is always a seat for two. The tables each have four seats so your always going to be sitting with a few people you don't know. This can be nice if your trying to start up a conversation or practice your Czech, but usually they will leave you alone (and sometimes want to be left alone too!).

They have a good selection of bio and vegetarian groceries. They have all the standard stuff but additionally some rare finds. For example, I have enjoyed the vegetarian sausages (cheap and tasty), kombucha mothers, and nori for sushi.

Getting there: take a tram (i know 14 and 24 go there for sure) to the Vodickova stop. Also close to the metro stop Karlovo Namesti.

p.s. Dobrou chut' = (bon appetit, enjoy your meal, etc.)

Pros: Lunch, Vegetarian Czech dishes

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Good wholesome veggie nosh - Edit

When touring with punk band The Damned the general rule is to avoid your colleagues at all costs until closer to showtime. With all that traveling we live on top of each other pretty much so a little break now can work wonders. This may go somewhere towards explaining how we have survived for 31 years on the road without too many incidents of fisticuffs to account for.

Anyway, here I was at Country Life's self service counter choosing some pretty delicious looking wholesome food together when I spy our bassist Stu West already ensconced in the restaurant and tucking into an enormous plate of veggie nosh. Well.... great minds think alike and all that - and the occasional portion of healthy food on the road is not to be sniffed at so all was good.

So, what would I add to the comments here about Country Life in Prague? Well.... like a lot of Euro veggie gaffs there is a tenancy towards pretend meat products..... Seitan and the like - which although it has a decent taste and pleasant chewy texture would not be the sort of thing I cook at home. The UK has been ahead of the game veggie wise by a few years on the rest of the continent so we have got past the 'it has to look like meat' stage to a certain extent.

However, for an unpretentious self service pay by weight of food cafe right in the centre of a still lovely city (if you manage to avoid all the UK stag and hen parties) then Country Life is pretty bloomin' good if you ask me.

I recommend this one highly playmates.

Pros: Wholesome, Tasty, Location

Cons: Can get busy

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marnia 16 Jan 2014 - I am not sure I agree about how ahead of the game we are in the UK,Mr Sensible, or can I call you Captain?
Anyway, the number of veg restaurants I see on Happy Cows map of Prague convinces me otherwise.  

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delicious - Edit

i ate here every day while visiting prague. the food was totally diffrent, fresh, delicious, not spicy, or complexly flavorful, but yummy. Plus it was easy to take stuff to eat later.

Pros: funny looking, yummy, good veggie burger

Cons: kinda pricey compared 2 meat prices

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good for something quick - Edit

This is a smaller location compared to the location closer to the square (on Melantrichova). No buffet here - just order from the counter.
So if you want the buffet with a larger selection (and hot food options) go to the one on Melantrichova.
Might be that everything is vegan at country life, but not sure.
Had a very tasty tofu sandwich here.
Great place for grabbing a vegan cook or poppyseed pastry.

Pros: quick

Cons: small selection

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