Finding vegetarian places to eat in Prague, or anywhere in Eastern Europe, can prove troublesome, so a gem like the funky Lehka Hlava is worth knowing. To be found along a side street off Karoliny Svetlé (close to Duende, see Drink), Lehka Hlava (‘Clear Head’) impresses in several ways. From the open kitchen, where you can see the chefs cheerfully work away behind a bar-like area while a member of staff seats you, to the fantastic décor, this restaurant makes an impact.
With a coruscating wonderland of detail (ceilings filled with glittering stars, curvaceous fireplaces, fish tanks, projections and colourful, striped walls), the interior offers pleasing distractions aplenty. The restaurant also has a private salon and even a tiny courtyard, resplendent in bamboo. The menu, wholly vegetarian, is also impressive. An appealingly healthy range of pastas, salads, couscous, bulgar, quesadillas and vegetables defies those who claim that vegetarian food is boring and undistinguished
True, Lehka Hlava doesn’t serve haute cuisine, but everything is far tastier than dedicated carnivores might suppose. Continuing the healthy bent, a range of non-alcoholic beverages is available, including special teas, fresh juices and a delectable Aztec chocolate with chilli and walnut, although there are wines aplenty to choose from, and specials each day. Refreshingly, it’s non-smoking.