For decades, Prague has been a top tourist destination choice for many reasons. One of these reasons is its unique, local delicacies that are relatively cheap and affordable.
I'm a member of Travel Massive in Los Angeles put on by Kelley Ferro. I had a great time at the last event hosted by the Czech Republic Tourism Board. I have to admit that I didn't know much about the Czech Republic until after the event and they featured a spread of the most delicious delicacies that inspired me to write this post.
It is considered a mortal sin to visit Prague and leave without grabbing a bite (or many many bites) of their one of a kind cuisine.
Apart from the food, Prague also offers some of the best hotels and drinks the world over! In your planning, you should make sure that you to book hotels that are within the proximity of reveling joints, food festivals, and your must try restaurants.
If you can also find an excellent guide – they are readily available – you will have the opportunity to have the best time of your life in Prague. The other amazing thing about visiting this place, apart from the fantastic food, beer, and weather, is its people. They are very friendly, enriched with amazing culture and an enjoy an easy, unfettered way of life. Without further ado, here are some of the unique foods that you must check out upon visiting Prague:
What to Eat in Prague
There are endless mouthwatering delicacies that mustn’t be left out of your must try list on your visit to Prague. One of these delicious bites is Chlebicky. It's a bit of magic waiting to dazzle your taste buds. Chelbicky is a traditional Czech open-faced sandwich that can either be eaten for lunch or as a snack.
Some of the ingredients that can be found in Chlebicky include cheese (any kind), cold meat and deviled eggs. Some Chlebicky feature margarine or cream cheese just to give you a different kind of experience altogether.
You can also have a wide variety of different ingredients in your traditional, open-faced sandwich. You can have goat’s cheese in your chlebicky or even better, beetroot, pickled herring, and wasabi. You can find chlebicky in any famous restaurant at competitive prices while visiting Prague.
The open-faced Czech sandwich is popularly referred to as chlebicek by the natives, you should make it one of the top dishes to try when visiting Prague. The savory toppings of the toasted bread will make your mouth water and it smells divine also!
Sisters Bistro and Zlaty Kriz Deli are the most famous local places where you can find the best of chlebicek. You can also pack a chlebicek for when touring around Prague, its portable sandwich like treat.
Sisters Bistro | Address: Dlouhá 39 Prague, Czech Republic | Phone: +420 775 991 975 | Website
Palacinky is another mouthwatering cuisine that you need to have for your stay in Prague comes to an end. Having a close semblance to the famously delicious French crepes, the Palacinky features delicious, fresh fruit fillings.
Cafe Slavia | Address: Smetana embankment 1012/2 Praha 1 110 00 | Phone: +420 224 218 493 | Website
Make a point to look out for Svickova with dumplings. This delicacy will blow your mind. The sauce-based dish features sirloin beef dipped in cream sauce. For this delicacy to bring out all the flavors of the meat, the meat has to be marinated 24 hours earlier.
The Dish makes a great svickova. The sauce contains veggies such as ingredients such as parsley roots, carrots, and a piece of beef with some speck. Svickova is served with bread dumplings as the carb to pair with your mouthwatering protein.
This dish can features endless variations on the recipes since it is a family based dish that has usually been passed down from generation to generation. It's often a featured dish at special occasions such as weddings. You can have it prepared any way you like at your favorite restaurant at an affordable price.
Ceska Hospudka Na Radnici | Address: Sokolovska 324/14, Prague 190 49 | Phone: +420 725 708 050 | Website
Another indigenous morsel that you have to have a taste of is kolache. You will find it very appealing especially if you have a thing for sweetened cheese. A dollop of fruit can also be used in the place of the sweetened cheese and still have the same kind of scintillating result. Poppy seeds can also be added.
This unique delicacy is a great addition to breakfast since it is known for its energy giving properties.
5. Beef Steak Tartare
For the meat lovers, beef steak tartare is one delicacy that will change your perspective of steak forever Especially if you think you've already tasted the most delicious steak before visiting Prague. Make a point of stopping by Cestr. It is well known for providing the best of Czech meat products and at very affordable prices. Apart from the Cestr restaurant, you can also check out Cacao which also offers fantastic, meat- centric for you.
Čestr | Address: Legerova 75/57, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia| Phone: +420 222 727 851 | Website
6. Roast Duck
If you visit Prague and leave without grabbing a bite of the finest, most tender roast duck prepared with so much love and expertise, then are missing out! Being a good little Taiwanese girl, I am always on the hunt for delicious duck around the world.
Roast Duck in Prague features crispy skinned meat paired with dumplings or sauerkraut to give you a complete, delicious and nutritious meal.
U Bansethů | Address: Táborská 389/49, 140 00 Praha 4-Nusle-Praha 4, Czechia| Phone: +420 724 582 721 | Website
7. Wiener Sausages
Weiner sausages can be found in just about any Prague Bistro, including Cestr which we've previously recommended already for beef tartare. You can also find the best artisan sausages at the Nase Maso butcher shop. They are great paired with beer or even for breakfast. They are as nutritious as they are sweet and savory.
Nase Maso| Address: Dlouhá 39, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia| Phone: +420 222 311 378| Website
8. Schnitzel with Potato Salad
You should stop by Cafe Savoy for the best schnitzel in Prague. Just like it is with virtually every meal prepared in Prague, schnitzel is prepared patiently and skillfully, mostly in the hands of a well-seasoned cordon bleu chef who has years of experience mastering this dish.
It is prepared using pork or veal. Whichever meat is featured, the process is always the same as it involves breading and frying the meat in pure butter so as to achieve the delicious crispy taste that is loved by all. Potato salad is the most fitting accompaniment to this dish offering a rich tang to pair with the umami crunch of the Schnitzel.
Cafe Savoy| Address: Vítězná 124/5, 150 00 Praha 5-Malá Strana, Czechia| Phone: +420 257 311 562| Website
Goulash is a thick, hearty stew featuring breaded beef, its often paired with freshly made dumplings.
For the very best goulash, you can get to visit Mincovna restaurant. Prepare to have your mind blown.
Restaurace MINCOVNA | Address: Staroměstské nám. 7, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia | Phone: +420 727 955 669 | Website
10. Fruit Dumplings
Whether you are a vegan or not, fruit dumplings are a delicacy that you don't want to miss out on when you visit Prague. What makes this meal impressive is that it isn’t a dessert but the main dish.
Fruit dumplings are fruits put in pellets and dipped in melted butter and sugar. Apart from being dipped in little butter and sugar, you can always find other sweet condiments to top your dumplings with such as whipped cream or rich chesses. Karlin District’s most exceptional bistro, Krystal Mozaika Bistro, is home to arguably the best fruit dumplings your taste buds will ever enjoy.
Krystal Mozaika Bistro | Address: Sokolovská 101/99, 186 00 Praha 8-Karlín, Czechia | Phone: +420 222 318 152 | Website
For the love of yeast and everything “wheaty,” buchty is what you need to have a bite of when in need of an energy boost. It is no wonder it is famous in Czech Mythology where heros would eat buchty before heading out for battle. Since everything can be accompanied with good, cold Czech beer or coffee, you can enjoy buchty with sweet, hot espresso at EMA Espresso bar which also offers the best coffee in Prague.
You can also have the yummy buchty at Chez Lucie, the buchty thereare carefully blended with either farmers’ cheese or plum jam and more. Have as many as your stomach can accommodate and take some home for later since they are very affordable.
EMA Espresso Bar | Address: Na Florenci 1420/3, 110 00 Praha 1-Florenc, Czechia| Phone: +420 730 156 933 | Website
Vetrnik are the best pastries you will ever taste!
As it is the case with most of the food in Prague, they are delicious as they are affordable which is a win-win situation! As soon as you take a bite of a vetrnik your mouth will be flooded with the sweet taste of caramel and whipped cream, they are very addictive!
Another scintillating Prague morsel that you should consider trying is the traditionally prepared kremrole. It will blow your mind away. Just as the name suggests, this delicious little pastry is skillfully rolled in cream and gives you a happy overdose of sweetness.
The cream used is a meringue cream that can be dusted with powdered sugar to add to the incredible sweetness that these pastries are known for. One of the best places to get the best kremrole are Dejvicka Subway in the Kulatak Farmers Market. If you ask around, you won’t have a problem finding it.
Cafe Savoy| Address: Vítězná 124/5, 150 00 Praha 5-Malá Strana, Czechia| Phone: +420 257 311 562| Website
What to Drink in Prague
As you'll be enjoying a veritable buffet of different, delicious meals in Prague, also be prepared to look forward to a wide variety of drinks to wash it all down with. One such drink is Pico, arguably the finest to come out of Czech Republic’s revered breweries. If you haven’t had the pleasure of taking a sip of Pivo, just know that the Czech Republic is the home of the very first pilsner, the same kind of superior quality is also found in Pivo.
Staropramen, brewed in Smichov District, is considered a Prague favorite because of several reasons. Apart from being very sweet (Czech people love super flavored foods and drinks), it is affordable and is boosed with powerful marketing. The local population as well as the tourists, don’t have any other choice but to pa attention to this delicious beer. Being popular as it is, you can find this beer in just about any club in Prague.
16. Pilsner Urquell
Another popular drink and a close rival of Staropramen is none other than Pilsner Urquell. Apart from its hoppy flavor that is so popular with the locals, the beer is known to be strong, just the way the locals love it.
Krusovice is a flat beer that happens to be very popular in Prague. Apart from its sweetness, the locals also love the variety of options that the beer brand offers. It can also be found in just about any local drinking den in and around Prague.
18. Velvet Beer
If you don’t find the first two brands appealing to you, you can try out velvet beer which might just turn out to be your favorite. Being a slightly new entry to the favorite beer category in Prague, this Staropramen-brewed beer is known for its amazing, sophisticated taste that not only warms one’s belly but your heart too.
19. Budweiser Budvar
Budweiser Budvar is another beer brand that is well known to both Prague as well as the Czech Republic as a whole. Brewed in Ceske Budejovice, be sure to try it since it provides something entirely new to the market.
Made using the local water of the Vltava River, you will find that BRANIK beer has got a distinct taste that makes it popular among the locals.
21. Pivovar Herold
You can also try out Pivovar Herold beer which is affordable and is made by Americans residing in Bohemia. It has been known to have an uplifting efect. Those who love malty beer should make a point of trying this one out.
You can also have a go at Bernard beer if you like and you will not be disappointed either. First of all, that distinct, hoppy aroma will heighten your senses even before your first sip. This property is derived from the fact that it is unpasteurized which gives it the unusual taste that people can’t help but fall in love with.
In addition to the hoppy sensation, there is also the bitter-sweet aroma that makes the beer delicious. Also, if you happen to be in love with malt beer, then bernard is highly recommended for you.
Another favorite beer brand that you can enjoy while visiting Prague is none other than Gambrinus beer.
Because of its unusual qualities, this beer brand was ranked the best-selling beer in the entire country. It wouldn’t hurt if you took the time to sample it. Just like it is the case with all of the beers in Prague, you will find that Gambrinus is affordable, sweet and has a unique, unexplainable quality that will make you enjoy your stay in Prague.
24. Velkopopovicky Kozel
You should make a point to include the beer (as well as the brands mentioned above) in your meals just like the natives do and get to have an experience like no other. Finally, you can try out the great Velkopopovicky Kozel which happens to be robust and smooth at the same time. No wonder it is considered to be the world’s best beer.
Of course, other drinks might interest you. And so for the umpteenth time, always go for what you feel will keep you excited for the entire night.
Top Places to Enjoy Your Food and Drinks While in Prague
If you love the open air and very serene places, then you have to check out Unijazz or Letna Beer Garden, both great places to relax as you enjoy the finest Czech beer. Other great spots you can check out include Riegrovy Sady, Stalin Containall, Groove Bar, Kavárna Jarda Mayer, and (A)void Floating Gallery.
For those who enjoy some little music or reveling while drinking, then DEJAVU Music Club, Bukowski's Bar, and Bajkazyl are places you should check out. As it is customary with all of the reveling joints in Prague, everything is affordable, unique and for that matter, absorbing.
Prague is a beautiful place to visit for among other reasons, good food, the best beer and its rich, unique and impressive culture. Make sure to do your research as exhaustively to make the most of your visit to Prague.
To have all the time to enjoy some of the best cuisines and drinks that Prague has to offer, it would be make sense to take time and find a place to stay that is nearest to these top hotels and bars. That way, its easy for you to grab a bite or a drink after you're done sightseeing for the day.
Apart from the incredibly tasty food and exceptional beer, Prague itself happens to be a town that is rich in incredible history and culture. The latter explains why people have always wanted to visit the city over and over again. If you have an acquaintance that has had the pleasure of checking out Prague already tap into their knowledge to make the most of your visit.
On the other hand, if you have already visited Prague and are considering going back, then use your previous experience as a cornerstone for an even better experience. Research is still necessary because, in the end, all you want to do is relax and have enjoy your time to the fullest.
It is always a good idea to make a list of things you would want to do while in Prague. The latter is crucial because there are so many amazing experiences in this city that if you don’t plan well, you might end up missing out on some of the best experiences ever!