After a day of exploration through the cobblestone streets of Prague, visitors to this stunning city can sit back and relax with a tasty meal and locally made drink.
What To Eat
If you visit Prague, be sure to savour some local Czech cuisine.
Start a meal with a warming soup (polevky) like a garlic soup, a clear beef broth with noodles or thick potato soup in the winter.
Try one of Prague’s most famous dishes, such as veprˇo-knedlo-zelo – roasted pork, bread dumplings and sauerkraut. Svičková is another big Czech favourite – here, meat and bread dumplings are swathed in rich vegetable gravy and topped with cream. If you’re looking for an authentic meat-free Czech dish, then look no further than smažený sýr, tasty fried cheese with potatoes.
For dessert, opt for the ovocné knedlíky dumplings filled with fruit or jam, or the well-liked thin sweet pancakes (palačinky) filled with ice cream and fruits.
What To Drink
No authentic meal in Prague would be complete without a glass or two of the world famous Czech beer.
Beer is a firm part of the Czech culture, which has had a historic brewing tradition for over 1,000 years. The country is especially known for its chilled, light beers, which can be enjoyed cheaply in Prague’s pubs and restaurants.
Popular and well known Czech beers include Pilsner Urquell, Prague’s own Staropramen, and Budvar. The variety of micro-breweries in the country mean that smaller craft beers can also be found, including darker beers than the classic favourites. Make sure you order sausage, cheese and other special nibbles in bars, as many are meant to be eaten with a beer in hand.
Prague has some fine old pubs with their own on-site micro-breweries. These produce a variety of fresh, delicious beers, from light pilsners to dark, spicy ales.
A Prague Brewery Tour takes in pub breweries in the city. It gives sightseers the chance to taste a variety of beers, sample some traditional pub snacks, and learn more about the traditions of this important industry.
Visitors to Prague in May should make sure they attend the annual Czech Beer Festival Prague. From 15 to 31 May 2014 over 70 Czech beer brands can be sampled at the festival, which takes place in the Holešovice Exhibition Grounds.
If beer isn’t your thing, then try a Czech spirit. Popular favourites include the herbal liquor Becherovka and Slivovice, made from plums.
Where To Eat
Prague is home to many fantastic restaurants and cafes, including some incredible Michelin starred restaurants.
The renowned Alcron restaurant at Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Pragueoffers the best of Prague cuisine and an intimate dining experience. Run by Executive Chef Roman Paulus, the Alcron Prague restaurant has been awarded the Five Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and a Michelin star in 2012 and 2013.
Ristorante Divinis is a contemporary Italian dining experience in central Prague, near the State Opera. The reasonably priced menu offers daily specials from the chef, and dishes such as grilled octopus, fillet of wild boar, and gnoccetti with ragout Bolognese.
The popular Kolkovna serves up delicious and traditional Czech cuisine to suit all budgets. The menu includes a soup of the day and daily specials, and Czech bar snacks such as ham, pickled sausage and marinated cheese.
Kolkovna also features a trendy copper beer counter, plenty of seating and a lively atmosphere.
Lokál Dlouháis another affordable Prague restaurant serving fresh, local cuisine in a ‘non-traditional Czech style’. Here you can enjoy a Pilsner with pork schnitzel, fried cheese or beef goulash with tasty dumplings on the side.
What’s your favourite Czech beer?