Prague has it all: cobblestone streets, medieval architecture and a beautiful river running through the city. Visitors to this part of Czechia are sure to spend their fair share of time wondering around the city and soaking in everything it has to offer. But after a day of exploration, you are sure to find everything there is to treat yourself to a tasty meal and locally made drink. Read on to find out about the amazing local delicacies on offer in Prague, that are ready for you to sample.
What To Eat in Prague
If you visit Prague, be sure to savoir some local Czech cuisine. Start your meal with a warming soup called polévky which is much like a garlic soup in 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 favorite in Prague. These meat and bread dumplings are swathed in rich vegetable gravy and topped with cream which are sure to make your mouth water even before you've tasted them! 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. Or you can try the local and tourist favorite, trdelnik, a Slovakian specialty made of cooked dough wrapped around a stick and sprinkled with sugar or ice cream.
What To Drink in Prague
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 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. Many locals and visitors alike will tell you that beer is often cheaper than water. So what better time to taste a Czech specialty and save some coin at the same time? 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 favorites. Make sure you order sausage, cheese and other special nibbles in the fine old pubs in the city to go along with your beer, as many pubs have their own on-site micro-breweries. These produce a variety of fresh, delicious beers, from light pilsners to dark, spicy ales.
The Prague Beer 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 shouldn't miss out on the opportunity to experience the Czech Beer Festival Prague, which usually takes place annually. There you will get the chance to see over 70 Czech beer brands that can be sampled at the festival, which takes place in the Holešovice Exhibition Grounds. If beer isn’t your thing, then why not try a Czech spirit? Popular favorites include the herbal liquor, Becherovka made from various herbs and spices which is best served with tonic water, and Slivovice which is made from plums and best consumed chilled as a shot.
Where To Eat in Prague
Prague is home to many fantastic restaurants and cafes, including some incredible restaurants such as Ristorante Divinis, a contemporary Italian dining experience located 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, that has restaurants all around the city, 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 Dlouhá is 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. Check out Café Louvre that first opened in 1902 and served many notable guests, such as Albert Einstein or Franz Kafka in a stylish atmosphere of the grand café. This place serves traditional Czech meals, from strong beef broth to duck leg confit with cabbage. For those who want to relax after a busy day, this place offers Five O’oclock Tea or Billiards for having fun with friends.
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Where to Stay in Prague
After a day of exploring and a night of eating and drinking the delicious cuisine and beverages on offer, we are sure you need a comfortable place to rest for the night. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Prague, is perfectly located just a few minutes by foot to the city centre, where you can indulge in all the culinary delights. You can even enjoy drinks with a panoramic view of the city from the rooftop bar, High 8, or watch the city evolve over night from the private balcony of your top-floor room.
What are you most excited to try in Prague? Book your stay with Radisson Blu and experience all of the Czech culture.