Czech Food and Drinks

Traditional Czech food is not for the faint-hearted. An individual portion feeds the whole family and almost explodes with calories. On the bright side: Czech meals and Czech beer are a happy marriage. Traditional Czech food consists of pork or beef doused in a sauce and served with dumplings.

Meat is the mainstay of most dishes. Non-meat eaters no longer have a difficult time in Prague because almost all restaurants include vegetarian dishes. The Czechs seem to be allergic to vegetables; only the smallest sliver of red pepper, the tiniest slice of tomato and half a gherkin accompany your main dish unless you order a salad as a main course.

Czech cuisine draws from German, Polish Hungarian and Austrian recipes. Almost every menu features goulash, grilled sausages, potato pancakes and roast pork with dumplings and cabbage. And finally, there is pivo! It is impossible to talk food without mentioning pivo (beer); bottom-fermented lager from the city of Plzeň (Pilsen) or one of the brews from the micro-breweries in Prague. Prague brims with beer garden where you can savour different types of beer. They each have their own distinctive flavour.

There are so many cafés, restaurants, beer gardens and pubs in Prague that it is difficult to make a choice. Below you will find the pick of the bunch.

Affordable Meals in Prague

Restaurants

Affordable Meals in Prague

Coffee bars

Affordable Meals in Prague

Ice Cream

Affordable Meals in Prague

Pubs and Bars

Affordable Meals in Prague

Local Food and Drinks

Affordable Meals in Prague

Recipes

Restaurant Mlynec

Restaurant Mlynec

Restaurant Mlynec follows the seasons. Do not expect cherries in December or wild mushrooms in February, Chef Vladimir Vanicek composes climate-friendly menus. Mlynec won the prestigious Bib Gourmand award which stands for excellent value for money. The menu features...

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Lunch without Tourists

Lunch without Tourists

Lunch without tourists is difficult to find in the centre of Prague. Restaurants near Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square mostly cater for tourists which their prices reflect. You will find no tourists in restaurant U Svate Anny besides it is one of these restaurants...

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Vytopna – Trains Bring Drinks to your Table

Vytopna – Trains Bring Drinks to your Table

Model train restaurant where your drinks are transported to your table on a freight train of a model train! The Vytopna Restaurant in Prague is an absolute must-go and must-see for anyone who likes model trains. Playing with the trains is not possible but children can...

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Cafe Louvre – Coffee since 1902

Cafe Louvre – Coffee since 1902

Cafe Louvre is an old-fashioned-style coffee house, a historic hotspot. This pre-war cafe is reminiscent of Prague and Viennese coffee house culture. This was the meeting place of the intelligentsia in Prague, of Kafka, Brod and their friends. Einstein was also one of...

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Kavarna Slavia

Kavarna Slavia

Kavarna Slavia is an institution in Prague and the place to be for morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. Be sure to order crispy apple strudel or chocolatey Sachertorte to accompany your cappuccino or Videnska kava, strong coffee topped with whipped cream. Located...

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Cafe Savoy

Cafe Savoy

Café Savoy in Prague is a charming Viennese-style café oozing with belle époque charm. From the first step in, you realise that Café Savoy is a special place. Its interior is an elegant mix of wood and marble, look up and notice the chandeliers and the seven-metre...

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Café McQueen

Café McQueen

Coffee in Prague, in the number one Beer City in Europe, is that possible? There comes a time that you have had more than enough Czech beer and crave for a strong cup of coffee. McQueen is the place to be. Nestled in a courtyard off Narodni Street, you will find...

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Italská Cukrárna – Italian Ice Cream

Italská Cukrárna – Italian Ice Cream

Italian ice-cream? You are in Prague and suddenly you crave for genuine Italian ice cream and you are close to Karlovo Square, then there is only one thing to do. Hasten to Amato u Itala, which is the place to be for delectable ice cream. If you are not an ice cream...

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Erhartova Cukrárna

Erhartova Cukrárna

Erhartova Cukrárna in Prague is a household name. If you want to experience the atmosphere of a pastry shop in the 1930s, be sure to have an ice cream or a coffee and pastry in Erhart Café. The tantalizing cakes, topped with a scoop of ice cream are impossible to...

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Prague Beer Capital of Europe

Prague Beer Capital of Europe

Beer capital of the world! When in Prague, you need only ONE word: pivo and perhaps one more: pivnice. These two words are your passport to understanding Czech: beer and beer garden. Prague and beer go hand in hand. The Czechs drink an average of 150 liters beer per...

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Wine, Absinthe and Becherovka

Wine, Absinthe and Becherovka

Czech wine is a distant second to Czech beer. Absinthe is a strong green drink with a alcohol percentage of 70%. It is strong but doesn't make you hallucinate. Becherovka is a herb bitter and said to be good for the stomach and therefore a perfect excuse to drink it. ...

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Chlebicky – Czech Open-faced Sandwiches

Chlebicky – Czech Open-faced Sandwiches

Each chlebíčky, open-faced sandwich is a single masterpiece, applied art at its best. They are easy to find: all delicatessen or delis whether in the centre or elsewhere in Prague have a large choice of chlebíčky. They are the ideal snack any time of day and cost next...

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Street Food in Prague

Street Food in Prague

Street food is not very popular in Prague. Prague office workers have luncheon vouchers partly paid for by their employer and partly by themselves add to this a multitude of very affordable restaurants and you will understand why street food is not very common in...

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Recipe Czech Potato Salad

Recipe Czech Potato Salad

Potato salad is the mainstay of Czech cuisine and each housewife has her own recipe. This salad is traditionally served with Schnitzels and carp which is 'the Czech turkey' at Christmas. Potato salad is also the main ingredient used in open-faced sandwiches. You need...

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Recipe Traditional Beef Goulash

Recipe Traditional Beef Goulash

Goulash originated in Hungary but many Eastern European countries, Austria, Roumania, Croatia, Poland have their own recipe of this beef stew. Goulash is a meat ragout with garlic and paprika and is served with bread dumplings but in many tourist restaurants in...

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Hospoda Ferdinanda

Hospoda Ferdinanda

Hospoda Ferdinanda in Prague is almost everone’s favourite spot for a typical Czech meal. At lunch time office workers are more common than tourists because its location is just far enough away from the main tourist drag and there are many offices in Karmelitska...

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LGTB Prague: Best Gay-friendly Bars and Pubs

LGTB Prague: Best Gay-friendly Bars and Pubs

LGTB Prague has earned its reputation as gay capital of Eastern Europe. Czech society is tolerant towards LGTB. Especially Prague is a welcoming place for all people of the rainbow flag. Gay and lesbian hot spots in Prague centre in the Vinohrady, the district right...

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Czech Cuisine your Czech Grandmother Would Like

Czech Cuisine your Czech Grandmother Would Like

Czech cuisine in restaurant Havelska Koruna: dishes your Czech grandmother would be proud of, if you had one. Once you have tasted Czech favourites like vepro-knedlo-zela in other words pork, dumplings and sauerkraut you will come back to Havelska Koruna again and...

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U Rozvarilu – Simple Meal and Budget Price

U Rozvarilu – Simple Meal and Budget Price

Simple meal and budget price? Have you always wanted to know what restaurants in Prague were like before the Velvet Revolution? Come for lunch to Restaurace u Rozvarilu and you will find yourself in a time capsule of Communist time. Decked out in the colours orange,...

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Waterfront Cafe the Vltava River the View

Waterfront Cafe the Vltava River the View

Waterfront cafe bistro LAb Space is on Naplavka embankment, a five-star location on the Vltava River. Enjoy the enchanting view of Prague Castle with a drink in your hand. This stretch between Vyton and the Dancing House is always buzzing with Czechs and tourists....

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Mulled Wine Easy to Make Follow the Recipe

Mulled Wine Easy to Make Follow the Recipe

Mulled wine is easy to make simply follow the instructions in the recipe. Svařené víno, or mulled wine in English, is the quintessential wintertime comforter. At every Christmas Market in Prague you will find numerous stands selling mulled wine. When you buy from...

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Neighbourhood Restaurant Informal and Affordable

Neighbourhood Restaurant Informal and Affordable

Neighbourhood restaurant in Prague are friendly, informal and very affordable. They are away from the tourist crowd in the centre and therefore no tourist-prices. Immersed yourself in everyday Prague life and have lunch in one of the many neighbourhood restaurants....

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SaSazu Clubbing and Best Asian Restaurant in Prague

SaSazu Clubbing and Best Asian Restaurant in Prague

SaSazu clubbing is cool and hip. Do you fancy tasty sushi and then dance until the early hours? Make a beeline for Sasazu club and restaurant in Prague. Sasazu is paradise among the dance clubs. It is not just a paradise, but one with enough space for 2.000...

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Kavarna Slagr for Viennese Coffee and Cakes

Kavarna Slagr for Viennese Coffee and Cakes

Soft music welcomes you when you enter Kavarna Šlágr. This is a coffee house in Viennese style yet 100% Czech. Period lighting fixtures, original floor tiles, old time photographs and posters enhance the ambiance. Nostalgic Schlager songs and music play from original...

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Pinball Machines Joystick Arcade Bar

Pinball Machines Joystick Arcade Bar

Pinball machines in Prague are not hard to find but you should know where to look for them. Do you remember that nostalgic feeling when you spent all your pocket money playing pinball? Go to the Joystick Arcade Bar and relive this feeling, this time with a Czech beer...

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Prague Christmas Markets Perfect Winter Escape

Prague Christmas Markets Perfect Winter Escape

Prague Christmas markets are held in the city centre and in the suburbs from late November to early January. Main Christmas markets in the centre are at Old Town Square, Republiky (Republic) square and Wenceslas Square. Smaller markets, mainly local affairs, are...

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Boat Trip Vltava River Perfect Way to See Prague

Boat Trip Vltava River Perfect Way to See Prague

A boat trip or cruise on the Vltava River is a good introduction to see the monuments and sights of Prague. It is the perfect way to start your Prague holiday. The Vltava River bisects the city: on the west side the Mala Strana district and Prague Castle and the east...

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