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.

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Cafe Imperial: Coffee in Art Deco Surrounding

Cafe Imperial: Coffee in Art Deco Surrounding

Café Imperial's grandiose Art Deco interior and the range of delicious drinks and food make this cafe one of the most fascinating cafés in Prague. The coffee is excellent and the pastries delectable. Try one of the specialties Karlovy Vary coffee, espresso,...

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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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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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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 chlebíček, 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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Vnitroblock Cultural Centre and Shopping Arcade

Vnitroblock Cultural Centre and Shopping Arcade

Vnitroblock is a multifunctional space in a former factory building. It is a creative and cultural centre where you will find a café, a dance studio, a small cinema, an events and theater hall, an outdoor space, a gallery, boutiques with designer fashion and much...

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Dhaba Beas Vegetarian Indian Dishes

Dhaba Beas Vegetarian Indian Dishes

Dhaba Beas is a vegetarian Indian self-service restaurant with North Indian specialties where you pay by weight. A nice bonus is that you get a discount on your meal one hour before closing time. A chef from India prepares the dishes on the spot, so everything is...

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11 November Goose Red Cabbage and St Martin Wine

11 November Goose Red Cabbage and St Martin Wine

If you are in Prague on 11 November and you like to eat goose, you are in luck! Goose is on the menu of almost all restaurants on this special day. It is also the day when the tasting and sale of Svatomartinske vino, St. Martin's wine, begins. A Beaujolais Primeur the...

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Restaurant Indian Jewel for Authentic Indian Food

Restaurant Indian Jewel for Authentic Indian Food

Indian Jewel is an Indian restaurant in the heart of Prague, just behind Tyn Church on Old Town Square. Indian Jewel is a true jewel: here you will find the best dishes from Indian cuisine. India is a country of rich culture and traditions and an endless variety of...

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Paying with Credit Card and Debit Card in Restaurants

Paying with Credit Card and Debit Card in Restaurants

All restaurants in the centre of Prague accept cash payment and most also accept payment by credit or debit card. If you are outside the tourist centre, you may only be able to pay in cash. Depending on your bank, you pay costs every time you use your debit or credit...

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Full English breakfast, open-faced sandwich or croissants

Full English breakfast, open-faced sandwich or croissants

A traditional Czech breakfast may be a disappointing affair if you are a big eater. It consists of dark bread or bread rolls, slices of cheese, salami or ham washed down with coffee. Sometimes pastry with poppy seed paste completes the meal. You may wonder if the...

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Best Beer, Cocktails and Wine in Prague

Best Beer, Cocktails and Wine in Prague

Drinking beer is what Czech people like best, or so it seems. Pilsner Urquell is the king of the heap, but Radegast, Staropramen or Gambrinus are not to be sneered at either. Prague has a plethora of pubs, bars and beer halls. Wine is gaining popularity and widely...

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Hostinec U Kalicha and the Good Soldier Svejk

Hostinec U Kalicha and the Good Soldier Svejk

Hostinec (restaurant) U Kalicha is not only famous for its authentic Czech cuisine it also played an important role in the life of the 'Brave Soldier Svejk', the main character in Jaroslav Hašek's novel of the same name. U Kalicha was also the favourite pub of Hašek....

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Cross Club Musical Hotspot for Alternative Music

Cross Club Musical Hotspot for Alternative Music

Cross Club is a popular cultural and musical hotspot in Prague. It is known for its unique atmosphere and eclectic mix of music styles, ranging from electronic music to live performances, which appeals to lovers of alternative music and subcultures. The club is...

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Cafe Karel honours the man with the velvety voice

Cafe Karel honours the man with the velvety voice

Café Karel in Prague's Dlouhá Gourmet Passage pays homage to the Czech singer Karel Gott. Small and intimate with only a few tables, this is the perfect place for Karel Gott fans. Café Karel is filled with Gott memorabilia, including vinyl records, photos and other...

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Ginger and Fred Dining in a Dancing House

Ginger and Fred Dining in a Dancing House

The breathtaking view and the mouth-watering dishes are the best recommendations for dining on the top floor of the Dancing House in Prague. The Ginger & Fred restaurant is popular, not only because of its special architecture, but also because of the dishes based...

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10 Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants

10 Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants

Finding vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Prague is not difficult but you just need to know where to look for them. Most restaurants are great places for meat lovers as the average Czech likes to eat meat and shuns vegetables. However, many Czechs are changing their...

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