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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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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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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Electric Sheep Book and Bar, Cocktails, Books and Coffee

Electric Sheep Book and Bar, Cocktails, Books and Coffee

Café, cocktail bar and library; what else do you need when in Prague? Electric Sheep Book & Bar is perfect for coffee and cocktails, and for book lovers to dream away over a book, but it is also a place to meet your soul mate. The cocktails will surprise you:...

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Trdelnik easy recipe for sweet pastry to eat at home

Trdelnik easy recipe for sweet pastry to eat at home

You can eat trdelnik all year round not only in Prague but all over the Czech Republic at annual fairs and Christmas markets. It is cylindrical pastry sprinkled with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Trdelnik bakers have come up with the idea to fill them with ice...

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Country Life Restaurant and Shop for Organic Food

Country Life Restaurant and Shop for Organic Food

Country Life restaurant and shop for organic meals and products is a haven for vegetarians. While the Czechs are meat-lovers and vegetable-haters by tradition, this trend is waning. As a result, vegetarian restaurants are springing up like mushrooms. Even regular...

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Slivovitz Museum, Shop, Bar and Plum Brandy

Slivovitz Museum, Shop, Bar and Plum Brandy

R. Jelínek Slivovitz Museum in Prague where everything revolves around plum brandy, a specialty from Central Europe and in particular Bohemia and Moravia. The Slivovitz Museum takes you on a 55-minute interactive tour with 5D virtual reality, projections and exhibits....

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Best Italian Ice Cream in Prague: Amato Gelateria

Best Italian Ice Cream in Prague: Amato Gelateria

Amato Gelateria has the best Italian ice cream in Prague! The queue, especially in summer, is long, but the moment you taste the ice cream, you know why. The great success of Amato is that the ice cream is not only truly Italian and authentic, Amato offers also a wide...

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Vozovna Stromovka Restaurant: child-friend and playground

Vozovna Stromovka Restaurant: child-friend and playground

Restaurant Stromovka Vozovna is a child-friendly restaurant with a playground. Vozovna is Czech for tram depot and that's exactly what the building used to be. Restaurant Vozovna Stromovka is beautifully situated among ancient trees and is the meeting place in Prague...

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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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Best of Czech Food: Snacks, Meals and Desserts

Best of Czech Food: Snacks, Meals and Desserts

Czech food is not the paragon of healthy lifestyle but these ten Czech dishes are a must-try! Two pub snacks that you either like or loathe, but still worth ordering once. The classic Czech food is pork knuckle, but only for hungry carnivores as the portion is huge....

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Strahov Monastery Brewery: Draft Beer for Connoisseurs

Strahov Monastery Brewery: Draft Beer for Connoisseurs

Strahov Monastery Brewery, Klasterni Pivovar, is located right next to Strahov Monastery and close to Prague Castle. The monks are gone, but the beer from this microbrewery still tastes perfect. The Strahov Pivnice (beer garden) is the best place to drink unfiltered...

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