Czech food has a long history but not everyone knows what are the typical Czech dishes you have to try when travelling to Prague.
Being from Prague, I decided to make it easier for you and prepare a personal food guide on what to eat in Prague.
What to eat in Prague
To be honest, some people think that Czech food is not very good. The truth is that not many visitors have a chance to try traditional delicious Czech food.
Either they don’t want to try different food and they end up eating in the Italian restaurant in Prague or they just don’t know where and what to eat in Prague.
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As mentioned before, I was born in Prague and I love this city. Before we talk about the best food in Prague, read my personal recommendation for 7 non-touristy things to do in Prague. You might discover some new secret places when you come to Prague.
Now back to food, so the question is what and where to eat in Prague?
Let’s start with the traditional Czech dishes you definitely have to try.
Traditional Czech food
Traditional Czech cuisine has many different dishes but the base is meat, meat and meat. And of course potatoes. So basically, if we make it short, its all about meat and potatoes.
Let me explain some of the most traditional dishes from Czech cuisine which should be on your list when travelling to Prague.
Svíčková (Beef sirloin with cream sauce and bread dumplings)
Probably the most typical Czech meal and you will find it at most menus in any Czech restaurant.
To be honest, I really love this dish, especially made by my grandmother. There is nothing better than have homemade bread dumplings with this delicious cream sauce and beef meat.
Read until the end as I will give you some tips on where to eat svickova in Prague.
Knedlo, Vepřo, Zelo (Dumplings, Saurekraut, Pork loin)
Another classic must eat in Prague. I am sure you will find this classic Czech dish almost everywhere. It is delicious and quite heavy, so I would not recommend it during a hot summer.
Basically, it is pork loin accompanied by pickled and sour cabbage, either red or white cabbage, and bread dumplings.
Koleno (Pork Knuckle)
Pork knuckle is famous dish not only in the Czech Republic but also in Germany and other European countries.
My favourite is definitely pork knuckle marinated in dark Czech beer. There are different varieties of this dish and it is usually served with potato dumplings or bread accompanied by fresh radish dip.
Another dish which you should not miss in Czech restaurants. Usually with pork or beef meat accompanied with bread dumplings.
Smažák (Fried Cheese)
Fried cheese is just a classic! It is definitely not healthy but I just love it. Fried cheese consists of deep-fried Edam or Gouda cheese, with french fries and tartar sauce.
Chlebíčky (Open-faced sandwiches)
Mini sandwiches which have a long tradition in the Czech Republic. There are many varieties of chlebíčky, so you can easily choose the best one for you.
Food to eat with Czech Beer
You might already know that the Czech Republic has the highest beer consumption per capita in the world. Yes, we just love beer! The funny thing is that in most pubs, the beer is cheaper than water so the decision is clear.
Not many Prague visitors know that in every pub with Czech beer, they also serve delicious food. Here I will mention a few typical Czech meals which you have to eat in the pub accompanied by cold Czech beer.
Buřty na pivu (Sausages marinated in Beer)
As you already see from the name, it is classic sausage marinated usually in dark beer, just delicious.
Bramboráky (Potato Pancakes)
Yes, just love it! I also made them at home so here is the recipe if you want to try it.
Utopenci (Pickled Sausage)
Basically, pickled sausages marinated in spices and onion. You can usually find them at the bar in a huge glass jar.
Nákladaný hermelín (Pickled Cheese)
Delicious marinated Czech cheese (hermelín) similar to Camembert. Usually, you find them right next to Utopenci at the bar.
Czech Sweet Food
I was talking a lot about meat, dumplings and potatoes, but Czech food also offers delicious sweet meals which you be served as desserts or main dish.
Sladké knedlíky (Fruit-filled Dumplings)
The classic Czech meal which can be made from a different kind of dough and filled with a variety of fruit like strawberries, blueberries and plums (my favourite from my grandmother).
Originally from Hungary, Trdelník became also popular in the Czech Republic. Basically, it is made from rolled dough wrapped around a stick, grilled with walnuts and sugar.
You will find a similar recipe of strudel in Germany and Austria. We make Czech strudel with puff pastry filled with apples, cinnamon, raisins and walnuts.
Medovník (Honey Cake)
Medovník might not be so famous, but it is delicious and classic Czech dessert. If you like honey, this cake is for you.
Buchty (Sweet Filled buns)
Traditional Czech sweet buns filled with jam, poppy seeds, or cheese curd.
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Where to eat in Prague
I just shared with you my personal Prague food guide with extra tips from local. Here I prepared some recommendations on where to eat in Prague.
U Medvídků is mini brewery and restaurant offering classic Czech delicatessen and great beer.
Kolkovna restaurant serves great Pilsner Urquell Lager beer and it is the perfect place to try all typical Czech meals.
This place is recommended for delicious Pork Knuckle marinated in dark Czech beer.
Naše Maso is actually butcher shop selling great quality meat from Czech farmers. I recommend it for the meat lovers as they serve delicious meat dishes such as beef tartar.
Lokal in Prague
Lokal is a popular restaurant which serves traditional homemade Czech meals accompanied with great beer.
U Pinkasu restaurant where first draft beer Pilsner Urquell was being drawn in Prague in 1843. It is the best place to taste traditional Czech cuisines in a typical pub atmosphere.
Sisters Bistro is mainly popular for delicious chlebíčky, Czech open-faced sandwich.
U Fleku restaurant and brewery serve traditional Czech food such as pork knuckle, roast pork, goulash or sausage marinated in beer.
Cafe Louvre was opened in 1902 and it is a little bit different place than the ones above. More classic, Cafe Louvre keeps its unique atmosphere and traditional menu.
These are my personal recommendations for classic Czech restaurants and pubs in Prague.
So when you go to Prague, don’t hesitate to taste the best Czech food. Czech cuisine is delicious, you just need to know where to go and what to eat in Prague.
Leave your comments with your suggestions or recommendations, I will definitely try to visit new places in Prague.