Prague isn’t a city that’s world-renowned for its illustrious cuisine. That being said, as long as you’re not a picky eater, there is plenty to love about eating here. We spent a memorable week wandering the streets, admiring the architecture, and munching our way around this beautiful Bohemian city.
Here are our Ten Must-Eats in Prague, Czech Republic. Eat your heart out!
This place is a Czech institution! It is the only place in Central Europe that has been brewing beer for 500 years straight. Come here and enjoy the festive beer garden and live music played in every room.
A big glass of their signature dark brew will set you back 69 kc ($3) and they serve a mean plate of goulash too. You’ll find a wonderful community atmosphere here. A must visit while in the city!
2. Old Prague Ham & Potatoes with Sauerkraut and Bacon
This delicious combo is sold in restaurants and several street stalls in the Old Town Square and New Town Square. The one in the Old Town Square is often super busy and you’ll likely wait in a long line for it.
We also found them to be ruder at this stand, hurrying you, and essentially tricking you into ordering far more food than you want. We saw one woman who was given 1300 kc worth of ham and potatoes ($60 worth).
The sign says it’s all by the gram and it is. What they don’t tell you, is that at around 100 kc per gram they load you up with 4-500 grams of each item, which is fine if you’re in a big group.
But if you’re solo or a couple, it’s way too much food! In our experience, the slower more friendly stand in the New Town Square is the one to visit. They’ll let you try a lesser amount and the line won’t be nearly as long.
3. Sisters Cafe
Try the famed chlebicek (open-faced Czech sandwich) at this cute little cafe in the Jewish quarter. We had a few of them! You won’t regret stopping by. Hard to say, but damn are they delicious to eat!
4. Street sausages
Beef sausage, garlic sausage, pork and herb, spicy links, wild boar, deer sausage, there is no shortage of variety in Prague. Clearly, this is the perfect stop for vegans. Top it off with some sauerkraut, red cabbage, mustard, or whatever your heart desires! 70 kc -120 kc ($3-$5).
A staple of Czech cuisine and Central Europe, you can find this dish all over the city. The origin traces back to 9th-century stews eaten by Hungarian shepherds. Tender cubes of beef lay in a seasoned brown gravy, along with bread dumplings and crispy onions (some recipes include noodles).
It’s a hearty comforting meal that always seems to satisfy, especially when it’s a little chilly outside. Don’t pass it up!
6. Duck confit
Quite possibly one of the most exquisite meals there is! If you’re anything like us, you enjoy eating duck. It’s so fatty, flavorful, and delicious! Confit is an old French technique for preserving previously salt-cured duck legs in their own fat.
This prevented microorganisms from spoiling the meat and helped it stay fresh for many months. You just pulled the duck legs out of the fat when you were ready to cook them. Most people no longer keep duck throughout the winter without a refrigerator, but the method is still used because it makes a very delectable bird.
The crispy skin, combined with fall off the bone meat, in a rich gravy with soft bread dumplings and red cabbage, was superb. Wash it all down with wine or beer and your taste buds will feel as if they’ve died and gone to heaven!
7. Pho Viet
We were surprised to find so many Vietnamese eateries in and around Prague. One that did not disappoint was Pho Viet. Tucked into a little unsuspecting alley near the Opera house, this is a nice place to grab a hot bowl of soup on a cold rainy day. Is it as good as the pho in Vietnam? Of course not! But it still hits the spot if you’re tired of Czech cuisine.
8. Naše Maso
This tasty butcher shop is located right across from the Sisters Cafe in the Jewish district. Our only wish is that we had one of these where we’re from. They must treat their animals well because this joint has some very high-quality meats. This explains why it’s so popular. Grab a plump cheeseburger or a salami pickle sandwich!
This might be our nominee for the best dessert ever. First, rolled dough is grilled on a spit. Then it’s glazed and dipped into a blend of cinnamon and sugar. Finally, you can fill it with apple strudel, ice cream, Nutella, chocolate, you name it.
One place near the Charles Bridge even had them full of mac n’ cheese. Perfect on a cold day, we loved sharing these with a cup of hot mulled wine! We still fantasize about them… A LOT.
10. Cafe Louvre
Once a local hangout for writers and the literary intelligentsia of Prague, this place is one of the very best cafes in Prague. Old world charm oozes from its lovely interior. Albert Einstein used to frequent this cafe when he was a professor at the Prague German University.
There is also a billiards room. This is your chance to shoot a round of pool in the same place Franz Kafka did. We enjoyed the whole experience. It’s a great choice for pastries and coffee in the morning, an afternoon tea set, or a nightcap.
We came here twice and fell in love with several of their desserts. Our favorites are the warm apple strudel with vanilla sauce, hot raspberries, and vanilla ice cream, or the country cheesecake with peaches.
Have you been to Prague? What did we miss? Drop a comment below!