Although locals in Czechia are very proud of their history, architecture and art, there’s something else they’re even more passionate about – their food! From gourmet plates of traditional Czech dishes served up in Michelin-starred restaurants to bite-sized delights of beer food served with a well-chilled Pilsner, food in Czechia is filling, wholesome and delicious. If you’re planning a trip to the capital and don’t want to miss out on any foodie highlights, make sure you try all these dishes while in Prague.
The best food in Prague
Known by non-Czech-speaking people as chimney cake, this grab-and-go snack comes in all different of varieties. Basic ones are made of just the pastry cone sprinkled in cinnamon sugar spread with Nutella. But the Good Food, Coffee and Bakery takes things to the extreme and whips up drool-worthy cakes more extravagant than you can imagine. The one in the shot is a Chimney Strawberry Kiss, made from a strawberry flavoured cone, the outsides powdered with dried strawberries and filled with homemade strawberry ice cream.
One of the most popular and traditional Czech meals there is, svícková is a filling plate of braised beef in a creamy vegetable sauce, served with dense dumplings, whipped cream and sweet cranberry sauce. The dollop of whipped cream sounds a little bizarre, but it really works! Be prepared to ask to take your leftovers away because despite its small size, this dish fills you up fast.
Although there aren’t as many street food vendors in Prague compared to other Eastern European capitals, you will find a few stalls in the most popular areas like Wenceslas Square. Out of everything I tried from these stalls, the sausages were definitely the best! Freshly cooked over hot flames and served with generous portions of potatoes or dumplings, they’re just the thing to re-energise you after a morning of sightseeing.
Nowhere in the world does duck as well as in Prague! Walk into any traditional Czech restaurant and duck will appear on the menu at least three times. The most popular dishes are duck leg confit, with crispy skin and buttery melt-in-the-mouth meat, along with delicate, juicy duck breast served with a tart cherry sauce.
If you visit Prague in the autumn or the winter, a glass of mulled wine is an absolute must to keep you warm while exploring. Available all over the place from street food stalls as well as bars and restaurants, this piping hot wine drink is flavoured with just the right amount of festive spices to take your mind back to Christmas.