Eating your way through the typical tastes of Prague

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Eating your way through the typical tastes of Prague

Explore Prague on a one-of-a-kind culinary journey. With hearty dishes to share and gourmet pastries to nibble in between times… this city is a treat for the taste buds.

Eating your way through the typical tastes of Prague

A floral-flavoured aperitif in the heart of Prague

Prague's residents love to meet up in the ever-warm and friendly atmosphere of the city's bistros and restaurants. They come to enjoy a lunch of soup and the dish of the day, meeting with friends and putting the world to rights. These places embody the very soul of the capital. In Prague, everything starts with a nice, cool draught beer (in moderation, of course) which may come with pieces of breaded cauliflower or cheese. The city's most iconic beer is Staropramen. Brewed for over a century, it tingles the taste buds of avid drinkers with its light and floral notes. To enjoy it at its best, head to Potrefená Husa Hybernská in the historic centre. This restaurant is spread out over three floors of a historic listed building of undeniable charm. You will easily find a cosy corner inside the bar with its large windows, light woodwork and impeccable service.

Potrefená Husa Hybernská
Dlážděná 7
Prague 110 00
Czech Republic
+420 224 243 631
www.potrefena-husa.eu/en/

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Eating your way through the typical tastes of Prague

In search of the best Czech soups

After your aperitif, custom dictates that every meal starts with a soup, but not just any old soup. At U Parlamentu, a nourishing soup is served piping hot and is made from potatoes (which feature heavily in Czech food in all its forms), beans, noodles, etc. Without a doubt, the Czech Republic's most famous dish is goulash whose main ingredient is beef. It is such a hearty, wholesome dish, that it is often served as a main course. On winter days, it is perfect for warming you up and recharging your batteries before continuing with your day. If that sounds too challenging for your appetite, opt instead for a traditional Czech onion soup, which the restaurant serves whatever the season – an invigorating treat indeed.

U Parlamentu
Valentinská 52/8
Prague 110 00
Czech Republic
+420 721 415 747
uparlamentu.cz/?lang=en

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Eating your way through the typical tastes of Prague

Main dishes to suit every taste

It is now time to move onto the main course. Top of everyone's list of favourite Czech foods are the famous bramboraks – garlic- and cumin-potato pancakes, flavoured with marjoram and garnished with Tatarská omáčka (the equivalent of tartare sauce). For an even richer mix of flavours, bramboraks can be served with meat fillings. Crispy, tasty heaven! Depending on how hungry you are and the restaurant you visit, you can also eat them as a side dish. The same goes for bramborovy salat, the traditional potato salad which is one of the must-try dishes in the Czech culinary repertoire. To try out these specialities, head over to U Kroka which can be found near to Vyśehrad Park. At this restaurant, the locally produced smoked Prague ham and goat's cheese, served with onion marmalade and walnuts, are to die for!

U Kroka
Vratislavova 12/28
Prague 128 00
Czech Republic
+420 775 905 022
www.ukroka.cz/?lang=en

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Eating your way through the typical tastes of Prague

Dishes to satisfy the heartiest of appetites

Meat lovers will greatly enjoy the local duck and at Lokál, it is served with potato dumplings. Meats in this country are often cooked in stews, simmered for hours in deliciously thick sauces. You might also like to try the vepřoknedlozelo, braised pork, sauerkraut and dumplings. Just perfect for satisfying your hunger after a day exploring the Czech capital!

If you want to sample a traditional festive dish, order the svíčková. It is made from slices of boiled beef cooked in a creamy sauce, served with knedliks (bread dumplings), cranberry jam and a little dollop of… whipped cream! If you like sweet and savoury dishes, then you will be in seventh heaven with this amazing combination of flavours.

Lokál
Dlouhá 33
Prague 110 00
Czech Republic
+420 734 283 874
lokal-dlouha.ambi.cz/en/

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Eating your way through the typical tastes of Prague

Save room for dessert!

Still a bit hungry or just want to finish your tour with a dessert? Those with a really sweet tooth will plump for a palačinky. This is a thick pancake filled with jam, fruit or nuts… all served up with whipped cream. If pastries are more your thing, give in to the super-popular trdelník. This is a spit cake known for its cylindrical shape; this comes about from the cooking process, whereby the raw brioche dough is wrapped around a skewer. Purists still cook it over a wood fire, giving the final product a delicious, slightly smoked taste. It is traditionally sprinkled with sugar and ground hazelnuts, but also with chocolate. Although Slovakia claims that it created trdelník, you will find the speciality everywhere you go in Prague. Make your way to Trdelník Karlova, close to the Charles Bridge, for its great homemade offerings. They are good, easy to eat on the go and delicious: just the ticket for a tasty snack as you wander round the streets of the capital.

Finally, those who appreciate really good cake will want to go to the Grand Café Orient to sample the famous medovnik in superb surroundings. Imagine several layers of biscuit and honey cream with walnuts or hazelnuts exquisitely placed one on top of the other. Take your time to savour every mouthful as you admire the cafe's one-of-a-kind decor. The Grand Café Orient, located on the first floor of the House of the Black Madonna, is the most complete example of the Cubist Movement in Prague at the start of the 20th century. Enjoying your medovnik is a real journey through time and the avant-garde culture of the era.

Trdelník Karlova
Karlova 190/1
Prague 110 00
Czech Republic

Grand Café Orient
Dům U Černé Matky Boží
Ovocný trh 19
Prague 110 00
Czech Republic
+420 224 224 240
www.grandcafeorient.cz/en/

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