Czech cuisine (Czech: česká kuchyně) has both influenced and been influenced by the cuisines of surrounding countries and nations. Many of the cakes and pastries that are popular in Central Europe originated within the Czech lands. Contemporary Czech cuisine is more meat-based than in previous periods; the current abundance of farmable meat has enriched its presence in regional cuisine. Traditionally, meat has been reserved for once-weekly consumption, typically on weekends. The body of Czech meals typically consists of two or more courses; the first course is traditionally soup, the second course is the main dish, and the third course can include supplementary courses, such as dessert or compote (kompot). In the Czech cuisine, thick soups and many kinds of sauces, both based on stewed or cooked vegetables and meats, often with cream, as well as baked meats with natural sauces (gravies), are popular dishes usually accompanied with beer, especially Pilsner, that Czechs consume the most in the world. Czech cuisine is also very strong in sweet main courses and desserts, a unique feature in European cuisines.
Prague is well-known for its beautiful architecture and beer, but there is so much more to this well-loved city.
Yes, we’re referring to Czech food – its diverse flavors presented in dishes such as the potato soup, traditional roast pork with dumplings and sauerkraut, fruit dumplings and apple strudel. Sweet, savory, tangy – whichever your pick, you’re sure to find some local food in Prague that will please your tastebuds.
While BonAppetour offers all these different food experiences in Prague, some unique experiences such as Dragan and Melisa’s Balkan Food Experience in Prague has become widely popular in this beautiful city.
If you’re visiting this delightful city for the first time (or the hundredth time), here’s some Prague food you should definitely not miss.
The 19th century Czech language cookbook Pražská kuchařka by Karolína Vávrová shows influences of French cuisine in the order of multi-course meals common throughout the Habsburg Monarchy, beginning with soup, followed by fish entrees, meat and sweets. Vávrová deviates from this standard order for the sweets of Mehlspeisen type. These flour-based sweets, including baked puddings, strudels, doughnuts and souffles could be served either before or after the roast meats, but stewed fruits, creamy desserts, cakes, ice cream and cookies were to always be served after the roast and for multiple dessert courses would follow this stated order.
When people think about what to eat in Prague, this is almost always on top of the list. These thin Czech pancakes look similar to French crepes but are prepared with a different cooking method and batter. Typically rolled up and served with fillings such as jam, fruit, cream or nuts, it is an ideal treat for those with a sweet tooth.
If savory treats are what you prefer, opt for stuffings of meat, cheese and spinach to go with your pancake. This delightful snack can be found easily in cafes around the city center, as well as at food carts around the city. Vacation makers traversing through Prague during the festive periods will also find the palačinky sold at the Christmas markets.
A traditional Slovak rolled pastry originating from the Hungarian-speaking region of Transylvania, the trdelník is usually served warm and topped with a dusting of sugar, nuts or cinnamon. This delectable treat is made by wrapping the pastry dough around a wooden or metal stick, roasting it over an open flame and coated with sugar or cinnamon.
Watching this pastry being prepared is a fascinating sight. A common Prague street food, you can easily find stalls selling this treat along streets and open squares everywhere. It is the perfect treat to savor during a cold winter day!
Roast pork, bread dumplings, and stewed cabbage are ingredients that make up this hearty dish. Most Czech dishes tend to be heavy on meat and dumplings, but the vepřo-knedlo-zelo is a nutrient-balanced option offering a healthy amount of fiber.
A versatile treat, the chlebíčky is an open-faced sandwich that is consumed for breakfast and lunch, for it makes for a quick and filling meal. A staple in Czech cuisine, this sandwich is usually served during parties and social gatherings and feature a variety of toppings such as egg, ham, salami, pickles, and cucumber.
If you are in the mood for sandwiches during your travels, stop by one of the many deli shops in Prague for a taste of this delicacy.
This dish may have originated in Hungary, but it has been adapted to become a staple food item in Czech cuisine. Unlike the Hungarian goulash, the Czech guláš is prepared with fewer vegetables and contains greater portions of meat.
Beef is typically used, and chicken or pork are sometimes used as alternative ingredients to prepare the dish. The meat is stewed, topped with a generous portion of gravy and served alongside with bread dumplings – a substantial treat that will satisfy meat lovers!
6. Smažený Sýr
Cheese lovers, look here!
A serving of smažený sýr, a dish of deep-fried cheese served with fries, salad or a bread roll, will send you straight into cheese paradise. Sold by street vendors all around Prague, vacation makers with a craving for something savory, cheesy and crispy will easily find this treat.
A traditional side dish in Czech cuisine, the knedlíky are dumplings served along with a meat dish or other oft-eaten mains, such as gulás. This versatile dish serves well as a dessert when prepared with sweet fillings such as fruit or jam.
8. Grilované Klobásy
Need a quick and satisfying meal to eat on the go? Sink your teeth into a serving of grilované klobásy, which consists of grilled sausages tucked into a roll and served with a variety of tasty sauces. You will easily find stalls selling this item in Wenceslas Square and the vicinity of Old Town Square.