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Guide of Prague, Czech Republic

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Prague Eating And Drinking, Czech Republic

Dining in Prague? The city provides a wide range of cuisine able to satisfy every palate. Restaurants are open all day until 11 PM – except for those in the Clock Square – and you can even be seated in the middle of the afternoon. Even if not mandatory, waiters appreciate a 10% tip (you decide according to the service and courtesy)  

Some of Prague’s best restaurants, elegant and traditional, honoring the best of the generous Prague cuisine, are found near the Old Town Square. In this area, a short walk will take you to the taverns and pubs popular with the locals. These cheaper menus should not be underestimated and their authentic cuisine, aromatic wines and ever-present mugs of beer are well-appreciated: in the summer, look for one with a view over the Vltava river, perhaps on Kampa island, where you can admire the enchanting Charles Bridge.  

There are a myriad of pizza parlors and international restaurants in Prague but be careful of prices if you’re looking for high level cuisine! Prices rise just like in most European capitals.

Typical dishes
Prague is famous for its soups, dumplings, delicious desserts and, unquestionably, its beer, the best in the world according to many. Meat (beef and especially pork) is excellent, staples in Prague cuisine and celebrated in exquisite dishes.

Polévky are the tasty country soups, best for a winter lunch. Considering that you won’t find pasta dishes in Prague, take advantage of these genuine delicacies flavored with cabbage, garlic or onion.

Dumplings, in Prague called knedlíky are made of flour, bread or potatoes. They are dipped in spicy sauces and accompany meat and fish-based dishes. Speaking of, the most popular fish in Prague is the trout (or carp), only order it in specialty restaurants guaranteeing freshness.

A Bohemian cuisine specialty is svícková, thin slices of veal accompanied by canederli and a tasty cream sauce. During the winter, try goose and pheasant or something pork-based, you won’t be sorry. Lastly, chicken and duck: you’ll find them everywhere and always expertly cooked.  

In Prague, the most famous hors d’oeuvres is the celebrated Prague ham, known throughout the world. For the true flavor of this Czech specialty, always ask for uzené maso, the smoked ham sliced thick.

Smazeny syr is fried cheese, a flavorful dish served everywhere. Prague’s most popular vegetables include cabbage, mushrooms and potatoes leaving little or no room for other vegetables even though the recent opening of vegetarian restaurants due to Western influences has opened the doors to less demanding diets.

Dessert is one of the moments Czechs celebrate with palacinky, crepes filled with ice cream, fruit or chocolate. Fruit dumplings, filled with plums, strawberries and apricots are also delicious. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t stop at restaurants.  Try the street stalls offering ice cream, pastries and coffee.

Prague has been tied to beer since Medieval times, when Bohemia was famous for its hops. Today, imagining the city without this beverage is nearly impossible. Its most famous varieties like Pilsner, Budbar and Saropramen are the offspring of an ancient tradition that gave this nectar, piva, the title of national beverage, company for reflection and meditation, decision making, meetings and encounters. In other words, beer in Prague is untouchable, as well as intoxicatingly flavorful and fragrant. You can drink it anywhere at great prices, always high quality, in traditional and charming beer houses.


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