Prague, and the Czech Republic in general, is well-known for its fine beer, but there's much to discover with Czech food too. From meaty stews to hearty cakes, Czech cuisine will fill you up. Learn about the country's rich food traditions, try something new, and have fun doing so with these food-focused recommendations.
Czech food is often described as hearty, with heavy meats, stews, and sweet treats. It shares some characteristics with the cuisines of its neighbors—Poland, Germany, Hungary, Austria—but also has its own specialties.
For a light snack, try chlebíčky, an open-faced sandwich with toppings like ham and pickles, or palačinky, a crepe with cream and fruit. For a more substantial meal, goulash appeals to meat eaters. Although the spiced stewed dish is originally Hungarian, the Czech version tends to contain more meat. Smažený sýr, cheese covered in breadcrumbs, deep-fried, and served with tartare sauce, and grilled whole trout are other popular main-course options. Travelers with a sweet tooth should try Czech desserts, such as medovnik (layered honey cake) and trdelnik, a tubular rolled pastry sprinkled with sugar displayed in shop windows.
- Go on a micro-brewery tour or pub crawl while in Prague. You learn about the different varieties of Czech beer and get to try plenty.
- Relax on an afternoon tea or dinner cruise on the Vltava River, which often include live music and a buffet. The city’s architectural treasures along the banks of the river are beautifully lit up at night.
- Join a food walking tour to taste local delicacies with a guide and sightsee at the same time.