Well-known for its beer, Prague tempts foodies with all sorts of savory snacks that go perfectly with an ice-cold pilsner. From chlebicky to goulash, here are some of the Czech capital’s must-taste treats.
Locals love it, pubs around the world pour it, and Prague travelers can sample a fresh Czech pilsner straight from the source. Whether you visit the world-renowned Staropramen Brewery, or join a small-group beer tasting tour in Central Prague, you’re sure to find a classic pilsner on the menu.
Since Czech people love their beer, it’s no surprise that salty finger foods are a local staple. A regional favorite is chlebicky, an open-faced sandwich with diverse toppings, from cured meats and cheese to hard-boiled eggs. You can find these on the menu at most cafés, pubs, and bakeries in the Old Town.
Another pub favorite—particularly in Prague 1, the city center—utopenci are pickled sausages flavored with peppercorns and allspice and cured in vinegar. Eat them with fresh bread and, of course, a chilled pint of beer.
Though often closely associated with Hungary, goulash is actually a popular Central European dish with local variations served around the region. Prague’s version of this rich meat stew is flavored with paprika and a dash of marjoram, and served with dumplings. Find it at traditional Bohemian eateries around Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square.
Brine-cured, smoked ham is ubiquitous around Prague. Head to a food market, where vendors slice up and dole out this roasted delicacy the traditional way, with a heaping side of boiled potatoes.