Czech food classics

I have to admit, Czech cuisine is not as renowned as French, Spanish, Italian or some Asian cuisine, but here in Prague, we very often keep a tradition of serving home made and fresh food.

Indeed in every hospoda (local pub, restaurant), you’ll almost never get pre-cooked meal that were just warmed up – it’s almost always home made dishes. And when trying local food (which in fact is often considered local to Central Europe and not only Czech Republic) you’ll have the opportunity to try some classics.

A soup as a starter, a Czech tradition

As a starter, you’ll notice that Czech people very often have a soup, even in hot summer months. Lunch menus which are offered in local restaurants and often called “poledni menu” are traditionally menus including a main dish and a soup. The variety of soups is endless : chicken/ beef consommé with noodles, mushroom cream soup, spinash cream soup or gulášova (soup derived from the famous guláš) are amongst the most common ones.

Don’t miss the Plzeňský guláš!

As a main dish, make sure you get to try a real classic : a beer guláš (with Pilsner beer in that particular case). You may argue that guláš is originally Hungarian, but as mentionned earlier on, we may consider that this dish is local to the whole region. This dish may sometimes be served with bits of spicy red pepper, so make sure you tell the waiter if you’re not a fan of spicy food! If you had to compare this dish to another renowned international dish, it would be to a « bœuf bourguignon » in France or an Irish stew in Ireland.

In typical Czech restaurants you’ll also have the opportunity to try the chicken or pork schnitzels, called Smažený kuřecí řízek for chicken and Smažené vepřové řízek for pork, which are very similar to the famous Wiener Schnitzel. Still, if you want to try something typical from Czech Republic and that you rarely find in other countries of the region, have a try at the Smažený sýr (fried cheese) or commonly called smažák which is often served with potatoes. It’s generally made of eidam cheese (similar to a French camembert) or blue cheese.

As far as street food is concerned, the klobása (Czech sausage) is a real classic. It is usually served on a small paper plate, a piece of local bread (Šumava) and local mustard. You may also try smoked ham which is pretty common in the country.

Czech desserts

Czech Republic may not have a lot of internationally renowned desserts, but amongst the classics, you may still want to try the medovnik which is a cake made with honey – dessert which is also popular in Russia and former soviet republics. You may also want to try the trdelník, a pastry made of flour which is rolled  and generally covered with sugar and nuts. In touristic districts, you’ll find a lot of small shops selling these trdelník and for instance on Malostranské náměstí square or on the old town square you’ll find several ones.

“The Pub”, a great way to enjoy Pilsner Urquell beer in Prague

Prague is indeed a very touristic city and when you’re looking for a nice pub or bar to go to, you may want to avoid the typical “touristy pub”…

A nice place to enjoy the best beer in Prague

Even though “The Pub” might make you think that you ended up in some tourist bar, you may soon realise that this spot is where locals meet! There are several reasons why:
– this is a great place to enjoy the best Czech beer (as any Czech person would tell you): Pilsner!
– you often have your own tap on your table… such a fun and convenient way to get a couple of drinks with friends, without having to bother standing up and waiting at the bar!
– the price is more than reasonable for Pilsner beer (even in the centre) as you’ll often be paying approx. 40 czk for a pint, which is roughly €1.6

One advice: if you’re looking at going there with a lot of friends, show up early… the place gets crowded rather quickly and is very popular!

There are several “The Pub” places in town – to find out more, have a look at their website,

And as they say in the Czech Republic… na zdraví! (cheers!)

NB: Alchol abuse is detrimental to your health

Czech Food, Czech beer…

It would be a pitty to come to Prague without going to a local Czech restaurant. You’ll find a lot of restaurants around the center where you can enjoy some typical Czech food but some of them are of average quality.

Kolkovna restaurant, Czech restaurant

One of the most popular adresses in Prague is “Kolkovna” restaurant (V Kolkovně 8, Prague 1) where you’ll find the famous Pilsner Urquell beer on tap for a bit less than 2 EUR. As per the dishes, you’ll find all the classics of Czech cuisine from the typical Pilsner goulash to the pork schnitzel with potato salad.

There are 4 other “Kolkovna” restaurants in town so you wont have any trouble finding one close to your accomodation. It’s definitely a good address, and it’s good value for money!

Have a look at Kolkovna website to get more information on the historical Kolkovna restaurant, and a look at Kolkovna group for the others restaurants.