Discovering Prague in 7 Bites

Picture Perfect Prague

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. As it turns out, that’s the way to my heart too and after eating my way around Prague I think this city has finally gotten under my skin.

Looking over to Prague Castle

I’ve always liked Prague but I’m not sure I’ve ever loved it. The city is gorgeous of course, some say the most beautiful in Europe (I don’t), but once you’ve seen the Old Town, the massive castle on the hill and pushed your way through the hordes on Charles Bridge, what more is there to Prague?

Discovering Prague with Eating Prague

One of the reasons Prague left me feeling a little disappointed in the past is the food. If you head a few streets away from a touristy area you can usually find a nicer restaurant with more reasonable prices but that’s not necessarily the case in Prague. You have to really know where to go. You can head outside of Prague 1, the district with all the main sights but it can be a long way to go just for a quiet meal.

Prague Sunset

When I was invited by Eating Prague to review their food tour I figured this was a great opportunity to discover a different side of the city, to find some local haunts where people are passionate about the food they serve and the quality of the ingredients, not just taking advantage of Prague’s position as a top travel destination.

Eating Prague’s food tour takes you around Prague 1, the historic area around the Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter and Wenceslas Square. We stopped at seven different spots chosen for their use of local and seasonal ingredients and of course the deliciousness factor.

Discovery number one was open faced sandwiches. You’ll see open sandwiches in many cafes in Prague but not everywhere has the same quality, some even using the dreaded margarine on the bread! We headed to Sisters cafe where they focus on using top quality ingredients and unusual flavours like wasabi and pickled herring. Try the beetroot and goats cheese sandwich for a more classic flavour profile.

Open Faced Sandwiches in Prague

Right next door is a meat lovers paradise where you can get the butcher to cook up a steak as you wait or you can watch them skilfully butcher a side of beef as they prepare their popular beef tartare.

Voted as the most popular dish of the day was a Bohemian sauerkraut soup eaten at the top of one of Prague’s towers. I had a vegetarian option instead, a tasty goats cheese entree.

Hungary isn’t the only country famous for goulash, the Czech Republic does it well too. This is something you’ll find on many Prague restaurant menus but our local guide took us to one of the best.

Czech Beef Goulash

Another dish you might not associate with the Czech Republic is apple strudel. While it may have been Austria that made it famous, Prague has been preparing it for centuries. At Gallery Le Court you can eat your strudel in a beautiful hidden away courtyard.

Plump apple filled strudel at Gallery Le Court

More dessert! This one is for the chocoholics. Thin rolled wafers stuffed with sweet cream which are dipped in thick hot chocolate. I was well past feeling full at this point!

Thin wafers stuffed with cream and dipped in hot chocolate. Rich!

Of course you can’t get to know a country without sampling the local brew and the Czech Republic is famous for its beer. Watch the video below to see how I found it.

I’ve never taken a food tour before and am now regretting the missed opportunities as this is a fantastic way to discover a city and get an insight into the people and their culture. It was so sweet to see the owners talk to us with such enthusiasm and passion for what they do.

Many thanks to Eating Prague for hosting me on their tour. If you would like to book or get more information, visit their site or send them a tweet.

About Andrea

Andrea Anastasakis is the founder and author of road trip blog Rear View Mirror. She is currently driving her Fiat 500 around Europe. Follow her travel adventures on Instagram.


Comments

  1. It looks like you had quite a delicious food tour! To be honest, I’ve thought about going on food tours before but have always been discouraged by the price. I debated doing one when I went to Prague this past July but when I considered how much the tour cost vs how inexpensive food is in the Czech Republic, I decided against it. But it looks like you got to sample some unique things that someone might not find on their own. I didn’t notice those wafers with chocolate sauce anywhere – looks intriguing! Like the Czech version on Spanish churros con chocolate?

    • Yep, I’ve thought the same thing. This tour was €75 and there were two of us so we could have had a pretty amazing meal at a top restaurant for that price or several smaller meals.

      There were 7 stops on the tour over 4 hours where we got to try different things at places I definitely wouldn’t have found on my own and there’s a bit of a city tour included as well but I agree it’s expensive.

      The wafers were very light and creamy, really delicious but not like churros except for the chocolate dipping part. I don’t like chocolate that much but this was a favourite with others on the tour.

  2. I’m making my second trip to Prague next month and will be seeking out some of these delicious-sounding treats! I enjoyed the food on my first visit so hopefully it can only get better!

  3. Thanks again, Andrea, for the wonderful post – plus of course your video diary!

    Sara, hope we will persuade you to come on a food tour sometime soon 😉

  4. I live in Prague now and agree, in the tourist areas the food is generally not great. However, as usual, hidden away in amongst them are good places where the locals eat – they are not that easy to find though.

  5. I felt the same about Rome – turned off very much because of lack of good food but if you venture a bit off track you can find some of the best spots and local neighbourhoods to eat! That’s why I always love food tours in a destination. you can understand a lot about a place’s culture and history thru its cuisine.

    • “You can understand a lot about a place’s culture and history thru its cuisine.” That’s definitely true! I’ve only done one food tour and it opened my eyes to lots of new places. Otherwise you just need to take the time to do some research regarding where to eat, something I tend to forget when I’m out and about.

  6. love your posts xx
    where is the place with that rolled wafers stuffed with sweet cream?:)

  7. What a fun adventure! I travel to eat, so this kid of adventure is just my thing.