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Food and Drinks

The Czechs take great pleasure in good food and drinks, and many locals enjoy eating out. At the same time, many of them are great cooks themselves. Once you befriend them, they'll invite you over to impress you with their version of the all-time classics of Czech cuisine.

Restaurants

Prague is home to countless restaurants on all price levels. The mainstays of European and world cuisine are all represented; Italian, Mexican, and Asian cuisine are particularly popular – along with traditional Czech cuisine, of course.

The prices for food and drinks are very affordable. The main course from your typical restaurant's lunch menu will set you back maybe EUR 5; a meal from the regular menu no more than twice that. We should note that restaurants in the city center which cater to tourists specifically may be more expensive.

As a part of your Get To Know Prague package and on occasion of our Sightseeing Tour, we'll provide you with a handful of tips – venues which we have found to prepare great food at cheap prices.

Pubs

Alongside proper restaurants, you'll also encounter a thriving culture of classic Czech pubs. Going to the pub and socializing over a few beers is a very popular pastime in the Czech Republic.

Traditional brewing is an art in which the Czechs take lots of rightful pride. Czech beer is famous around the world! And yet you will be surprised by how affordable it is when sampled locally: a half-liter glass of this fine beverage is sold for EUR 1.5.

Other traditional alcoholic beverages include Moravian wine and Slivovitz (slivovice – a plum brandy).

Also served at pubs are classic small dishes to snack on along with one's beer, chiefly among them the morbidly-named, but tasty "drowned body" (utopenec – a sausage pickled in vinegar with onions and spices), pickled hermelín (a soft, surface-ripened cheese with white edible mold that is very similar to camembert – the Czech pub variety is served from a jar containing oil and spices), Olomoucké tvarůžky (a ripened soft cheese hailing from the Olomouc area with a distinctive pungent taste), head cheese (in fact not at all cheese, but a cold-cut pork specialty eaten with chopped onions and sprinkled with vinegar), to name but a few.

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Specialties of Czech cuisine

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Specialties of Czech cuisine

Don't miss out on the excellent Czech cooking. Czech food is typically described as hearty, nourishing, sumptuous. The best-known dishes are:

Svíčková – roast sirloin served in a rich sauce made from root vegetables and cream, with bread dumplings on the side, and topped with whipped cream and cranberry sauce.

Goulash – beef cubes in a moderately spicy red-pepper sauce, served with bread dumplings.

Vepřo, knedlo, zelo – a veritable tongue-twister by name, but in fact an extremely palatable dish, named after its three key components: roast pork, potato dumplings, and pickled cabbage.

Czech sweet buns (buchty) and gugelhupf (or pound cake – bábovka in Czech) are traditional pastries. The buns come with a variety of fillings – poppy seed, curd cheese, or plum jam.

 

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