Prague Travel Guide

 

Czech Food

Czech cuisine, just like most of the Central European cuisines, is very hearty and rich, although the eating habits are slightly changing in the general direction of a healthier lifestyle and especially in the big cities it's becoming more and more dificult to find the "real stuff". You'll feel here strong influence of other neighbouring cuisines, so don't be surprised to see goulash like in Hungary, Wiener schnitzel (Viennese veal cutlet) or apple strudel like in Vienna or knedlíky and sauerkraut (dumpling and cabbage) like in Bavaria. Traditional czech lunch and dinner consist of 3 course menu as following: starter ("předkrm" in Czech), main course ("hlavní chod") and dessert ("moučník")

Starter

predkrm

A czech meal isn't complete without a starter. Most typically you'll get one of many delicious soups. Some popular Czech soups are:

  • sauerkraut soup (zelná polévka or zelňačka)
  • potato soup (bramborová polévka)
  • garlic soup (česneková polévka or česnečka)
  • chicken noodle soup (kuřecí polévka s nudlemi)
  • beef soup with liver dumplings (hovězí polévka s játrovými knedlíčky)

Main course

hlavni jidlo

"Hlavní chod" usually consists of meat (maso) and a side dish (příloha). The most popular meats are chicken (kuře) and pork (vepřové), followed by beef (hovězí), usually served with some kind of sauce (omáčka). Carp (kapr) is traditionally served on Christmas Eve. Also game is excellent and shouldn't be missed. The most common side dishes are:

  • bread dumplings (houskové knedlíky) or potato dumplings
  • (bramborové knedlíky) with sauce (omáčka)
  • bread or potato dumplings with sauerkraut (zelí)
  • potato salad (bramborový salát)
  • boiled potatoes (vařené brambory)
  • roasted potatoes (opékané brambory)
  • French fries (bramborové hranolky)
  • rice (rýže)

Desserts

predkrm

"Moučníky" come in many varieties and tend to be heavy and fatty because butter (máslo) and whipped cream (šlehačka) are often used. Some popular desserts are:

  • crepes (palačinky) filled with jam or strawberries
  • honey cake called Medovník
  • apple strudel (jablečný závin)
  • ice cream cup (zmrzlinový pohár)

And naturally all courses are accompanied by the national beverage – the beer. Guess who's #1 in per capita beer consumption in the world! Budweiser, Pilsner Urquell, Staropramen, Radegast, Krušovice are just a few from many sorts produced in the Czech Republic. We also recommend czech wines (but actually coming from the Moravian region). Its quality is gradually increasing since 1989. Especially white wines can compete with internationally renown wines. "Dobrou chuť"...Bon Apetit! ...And finally some our hot tips for dining in Prague:

If you want to try one of the traditional Czech meals mentioned above, why don´t you make it yourself while you are in Prague? Cooking School Chefparade run special cooking class in English for visitors of Prague. You learn how to master Bramboracka, have fun and experience taste of local cuisine.