Food is pretty much my favorite thing. So I get especially excited when I am traveling and get to try all kinds of new foods. During my trip to Prague, I had some truly excellent meals.
I’ll start with the foods that I didn’t eat in restaurants. Street food is a magical, life-changing thing, and it deserves recognition. While there were plenty of places to get street food in Prague, I ended up scarfing down my Czech specialties in St. Wenceslas Square. With more locals milling around than the Old Town Square, this spot had better quality food for the same price. I was told there were two things I had to try, Trdelník and Lángos.
Trdelník is dough that is roasted over a wood fire and covered in cinnamon sugar. I thought it would taste like a swirly doughnut, but it was much better. The outside was crunchy and the inside was doughy and soft. It was sweet, but not too overly sweet. So much better than any doughnut.
Lángos is a Hungarian food that has worked its way into Czech cuisine. It’s a piece of fried dough with garlic butter, cheese, and ketchup. Basically, if my nine year old self invented pizza, this is what it would taste like. Anything that combines fried dough and garlic is a win in my book, but the cheese and ketchup helped Lángos to stand out. Plus, it is a super filling meal. The one I got was fried fresh right before my eyes. The hot dough melted the cheese a little. It was delightful.
Although the street food offerings were diverse and delicious, I did sit in at least one restaurant for dinner. My friend Lucie is a Prague native, and I took her recommendation. It was a tiny, adorable place called Amos.
For dinner I tried Svíčková. It was pork with gravy and dumplings. But it was topped with cranberries, a slice of lemon, and whipped cream. That was something I wasn’t expecting. The overall flavor was unlike anything I had tried before. Strange, but in a good way.
Cafes have been a fixture in Prague for a long time. There are many excellent offerings to serve a wide variety of customers. Some are fancier, while others have a more hole-in-the wall vibe. The one I went to was Café Louve near the National Theater. The atmosphere was more on the classy side, and there were plenty of other tourists to keep me company. Also, the prices were not bad at all.
I ordered a small hot chocolate and a piece of cake. When the hot chocolate came out, I thought I was going to be disappointed. It was so tiny. But then I took a sip. This was not Swiss Miss hot chocolate. Thick and creamy, it basically tasted like straight melted chocolate. Divine. Luckily, I had ordered a very light, airy ricotta cake to go with it, so it was very balanced. I was still on a sugar high afterwards though.
Yet the award for my best meal in Prague doesn’t go to the delectable hot chocolate. It goes to brunch at Café Savoy. On my last day in Prague, I decided to treat myself to a nice brunch. A little digging revealed that Café Savoy was definitely the place to go. So, I set off Sunday mid-morning. Located just across the river from the Old Town Square, the location is lovely. And the building has so many stunning Art Nouveau details. It is a feast for the senses, then you sit down for the brunch.
Uncreatively, I ordered the Savoy breakfast from their menu. As I sat there, food began coming to my table on trays. There was a basket of fresh, homemade breads. Accompanied by butter from their farm and house-made marmalades. That was just the warm up. The main course had cheese and ham from the restaurant’s farm. Top that off with a slice of nut cake from their bakery. To drink was more hot chocolate. This time it was served in a pot, with a cup full of steamed milk on the side. You poured however much chocolate you wanted into the milk to make your drink.
You could say that I was in breakfast heaven. The ham and cheese on the fresh bread took ham and cheese to a new level. And the apricot marmalade, I think I would eat it on just about anything. The whole experience, from the atmosphere, to the food presentation, to the staff, everything was perfect. Even the bathrooms played Sinatra music. Did I mention that my dreamlike breakfast only cost about $10? I would go back to Prague just to eat there again.
Prague was the culinary highlight of my Easter break trip. There was such a variety of tasty food to choose from. From grab-and-go street eats to fabulous cafes. And it was all deliciously affordable. I ate my way through the winding streets of the Czech capital on a mouthwatering journey.
Have you ever visited Prague? Did you try any of these treats? I’d love to keep talking about food some more. 🙂