For best traditional Czech cuisine head to the following restaurants: U Sádlů; La Degustation; CzecHouse; U Maltézských Rytířů. La Degustation Bohême – Team of chefs and pâtissiers prepares three tasting menus consisting of seven courses supplemented with seven amuse-bouches.
You have probably already heard that Czechs brew some of the world’s best beers. So where better to enjoy these pale, golden lagers and rarer dark varieties than in a traditional Czech pub? And once you choose from the recommended places listed below and order your first pint and start drinking, don’t be surprised that your glass is replenished even without asking.
As well as the giant breweries like Pilsner Urquell, Budvar and Staropramen there are quite a few microbreweries producing excellent larger and dark beer too. Beer made in these breweries usually has a distinctive taste where freshness is guaranteed. Probably the most popular microbrewery and restaurant in Prague is U Fleku.
Visitors to Prague often miss out on the best of traditional Czech cuisine which is heavily meat-based but also quite diverse. Don’t be one of them unless you are vegetarian. A typical national dish is ‘pork, cabbage, dumplings’ which must be accompanied with a pint of beer, the most typical Czech beverage.
The café culture in Prague was at its’ height between the late nineteenth century and the nineteen thirties, when the coffee bars in the city allowed a place where writers, activists, political dissidents, journalists and artists could meet. Lots of these cafés were not structurally maintained after World War Two, but six or so are still standing or have been resurrected to the glory of their heydays.
One of the most famous aspects of the Czech Republic is beer – something that is held in extremely high esteem by its inhabitants. Czechs don’t just drink their beer though, as they have also started to use them in beer spas, therefore meaning that the beer can tantalize the taste buds and reinvigorate the body at the same time!
Czech beer is world famous and fully appreciated by the Czechs themselves. For many centuries Czech beer has been the finest available. The distinctive flavour of Czech beer comes from handpicked Bohemian hops. The Czech Republic is the largest consumer of beer in the world (153.6 litres annually per capita), even beating Germany. That means that every adult drinks on average 1L of beer a day.
Czech cuisine and typical dishes in Prague have both influenced and been influenced by the cuisine of surrounding countries. The first thing which you recognize on any restaurant menu is that Czech cuisine is more meat-based. But it was not always like that; traditionally, meat had been reserved for once-weekly consumption, typically at weekends. The body of Czech meals typically consists of two or more courses; the first course is soup, the second course is the main dish, and supplementary courses such as dessert or compote may follow. Below you will find typical dishes which you will find in nearly every restaurant serving typical Czech food.
The atmosphere in the different restaurants will obviously vary, as will the standard of service. Most waiters will speak at least some English, although the majority of younger waiters will have a good grasp of the English language. It won’t hurt to learn some of the local dialect for yourself though, as this could be very useful when placing orders and will be appreciated by all of the staff.
Over the years, Prague has gained a reputation for fine dining. The Restaurant La Degustation Boehme and Alcron has been awarded a Michelin star. Apart from the Michelin Star-awarded restaurants, the Michelin Guide also recommends the following, slightly more affordable, restaurants: Aromi, Divins, Le Terroir, Sansho, Aureole and SaSazu.