As promised, I also want to provide you with a culinary tour of Prague. Even if we were as much organised foodwise as for the rest of the trip. However, the research I did once we came back (please don’t judge me for this logic) lead to interesting results in hindsight. Let’s dive right into what we ate in Prague.
This pastry has become such a culinary celebrity of Prague, that it is really hard not to pass any of the many stalls selling them. The dough is sweet leavened and is rolled around metallic tubes which are placed over a fire to bake. You can choose between different sorts, such as sugar, vanilla, cinnamon or even coconut sprinkles. Yet it wasn’t in Prague where I first tasted them but during a fair in Luxembourg, which obviously shows how famous they have become. Even though I could eat them for days, I found something really upsetting during my research: even if they are claimed to be traditional Czech food, they originally come from Transylvania, Romania. But concepts can travel I guess and tourists totally buy into it… and so did we.
In Prague, beer counts as a meal. Although I’m not a keen beer expert, let me tell you that their beer is really tasty and cheap. I don’t remember any more details about the beer, but that probably speaks for itself… We tasted another (real) Czech speciality, which is called ‘smažený sýr’ and basically is fried cheese. It is a really popular street food in Prague, often eaten with tartar sauce and of course in combination with beer.
- Glühwein and more pastry…
Although ‘Glühwein’ and ‘Apfelstrudel’ most definitely don’t come from the Czech Republic, they still help to warm up your feet after a long sight-seeing walk through the city. Also, this cafe was decorated in an interesting vintage style, mixed with a very French touch and a bit shielded from the tourist masses. It is called ‘Artisan Cafe & Bistrot’ and in the middle of the old town. Their cake was worth a culinary journey to Germany.
- Cafe Nr. 3
We popped into this place to get our daily caffeine infusion and eventually were surprised by its individual style. It is tiny, but still really cosy. The interior was very artistic and reminded me of a local music house you would find in Cuba or some other Carribean island. Oh- and the coffee was good too!
- Charleston in Krizikova street
This place is very special, and we discovered it by chance because it was so close to where we were staying. What makes this bar/restaurant so special is its decoration inside. The lights are very dim and as we went down the stairs to the basement, I felt as if we’d travelled back in time. On the walls are a myriad of portraits of Hollywood icons and the room is covered with a deep red rug. There’s also a small stage with a piano, and after some time an elderly man entered the room and played some songs. Since it was really late, we were the only customers left. Nonetheless, we were offered this exclusive concert, with ridiculously cheap cocktails and amazing food. I would definitely recommend this place if you’re looking for something completely different. Also, right next door is a really nice Greek restaurant. And because it isn’t right at the centre of the city, the prices are really attractive.