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Top 5 Local Dishes in Prague

Monday, April 4th, 2011

The capital and largest city in the Czech Republic is Prague, one of the most popular tourist destinations.  Once a city that was devastated by Germany during the Second World War, the facelifts and renovations that have continued since the end of the conflict have helped Prague evolve back into the culturally and historically beautiful city that it was prior to World War II.

Prague food

Interestingly enough, along with its spectacular architecture, cultural diversity, and past history, many international travelers visit the city to experience some of the best Czech cuisine in the country.  There are three things that you want to keep in mind whenever you are dining out in Prague:

– Czech cuisine is based around beef or pork which is served with a choice of starchy side dishes such as dumplings, French fries, or other types of potatoes

– Tips for service should range between 10% and 15% of the cost of the meal

– Traditionally, the main meal of the day in Prague is lunch

The following is information regarding the top 5 local dishes in Prague that are must-try foods whenever you are vacationing in the city:

GulášCzech goulash is not quite as spicy as its Hungarian counterpart and it is basically a rich beef stew served without vegetables in the mix.  Knedliky dumplings are the primary side dish of choice to eat with your Guláš.  Additionally, even though the primary meat for this dish is beef, there are dishes that are made with chicken or venison as well as vegetarian varieties of the dish.

Svíčková na smetaně – oftentimes referred to as the sweet cousin of Czech goulash, this dish is a cut of beef tenderloin that has been pot-roasted and is served in a crème sauce that is sweetened using carrots.  It is usually topped off with cranberries and a dollop of whipped crème.

Smažený sýr – this is similar to what we call mozzarella sticks and is normally served with a side of French fries known as hranolky and a tartar sauce that is quite tangy.

Utopence – pickled sausages that are fatty and a bit sour, these are typically piled high on a plate with pickled onions and a stein of the house beer.  It is a lunchtime favorite but is also common as a snack for the early evening.

Vepřoknedlozelo – referred to as being the true soul food of the Czech Republic, this dish consists of a pork base smothered in dumplings and sauerkraut.  Although it is slightly bland where flavor is concerned and high in fat, it is a popular favorite of Czech locals and deserves a spot here on our list of dishes to try when visiting Prague.

Kafka Hotel FrontKafka Hotel – Prague
Average Price of a Double Room: € 40
Guest Rating: 7.9

Best Western Hotel Páv, Prague Outside

Best Western Hotel Páv, Prague
Average Price of a Double Room: € 55
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Boutique Hotel Seven Days Room, Prague

Boutique Hotel Seven Days - Prague
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Photo by Guillaume Cattiaux

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Anita Choudhary is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in New Delhi, India. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively in India. Exploring new places, reading and writing are her hobbies.

4 responses to “Top 5 Local Dishes in Prague”

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  1. Sharon McKee says via Facebook:
    April 4th, 2011 at 19:19

    Visiting Prague this summer for the first time – also Budapest and Vienna if you’ve any tips?!

  2. Eugenia Hryshay says via Facebook:
    April 4th, 2011 at 19:24

    I know about nice apartment in Prague

  3. says via Facebook:
    April 5th, 2011 at 12:18

    Hi Sharon! Of course, check out a lot of tips here:
    Have a great trip!

  4. Marek Paul says:
    December 26th, 2012 at 17:37

    Describing Veprozeloknedlo as bland is not unlike describing your knowledge of gastronomy as poor. When cooked traditionally, with caraway seed and garlic, this is a dish full of flavour. It is a hearty and robust meal!

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