Before I went to Prague I had the most insanely long list of food I needed to try. Savoury, sweet, it was all going to end up in my stomach.
The food was as you’d expect – heavy, with plenty of pastries and, for the most part, delicious.
My top five must-try foods in Prague
To help you find your culinary direction when you’re in Prague, here are my top five foods from my trip:
1 – Smažený sýr – fried cheese
‘Cheese’ plus ‘fried’ in any situation is bound to be amazing, so when it’s on the list of traditional dishes in a country you’re going to, it’s definitely worth trying.
You’ll be happy to know that it’s everything you want – crunchy, stretchy, cheesy. When we tried the cheese, it was served up with perfectly cooked hand-cut chips and tartar sauce. It’s pretty rich, so I recommend sharing it.
2 – Medovník – Czech honey cake
We ate a lot of sweet food while we wandered the streets of the Old Town, but my favourite was definitely medovník. The cake isn’t quite a cake as you know it, it’s layers of biscuit and caramelised condensed milk. It wasn’t too rich and we didn’t walk away feeling sorry for ourselves.
This one was from Artisan Cafe & Bistrot, who apparently make all their cakes from scratch.
3 – Czech fruit dumplings
Despite being sweet, these dumplings can be served as the main meal or as dessert – my kind of food!
For this dish, you can expect fruit inside a flour-based dumpling and served with ‘dry’ cottage cheese (or curd cheese) and sugar. I think it would be pretty good with a scoop of ice cream or perhaps some clotted cream. We got these at Restaurant U Karla.
4 – Svíčková
na smetaně – beef sirloin
If you’ve been hitting the bars and need something heavy to soak up the alcohol, I can recommend beef sirloin, a dish we saw on most menus. The beef is marinated and slow-cooked, so it’s flavoursome and tender. It’s served in a (surprisingly sweet) cream sauce, topped with cranberry sauce and whipped cream. Yes, you read that correctly – cranberry sauce and whipped cream.
5 – Guláš
Is this a list of food to try in Prague without goulash? Well, no. As you can imagine, goulash is common in this part of the world. It’s another heavy dish served with dumplings, designed to fill you up. I can’t give you any specific recommendations, but we tried it at Cafe Savoy and Restaurant U Karla and enjoyed both.
What should I eat in Prague? – Pin for later
This is such a small list for all the amazing food you can try while in Prague, but if you’re not sure where to start or you’re only in town for a short time, I think these five dishes will make you feel like you’ve had your Prague food fix.
I’d love to know which dishes you would recommend!
PS. While you’re in Prague, make sure you make time to see the famous Astronomical clock in the Old Town Square.