Setting Our Expectations About Food In Prague
Before we visited Central Europe, we were on a low carb diet for 6 weeks. It was easy to follow when we travelled in the Caribbean. Everyone warned us that it would be difficult to follow this diet when we hit Central Europe. Very quickly we found they were right. We certainly tried local traditional meals. But we often went off to try other options. But we never found it hard to eat and drink in Prague!
Local Traditional Meals Were Heavy
So much of the food in the Czech Republic was heavy, with rich sauces. We had dumplings with almost every meal we had. They were indeed yummy but not at all low carb. Other than cabbage and some root vegetables, veggies in any kind of quantity were rare. When I arrived back home in Toronto after 6 weeks, I jokingly worried about scurvy. So I gobbled up the veggies.
When we wandered off on our own, we did find salads with lots of veggies. But on our group trip from Prague to Budapest, we had few opportunities for meals on our own.
When you are looking for places to eat and drink in Prague, plan to mix up the type of places where you eat.
Don’t Always Eat In Restaurants
We often try to picnic for one meal a day when we travel. This helps save money. And usually, calories too! On our group tour from Prague to Budapest, most of our meals were part of the tour. But there were a few times where we headed out on our own. And we did arrive in Prague 5 days before the tour started.
Local markets are always a great way to find a variety of food. We found the local market by the river after we visited the church and castle at Vysehrad. You could take a BBQ boat for food and a cruise. In additional to market stalls, there were also many restaurants located along the river.
Local markets were also in other locations around Prague. Some were only open on the weekends. And some we found were open every day. It was a great way to stock up on protein for both meals and snacks.
There were lots of small food spots on the sidewalk corners and in squares. You could take your food on the run. We also found a gourmet food truck that was open late into the night.
Make sure to find many different places to eat and drink in Prague.
There Were Lots Of Options For Local Drinks
As with much of Europe, beer and wine was often cheaper to drink than soda pop or bottled water. Of course we wanted more bang for our buck. The Czech Republic is known for being a beer drinking country, so David got to try a lot of different local brands. One day we went to a brew pub for lunch and tried the local beers brewed on-site.
On one of our tour days, we actually spent some time visiting the original Budvar Budweiser plant in Czech.
Of course we couldn’t leave Prague without a visit to an absinthe bar. It is still quite legal in the Czech Republic. After our taste test, I understood why it might be banned in some places.
We had a great taste test in the most interesting Green Devil’s Absinth Bar in Prague.
There were many unique things to eat and drink in Prague. We were even pleasantly surprised to find that we could find Aperol Spritz drinks through most of the Czech Republic!
The Coffee Snobs Were Happy
If you follow our blog, you know two things. We are coffee snobs and always look for good coffee when we travel. And we can’t pass up good chocolate. We are happy to report that we found both in Prague!
David always lands in a new spot with his list of coffee shops pinned on his offline map. Then we add to that list with local recommendations. David loves his coffee as espresso, so he can’t easily be fooled with bad coffee. I generally ordered cappuccino but even then I know when the coffee is bad.
Once David even found a great affogato at one spot. For those who need a new coffee addiction, that is coffee poured over gelato.
We had coffee in small local shops. And we had coffee in interesting spots. After we strolled along the Charles bridge, we headed into the quiet Baroque Cafe in the museum by the bridge. Of course, we had to try some local pastries with our coffee.
When we wandered the markets in Prague, there were always a few good coffee options. Pour overs seemed to be a big thing. David watched the show and the taste test on one stop. In one market, we found a shop that advertised Antarctica coffee. Is that really a thing?
As long as we found good coffee, we could move on to finding good things to eat and drink in Prague.
A Few Chocoholic Moments
David was always on the lookout for good dark chocolate on our trip to Central Europe. His suitcase weight grew as he bought yet one more local sample. It was one of the few things we brought back after 6 weeks away.
In Prague, we found several different chocolate spots to explore. There was a wide array of sweets and different kinds of chocolate. We also strolled through the Chocolate Museum.
When we hit Cacao Prague, we knew we were in for a treat. They had so many different choices for a hot or cold chocolate drink. I had an iced mocha. But David could not resist the 72% hot drinking cocoa. It was so rich David thought he would not finish. But of course he did!
When you are looking to eat and drinking Prague, you will find lots of chocolate choices.
And Then We Found Trdelnik
When we first got to Prague, we saw all these shops that sold something called Trdelnik. The signs lured us in.
We resisted for many days before we just had to try one of these great looking desserts. Since we are always interested in new local foods, we watched while a new batch was made. The dough was put on a stick and turned over charcoal until it was golden brown. Then it was rolled in cinnamon and the long cylinder cut into smaller pieces.
Then we got to design our own end product. Of course, David wanted chocolate. I wanted strawberries and ice cream but was not sure how it would not all drip out the middle. A small piece of aluminum foil at the bottom provided the solution! Trdelnik were a tasty snack. They were a little heavier than they looked. But the inside fillings made up for that.
We thought these were unique to Prague. National Trdelník Day is celebrated by Czechs on the first day of the full moon after the autumn harvest. And had been since the 14th century. But we saw Trdelnik again and again as we travelled through Central Europe. When you are looking to eat and drink in Prague, make sure to try this tasty treat.
We Found Lots To Eat And Drink In Prague For 8 Days
Eat and drink in Prague. This is definitely one of the things to do when you visit. But be prepared for a lot of pork and little veggies when you eat in local traditional restaurants. Several people were vegetarians on our group tour from Prague to Budapest. Most of the vegetarian meals on our tour were quite meagre. Only when we were in bigger cities did they find both tasty and nutritious meals. If you need special food in Prague, make sure to do your research in advance. There are lots of options. Or find the markets!
We definitely found good coffee. And delicious chocolate to eat and drink in Prague. There were lots of local pastries to try. But the Trdelnik were a tasty local snack not to miss. And we had them the way we wanted.
Try the absinthe in a local bar for one taste of Prague. Or find lots of way to sample the local Czech beer. Find a patio and just enjoy the view. You can be as busy or as relaxed as you want. Find one of the things to do in Prague that matches your mood and desires – and enjoy!
Did you find lots of things to eat and drink in Prague? What was your favourite thing?
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