Prague II: Czech Food and Street Eats

Prague was my first stop in Europe after spending a few weeks in Israel eating mostly veggies, hummus and falafel.

When I got to Prague, I gorged myself on all the rich traditional cuisine. It’s hearty stuff that helps soak up all the cheap pivo (beer) you’ll be drinking!

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On my free walking tour of the city, I met a nice lady from upstate New York (hi Beth!) and we got lunch together. Beer battered deep fried mushrooms, a thick vegetable soup, and potato dumplings! The food was surprisingly flavorful for being so hearty, and the innocuous looking potato dumplings were my favorite part!

We also put back a few pints, as did everyone else at the place! Needless to say, Europe really doesn’t judge you for day drinking!

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The beer of choice in Prague is Pilsner Urquell. First brewed in 1842 in the Czech town of Pilsner, this especially hoppy beer is found all over the world, but I was lucky enough to have it in cask condition in Prague: unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally conditioned like it was made in the 19th century.

There’s something else that Prague does especially well…

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Gingerbread! I stumbled upon a gingerbread museum which showcased intricate icing work and beautiful designs. The fake lace look on the cookies was mind blowing, and how about that gingerbread castle?!

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One of my favorite meals was beef goulash with bread dumplings, potato pancakes, thick cut bacon and fried onions. My new best friend, Andrée, who I met at my hostel, was on a mission to find goulash that day, and I’m so glad we did!

Another Czech food we happened upon was trdelník, a lip smackingly sweet treat of dough wrapped around a stick, coated in sugar and rolled over an open flame.

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Based on a suggestion from my friend Kirstie who studied abroad in Prague, I ordered a plate of smažený sýr, which literally translates to fried cheese. We had Edam cheese that was breaded, deep fried and served with tarter sauce (and pivo!). Conclusion: how can you go wrong with anything fried?

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One of the most sinful things I ate in Prague was actually for breakfast! Bakeshop, a delightful bakery and cafe located in the historic Jewish Quarter, provided a vast array of sweet treats to choose from. I picked two mini croissants to sample, and a cappuccino (my European coffee of choice).

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Fun fact: Sugar cubes were invented in Prague!

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My last meal in Prague was at a traditional Czech restaurant located underneath our hostel with another new friend, Tiger from Saudi Arabia.

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We split a scrumptious starter of garlic tiger prawns, then I dined on beef steak in a cream sauce with raspberry and sour cream, served with a side of bread dumplings. Savory, sweet and totally satisfying!

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Czech, please!

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