Eating in Prague
If there’s one thing that blew me away more then the beauty of Prague and it’s majestic architecture was it’s food.
Anyone who know’s me, or follows me on Instagram, will know how obsessed I am with food. So stumbling, and yes, literally stumbling upon such exquisite food on my trip which I thought was going to be a feast for my eyes and not my tastebuds was one of the best surprises I could of asked for.
I’m compiled a list of all the spots I ate at during my three day stay. A huge thanks to Taste of Prague blog for all these amazing recommendations. I would never of had the foodie experience of my life if it wasn’t for their blog.
Our first foodie stop when we arrived in Prague was Cafe Savoy a quick 20min stroll from our hotel in Lesser Town.
I opted for the french toast and Savoy hot chocolate which was highly recommended by our waiter. I didn’t really enjoy the hot chocolate but that’s purely because I’m not a fan of dark chocolate. Justin on the other hand couldn’t stop raving about it. As for the french toast, wow, just wow!
Cafe Savoy’s interior is something out of a dream. High ceilings, lots of light, waiters and waitresses bustling about in the penguin tux’s. Marbled tables with gold rims, everything just screams elegance. On the way to the bathroom, which happens to be in what looks like a old wine cellar, you can see the pastry chefs preparing pastries and cakes for the afternoon’s tea.
p.s want to try a traditional Czech pastry? Try the vetrnik at Cafe Savoy.
Next stop on the foodie train was Cestr. I’m not even sure where to begin when describing my experience at Cestr. A large, open room filled with wooden tables, copper pots and pans and a large glass window which looks on to the butcher and his meats and a fillet will only set you back 13 euros!
We opted for the roasted entrecôte… let’s just say I had the best steak of my life. The steak literally melted in my mouth but what was so truly unique about this steak was the fact that it was roasted and not grilled creating an explosion of flavours and meat so soft it falls off the bone.
To end off the night I took Justin to Vinograf. I love a good glass of wine and to be honest I don’t really know to much about European wines. I love my South African wines so much that I never spend time exploring what else is out there.
Well Vinograf changed that. Upon arrival we were presented with a menu on a tablet. Why? Well when you have over 800 wines that are forever changing that’s why. 800, I didn’t even know where to begin!
Luckily our sommelier that evening treated us to a wine tasting of European wines. I loved the Pinot Noir from Czech, Sevcik, and the Blaufränkisch from Austria, Weber.
Day one was a complete mind blow. From expecting average, brown, un-instagram-able foods I received the complete opposite. My tastebuds and I were quickly falling in love with Prague, head over heels kind of in love.
On day two I was so excited to take Justin to this spot I had read about called Sansho which served Pan-Asian cuisine. We arrived there and they were closed for renovations and were only opening again the day after we left.
Feeling despondent I started researching other options and decided we needed to try some authentic Czech food, so off to Lokal we headed for some homemade goulash with bread dumplings and some thirst quenching Pilsner Urquell.
There was something comforting about sitting in a large beer hall drinking beer with a bunch of strangers and eating cheap, homemade food while drinking beer after beer.
If you looking for the local experience, this is the spot.
Looking for a sweet treat while roaming Old Town? Head over to Angelo for the tastiest ice cream in Prague.
By this point I was feeling overwhelming full from two days of constant eating and was contemplating having an early night in at the hotel and skipping dinner all together. I’m glad Justin squashed that idea.
The night lend us to La Finestra, a Michelin recommended restaurant with exposed brick walls and an open kitchen turning out Italian dishes. Waiters come to the tables bearing boards of fresh fish and cuts of meat to choose from. Service is impeccable with food to match.
As far as recommendations go as what to eat? Pretty much anything.
We walked up and down the street trying to find Hemingway Bar and kept walking past it’s tiny doorway. The place was buzzing and packed with local and foreign folk, the host showed us upstairs and seated us at the bar. (Seating at the bar is always my favourite, I love watching the barmen craft cocktails.)
Even though the list of rules in the front of the cocktail menu may be off putting to some I find it rather refreshing: No laptops, no shouting, speak politely and no vulgar language to name a few, this creates a rather undisturbed atmosphere while consuming some of the best cocktails you’ll ever have.
Tip: The Lavender Martini is a must. Or for something more local try the Absinthe.
If I had to choose my favourite foodie spot in Prague it would have to be Nase Maso. The cutest little butcher’s shop in Old Town with a selected menu of small meat dishes. The burger, oh the love I felt for Nase Maso’s burgers.
“Serving up a juicy beef patty made right there in the butcher shop with a very coarse grind and no additional ingredients except the meat, salt and pepper, is served in a toasted Czech houska bun and the condiments are mustard, raw onion and pickles.”
Nothing fancy, nothing complicated, just simplicity at it’s best.
I’ve said before and I’ll say it again: Prague stole me heart and is the most unique and surprising place I have ever visited. A dream destination for any foodie.
Prague delivered the best steak, the best burger, the best wine, the best cocktail and the best french toast I’ve ever had and I feel like that means something coming from a South Africa. (It’s a fact that Cape Town has some of the finest produce and wines 😉 )
Once again, I highly recommend adding Prague to your bucket list.
P.S for a list of what to see and do in Prague read my previous blog post here.
* All images courtesy of Taste of Prague blog.