If you’ve been following me over on Instagram, then you will have no doubt seen that I’ve been in Prague this week.
With our very own local tour guide, Tereza from Cityscape Bliss, we knew we were in for an adventure.
Advising us to book our Clickstay Apartment in Prague 1, in Na Zborenci, this made for a great base to go off exploring daily.
why,this travel blog entry is dedicated solely to the food we ate…
A lot of travel blogs can focus on just the ‘nice’ food.
You know, the instagrammable food.
Which of course, there is no harm in. But sometimes, I know that I just want to see the real food, alongside the internet version.
Hence why the images on this post aren’t the best, as some were taken ‘on the go’ on my phone.
But anyway, let’s start with day one…
Eating like a local in Prague.
And how much more ‘local’ can you get, than a meal cooked in your friends apartment right in the centre of the city.
Tereza welcomed us to her beautiful apartment with a home cooked meal.
The first course? A rather simple blood soup. Which I admit, even for my weird tastes was a little out there. However, it was rather delicious.
I expected a metallic taste for some reason, but really, it was just a richer version of a broth.
She also treated us to some lard and raw sausage…
Usually served as a bit of a snack, you also add raw onions in to the mix.
Served with handmade Bohemia sourdough bread from the mountains. I must admit, the bread was probably my favourite part of this course.
The lard and sausage just didn’t sit right with me personally. But Victoria and Charl found them to be the best part of the meal!
For main course, Tereza made us Chicken Liver and Hearts.
A simple dish with rice, which I found to be very enjoyable once seasoned with pepper.
I preferred the Chicken Heart to the Liver. But both were nice. Heart just tasted like kidneys really, which weirdly I do enjoy the texture of.
After we had finished at Tereza’s home, we went out for a few cocktails at The Fear House, Prague.
A Horror Bar that doubles as an experience, with an underground space that I imagine is much similar to that of Alton Towers Scarefest.
We were just there for the cocktails though.
I had a rather weird one, which was based on a Devils’ Claw.
With my penchant for trying the weirdest thing on the menu, I actually wasn’t expecting for it to ‘do what it said on the tin’ – as it made bold claims to look, smell and taste like a devils claw.
The smell was repugnant.
The taste? Okay. It was rum and ginger based. But with an absolutely disgusting aftertaste.
Did I drink it? Yeah I did.
After we’d had a few drinks, we then called at Parky’s.
Which is a late night hot dog bar perfect for a snack after an evening out.
I had a wrap, which turned out the boring option after I noticed all the different hot dogs on the menu.
Paired with their crispy fries and a soft drink. This was the perfect way to end the long day of travelling and finding our feet.
– Total price of Parkys meal: £6.96 (198 czk)
Food in Prague. Day Two.
For our second day Tereza had already planned our breakfast spot.
Café Louvre has been open since 1902, and is renowned for hosting such diners as Franz Kafka, Albert Einstein and T. G. Masaryk.
“Lose yourself in the buzz of a classic grand café and let yourself be spoiled by our first-rate staff. While history promenades along Národní Třída, Cafe Louvre remains an island of noisy tranquility, a place with a unique atmosphere and traditional menu.”
The breakfast menu consists of standard options such as sausage, goulash and a variety of eggs, alongside ‘breakfast sets’ which give you a few key dishes within one set on the menu.
Despite not being hungover, I couldn’t resist going for ‘The Hangover’.
Beef Goulash, served with a sausage and horseradish. Simple, but very flavoursome.
Unfortunately, I’m not a massive fan of horseradish and there was a lot on it. But after carefully scooping it off, I enjoyed the dish.
‘The Hangover’ is also served with a beer to wash it down. Which is probably what makes it good for that hair of the dog day after.
With my breakfast I also had a cappuccino.
The Café itself isn’t a ‘posh’ place for Prague, but equally isn’t slumming it. It’s probably best described as a Czech equivalent of Betty’s Tea Room in the UK.
– Total cost for breakfast at Café Louvre: £8.16 (233 czk)
For lunch we went to ‘Lokal’ in Prague.
By this point, my little belly was still getting used to the cuisine (read: getting bloated from beer and travel).
I was looking forward to Lokal though. It seemed to me like a modern Czech restaurant, with a traditional menu.
“We make real homemade meals, therefore our “ready meals” are prepared for you constantly throughout the day. Our cooks prepare classic Czech dishes, using only fresh ingredients and spices sourced from renowned regional suppliers”.
So I chose a rather simple dish of Schnitzel and Potato Salad.
It was just what I needed to sort me out.
Succulent Schnitzel was juicy and crispy, with a squirt of fresh lemon juice on top. The cold potato salad was creamy, crunchy and the perfect contrast to the hot schnitzel.
There isn’t much more to say about this meal really. But it definitely did the trick.
– Total cost for meal at Lokal £8.57 (244 czk)
Because we were so full from the two large meals during the day, we didn’t go for the planned dinner in the evening.
Instead we ended up getting ice cream and coffee.
Ice cream was from a place called Crème de la Crème, which is in the main shopping street.
They had an impressive variety of ice creams on offer, from rich chocolate flavours to lighter sorbets.
I ended up having Chilli Mango and Campari.
The Chilli Mango was delicious, as I love anything sweet with a kick. The only problem was when it was melting and I had to eat it super quick. That’s when things got a little spicy!
The campari ice cream wasn’t amazing. Just a mild bitter orange flavour.
But still, for around £1.50 for a double scoop, you can’t go wrong.
I mean, can you get any *more* instagram…
I also called at Parkys again after we’d been a few bars. This time I simply had a hot dog and fries with no drink, which cost £3.97 in total.
Food in Prague. Day Three.
As our last full day in Prague, we made the most of having a real breakfast adventure.
Beginning with Super Tramp Coffee which was just around the corner from where we were staying.
Most coffee shops in Prague seemed to do an espresso tonic. Which is my favourite cold coffee drink to have.
The combination of bitter tonic water with fresh espresso and a squirt of lime, makes for a super refreshing start to your day.
I had a lovely home made baked roll with it, which contained forest fruits and had a crisp edge and moist centre.
For our full breakfast we went to Kavárna co hledá jméno
Kavárna co hledá jméno is a hipster style cafe, that serves a super simple menu consisting of only three options: Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine or Muesli.
Of course, I went for Eggs Benedict.
Washed down with Horký mošt, which is a warm spiced apple drink.
The twist on the Eggs Benedict is that they served the eggs in a soufflé style, but somehow still keep the runny yolk.
The cafe itself has a rustic feel with some kind of space theme. I’m unsure of the correlation, but it was a beautiful place for breakfast and to relax before the rest of the day.
– Total price of breakfast at Kavárna co hledá jméno £7.20 (205 czk)
We then went for a later lunch at authentic Czech Canteen Havelská Koruna
This one turned out to be quite the experience.
Close to Old Town Square Havelská Koruna is an old school style canteen, where you queue up with your tray and choose the items from the servers at the stands.
Of course, we had our apprehensions. Especially with the language barrier and the fact it was more a place where locals would eat daily.
But the food was pretty fantastic for what it was.
Especially the sweet dumpling filled with strawberries and coated in lashings on sweet yoghurt sauce.
I also had beef goulash (again) with dumplings. This one wasn’t as rich as the one at Café Louvre. But equally as nice.
When you go in, they give you a blank list that the servers fill out with what you’ve ordered on. Then you pay on the way out by handing the list over.
My only tip for this one is to try and go at a quieter time so you can gather what’s going on and get to grips with the system. If we weren’t with Tereza we wouldn’t have had a clue how it worked!
i also had a beer with my meal as this seemed like the easiest thing to order at the time (and I wonder why I had such a beer belly post city break)
– Total price for meal at Havelská Koruna £4.87 (140czk)
And on the last day…
Finally, before we went home on the Saturday, we visited the farmer’s market at Naplavka. The farmer’s market happens every Saturday and starts early, ending at about 1pm.
It’s an amazing place, where you can walk down by the river, enjoying not only the fresh air, but the fresh produce.
Recommended by Tereza, I had toasted bread with pesto & herb butter from Kvetuscina Zahradka, a pastry from Karlovarske cukrarstvi and some savoury dough balls (pagace).
All washed down with (another) espresso tonic and a cup of Burcak, which is a delicously sweet, fresh fermented wine.
– Total price of food at the Farmers Market in Naplavka was around £3 (90 czk) with the drinks.
So, overall a lot of food was eaten!
As you can see, there is a great variety for any budget. And it’s pretty much what you make of it.
Of course, you can eat at all the fancy expensive places if you like, or you can eat for very cheaply elsewhere.
And that’s the beauty of Prague…
Food and drink can suit your budget at any time. So whether you’re after a lavish Eastern European adventure, or a budget city break; you can’t go wrong.
My next Prague blog post is all about the actual things we saw and where we stayed, so keep a look out if you want to see more than just the food…