13 foods you should say “ahoj” to in prague

  1. Steak tartare – served with toasted bread, and raw garlic, which you’re supposed to rub on the bread. This really brought out the flavor of the beef. Best of all, it was only 199 CZK (or about 9 USD). You definitely won’t find that deal in the States.

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    Steak Tartare @ Potrefená Husa Hybernská
  2. Bramborak – potato pancakes. Who doesn’t love fried potatoes? Unfortunately, the ones I tried at Pivovarsky Dum were too oily for me, but I’m sure there are better places than this. I hope you find it!

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    Bramborak @ Pivovarský dům
  3. Knedlicky – bread dumplings. I wasn’t a huge fan because it just reminded me of soggy bread.

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    Knedlicky @ Pivovarský dům
  4. Roast duck – typically served with bread dumplings and braised red cabbage. In the past, duck was very expensive and this dish was usually only served on special occasions.

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    Roast duck @ Potrefená Husa Hybernská
  5. Goulash – stew, usually made with beef. It originally comes from Hungary but since the Czech Republic is their neighbor, they’ve come up with a variation of their own.

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    Goulash served in a bread bowl @ Pivovar U Tří růží
  6. Česnečka – garlic broth. It’s simple, but flavorful and is usually served with pieces of fried bread. Beware: your garlic breath game will be strong, but it will be so worth it

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    Garlic Broth @ Pivovarský dům
  7. Smažený sýr – fried cheese. A slice of Edam cheese (usually) is breaded, then fried, and served with tartar sauce.

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    Smažený sýr @ Pivovarský dům
  8. Duck liver in lard – exactly what it sounds like. I think the waitress misunderstood us when we asked if it was some sort of duck paté. Turns out it was literally just pieces of duck liver in cooled fat. Did not care for this. At all.

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    Duck Liver in Lard @ Pivovarský dům
  9. Liver Dumpling Soup – if you don’t like liver, you probably won’t like this. I happen to like liver, so I really enjoyed the soup – especially since it was a cold day.

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    Liver Dumpling Soup @ Potrefená Husa Hybernská
  10. Trdelník – rolled dough wrapped around a stick, then grilled, then covered in sugar. We didn’t get to try this because every time we saw it, we were too full to eat it. I saw a few places serve this with ice cream in the middle.

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    Wencelas Christmas Market – Trdelník being made
  11. Pilsner – alright, so this one is not a food but it’s definitely something you have to try when in the Czech Republic. This beer comes from the town of Pilsen, which is about an hour outside of Prague. It’s also where the Pilsner Urquell brewery is located. The brewery really isn’t that great so you can skip it, but don’t skip the pint of Pilsner Urquell on draft, anywhere in the city. It something about the water over there – the beer tastes crisper.
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    Pilsner Urquell Brewery (PC: Yan Lu)

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    Beer flight @ Pivovarský dům
  12. Vytopna Railway Restaurant – okay, so again, this isn’t technically a food but it’s worth checking out. From reviews, the food doesn’t seem very good but that’s not what you’re coming here for. What you’re coming here for is the mini railroad that goes around the entire restaurant and serves beer right to your table. It’s 100% for tourists, but when in Prague!

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    Beer being served to us via railway @ Vytopna Railway Restaurant
  13. McDonald’s – they have fried camembert cheese bites (meh), and a few different burgers (called the Cheese King and the Swiss King), but nothing too crazy different.

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