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May 29, 2007 01:40 PM

Eating Cheap in Prague

Has anyone been to Prague? If so, does anyone know where you can eat cheap? I'm also looking for restaurants where the waiters speak English-anyone have any idea? Anyone bump into a restaurant catering to Portuguese cuisine in Prague-does such a thing exist?

Thanks for the help in advance.

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  1. I haven't been to Prague in years (went in 1990 and 1993). In 1990 you could eat for $2.00 and the only option was Czech food. You're going to Prague not Lisbon. I doubt that Prague has much of a Portugues community so Portuguese food you get there will likely be blah. Go for Czech food (unless you are a vegetarian). The local food will almost always be the best and cheapest choice. The beer is fantastic as are the dumplings and pork. Visit the culture and not just the architecture.

    1. I was there in 2004 and again last month. The prices have really gone up, but still very reasonable compared to the U.S.

      Everyone speaks English everywhere in Prague. And most menus are in English too. Unfortunately, the best options for the cheapest food are in the places off the beaten track where there may or may not be an English menu and the waitstaff probably doesn't speak English.

      Get off the main streets. From any main monument, site, church, etc., walk a block or two and you'll find a place. Really, we spent $6-8 for lunch and $10ish for dinner in most places.

      The cheapest meal we had was a Czech place in Mala Strana where the waitresses didn't speak English. There was an English menu and on the back page was a list of 6 "specials" that were in Czech with no translation. We didn't know what they were and the waitress couldn't translate. Everything on the "specials" menu was $4 or less each. We ordered all six items. The waitress was very confused as to why we'd want all six items for just three people. It was probably the best meal we had with pork cutlets, fried cheese, lamb shank, a funny crab pasta, dumplings, sausage, cabbage galore.

      And you can't go wrong with the street food, sausage on a stick!

      11 Replies
      1. re: geg5150

        I don't suppose you happen to remember the name or address of that place in Mala Strana? I'll be in Prague at the beginning of Sept and wouldn't mind checking it out.

        1. re: justDucky

          you know, I don't have the name. I just checked my notes again, and nothing. When you're coming down from the Prague Castle, we veered off to the right. It was on a corner in a narrow, crooked street. Good luck.

        2. re: geg5150

          "Everyone speaks English everywhere in Prague." This just isn't true! This phenomenon is nowhere near as prevalent in the Czech Republic as in other European countries.

          1. re: Atomica

            I was just there in April/May, while "everyone" may have been an overstatement, I would say that 80% of the people we came in contact with in Prague spoke passable English. In restaurants, it was even higher. We only had one restaurant that we really had to play charades to communicate. And we were in the outskirts and small towns also, and English was pretty widely spoken.

            1. re: geg5150

              I had absolutely the opposite experience. I was in Prague for the most part and also in small towns. I attended a festival where my friends live (in the countryside, about 1.5 hours north of Prague). Not a single person at their small-town festival spoke any English.

              1. re: Atomica

                I was there in July 2010 and I reckon about 85% of the people speak English.

                Atomica ... if you were 1.5 hours North of Prague (by my estimations that would be around 75 miles!), you weren't in Prague i.e. a main toursit location, so, given the fact you were in an isolated village 70-odd miles from a main tourist destination in the Czech Republic, what language did you expect them to speak?? Life does exist outside continental USA you know!!

                1. re: stratoles

                  "I was in Prague for the most part . . . " Let's start there. I was in Prague most of the time. I was able to visit many non-tourist areas of Prague with my host. Almost no one spoke English.

                  Now let's get to the part where you basically call me a xenophobe. I'd like you to point me to where I indicate that I expected English to be spoken. It was merely an observation, not an expectation.

                  1. re: Atomica

                    Xenophobe??? methinks not, perhaps an over-sensitive reading of my posting on your part as well as an off-thread response by you!

                    Your response to the original posting was slightly paradoxical in the sense that you were in the Czech republic and there appeared to be an underlying assertion and consequent expectation on your part that the people of the Czech republic should all speak English.

                    The thread is about "Prague" NOT places 75 miles in either direction!

                    1. re: stratoles

                      Okay, now I'm seeing a pattern. You're not skilled at expressing yourself concisely. I get it now.

                      1. re: Atomica

                        Good ... at least you can interpret something correctly!

                        1. re: stratoles

                          I'm so glad we agree that you're not good at expressing yourself.

        3. We didn't have Portuguese but we had a wonderful tapas meal at a Spanish rest called El Centro - near Mala Strana.