I'm travelling to Prague next month, I'll be staying in the Mala Strana district. I'm hoping people can suggest good restaurants that aren't too expensive. I come from a pretty multicultural city so I'm not interested in sushi, Mexican, burgers and so on. What I do want to eat is Czech and other Eastern European cuisine. Any suggestions?
Me, too. I haven't been to Prague since 93 and imagine a lot has changed.
I've got some links to CZ forums, met a knife maker on line , and hope to go
back one day.
Will have to look up the beef and sour cream dish - am Czech heritage and
missed that one. Please pass the jaternice and kolaches.
re: Johnny West
Our last trip there was four years ago - Prague was terribly touristy (we were there in October) but as you know if you leave the main drags you'll find the best foods, shopping and so on.
Although I am not Czech I am curious also about the beef and sour cream dish. Prague will always have a special spot in my heart.
There's lots of suggestions for Prague if you use the search function. If you're looking for inexpensive Czech joints, I tend to eat in neighborhoods that aren't in the dead-centre of town. I usually take the tram across the river to the Prague 7 neighbor and eat at one of the many pubs and restaurants that are centered around Dukelských hrdinů street.
Most Czech places will serve similar things, so here's a few of my favorite dishes to watch for:
Svickova na smetane (my favorite Czech dish) - slices of roasted pork in a creamy gravy topped with a dollop of cranberry confiture and bread dumplings.
Hovezi Gulas (second favorite dish) - hearty beef goulash served, once again, with bread dumplings.
Pecena Kachna - roast duck usually served with sweet-ish sauerkraut.
Smazeny kureci rizek - a chicken schnitzel served with potato salad.
Smažený Sýr - a breaded and fried mild cheese served with tartar sauce - a heart attack on a plate, but very delicious.
Ovocné Knedlíky - fruit dumplings for dessert!
Also don't miss trying Velko Popovicky beer. It's dark, and looks like Guinness, but it's surprisingly light on the palate and goes great with Czech food.
Yes, I've been to Prague many times, last being a year or so ago. I've actually stayed in Mala Strana before - it's a beautiful neighborhood, but if you're looking for an inexpensive traditional Czech restaurants, it's not the right neighborhood. Mala Strana has some very nice higher-end places to eat and a lot of tourist traps.
Frankly, a lot of the places in Mala Strana, Stare Mesto, Nove Mesto, Josefov etc are tourist traps.
I've always had better luck going outside of the immediate city centre to eat - like Prague 7, or around the Dejvicka metro stop in Prague 6 or Praha 2 in the Vinorady neighborhood. You can still find really inexpensive places in these areas (especially in pubs), where you can have a great Czech meal and beer for $10 or less.
Thankfully, Prague is pretty compact, so it's easy explore and get around, thus going further afield to look for a place to eat really isn't much of an inconvenience (plus the proprietors will be happy to see you).