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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Prague is complete without tasting the traditional Prague food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Prague to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.




Main courses

  • Bramboráky: potato pancakes, nicely flavored with garlic.
  • Goulash: is primarily a soup, usually made of beef, onions, vegetables, spices and ground paprika powder.
  • Houbová Smaženice: fried mushrooms (mushrooms, onion, eggs, butter, species).
  • Kapr smažený s bramborovým salátem: a traditional meal eaten usually during Christmas.
  • Knedlíky: Czech bread dumplings are a very important part of the Czech heritage.
  • Pečená Kachna: roast duck, which usually includes the classic Czech cuisine.
  • Pečené Vepřové Koleno: roast pork knuckle, served with fresh vegetables, salads, steamed cabbage, boiled potatoes, horseradish.
  • Pražská Sunka: it can be brine cured, fully cooked and smoked, boneless ham.
  • Řízek: schnitzel, made from pork or chicken.
  • Svicková: it is made of vegetables, spiced with black pepper, allspice, bay leaf and thyme and boiled with double cream.
  • Vepřo knedlo zelo: roast pork with dumplings and sauerkraut.


  • Jablečný Závin: apple strudel is a traditional pastry, the most famous dessert in Prague.
  • Kolache: is a type of pastry consisting of a semi-sweet yeast dough baked with fillings such as fruits.
  • Marokánky: sweet nutty pile, using different colors such as chocolate or candied fruit selection of types.
  • Mazanec: an Easter dish made of fried peas.
  • Medovník: is a layered honey cake with chopped walnut toppings and is one of Prague’s best-loved and known desserts.
  • Ovocné Knedlíky: fruit dumplings. Are definitely the signature Czech summer dish.
  • Palačinky: thin pancake batter which are similar to french crepes and have various fillings and toppings.
  • Perník: gingerbread, which is a must during the Christmas preparations.
  • Rohlík: traditional Czech bread - soft, delicious and aromatic.
  • Vanocka: is a bread, rich in eggs and butter, making it similar to brioche.
  • Žemlovka: sweet pudding.

Fast food

Street food

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Kofola: Kofo syrup, the main ingredient, consists of 14 natural ingredients (such as extracts from apple, cherry), sugar, and caramel.
  • Semtex: is a brand of energy drink, which contains the maximum allowed amounts of caffeine and taurine.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Becherovka: is a herbal liquor, traditionally made out of several secret plants.
  • Fernet: it comes in different variants, Stock, Citrus and is best served cold or with ice.
  • Radegast beer: Czech beer.
  • Slivovitz: is an alcoholic beverage made from plums.
  • Staropramen: a "ležák" or premium beer lager of 12 degrees Plato or 5% abv.
  • Svařák: hot mulled wine, usually red, combined with spices and typically served warm.

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