As beautiful as Paris, as bohemian as Amsterdam, and with Europe’s best beer, Prague is a gem.
It’s a European favourite – at times it feels like half the world’s travellers are on Charles Bridge. But explore its cobbled lanes a little further and you’ll find the real Prague; boho galleries, traditional bars, gothic spires and bijou cafes.
Food and drink
There was a time when Prague was laughably inexpensive for foreign visitors. While popular areas have capitalised on growing tourism, you can still eat and drink like a local fairly cheaply.
Traditional Czech dining
Czech food is hearty, filling and goes well with beer. One dish that you must try is steak tatare served on garlic toast. Roast duck, pork schnitzel, goulash and dumplings also appear on traditional menus. Visit an authentic farmer’s market, and try chlebicek, the uniquely Czech open-topped sandwich, and sweet doughy treats kolache and buchty. It’s easy to find excellent local restaurants; simply avoid those targeted at tourists. Service is included when you're eating out, but a tip isn’t, so leave the waiter about 10% of your bill.
Pivo prosim (pee-vo pro-seem) means ‘beer, please’, a vital phrase in Prague! It’s not just about the pils – excellent microbreweries and craft beers follow the famous brands of Pilsner Urquell, Staropramen and Budvar. Brewing and drinking beer is something of a national past-time, and Czechs love to pair food with their beer, rather than the other way round. You’ll find ‘beer snacks’ in most pubs in Prague, meat or cheese and a condiment, such as ham with horseradish cream or pickled sausage with chopped onion.