Now, if you are heading to Czech for fresh vegetables and healthy food, turn your mode of transport around and go somewhere else. If you are wanting novelty foods or interesting cafes, then Prague is the place for you.
Let us start simple…
Langos is a traditional snack in Hungary and, as we found out, in Czech as well. I cannot say who claimed them first, but to whomever that was, we are truly grateful. The difference between the Langos in Hungary and Czech are the toppings. Hungary has sour cream and cheese, and in Czech, the toppings are a garlic and tomato sauce, covered in cheese – at least you can claim 5 plus a day with this one! These snacks can be found in market stalls, restaurants or a hole in the wall; we had ours from the Christmas Market, from two lovely locals that communicated through grunts and eyebrow raises. These snacks are not for people who like to have strong flavours, in fact these snacks are quite bland when thinking about it. A quick note: if you are planning on smooching anyone on a certain day in Prague, then this garlicky snack is not the one for you!
On the brightest and sunniest (and most unbelievably coldest) day in Prague, we took a casual stroll through the Palace District. The palace is up the top of a hill, with all the cobbled streets, leading to and from it, being the slipperiest surface I have ever come into contact with. On the way down the hill, after walking around the palace grounds and seeing a very slack changing of the guards, I was holding on to the walls of the buildings while trying not to slip over. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a sign on the Chocolate Shop that read ‘The Best Hot Chocolates in Prague’. I have seen these claims before, and once I try the said Hot Chocolate, I can confirm that the sign was lying to us all. But, on this day, my life was changed. The Hot Chocolate was made with mainly dark chocolate, milk chocolate and sweetened condensed milk, mixed together in a small cup (so healthy…). The first sip made me stop in my tracks, and drop my jaw. It was thick and creamy, as well as smooth and silky. It was like taking a bite from a chocolate mud cake, then dissolving as fast as candy floss. As soon as I knew it, the tiny cup was empty and my stomach was warmed from an inside cuddle. I would have been sad that the hot chocolate was gone, if I hadn’t had tracked all the way across town the next day to get another one. This shop also has many other chocolate items that you can try all the testers, this is something that Lars and I do if we are wanting something sweet but don’t have money to spend.
We had been told about the Train Restaurant – Vytopna, by many people and had read about it in many places. The food is similar to what you would get in any family restaurant, but the main lure or attraction is the fact that a model train delivers your drinks to your table. The website for this restaurant claims that they take model railways very seriously and that the trains delivering drinks is not a gimmick, it is true dedication to the art (I slightly paraphrased). As soon as you try and walk in the door, you will most likely be greeted by the giant line to get inside. We waited around half an hour, which was not too bad. The staff were extremely friendly and made sure that they could seat all six of us comfortably. The food was tasty, and the drinks were cheap! The Czech Republic is known for its beer, not for its wine or cocktails, so when my sister’s Martini came out in a tiny shot glass, it was very clear that they only understand the golden brew. Sorry 007! This is a definite must visit whilst in Prague, but make sure you go through the correct entrance or you will end up in KFC.
Another snack from Czech is called a Trdelník. It is also called a chimney cake, we tried these in Budapest also. These sweet treats are normally, and impressively, baked over an open fire and rolled in sugar and cinnamon. A certain bakery – The Good Food, Coffee and Bakery – decided to take them to the next level, and then ten levels above that! You can find this gem of a bakery just down from The Charles Bridge, meaning that if you look this bakery up, you will see many photos with the bridge in the background. They have around twenty different ways that you can have your dessert, there are even some savoury options. The first time we went, I opted for the choc and vanilla ice cream and Lars had apple crumble, these were both excellent choices. Because it wasn’t enough to have one, we came back two days later for round two. I had a slightly healthier (cough cough not) option of strawberries and cream. There is only one bench seat out the front of the bakery, and there are always many people trying to get into the bakery, yet somehow we managed to grab the seat both times. There is usually a massive line to get in here, so be prepared to wait – it is worth it!
Just up the road from where we were staying was Cafefin. This is a chain restaurant that we had heard plenty about. All the reviews that I had read about this place had under exaggerated how amazing it is. It is a place to grab a cheap coffee (tea for me please) and brunch, which is amazing because how often does that happen. As well as this, it was also a place to marvel in the perfection of the interior design. I may have been a cliche to my generation and ordered an Avocado on Sourdough, but I didn’t care. It was sublime! Lars had a strange peanut porridge, but the peanut smell was so strong he had to move far away from me, nearly out the door. As we were about to leave Prague after this breakfast, we were taking up a whole wall with our suitcases and packs. Luckily, we came in early and were the first people to be seated. As we were leaving a large flock of people came flooding in, so make sure to arrive early if you want to eat here.
Well, here were a few food highlights from Prague. I now have to run for many miles to lose the weight I gained from eating all these tasty treats!