One aspect about Prague that stuck out to me during my 5-day visit was how enriching the food scene was. This is not to say that I thought the food would be bad, but I certainly didn’t expect it to be the highlight of my trip. While there, I had the opportunity to eat at many Prague restaurants and try a few different dining experiences. Below, I have listed Prague restaurants and food tours that stood out the most.
Mlynec – for something fancy
This was my favorite upscale restaurant in Prague. With an ideal location on the Vltava River next to the Charles Bridge, this restaurant had a contemporary interior and a fantastic selection of dishes with wine pairing options. My husband had the Tartar and Steak tasting menu. To start, he had salmon, beef, and veal tartar. I tried the salmon tartar and was impressed with its crisp and fresh taste. For the main course, he had 3 different cuts of juicy steak.
I started with the creamy pumpkin soup. Not only was it delicious, but I loved how it was presented. The bowl was served with only cream in the center, and the waiter poured the hot soup around it. I had perfectly cooked scallops and shrimp over mashed potatoes for my main dish. We shared a crème brûlée and chocolate fondant for dessert, which were presented over a bowl of dry ice.
Meat Vandals – for something quick
After a historical tour, we decided to grab a quick and easy lunch. We popped into a shop with appealing window displays called Meat Vandals and were glad we did. As the name suggests, the food here is primarily different types of smoked meats with a unique twist of tangy sauces. We split a pastrami sandwich, loaded fries with pulled chicken, and a fried chicken sandwich. The meat was rich and tender, but the tangy sauces topped with kimchi or pickled vegetables stole the show.
U krále Brabantského – for something medieval
Prague has a prevalent medieval history, so it was only fitting that we went to the oldest tavern in Prague. This tavern has been operating since the 1300s and allows guests a fun dining experience by keeping true to the medieval aesthetic. Wax candles are the only light source to illuminate the darkened rooms, and the furnishings are simple wooden structures. For dinner, they have a wide variety of meats that are supposed to be enjoyed with your hands, though silverware is an option if you really need it. I had fall-off-the-bone tender honey ribs and a beer. The food was delicious, and the vibes were so realistic that it was hard to resist transporting yourself into your favorite fantasy book or movie.
While you can make a regular reservation, they also offer a dinner package that includes a show and transportation.
Taste of Prague Foodie Tour – to taste it all
One of the best ways to learn about a culture is through its cuisine, and the Taste of Prague food tour offers a lesson in the culture of the Czech Republic and samples of its best traditional dishes. During this group tour, we made 4 stops at fantastic restaurants throughout the city with a well-informed and personable guide. This experience allowed me to taste dishes I would not typically order (like pickled cheese, for example), and we learned why the dishes and restaurants were popular with locals. Our walks between the restaurants also taught us a lot about Prague, and the guide helped answer any questions. This was such an enriching dining experience that I now want to do other food tours in different countries.
Chimney Cake Bakeries – for dessert
Chimney cakes can be found throughout Prague spinning delightfully over heated coals. Around the Old Town Square streets, there are many places to pop in and try one. You can have them plain, coated with sugar, or stuffed with goodies like whipped cream, chocolate, and ice cream. These are a perfect dessert to stroll around with as you admire the sights and the architecture.