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All things food in Prague by the people who run the coolest food tours in town. (At least our moms say so.) Our pension plan is to die young and fat, so this is to document our (hopefully) short lives.

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Bienvenue a Prague! While there are fancier French eateries in Prague, La Gare is hard to beat when it comes to atmosphere and sheer joy. Come for lunch if you want to experience the buzz of office rats coming for well-priced lunch specials. Our favourite? The duck-fat fries, of course. Great selection of pates and jams made in house, too.
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An average Czech visiting the Lokál pub at Dlouhá in the evening drinks nine beers a sitting. Yup, that's nine. But who could blame them? Even if you thought you knew Pilsner Urquell, until you've had it fresh and unpasteurized, you haven't had nothing. Just sayin'.
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You may have heard about Vietnamese cuisine in Prague, and what you've heard is true: it's that good. But no one does it better than Gao Den: where others are just bistros, Gao Den has higher ambitions shown in flavor combinations, playing and service. And getting there shows you a completely different side of Prague. A side full of Communist panel houses and concrete. Still, the food is worth the effort.
Sure, while the new Paprika bistro is a strong contender, Maso a kobliha is still Prague's King of Shakshuka in our book. And while getting craft beers for breakfast may sound strange, it definitely does feel right. (Also pictured: Scotch eggs, burnt caramel tart and mushroom toast. Yum!)
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Oh, the tyranny of Saturday coffee with friends. Kavarna Misto is one of the three coffee shops owned by the ubiquitous Doubleshot roasters and just like the other ones, it offers a mix of great coffee, technology and skilled staff. Although the breakfasts and snacks have room for improvement, we come back for a quick coffee fix and a cinnamon roll. And work - we get a lot of work done here. Our favorite spot? The stairs just left of the entry. So don’t sit there.
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Rucha Bhat 3 months ago
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Hey Jan Valenta ,
I have multiple questions which are listed below, love to hear some great responses from you -
1. Is it a good time to visit Prague in the month of May/June ?
2. Also do you have any ongoing festivals during that time ?
3. How long does it take to explore the city. I am assuming a 5 day trip should be good enough ?
4. Approximate cost for a day with food + beer, sightseeing ? Not inclusive of stay.

Thanks a ton !
Hi Rucha! I am happy you are considering Prague! Here's your answers:
1. Great time weather-wise. There will already be some tourism but it won't be as bad as during later months.
2. The Prague Spring festival of classical music ends in early May, and the Prague Food Festival is usually held at the end of May.
3. 5 days are great to explore both the main sights and some residential districts, or a day trip to Kutna Hora or elsewhere.
4. Prague is very affordable and caters to many budgets so that's really up to you. But you can eat lunch or dinner easily for EUR 10 or 15, incl. a beer. (Beer is the cheapest thing on the menu here at about 1.5 EUR per glass. Yup, this is paradise.)
In any case, have fun in Prague!
Jan
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Rucha Bhat 3 months ago
Thank you so much Jan Valenta ..These are very detailed replies to all my questions !!
Another Friday, another bar. This time, our absolute favorite: Parlour in the Krakovska street. No drinks menu - just tell the bartenders what alcohol and flavors you'd like, and magic will happen in the form of a perfectly crafted drink. But why does a visit always have to end in the KFC down the road? Blame it on the alcohol.
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Had a great weekend, but can't wait to start our week the right way - with a cup of coffee at onesip. Great coffee by Roundhill Roasters from Bath, UK, fresh flowers every day, and the feeling you're a regular after a few visits. Doesn't get better than that. Have a great week everyone!
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Rainy day means soup time for us. And the best Kulajda, the classic Czech potato soup, is to be had, curiously, in the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental hotel. Sure, eating the classic soup with dill, mushrooms, potatoes and sous-vide egg in what essentially is an Asian restaurant is borderline wrong, but we can't stop coming back for it. Their artisanal cocktails will smooth out any awkward feelings you may have about the whole situation. Enjoy!
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Ignas Pečiūra 3 months ago
Just looking at it made me more hungry 🤣
Having a dinner outside on a hot day while avoiding touristy cliches can be tough in Prague. Enter Milada in the Letná district: run by the wife of Mr Sahajdák, the Executive Chef of the Michelin-star La Degustation, the nouvelle bistro serves simple but fun dishes in a streamlined format and a fun atmosphere. And their seating in the herbs garden in the back is an oasis of calm. Check out their opening times before you go!
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TGIF! Ask anyone with a drinking problem in Prague what their favorite bars in town are, and Hemingway Bar will always pop up. And who are we to argue? Since they revamped their drinks menu recently, HB's creations became even more playful and delicious. Ask for anything with Becherovka for that local feeling. Enjoy the weekend!
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Karen Lara Williams 4 months ago
Love that place!
The Letná district has been getting its groove back for quite some time, and it's a great place for museums, galleries and cultural explorations. And hot dogs. We like the Chicago dog (pictured) at Mr Hot Dog, and their sliders are surprisingly good too. Recommended beverage pairing? You're joining, right? Starts with a B and rhymes with "deer".
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With degrees well above 30C/85F, we love a place with air-conditioning. And good food. Momoichi Coffetearia in the Vinohrady district ticks both boxes. Great coffee and tea prepared with the quite fetching Steampunk complimented by Asian-inspired dishes ranging from decent to great (live their Wonton dumplings). Now only to figure out how you turn the seat heating off on their hi-tech Japanese toilet...
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This salmon Donburi with crispy vegetables and a soy-yuzu sauce was a pretty sweet choice for a summer day lunch: light and with layers of flavor from the crisp yet juicy salmon and the salty salmon roe. Another great lunch at Sansho that does not seem to disappoint.
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Jan Valenta 4 months ago
Hi Karen Lara Williams, Sansho is located at Petrska 25 in the New Town. A la carte lunches, set menu dinners. As Per Meurling very truly writes, their pork belly with hoisin sauce and watermelon is the kind of dish that makes grown men cry. (And women too.)
Karen Lara Williams 4 months ago
Jan Valenta, thanks! Can't wait to try the pork belly. I'll bring tissues with me 😉
So, this beauty is a wonderful porchetta and salsa verde sandwich at The Real Meat Society, headed by Chef Paul Day of former Nobu glory. Tender and juicy, with some crunch from the skin. Oh man. The location at Naplavni street near the Dancing Building is expanding in two weeks into a bistro that will serve craft beer and meaty sandwiches. Coincidentally, two things we love. How did they know? Check it out in August!
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Rucha Bhat 3 months ago
OMG ..I want one !! 😍
Here's a July tip: Story, the Prague's foodies' secret gem that can outcook all the fancy restaurants in the centre, is sadly shutting down in August. The couple that owns the place are expecting a baby. To find out what all the buzz was about, book your table now. This will be a big loss for the Prague food scene but we hope Michal, the incredibly talented chef, will be back soon! And when he is, we will keep you posted.
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Our favorite cocktail bar in #Prague? Still Parlour. No drinks menu: just tell the bartenders roughly what you'd like to drink, and let them do the hard word. Below the radar, but so damn good. (Our favorite post-Parlour thing to do? Still the KFC down the road. A bucket of chicken just speaks to you after drinks.)
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Rucha Bhat 3 months ago
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We hate to admit it, but you can't eat Czech food all the time, especially on a hot summer day. Enter Paprika: the Spanking new Israeli bistro offers all the usual suspects - hummus, sabich, shawarma or shakshuka and falafel. We tried a bit of each and it was all pretty good. The shakshuka was sweeter than many and the eggs overdone (you can ask for eggs on the runny side though) but it was an interesting take on the classic. We will definitely be back here.
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The weather is perfect for a day trip. The best destination? The Karlovy Vary film festival, the perfect mix of Art Deco spa, great movies, Hollywood celebrities and evening parties in some of Prague's best establishments for food and drinks. Our tips: coffee at Rebublica Coffee, burgers and wine at Bokovka and Asian tidbits at Pupp Punk. Don't forget to try the Carlsbad wafer and have a shot of Becherovka, local legends. Films ahoy!
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Making family reunions a bit more bearable since the 1920s, the "chlebicek", an open-faced sandwich, has been a staple of Czech dining for ages. For a gourmet version, head over to Sisters in the Dlouhá foodie arcade. Sure, they all look pretty good, but you can't beat the tried-and-tested ham-potato salad-egg combo. Our personal favorites include the best purée and goat cheese, and the pickled herring with wasabi mayo. Enjoy!
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Sunday is Pizza Day here at Taste of Prague. Where do we go to have a pie? Sure, San Carlo may look like a badly disguised money laundering scheme but it, coincidentally, serves the best Pizza Napoletana in town. And when you can't decide, you go half Margherita, half Diavola. Molto bene!
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The cherry season in #Prague. Coming to a farmers market or convenience store near you. Just skip a meal and enjoy these sweet, crunchy and zesty beauties. That's the best summer tip we can give you.
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Rick Kroft 5 months ago
We just picked cherries this week here. They are so good.
Sure, they may be inspired by St John's in London, but the marrow bones with parsley salad in Kantýna, a true shrine of meat in the New Town, are killing it in Prague, too. Just ask for "Czech oysters". Have fun!
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Our happy place in Prague... the Bokovka wine bar. 🍷🍾🍷
Hooray for the weekend! To spend it the best in #Prague, start smart with breakfast over at the uber cool Eska in the Karlin district. (Outside seating ftw!) Follow strong today with the United Islands music festival in the Karlinske names the square nearby. Have fun!
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Yup, it's 35C/95F in Prague. If you're struggling in the Old Town, the ice-cream at Creme de la Creme will do you some good. Worth the line. Our favorites? The chili chocolate is cool and spicy at the same time. And the salty peanut ain't bad either. Good vegan options too if that's your thing. Stay cool!
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Konnichiwa from Prague! At 8 EUR, this Udon lunch combo at our favorite Mash Hana near the Prague Castle is as good as it gets. Is it Tokyo quality? Nope, but it is authentic and served in a friendly atmosphere, and you are eating among Japanese expats. One of our favorite hangouts in Prague that we keep coming back to for a quick Japanese fix.
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We hereby declare the affogato season open. Prague loves affogatos in the summer, and you should join the movement. Look for places that carry the 2AD ice-cream, like Muj salek kavy or EMA Espresso Bar, and go crazy: blueberry for an umami bomb, hazelnut for Nutella fans. Or go to onesip coffee for affogato with a shot of rum. Just ask for the "First Kiss". Have fun!
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Just got back from NYC, and Sunday brunch at Cafe Savoy is the best welcome, as always. Super popular over the weekends, so book early! (Not pictured: Champagne. It just makes so much sense on a Sunday, and with prices of about 10 EUR per glass of a boutique Champagne, you'd feel stupid if you did not get one. 'Nuff said. )
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We may be starting a theme here but just letting you know that cronuts have arrived in Prague. And they're actually pretty delicious, served by the spanking brand new Oh Deer Bakery, right next to our all-time favorite bakery, Praktika. How do they compare to the trademarked Dominique Ansel's creation? Well, they're different. But still good enough to jog for across the city because that's probably the only way to earthen guilt-free. Come early - they sell out quick.
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Happy National Donut Day! Oh, we love donuts here at Taste of Prague, and these vanilla custard-filled beauties from Maso a Kobliha are our favorites. And you can have any flavor, as long as it's vanilla custard. Enjoy!
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I had two memorable dinners at The Blue Duck -- U Modré Kachničky -- a few years back. Have you been to this place? What do you think of it?
Hi! The Blue Duckling is a nice place and the duck is great, but there is not much local life inside - it's mostly visited by travelers. For a more local life and great duck, I would try either U Bansethu (for lunch) or the newly opened Next Door for a fancier dinner. Always pair with a glass of cold, fresh Pilsner. (Jeez, I am getting hungry here.) Have fun!
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hi
we're planning a short trip to prague and we'd like to taste some of the country's besties in terms of main courses and deserts.
What 2 restaurants would you recommend. We're looking for a local pocket friendly and another classy one.

Thank you
Hi guys! Happy to hear you're coming to Prague! For classy traditional, go to Next Door. For modern Czech, definitely Eska in the Karlin district. And for desserts, Café Savoy, which can also double as a fancy one. And for super cheap and adventurous and that 1974-Communist feeling, try lunch at Lidova jídelna Tesnov at your own risk. Have fun!
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So helpful @jan valenta 👍
Thank you
With Slovaks and Ukrainians being the biggest expat communities in Prague, it's strange that we don't have more Eastern European restaurants here. Bistro Valecek is the first of what we hope will me soon many. Great pelmene and vareniky, borscht and spinach pancakes pan-fried in butter that are out of this world. Finish with post-meal coffee at Kavarna Místo nearby.
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Looking for a shrine of meat in #Prague? Kantyna in the New Town will scratch that itch. Meat and fresh Pilsner - the way Czechs like it. If you listen closely, you can actually hear vegans cry somewhere in the distance.
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