Eating and Drinking in Prague | The Highlights

If you couldn't already tell from our Taste of Prague tour that food in Prague is amazing, then check out these additional eateries that we hit up in Prague! Good food is everywhere, so why is it so special in Prague? Well, because of recent history! Prague was under communist rule from 1946 to 1989 which greatly influenced the decline in eateries in the city. While on our food tour, we were shown a typical cookbook that all restaurants were to follow under communism and it looked terrible!  So if you can imagine, the food scene was bleak during these times (think cafeteria food everyday). Since the fall of communism, Prague's food scene has been able to flourish and thrive with inventive cooks who are putting a modern twist on Czech classics, as well as keeping the oldies. 

A few of our eating stops in Prague....

Of course, while in Prague you must follow up a meal with a Trdelnik, a traditional Slovak rolled pastry. I have no idea how you pronounce these delicious little treats but I loved watching them cooking over an open fire. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! And to go with these, stop in a cafe to get a Bailey's espresso. Perfect combination!


On our second night in Prague, I had my most memorable meal in Prague. Quite possibly my most memorable meal so far in Europe (aside from Greece, they are on a whole other level). I booked us a table at Casserol. Yes, Casserol. And of course we joked about the name the whole walk over. We arrived and were kindly greeted by the hostess who took us down some stairs explaining that the dining area was in a 12th century cellar. We passed the open kitchen and saw some of the delicacies and knew we were in for a treat. The low lit cellar was very romantic.

at night the lights dim and candles light the room
We were served an amuse bouche on the house and were served a glass of wine a piece. We chose a meat platter starter. Van had the pork belly and I chose the chicken dish. Both were divine. Seriously, I wanted to lick my plate but I knew it would be inappropriate. We then chose a dessert to share and a glass of dessert wine. The service was impeccable, the food was flawless and you would think we would have spent a fortune.

excuse the bad iphone pics
They brought the bill........$71.50 with tip included (converted). Are you kidding me? My budgeting heart was bursting out of my chest! Amuse bouche, starter, mains, dessert, wine, tip....all of that! If you go to Prague, eat at Casserol and have a fabulous dining experience on the cheap. Unbelievable I tell you! We should have gone the next night!

Sunday lunch, we stopped in at Vojanuv Dvur and waaaaay over ordered. Oh well, when in Prague. This place served up what I would call basic Czech pub food and cheap pints.


As you can see from the food tour and these options, there is a lot of meat! Prague is not an easy place to be if you are vegetarian or vegan. I rarely saw a salad on a menu however there are always veggie sides with your meat. There also are plenty of Italian, French and Asian restaurants to find other dishes than traditional Czech food! Tip: Go to Prague hungry!

And now for the drinking portion....

Prague is cheap. Beers are delicious and if you are in a non-touristy pub or restaurant, which is easy to find, beers are about $1.70 a pint for a Pilsner Urquell or Kozel (our favorites)! This is cheaper than America and waaayyy cheaper than England, where we are used to paying about $6.50 a pint! Our weak little dollar went a long way in Prague! So instead of spending a night in the pub, we checked out a few other neat little spots that are definitely worth the trip and easy on your wallet!

Absintherie
Since we had never had proper Absinthe, we stopped in Absintherie to check it out. The waitress sets you up with a water pitcher that slowly drops water onto a sugar cube and into your chosen Absinthe. It was fun way to have a drink! We sat and watched and chatted while our drink made itself! While Absinthe is not my favorite drink, it was interesting to have it made the right way. Van chose the Butterfly Absinthe and I would recommend this type for sure! 



Hemingway's Rum Bar
With over 260 rums available, we knew we had to make a trip here as Van is a rum lover. We didn't make a reservation and had to wait a good while before a seat was available. There is no standing in this bar....it's fairly posh and you are served by waiters unless you are actually sitting at the bar. The interior was cozy with rich tones and low lighting. Romantic and casual at the same time. We started out at a table and finished at the bar, making friends with an American pair and a British couple. The bartenders were really friendly and made us up some special drinks that weren't part of the menu. Take a look at some of these inventive drinks!


Van's drink was served in a Hemingway book! 

Hemingway's was the highlight of our nights out in Prague. Had we been in the states, I would have expected our tab to be around $75 + tip. However, we left barely breaking $50 including tip. Outstanding quality and service for the price! This is a must while in Prague!


So this is just the tip of the iceberg on what Prague has to offer food and drink wise. Prague is the perfect place to go and have a fabulous time without breaking the bank which make my heart do a little dance!

My top 3 Dining Options: Casserol, Sansho, Sisters....just GO.

And now I'm hungry.

Final list of dining places visited in Prague (tour included)

Have you been to Prague and had a fab meal? Where was your favorite?

For more on Prague

Taste of Prague Tour 
Vysehrad and Markets | Prague Castle and Sights
K+K Hotel Central Prague | Beer Spa



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37 comments

  1. Yup...I'm going to Prague. You've convinced me. I LOVE FOOD. Eating is my favorite part of traveling, and everything pictured here looks incredible. How do you go about eating a Trdelnik? Do you nibble around the edge?

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  2. I just kinda pulled pieces off with my hands but my husband just went for it and took a big bite haha!! It's one long piece of dough wrapped around a cylinder so once its baked, its easy to pull a piece off :) Eating is my fave part of travelling as well and Prague delivered!!

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  3. Oooh.. Yum, yum, yum! I had a trdelnik in Prague, mainly because the shape is just so unusual! :)

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  4. Your Absinthe sounds like such a blast! I love those unforgettable meals where each dish is just as amazing as the others!

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  5. On my goodness trdelnik looks delicious! I had proper absinthe in a absinthe bar in Paris and I can't say that I loved the taste of it, but I liked the protocol of it. (If that makes sense.) x

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  6. Wow - that is cheap!! I've decided we're definitely not leaving London without visiting Prague first so it's on the tentative list for next year! The trdelniks are such an interesting shape! I'm not even sure how I'd go about eating that, but it'd be worth a try! Looks yummy!

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  7. I had to laugh when you called it "our week little dollar". The dollar is soooooo strong in my opinion against the weak little crown, especially during the time you traveled! Now is really the best time to travel Europe on the pound or dollar. But I digress-- I loved this post. Caserol (love the name) looks like a wonderful date night type of place! I'll have to keep it in mind for a special evening out :) Looks like you got quite the well-rounded experience. Gotta try absinthe when in Prague for the first time!

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  8. You've made me want to visit Prague even more (as if that were possible)! I'm all about eating my way through a new place--and Prague looks like it would fit into that itinerary quite nicely. :)

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  9. Prague is the perfect eating city! And perfect to walk it all off on the winding cobblestone streets :)

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  10. Yes, Hemingways will be perfect! Make a reservation though! And if you eat at Casserol, don't tell me about it because I will be jealous haha!!

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  11. I can't imagine! Yes, the dollar has been gaining some ground although there have been times in the last year where I just wanted to cry! BUT....take your crowns to Casserol! :) It truly has been one of my most memorable dining experiences so far!

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  12. I couldn't get over the price of the meal. Especially coming from England! And had we been there another night, I have a feeling we would have played "lets see how many pints we can drink for $20" haha! It was just such a breath of fresh air from the pound!

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  13. Makes total sense! The setup was really interesting and worth a go.....but mine was actually gross. Van chose an absinthe that actually tasted good but would not be my choice of drink at any other time!

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  14. The set up for the absinthe was really cool, but would not be my choice of drink for a whole night out! But hey, now I can say I've tried it :)

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  15. I really like the trdelniks! I was surprised at how much I liked them and it was fun to just wander down the street munching on one :)

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  16. Oh I'm super jealous of the two bars you went to! I wanted to visit them but I don't usually feel comfortable going to a bar myself when I'm in somewhere I'm not familiar with. J was at a conference all day so it was never a possibility. Next time I'm going there!

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  17. Now this post is right up my alley! Yum! And that Absinthe tasting looks so fun!

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  18. Oh wow, this looks amazing! I have been to Prague, but now I want to go back for Casserol and the Hemingway place!

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  19. That is so cheap for a pint! Even cheaper when you convert to ££!!

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  20. Yeah I don't think I would feel comfortable enough to do that either! Next time!! Hemingways was awesome...

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  21. The Absinthe tasting was totally cool.....I was not expecting a whole setup. But my hubs was totally into and had researched which absinthe he wanted to try! He loved it!

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  22. Yes do! They both really are amazing....highlights of the trip! Except of course for the food tour :)

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  23. Pound pints.....can't beat it!! I was soooo happy :) It was almost like a challenge haha!!

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  24. A drink served in a Hemingway book?! Now that's the dream! I loved how cheap the food was in Prague! And it was all so warm and filling - so I really felt like I got my money's worth. Foodie success!

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  25. Yes it was....I even had some really great Italian from a street cafe and it was just so comforting! Loved all of it!

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  26. You guys certainly ate well while you were here! Not that it's hard to do :) I have to admit I occasionally lose perspective when it comes to the conversion, like "that's 100kc! Ridiculous!" when in fact, that's about $5. I'm going to Cafe Savoy this weekend and I can't wait! I will be making a note of Casserol for a special night out!!

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  27. Yum! I loved Cafe Savoy, especially the vetrnik and the laskonka! You will love it :) And yes, Casserol is soooo nice for a date night but not tooo expensive!

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  28. oh, this post just made me want to go back and re experience the food!! thanks for sharing it!! :)

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  29. At first I wanted to visit Prague as it looked beautiful... but now all I can think about is this glorious looking food!!! ;)

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  30. Oh man you're making me hungry. Now I know there is good eats and drinks in Prague, I have more reason to visit! Thank you for sharing!

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  31. Prague is awesome....well we thought it was anyway! And if you go, go hungry!!

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  32. Right? The food is ridiculous. I ate soooo much but I walked enough that I think I balanced it all out haha :) You have to get to Prague!!

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  33. I want to go back too!! I'm hoping there is a future trip in our plans because the food is calling my name!

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  34. haha it's good to know it's not a great place for vegetarians! And also how cool that you got to experience absinthe!

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  35. Well....you can find options, like noodle bars and I think there are one or two vegetarian restaurants, but that's about it :)

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  36. Nice, I loved Hemingway's too! I was in Prague in July with my husband and two friends, and we stumbled across it by accident not knowing anything about it. I was so surprised by how wonderful the cocktails were! I figured I would have great beer in the Czech Republic but had no expectation of coming across fantastic cocktails.

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  37. Isn't it great? We had a blast at Hemingways! We actually closed the bar down haha!! They were super personal and we had a totally unexpected amazing time :)

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