Eating Our Way Through Prague: One Family’s Culinary Adventures

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I love to eat.

I love to eat abroad even more.

There’s something about the wonder of opening up a menu and not having a clue of what the words mean. I am mesmerized by the foreign sounds my mouth makes as I try to read and order from menus abroad and fascinated by the endless possibilities of what I may or may not have just ordered.

This fascination explains why the food bracket in our budget is ALWAYS the one with the highest expenses. We may skimp on hotels, we may cut corners on transportation, we may even create an itinerary around the free entrance days, but we never watch our food budget.

And so it is that we found ourselves in Prague, a hungry family looking for some grub. Is Prague’s culinary scene child friendly? Did the kiddo find something she liked to eat? What is a child to eat on an adventure in Prague?

This is what we found:

TRDELNIK

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Trdelnik, Chimney Cake, is named after it’s shape, insanely delicious and addictive, and everywhere in town! It’s shameful how many of these we ate while in Prague.

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Just look at the size of those Trdelniks

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Trdelnik is yummy by itself… and amazing stuffed with chocolate, vanilla ice cream, or apple strudel!

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The yeast dough is wrapped around the long cooking sticks and slowly cooked. When done it will be covered in sugar, cinnamon, and, if you so wish, a sugary walnut mixture. The result is always delicious.

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EL TORO NEGRO

Every visitor to Prague eventually finds themselves at the heart of Prague: Old Town Square. With so much beauty and cobbled streets to discover in the area, meal time is never too far behind. For us, having a meal in Old Town Square was a chance to sit down and take in the beauty of the area- with a delicious meal in hand. El Toro Negro did not disappoint.

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Filet Mignon, medium rare, cooked to perfection. And that sauce! yum.

 

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Andy’s HUGE burger. Yes, he ate it all!

The hubby, the pickiest eater in the group, traveled all the way to Prague to eat burgers (you think I’m kidding, I’m not). And this was the best one of them all. He says it was as good as it is big!

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The kiddo ordered some delicious chicken quesadillas… because the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

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We loved the weather in Prague: warm enough to enjoy walking around but still cold enough to bundle up and enjoy some hot chocolate on a cold Prague day.

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The view from our table at El Toro Negro

With views of the Astronomical Clock, The Old Town Square Tower and St. Nicholas Church, our meal delivered on all that we wanted.

KINGSWOOD APPLE CIDER

Found throughout Prague’s Easter Markets, Kingswood Apple Cider quickly became our beverage of choice. It’s refreshing, deliciously tasty, and great for an on-the-go family. We found ourselves popping in, ordering one, and enjoying as we continued to walk and gawk at the beauty that is Prague. Andy and I both highly recommend you taste this apple cider while in Prague.

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OLIVA VERDE

Oliva Verde Restaurant is another establishment set in Old Town Square. I’m always a little leary when eating at touristy locations but we had nothing but great luck and meals at Old Town. This place is the site of the best roast duck I had in Prague- and I ate it at three different locations! What can I say? I love duck.

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Italian in Prague

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Yummy, delicious, scrumptious, tasty, delectable, succulent, rich… I could go on and on, but you get the point

I totally meant to take a picture of the food before eating it, but it was so delicious I couldn’t stop myself. By the time I did, well, this was what was left! Hot apple cider, hot chocolate with rum, roast duck on a bed of red cabbage with dumplings, Lasagne alla Napoletana, and a whole Pizza Margherita that was so good my kid completely devoured it!

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When the pizza came out I honestly thought we would have leftovers. Turns out walking all day brought out a huge appetite in my kid because she ate the whole thing! She highly recommends the Pizza Margherita.

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The hot apple cider is delicious and perfect on a cold day. Andy opted for the hot chocolate with rum and wanted seconds.

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And, of course, there’s that view again. This is what we had to look at as we ate that delicious meal! We even got to watch the Astronomical Clock do its thing twice and all from the comfort of our seats.

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AT THE OLD TOWN SQUARE EASTER MARKET

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This cheese on bread snack was a pretty interesting taste experience. Coupled with some Kingswood Apple Ciders and the magic of Old Town Square all decked out for Easter Week and we had ourselves a fun night.

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Old Town Square during Easter Week

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Klobasa anyone?

Klobasa, sausage with mustard, lettuce, horseradish and cabbage quickly won our hearts and bellies. Even better, it was available throughout the city and the Easter markets. Suffice it to say that, whenever we felt a little hunger pain, especially later on at night, it was klobasa to the rescue. Klobasa is the perfect evening snack.

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Of course, because we were in Prague during Easter Week, we were able to enjoy our evening snack with a great view of school children playing musical instruments and demonstrating traditional dances. Old Town Square is as charming at night as it is during the day.

LORETA RESTAURANT BY PRAGUE CASTLE

This little place was cute and charming and actually had good food… but they charged me for table service (as in cutlery) and other basic needs. I realize it’s in a tourist area but it was the first time in Prague that I felt like we were completely being taken advantage of. I choose to let things like that slide off of me and not dwell on them because karma will set everything straight eventually.

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The kiddo was happy to sit down and relax after a nice, long walk to my old apartment in Praha 6.

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Pecena kachna- roast duck served with dumplings and braised red cabbage

This amazing dish quickly rose to the top of the ranks as my favorite meal in Prague.

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This chicken dish was actually very tasty and I wish I could recommend the restaurant. The food is good, but the service is horrible. Consider yourself warned.

PIZZERIA CANZONE

This cozy pizzeria was recommended to us by our apartment hosts and late one night we decided to finally try it. Located about two blocks from Charles Bridge, on the Mala Strana side, Pizzeria Canzone offered home-style pizzas and great service. We ordered the Margherita and the Prosciutto di Parma e rucola pizzas. Both were delicious and a hit with the kiddo.

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The brick oven was manned by a delightful man who, when he noticed that the waitress was busy, just asked us what we wanted and started to create our pizzas immediately. The restaurant was busy but the attention to it’s customers stood out.

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Prosciutto di Parma e rucola pizza

HOT COCOA ON THE CASTLE GROUNDS

Best hot chocolate ever! We found it being sold at one of the Easter Market stands inside the Prague castle complex and wish we would have bought some to bring home. But, who am I kidding? No way that stuff would have made it past the day, much less all the way home. The chocolate was so yummy it barely made it into the hot milk!

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Individually wrapped, each chocolate spoon is ready to be dipped in hot milk and stirred to perfection.

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Hot chocolate at Prague Castle

We all bought the same hot chocolate “spoon”, we all mixed it for the same amount of time, so why the different shades? I’m guessing it’s because of the amount of licking to the chocolate covered spoon! And I’ll be the first to confess that my hot chocolate is the lightest. That’s right, the chocolate was so yummy I almost ate it all off the spoon.

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She just had to lick it in the end.

LUNCH AT PRAGUE CASTLE EASTER MARKET

While enjoying the Prague castle complex, we came across the Easter market on the grounds and immediately realized it was lunch time! All the classic favorites were present and we wasted no time in trying each one.

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Halusky- Potato Gnocchi

Mackenzie enjoyed the Halusky prepared right in front of her

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Klobasa- Sausage on the grill

Kolbasa is amazing. We had the chance to try it several times but this one stand at the Prague Castle Easter Market was the best. I highly recommend that you try this in Prague.

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The joy that Czech food brings my family

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Another memorable meal with a view- this time from the floor outside of St. George’s Basilica.

AROUND MALA STRANA

Late at night we often found ourselves strolling around a quieter Prague. A few steps from our apartment we found this window, on the ground, looking down into the basement dinning room of a restaurant. We meant to go back to eat there…

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PIVNICE U ZLATEHO SLONA

Throughout our stay in Prague, walking became our chief mode of transportation. We didn’t mean for this to happen. I fully expected to be taking the trams and metro around town. But then we would walk a block to check out a tower, then another block to gaze at the beautiful architecture, then another block to see what lay beyond the corner, then… well, then we had been walking for hours. It was fun to discover so many side streets and random spots throughout Prague. And, as always, eventually we’d get hungry and just plop down.

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This tasty restaurant was at the right place at the right time- which is great because the Svickova was delicious.

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Svickova- braised beef with dumplings

Svickova is a classic dish of braised beef covered in a vegetable cream sauce and served with bread dumplings, cranberry sauce, and unsweetened whipped cream. It is as delicious as it looks and definitely a dish you want to try while in Prague.

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The beef was cooked to perfection, the sauce was creamy and savory, and the dumplings were the best way to scoop up the extra sauce. This dish is worth the trip to Prague!

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And yes, Andy had a burger. He liked it, but the winner of the cheeseburger wars goes to El Toro Negro. You thought I was kidding huh? You didn’t really believe me when I said my husband traveled all the way to Prague to eat burgers. See, I wasn’t kidding.

AND, BECAUSE EVERYONE NEEDS A SNACK EVENTUALLY

As we walked around town and enjoyed the many Easter Markets set up, we found that there was always a fruit stand selling delicious looking berries and fruits.

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Pork anyone?

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Medovina and Svarak

Medovina, hot honey wine, and Svarak, warm mulled wine, are two of the adventurous drinks we found ourselves tasting. While we didn’t go back for seconds, we certainly enjoyed the thrill for our palates.

CAPTAIN CANDY

This candy store kept luring my child and husband in with its promises of sugar, candy shaped sugar, and gummy bear shaped sugar. Eventually, I caved in. I am ashamed to admit that we spent more on candy here than at lunch. For candy. Candy we can very easily buy anywhere in the world. Like, down the street from our house. And cheaper. Learn from my mistake: stay strong and just don’t let them go in (them being the kids and husband).

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Decorated like a pirate ship, the candy is found inside large barrel containers. You will immediately notice the lack of price up front.

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Shortly after this picture I was asked by one of the attendants to put my camera away as the establishment does not allow for photography.

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Huge gummy bear. My kid was pleased.

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Happy Kid

This is, of course, just a fun little sample of everything we ate in Prague. Yes, we stuffed ourselves. Yes, we loved eating in Prague. Yes, we can’t wait to go back! And, most importantly, YES, Prague is incredibly child friendly in its culinary options. Mackenzie enjoyed eating out in Prague’s restaurants and we found the menu options perfect for both children and adults. Prague is one place where we know the adult and child friendly food options will never disappoint.

 

 

 

 

 

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