If you are doing a quick tour of Prague you might want to eat on the run instead of sitting down to a meal at a restaurant, which will easily swallow an hour or two of your day. If you’re in a hurry or on a budget, try these street food options while on the way to Prague castle or exploring the old town.
Street food in Prague may not appeal to everyone but it is available if in need of a quick snack or lunch on the go. Throughout the city you can find various stalls, stands and vendors selling delicious Czech foods. Although some of the best street food in Prague is seasonal and only sold at the Christmas and Easter markets during the holidays, you can still find good street food all year round. These are the top items that you should definitely try while on your visit to Prague.
10. Roasted Chestnuts
Like in many European cities walking along the streets of Prague you would be able to find vendors in the street corners selling roasted chestnuts. This globally loved winter treat cooked on burning wood fills the air with fragrantly rich and sweet smells.
9. Bread dumplings and potatoes
I got this lunch from a vendor in Prague castle. Cooked on wood, this makes for a good meal to warm you up while visiting the Prague castle.
8. Párky / Sausages
The Czech like their sausages, and walking through the old town you are surely going to meet one or two vendors selling sausages. For me it is a must that you try some of the different varieties of sausages sold on Prague’s streets, such as the blood or black sausages, klobása (A spicy smoked sausage with paprika), Utopenci (A fat little bratwurst pickled with onions and peppers, served cold with rye bread) and Párek. There are many places you can visit to try Czech sausage, maybe I can compile a list of places for a later blog.
7. Potato sticks
This street food is exactly what it sounds like; spiraled potato on skewer, fried until brown and crispy. You can find these easily in many stands and stalls around the city as it is a very popular food in Prague.
6. Fried/grilled cheese sandwich
Fried Cheese sandwiches are available from Wenceslas square vendors. At first glance you would take them to be fried chicken or fish. These are thick slices of cheese which are breaded and fried before being put into a thick bun and topped with mayonnaise. I had another variation of this, with the cheese being grilled rather then fried at the Winter market set up in Wenceslas square.
7. Goulash bread bowl
Walking around Prague, you’ll find plenty of cozy café’s serving hearty stew’s in bread bowls, a traditional cuisine for the city. Goulash is a meat stew made from beef or pork, and once it’s poured into a round hollowed bread loaf, your in for a treat.
4. Trdelnik – Rolled chimney pastry
These fluffy, hot, sugar-coated pastries are baked on the streets and sold fresh all over Prague. This coned goodness can be found all year round and might be un-doubtfully the most popular street food in Prague as vendors selling this sweet treat can be found all over the city, especially in Old town and Mala Strana.
There’s something totally satisfying in having a waffle, the delicious combination of warm and fluffy, golden and crunchy. in winter, when all the winter markets are set up in Prague’s streets you will find many places to fulfill your appetite for these delicious treats. And there are so many variations, going from the classic plain waffle, to waffles filled with apple tart sauce, caramel, waffles on a stick.
2. Warm Honey wine & Mulled wine
This is not exactly street food, more of a street drink, but the best way to warm up in the cold is to sip on some hot wine. Honey wine is a traditional Czech warm drink but you can also get the classic mulled wine, usually made from red wine, mulling spices and sugar. The Honey wine also has different variations, I saw a stand selling Almond honey wine next to Prague castle.
You can get this warm drink from most restaurants and other vendors around the city. The restaurants of Old Town square had also set up mulled wine stands outside their business to attract people. If you are in Prague during the Christmas holiday season, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to these stands, I recommend that while you’re visiting the Christmas Market in Old Towns square buy a warm glass of mulled wine and sip and enjoy it while browsing for souvenirs and gifts.
1. Plzenskar Restaurant
Even though this is not street food, it is worth a visit to one of the most charming and lively restaurant I have visited in years. The restaurant serves traditional Czech food as well as other international dishes, not excessively priced and exquisite. You can CLICK HERE to visit their website and browse at their menu, because if you’re in Prague I highly recommend this place.