Whether you’re in Prague for 24 hours or a few days, there is one thing you shouldn’t miss and that’s the Eating Prague Food Tour. I had visited Prague before while interrailing through Europe but I only had a day to see the city and I was mesmerised by the renaissance architecture that dominated the city.
I knew that I would have to visit this beautiful city again and spend more time exploring its castles, quirky art displays and, side streets/alleyways but most importantly I wanted to spend more time feasting on the amazing Czech cuisine.
Now, I know I’m not the only person that researches the best food to eat when they’re visiting a different country.
I believe that food can give you so much insight into a country's culture and history, that I always make a point of eating locally when I travel. And what better way to do that-than to do a food tour with a local guide.
So, before I left for my weekend break in Prague, I made sure that I booked the Eating Prague Food Tour (to be honest I booked the food tour before I even booked my hotel).
The same company also runs food tours in Rome, London (I will be trying this one soon) and Amsterdam.
The Prague Food Tour promises old-world charm and history told through local cuisine you’ll love.
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Prague Food Tour Details
The food tour runs from Monday to Saturday (no tours on Sunday), tours start at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm.
This is a 4-hour walking food tour of Prague that covers six stops starting in the Old Town and weaving its way through to the New Town. The tour group size is around 10 people, so the groups very personal.
My guide for the day was Eva a local who was born and raised in Prague, with plenty of local knowledge. She supplied us with information and told us about other local places to visit after our food tour.
The ticket was £79.
Spots on the Eating Prague Food Tour
This gingerbread shop owned by sisters-in-law is single handedly reviving Prague’s gingerbread tradition, and it only takes one look inside the shop to see why. It looks like something out of a children’s storybook.
Approaching the shop front and meeting point for the Prague food tour, all I could do was stop and stare, admiring the detailing of every gingerbread man on the doors (I also took a hundred photos just of the doors).
Entering the shop is like entering a little cookie palace. With slices of traditional cakes mounted on cake stands, gingerbread men beautifully decorated by hand and rows of biscuits next to each other displayed through glass cases. It was hard not to try every cake and biscuit in sight.
On the food tour, we tasted three separate options (gingerbread, poppy seed kolache and a shortbread-like biscuit).
The classic Czech gingerbread cake is made from (butter, honey, nuts and warming spices). The ginger taste was very mild not strong as I thought it would be. My favourites were the poppy seed Kolache and the shortbread biscuit
At Sisters, the classic chlebíčky or (open-faced sandwich as it is better known) is given a twist by the famous Czech chief Hana Michopulu.
On the menu for the tour were various open-faced sandwiches– an egg salad and ham, one celeriac and one beetroot with my favourites being the latter which were fresh, light and well-seasoned.
Who knew that beetroot could taste so good!
The sandwiches were not only delicious, they were also beautiful to the eyes. People don’t just eat with their bellies, but also their eyes. I really liked the way sandwiches were presented and the freshness and vibrancy off the colours from the toppings such as the beetroot and celeriac.
Across from Sisters is Nase Maso, which is a meat lover’s dream. It’s the fanciest butchers I’ve ever seen. Half of this artisan butchers shop is encased in see-through glass so that you can witness the pieces of meat being cut as you devour the Prague ham and Prestice sausage.
After one taste of the ham topped with a spread of mustard and sweet pickle on freshly baked bread. I understood why this place was so busy.
Our guide told us that the sausage is made from 100% meat and you can tell this by the fact that it has kept its shape after being cooked. You can also pick your cut of meat and they can cook it for you there, or they can recommend various cuts of meat depending on your preferences. They also do their own, burgers, sandwiches and their signature tartar sauce.
Like most of the shops on this list, the meat at Nase Maso is seasonal and everything at Nase Maso is made in-house.
There’s even a section where you can order your meat, stock and other products online for delivery.
Perníčkův Sen, Sisters and Nase Maso were off the tourist track and frequented by locals. The shops were very small with limited seating inside. Sisters and Nase Maso, are opposite each other inside a centre.
Nase Maso has standing tables lining the side of the shop, so you can grab your order, stand at one of the tables and have your food. This seemed normal to the locals and we had our tasting from both shops while standing outside which was fine.
We made our way into the New Town and ascended to the 8th floor of the Jindrisska tower to Restaurant Zvonice. We get a view of the street that ran between the Old Town and the New Town via the large gothic windows covering both floors, with the original wooden beams and the Bell of St. Maria, cast in 1518.
We only had one course here which was the Old Bohemian soup. This was one of the best soup I’ve ever tried, it had tons of flavour, a as well-seasoned fine sauerkraut soup with roasted chanterelles and, baked mashed potatoes, sprinkled with sausage and topped with sour cream.
It was one of my favourite dishes on the food tour and I would have it again.
Styl & Interier
This little-hidden gem located in the middle of Prague felt like an oasis after leaving the busy streets and entering into this courtyard café and interior shop. This place looked as thought it had come straight from the pages of Vogue Interior magazine.
The food here changes seasonally, but they always serve delicious appetisers with a typically Czech tipple. You can also buy the tables, chairs and other items that you see in the café.
After leaving we passed through the Czech National Bank to see the Upside-Down Statue of King Wenceslas Riding a Dead Horse, which was something different on a food tour. Walking around you’ll find many quirky interesting works art hidden in plain sight dotted around Prague.
Carrying the name of the world-famous gallery, Café Louvre has been in business since 1902.
Café Louvre was a place where the brightest and best minds gathered to dine such as Albert Einstein, Franz Kafka and famous writers during the early 20th century.
At this stop, we tasted the svickova (Czech dumpling, braised beef and cranberry compote) followed up by a legendary slice of jablecny zavin (apple strudel).
Our guide informed us that the dumplings taste best when completely covered in the creamy sauce and she was right. I think I could have had a second serving of this dish (a must try if you visit Prague).
On this food tour, I’ve learnt that the Czechs have more to offer than just beer. I've learnt that their cuisine is delicious, and how the Czech cuisine is recovering from the Communist era. The Czech’s pride themselves on using quality local produce in their cooking.
The six places that we visited were all phenomenal and unique in their own way, we also walked through some of the prettiest and most historical areas of Prague guided by a knowledgeable local. I know that some of the places we visited such as Styl & Interier, I wouldn’t have found on my own.
I would highly recommend the Eating Prague Food Tour, to anyone visiting Prague whether it's for a day, a weekend getaway or even a few weeks. This was without a doubt, the highlight of my weekend in Prague and I’ll be trying out their food tour in London.