Of course, my list of lovely Czech meals and sweets could go on forever. However, if you travel to Prague during your time abroad, I’ve compiled the top 4 foods you must try, along with my favorite restaurants, to gain a sneak peek into Czech culture.
1. Dumplings (Knedlíky)
If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, sweet dumplings are also an option. Sweet dumplings are commonly filled with poppy seeds, curd cheese, or fruit jam.
To sample any kind of dumpling imaginable, I recommend visiting the restaurant Havelská Koruna. Havelská Koruna is set up cafeteria-style (so you can keep going up for more!) and offers a wide array of traditional Czech foods. It’s also cheap and super close to the NYU Prague campus. Plus, as you order dumplings individually, you can mix and match to your heart’s desire!
2. Goulash (Guláš)
Look for amazing goulash at Havelská Koruna (as previously mentioned). The restaurant regularly rotates its goulash selection, often featuring Hungarian and Mexican variations as well as the option to choose between pork and beef goulash.
3. Fried Cheese (Smažený sýr)
For an amazing cheese experience, I suggest eating at Lokál—a restaurant chain with 6 locations across Prague. Again, they serve an array of Czech dishes, but they’re known for their fried cheese and adorable atmosphere.
4. Open Sandwiches (Chlebíčky)
Another lunch spot close to NYU Prague is Paneria Paul. With tons of chlebíčky combinations at just over $1.20 a piece, you can purchase several without breaking the bank. Pictured above from left to right is their egg, “celebration” (assortment of meats and cheeses), and cheese varieties.
As Czech food is rarely talked about and hard to come by even in New York City, I’ve enjoyed trying traditional Czech meals previously unknown to me. I hope these dishes have inspired you to sample the tastes of a new country and visit Prague during your time abroad. After all, what better way is there to interact with a culture than through its food?