Hot summer days just ask for a scoop (or two, or three) of some good and tasty ice-cream. Luckily, there are many occasions when you can find it; almost every city offers its own cold delicacies for tired tourists that walk all day long. Prague, an old city full of beautiful historical sites and beautiful monuments to see is no exception. Actually, Prague is, in a quite fascinating way, waking up from a difficult history marked by communism, and is living, right now, a great gastronomy boom. Young people are founding new cafes with delicious homemade cakes and chocolate, good wine, and beer. On the other side, traditional businesses with long histories progressively renew their glory. Ice-cream stands and boutiques are great parts of these changes. Here is a short list of the best ice-creams that you should not miss in this beautiful old city with a young spirit:
Let’s begin with the oldest Prague ice-cream shop, Ovocny Svetozor, located at Vodickova tram station. The milk bar, hidden in an old art-nouveau passage called Svetozor, is owned by the most famous pastry chef from the Czech Republic, Hajek. The enormous queues that are in front of his store prove it! Even if there are a lot of people, try to wait and to buy a few scoops to go, as his ice-creams are must-tries. The choice is extremely big and it will be really difficult to choose. There are light fruit sorbets (try the blueberry one, it is a pure pleasure!) as well as classical creamy flavours such as chocolate or vanilla. However, the real Hajek speciality is a particular banana-strawberry ice-cream called, in Czech, “draught”, which means that it is not served in scoops but is pulled out in the cornet directly from a special machine. It’s a bit like how frozen yogurt is served nowadays. One serving costs around 24 CZK (1 USD). As well as ice-cream to go, Hajek also makes delicious sundaes, milkshakes, and homemade cakes that have been popular among local people for almost a hundred years. If you have time to grab a place inside, you have definitely got to try one of them!
Zmrzlinar, which means “the ice-cream man” in Czech, is quite a new and small ice-cream bar and café located in the Vinohrady District. It became, despite there being many new cafés and original bars, a favourite place of young people. Zmrzlinar is hidden in Slezská Street 15, just a few steps from Namesti Miru metro station. This small ice-cream café with a familial atmosphere was founded by a man called Darek Hrivnak. He wanted to give Czech people a quality ice-cream that was missing during the communist period. He says that he was inspired in Italy and created a concept of homemade ice-cream from high-quality ingredients, without chemical additives. The taste of his ice-creams proves the carefulness of his team; the apricot flavour tastes like real frozen apricots and the vanilla one is so deliciously smooth and creamy! Zmrzlinar offers all the basic flavours, like chocolate, vanilla, and pistachio, as well as a large selection of fruit sorbets. Zmrzlinar guarantees that the sorbets are lactose and gluten free and also suitable for vegans. They are just delicious mixed fruits, perfect for hot days! Try the blackcurrant or passion fruit flavour and you won’t be disappointed. Next to these standard flavours, Zmrzlinar also creates original limited editions. Lately, Hrivnak created a peanut butter ice-cream flavour that was really delicious! One ice-cream costs 30 CZK (1.25 USD).
The boutique called Angelato shares a similar idea as Zmrzlinar: to offer a really good and quality ice-cream that was previously missing. The company was founded in 2007 by the Kebakovski family. Nowadays, it is one of the most popular Prague ice-cream shops. You can find it near Ujezd tram station or at Rytirska Street, which is accessible from Mustek metro station. Angelato offers a large assortment of creamy ice-creams and a big variety of sorbets. Also, Angelato takes care of the quality of their ingredients; they buy the cream from a family creamery from the south of the Czech Republic, they use good chocolate from Peru, and the vanilla beans come from Madagascar. On the other hand, sorbets are made only from fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables (yes, Angelato offers also original vegetable flavours!), and they are, therefore, also vegan-friendly. In addition, their choice is really enormous. Just try the creamy ice-cream with cherries, the chocolate-orange flavour, or one hazelnut scoop. In Angelato, count on the fact that one scoop is never enough and you will need to come back here! In addition, every month, the boutique sells an additional special flavour as an “ice cream of the month”; for August 2016, it was mascarpone with wild figs.
Are you a person that follows the basics of a healthy diet? Is the traditional creamy ice-cream, full of sugar, a banned goodness? No worries, Prague has an alternative even for you. Fruit bar Fruitisimo was founded by two smart students in 2000 and nowadays has many boutiques all around the city (e.g. at Narodni Trida metro station). Its aim is to provide local people with fresh products made from seasonal fruits and vegetables. In Fruitisimo, you can buy a large variety of smoothies that are prepared directly in front of your eyes, yogurt parfaits, and small salads. Lately, they came up with their own homemade ice-creams too, whose composition follow perfectly their concept of healthy food. Next to their delicious sorbets, which contain around 82 per cent of fruit, you can find such delicacies as “banana-chocolate” flavour or Greek yogurt with a hazelnut-chocolate spread. Healthy ice-cream can be really terribly good! In addition, you’ll get your tasty scoop in a cornet made of rye flour. Your sweet delicacy couldn’t be healthier. One scoop costs 35 CZK (1.46 USD).
Let's try some ice-cream in Prague
Prague is not only an old city full of beautiful architecture, but also a place of great food and drink. Fancy coffees, great bars, and tempting restaurants belong to Prague as well as the famous Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. There is no better thing than to connect both these aspects; summer is the perfect time to visit as well as to try some of Prague’s great ice-cream! So, have fun and try many different flavours in Prague!
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