When you are on a hurricane tour of the beautiful, Eastern European city of Prague, you may not have an extra hour or two to spare for a meal in a restaurant. Instead of “wasting” the time, you can always make short stops to roadside stalls for a quick bite. Understandably, the street food in Prague will not be everyone’s favorite, but we all agree that Prague has a wonderful diversity of street foods that most travelers look forward to trying. Scroll down and learn about the top street foods you must try in Prague, Czechia.
1. Halusky (thick soft noodles or dumplings)
A great way to keep warm and full while you stroll Prague’s cobblestone streets in the winter is to try halusky. This meal comprises of either finely grated potatoes and small dumplings made from flour, or thick pillowy noodles. The noodles or the dumplings are cooked before being strained and then added to a dish with cheese, fried cabbages, onions, and bacon. Kindly note that this is not a light dish, so it may be just what you need to get the energy to continue jumping from one attraction to another in Prague.
2. Trdlnik (chimney cake)
Chimney cake happens to be one of the most famous pastries in Prague and, surprisingly, it is of Czech descent. They are fluffy, rolled, sugar-coated pastries sold fresh in most streets. Some have cinnamon, some are glazed with butter, and others are just left plain. It is a handy snack you can turn to any time to keep the hunger pangs away since it is also readily available in most street food stalls.
Sausages are available aplenty on the streets of Prague. In places such as Wenceslas Square, you will spot several sausage carts feeding hundreds of hungry tourists on the go. One unique thing you will notice about Prague sausages is that they are available in a variety of meats and seasoning, giving you good options to choose from. In most cases, they are served on slices of rye bread or white buns with several toppings, including mustard, hot sauce, and ketchup.
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4. Mulled Wine
Prague winters can sometimes be very unforgiving, but if you can find mulled wine - which you definitely can - then you are assured of some reprieve from the cold. During winter, several stalls selling this specialty drink will pop up in every corner of the city. The drink is red wine prepared with a variety of spices, as well as honey or sugar to give it deeper flavors and some sweetness.
5. Palacinky (Czech pancakes)
Palacinky is a thin pancake that resembles French crepes, only it is prepared with completely different ingredients and methods. In their preparation, hot butter is poured on a plate and then mixed with either savory or sweet ingredients. They are then rolled up or folded over before being cut into small and thin slices. Most people love taking the sweet version as a dessert and the savory one for breakfast or as a snack.
6. Fried cheese sandwich
A fried cheese sandwich is another insanely popular food that you will find on the streets of Prague. It is a tasty treat that dominates the streets, typically outside Prague dancehalls late at night. It is what most party-goers snack on during or after hopping from one entertainment joint to the next. When you see them for the first time, you may think that they are fish patties or fried chicken. However, they are nothing but thick slices of cheese that have been breaded before being fried and then topped up with tartar sauce or mayo and finally sandwiched in a thick bun.
7. Grivolane klobasy (grilled sausage turned into a roll)
If you want a quick, easily available, and extremely satisfying snack apart from halusky, you will not go wrong with grivolane klobasy. It is made of grilled sausage neatly puckered into a roll. It is served with a variety of tasty sauces which you will have the freedom to choose while at the stall. This street food is not only aesthetically appealing but also nearly addictive, because you are likely to order a second one the moment you dig your teeth into the first one.
8. Meat skewers
Meat skewers are popular street foods in most cities across the world, and Prague is no exception. In Prague, meat skewers are smoky but incredibly delicious pieces of pork or chicken on a skewer. You will find that most vendors in Prague will include slices of pepper and onions on the skewers. Most of the skewers are grilled right in front of you so that you see and know exactly what you are ordering. However, be sure to know the prices and don’t just randomly order. Mostly, they are sold as either full or half skewers, though some vendors sell them by weight. Ensure you agree on this to avoid unnecessary disagreements when it is time to pay.
9. Potatoes on a stick
Potatoes on a stick are curly confections skillfully spiraled on a skewer before being deep-fried. They have the regular texture of a potato chip, and they are not only delectable but also cheap and readily available, making them Prague’s number one sightseeing snack. Since they are very delicious, don’t be surprised to find yourself buying more than one before you rush to your next attraction.
10. Langose (deep-fried dough)
You may mistake it for a pizza, and though they have some similarities in ingredients, they are worlds apart when it comes to modes of preparation. Langose is fried dough with a variety of toppings. When you order one, you will be asked which sauce you want it with. The sauce will then be put on the fried dough before being topped with a generous amount of grated cheese and a final squirt of ketchup. It may be served whole or sliced, and you are free to eat it by hand. It can be a little greasy, but it is a tasty and extremely satiating snack.
11. Prazska sunka (Prague ham)
It will be criminal if you try all the street foods in Prague but fail to dig into the famous prazska sunka. The beauty of this Prague ham is that it is grilled right in front of you on a giant, rotating skewer. The sight of the meat and the smell from the hot coals will have you imagining how you will dig into the ham once you get your hands on it. It is a savory and extremely delicious dish easily available on the streets and in most markets. You can eat it as is, or you can pair it with roasted potatoes.
Say NO to hunger on the streets of Prague
Prague is as rich in cuisine as it is in attractions. When you visit, the range of street foods you will find will leave no room for feeling hungry. Peruse through this list of the top street foods you must try in Prague, Czechia, for a good introduction to the city’s culinary diversity on the streets.
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