Before I got to the city, food was definitely *not* the first thing I thought of when I imagined visiting Prague.
Of course, it was the city's many sights that initially sprang to mind. The orange rooftops, a castle on the hill, the Astronomical Clock and the many spires - these are the things I daydreamed about.
When I did finally make my trip there, the whole visit was a surprise, as my boyfriend planned it all for my birthday. Thanks to reading plenty of other travel blogs, I had an idea of what I wanted to see while there. Little did I know, though, I would be left as equally (and pleasantly) surprised by the city's food as I was by the attractions.
Over the course of those few days, we encountered traditional Czech dishes - from sweet treats to street food to hearty stews.
If you're heading over to Prague soon, I've rounded up my favourite dishes and drinks I sampled while in the city. As a bonus, I've picked three superb places for an authentic dining experience.
Read on, but beware - this post may leave you feeling hungry!
Czech dishes you have to try in Prague
If you've travelled anywhere in Eastern Europe before, some of these dishes may sound/look familiar. To cope with the cold winters, meaty stews and dishes involving potatoes feature strongly on menus and beer is the drink of choice for locals.
But there's so much more than this; whatever your preference, I guarantee that at least one of these dishes will pique your interest.
Eat ALL the dumplings!
I'm a Pole, so I'm very familiar with dumplings, namely pierogi. In Prague, however, dumplings take on a number of different forms.
The most common one doesn't look like a dumpling at all. To me, knedliky resemble slices of white bread with the crusts cut off. This breadlike appearance aside, these dumplings are dense, made up of wheat or potatoes and are perfect for mopping up those meaty stews I mentioned before.
|A Czech staple: Goulash and dumplings.|
Since our visit was in winter, the goulash-and-dumplings combo became our go-to when hiding out from the cold weather outside.
You can also get stuffed dumplings, which turned out to be my favourite kind. Bacon lardons and sauerkraut inside potato-based dumplings? Heaven.
|And the very best type of dumplings.|
Indulge in the street food - Langos
Say it with me: Deep. Fried. Flatbread.
And then just to quadruple the temptation, cover all of this with grated cheese and tomato sauce.
We tried langos for the first time when we spotted a crowd around one stand at the Prague Christmas market. Intrigued, we decided to order whatever they were selling, and we ended up with this.
Do not let the langos' humble appearance fool you - this is indulgence at its best. Made up of a simple dough that's then deep-fried, langos can be served in a number of ways. Sometimes there's sour cream, sometimes there's a meat topping and, although we didn't find this, you can also get sweet versions of langos.
If you, like me, find yourself craving snacks of the deep-fried variety from time to time, the salty and cheese-covered langos will be the perfect answer.
Meat, meat, meat
This was another similarity we spotted with other Eastern European countries, as Prague seems to be as focused on having the widest array of cured meats and sausages possible.
Even as we sat in restaurants, waitrons would ask us whether we wanted a side plate of sausages while we waited for our mains. Since Chris is a meat fiend, I think he was rather happy with this arrangement.