Traveling is not just about the destination, but also about the food the destination offers.
As a traveling gourmand, a foodie, food is the epi-center of my travel.
Then I venture down streets, talk to people, shop and then move from attraction to attraction.
There’s nothing like a good meal, or a special foodie find no matter where I travel.
I think of food as my souvenir of the area, and later, I recreate recipes that are inspired by that country.
For those about to visit the Czech Republic, there’s no doubt you’re eventually heading to Prague.
The country’s capital is one of the most beautiful cities in the world; its history goes back thousands of years.
Allow your eyes to gleam at the pebbled streets, the architecture, it’s all amazing, and allow your belly to roam into a food adventure.
Get ready because the culinary scene covers Michelin starred restaurants, and also small local eateries.
Grab your passport, catch that flight, your stomach will thank you when we arrive in the Czech Republic to experience outstanding gastronomy!
After a lot of thought, I believe these are the 5 Czech Republic Foods you have to experience to love the country!
5 Czech Republic Foods You Have to Experience
As a travel writer, I experience a lot of different foods. Some cuisine is more memorable than others.
Food is not just about the taste, it’s often the experience. For instance, ‘remember that trip where…’
Streets that are charming, with people that are even more charming make up the 5-star experience you will have.
What is it about travel that seems to keep a belly rumbling? Perhaps it is exhaustion or maybe just the new smells that waft in the air.
Aromatic smells of fresh-baked pastries to meats, all reminiscent of foods we have experienced yet none familiar.
As your mind goes a million miles an hour, your hungry belly beckons you to seek out food and conquer.
Cuisine in the Czech Republic varies and it’s definitely a protein-driven area!
5 Czech Republic Foods You Have to Experience – What Cuisine To Expect
Are you curious as to what types of food you might find in the Czech Republic?
The Czech Republic has a varied cuisine based on high-quality meat. Meats range from Beef, pork, ham, to sausages.
Each of these is a huge part of the country’s lifestyle and daily menu.
In fact, stews and hearty meals are the norm. You will also find, both flavorful and satisfying soups.
Of course, you can expect to find the ‘oh so USA trendy’ but always in-trend in the Czech high-quality charcuterie.
Craving something sweet? No worries, as sweets here are in no short supply and are to die for.
Just to give you a heads-up, I’ve selected the five culinary items from drinks to meats that you have to experience while you are in the Czech Republic.
Try them all and tell me about your favorites. Honestly, I can’t wait to hear what you have found and I have missed!
Cheers – Beer, the national drink Czech Republic Foods you have to experience
I am considering beer food, after all, it is the national drink in the Czech Republic.
Also, if I can get this into my mouth and then belly, it’s gotta count right? (aside from being silly their BEER is awesome!)
Beer is deeply entwined with the Czech Republic and its people. Did I mention that it is home to one of the best-known styles of beer?
Pilsner-style beer, which if you are not familiar is a pale lager that has won the heart of beer lovers around the globe.
Beer gardens, brewpubs, breweries, all easily found in the major cities. Allow me to suggest to spend a calming evening sipping a Pilsner in the area.
Never worry about finding a great spot to put a cold one down, because they are in no shortage there! Cheers to beer in the Czech!
Sausages, as good as they get – another taste of Czech Republic Foods You Have To Experience
Sausages are truly special in the country. If you think you have seen everything, when it comes to street food, you have not.
Stand with your mouth agape in Prague after having a great night out, as it is just beginning.
Prague, with its lively nightlife, has sausage stands working until late to feed the party-goers after a wild night out.
However, the love and offering of sausage do not stop here. Sausages are part of everyday life for all the people too.
Traveling Gourmand Tip: Ask around for the closest local butchery. Why would you do this?
In fact, the local butcher shops, often serve as delis. This means you can completely indulge in premium meat and world-class sausages for moderate prices.
One sausage that stands out above all others is Klobasa. This variety of sausage is not a typical USA sausage. It’s like no others.
Klobasa is a spicy variety of sausage that is exceptionally juicy and succulent.
Often Klobasa is served on a bun, with mustard or sauerkraut. Don’t even think about comparing this to a hot dog, because a hot dog it ain’t!
Czech Republic Food You Have To Experience With A Weird Name ~ Guláš (goulash)
In our school cafeteria, Goulash was the nastiest meal on the menu. It was some form of weird mac and cheese.
That name has stained my memory, until Now. Goulash is not gross like it sounds nor does it resemble anything I was served in school.
Goulash, the hearty beef stew with onions, potatoes, and flavored with the ubiquitous paprika and other local spices, is a Czech specialty.
Like in other neighboring countries like Austria and Hungary, this dish is the base of the region’s cuisine.
Often expensive, goulash is not only satisfying but filling, and regional variations exist, so seek a few different ones as you go.
My bet is, you won’t experience one that tastes the same and each one will be progressively better than the previous.
Why? Because Goulash grows on your tastebuds and they will grow a craveable affinity towards the meal! YUM!
By Any Other Name, this Food Would Be Called Dracula’s Kryptonite! Česnečka (Garlic Soup)
“Honey, do you have a breath mint?” That is all I can imagine everyone saying after chowing down or slurping Garlic Soup, a.k.a. Česnečka.
It is a dish that if missed you will really not have experience the vast menu of foodie options.
Seek out, Česnečka and trust me, you won’t even think about a breath mint. Instead, you will just be wondering where to find the next serving.
Truly, this dish is a hidden gem, and certainly not as popular as some other dishes in the country.
However, it’s as distinctive as it is flavorful. So much so, that you can’t leave without trying it.
Imagine a buttery soup made with garlic, sliced potatoes, and spices such as caraway, marjoram, and cumin, often topped with croutons. Foodgasm!
You are being warned, this soup is addictive. Garlic takes center stage. However, Garlic Soup is quite balanced, in other words, it’s not overpowering at all.
Garlic soup is an example of how good ingredients turned into a simple combination reflect the country’s gastronomic identity.
Profound and tasty!
‘Chim, Chim-anee, Bring on the Treats! ~ Chimney cake, a sweet, crunchy treat
After all the balanced food, and good protein, treat yourself. Chimney cakes rule supreme as a sweet and crunchy treat.
Chimney cakes will heighten your olfactory because you will be able to not only smell them around each corner but find them!
What exactly is a Chimney cake? These are hollow puff-pastry treats that are delightful.
I consider a Chimney Cake quite similar to a Cream Horn.
Chimney cakes are filled with cake or ice cream and then topped off with everything from chocolate, to crushed nuts!
Use these as a breakfast or when you are running to the next adventure Truly these are excellent snacks to grab and go.
Foodie Travel Tip: Find them by the local name of Trdelnik.
The Czech Republic receives over 10 million visitors a year, roughly the same number of Czechs in the country.
Without a doubt, the destination has to be on your bucket list.
Beer festivals, museums, fantastic architecture, and magnificent churches, they all add up for an exciting trip.
Food is the cherry on the cake; always warming, homey, and intrinsically familiar, it might just convince you to stay.