Must-Try Dishes and Restaurants of Czech Cuisine

Starting a food journey in the Czech Republic is like diving into a world full of exciting tastes, different kinds of foods, and long-standing cooking traditions. Czech cuisine is all about warm, comforting meals and tasty treats that make your mouth water and highlight the rich food culture of the country. We will guide you through the top dishes from the Czech cuisine you’ve got to try and the best places to eat them all over the Czech Republic, making sure you enjoy every bit of your food adventure.

Traditional Czech Dishes:

Svíčková: A typical Czech dish, svíčková features soft beef marinated in a creamy vegetable sauce, served with dumplings and cranberry sauce. Go for this comforting classic for a taste of Czech home cooking at its finest.

Svíčková from restaurant PIVNICE U ČÁPA-Brno


Guláš: Hearty and flavorful, Czech guláš is a rich stew made with beef, onions, and paprika, slow-cooked to perfection. Served with bread dumplings or potatoes, this warming dish is the perfect comfort food on a chilly day.

Guláš from restaurant PIVNICE U ČÁPA-Brno


Knedlíky: Czech cuisine wouldn’t be complete without knedlíky, fluffy bread dumplings that participate in many traditional dishes. These pillowy delights soak up sauces and flavors, adding a satisfying texture to every bite.

Trdelník: For a sweet treat, try trdelník, a traditional Czech pastry made from rolled dough wrapped around a wooden or metal stick, grilled and coated in sugar and cinnamon. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, trdelník is a delightful dessert enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.


Popular Local Foods of the Czech cuisine:

Smažený sýr: Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, smažený sýr is a beloved Czech snack made from deep-fried cheese, typically served with tartar sauce and fries. Perfect for cheese lovers.

Smažený sýr from restaurant PIVNICE U ČÁPA-Brno


Klobása: An essential part of Czech street food, klobása is a grilled sausage bursting with flavor, often served with mustard and bread for a quick and satisfying meal on the go. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor this tasty delight at local markets and food stalls.

Pilsner Beer: No culinary journey through the Czech Republic would be complete without sampling its world-renowned beer. Czech beer is a true testament to the country’s brewing heritage, from crisp and refreshing pilsners to rich and malty lagers. Raise a glass and toast to the flavors of the Czech Republic.

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Kolbása and Beer from restaurant PIVNICE U ČÁPA-Brno


Check our blog post where to find Czech cuisine in Pilsen and other cities here.


Recommended Restaurants:

Lokál: With multiple locations across the Czech Republic, (for example in Prague and Brno), Lokál is a beloved restaurant chain known for its classic dishes like svíčková and guláš, washed down with ice-cold Czech beer straight from the tap.

U Medvídků: Located in the heart of Prague’s Old Town, U Medvídků is a historic brewery and restaurant dating back to the 15th century. Sample traditional Czech fare and enjoy a guided beer tasting experience in the historic beer hall, surrounded by centuries of brewing tradition.

Švejk Restaurant: Tucked away in the picturesque city of Český Krumlov, Švejk Restaurant offers a cozy ambiance and a menu brimming with Czech specialties. 

Pivnice U Čápa: In the heart of Brno, the historic “Pivnice U Čápa” offers a dive into traditional Czech and Moravian cuisine, complemented by high-quality Pilsner beer straight from the tank. Founded over a century ago and renovated in 2018, this cozy tavern prides itself on its homey atmosphere, a private smokehouse for meats, and walls adorned with photographs celebrating new life.

Insider Tips:

  • Visit Local Markets: Explore local markets like Prague’s Havelská Market or Brno’s Zelný try to sample fresh produce, local delicacies, and artisanal products from across the Czech Republic.
  • Ask the Locals: Don’t hesitate to ask locals for recommendations on the best places to enjoy authentic Czech cuisine. They’ll be happy to share their favorite eateries and hidden gems.
  • Try Regional Specialties: Venture off the beaten path to discover regional specialties and culinary traditions unique to different parts of the Czech Republic. Each region has its own culinary delights waiting to be savored.

Have you tried any of these Czech dished already? Let us know in the comments which is your favorite of the Czech cuisine!

Why not go on a culinary journey through the Czech Republic and discover the delights of its traditional dishes, popular foods, and recommended restaurants. From hearty comfort foods to savory street snacks and sweet treats, Czech cuisine offers diverse and flavorful options to satisfy every palate. So grab a fork, pull up a chair, and dive into the rich flavors and culinary heritage of the Czech Republic. Na zdraví! (Cheers!)

Siyana Koleva

Hello, my name is Siyana and I am originally from Bulgaria. I study in The Netherlnds, but I also have lived in the UK and Spain, and the new destination is Brno for my internship. Sometimes I call myself a "modern nomad" since I am constantly moving, but that also gives me the experience that I can share with you.

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