Prague, Czech Republic, the special city where I’m spending 3 and a half months studying abroad, is the perfect place for a college student with a limited budget but refined palate. Prague definitely does not have a reputation for having world class food, but I’ve found plenty of awesome, hole-in-the wall spots since being here. Even better, it’s not rare to have a comprehensive sushi dinner and a glass of wine or a burger, fries, and beer for under $15 per person. To keep you from having to spend hours salivating over photos of every single Czech delicacy I’ve enjoyed, I’ve consolidated a list of my 5 favorite culinary experiences had thus far in Prague. Read below, and proceed to book a one way ticket to Praha:
Tridelnik are a donut/funnel cake/fried dessert fiend’s dream. Every busy street corner in Prague has a tridelnik stand where these little tubes of heaven rotate on an open fire like meat on an open spit. When you order your tridelnik, the ladies at the stand cut a tube of the fried dough off of the spit, sprinkle it with extra cinnamon sugar, and give it a generous spread of Nutella. 70 crowns, less than $3, is a small price for the immense happiness you get out of peeling layer after layer of light, fried dough and getting Nutella and cinnamon sugar all over your face.
A lot of the time, our best food memories take place with the people we love most. Never has that been truer than in Europe. When one of my best friends came to visit me a few weeks ago, she convinced me to splurge a little and try Cafe Savoy, a brunch landmark in Prague. I am SO glad I did, because I got to try my first soft-boiled egg; velvety, rich egg yolk served in the cutest little glass and topped with parmesan (literally parmesan makes everything better) and chive. Obviously, plenty of bread was provided on the side to sop up all of the yolky goodness. My friend let me snag a bite of her unreal black truffle flake topped fried eggs. As if this wasn’t enough, I was convinced to order an apple strudel as well. We left truffle/soft boiled egg high and ready to take on our day of exploring.
3. Pho Vietnam
All I have to say about this was that this massive bowl of soup and a side of fried heaven-sticks was $4 and it was un-f’ing real. Oh, and it’s around the corner from my apartment. I’ll be back.
Good sushi exists in Prague!!!! And not just good sushi, but pretty great sushi that tops anything you can find in Ann Arbor. For under $15, I had a glass of Chardonnay, split a delicious roll, and had melt-in-your-mouth pieces of yellowtail and tamago nigiri. The vibe is cute and cozy, the service is fast, and the food reminds you of home in the best way possible. This will most definitely be a regularly visited spot while I’m here in Prague.
5. Bakeshop Pumpkin Feta Quiche
I honestly never usually see quiche on an American menu and say to myself, “Ooh, I’m really craving a QUICHE right now and this one sounds soo good!” In Prague, however, it’s a different story. The quiche here is damn good, and none is better than the variety found at Bakeshop in Stare Mesto. This quiche was life-changing. You won’t think about quiche in the same way after tasting this flaky pastry base filled with salty blocks of feta, creamy pumpkin, and fresh herbs. My advice? Bakeshop is on the pricier side, a treat for a college student, so go with a friend, split the quiche, and if you’re feeling extra hungry, split a buttery almond croissant afterwards.
Creperie U Kajetana (for Tridelnik)
Nerudova 278/17, 118 00 Praha 1
Vítězná 124/5, 150 00 Praha 5
Anglická, 120 00 Praha 2
Masná 1051/3, 110 00 Praha-Staré Město
Kozí 918/1, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město