Enjoying Culinary And Bacchanalian Delights In Prague

Melinda D. Teston

Prague, situated on the Vltava River, is the multicultural capital of Czech Republic and its history spans thousands of years. Today, it is a destination most tourists to Europe head to, and is the sixth most visited city in Europe. You can judge any city by the type of food and drinks they serve. Prague is a city where you get a variety of cuisine from fast food to a gourmets fare.

Prague restaurants serve a selection of cuisines, such as French, American, British, Cuban, Japanese, Indonesian, Indian, Mediterranean, Cuban, Italian, Mexican, and of course the Czech fare. A few Prague restaurants serve vegetarian dishes as well.

The Cuisine

The ambience and the cuisine depend on the restaurant you visit. Most restaurants are informal with a jovial environment. Czech cuisine, traditionally, contains a variety of meats with potatoes or dumplings on the side. Garlic is the main ingredient with herbs and spices used sparingly.

There are a few restaurants which have vegetarian fare, such as stewed lentils (cocka), fried cheese (smazen sr), and risotto with vegetables (rizoto se zeleninou) on their menu.

Though you may not find a truly authentic Chinese cuisine in Prague restaurants there is a good chance of finding tasty won ton soup to accompany fried rice along with tofu with mushroom and bamboo shoots.

Restaurants try to create an oriental ambience with their decor. If you look around you will find many restaurants serving near authentic spicy exotic specialties from Thai, Burmese and Indian cuisines.

You can further enjoy oriental delicacies from Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, and Japan in intimate settings in a number of specialist restaurants.

Prague offers many restaurants for a business lunch as well as for a romantic dinner. You can have meals for less than 10 and as much as 70 and above, per person.

Prague Pubs And Clubs

Many trendy Prague pubs, and Prague clubs serve beer and cocktails accompanied by great music. Traditionally, the Czechs prefer beer and their beer is considered one of the best in the world. It is said that once you taste the Czech Budweiser you will completely go off the same brand once you return to the States!

Prague bars and pubs are informal places but there is certain etiquette to follow. You need not wave at the waiter or shout across the pub. The beer is served, without asking, the moment you enter inside. Subsequent refills are brought over the moment your glass becomes empty! You just need to nod no if you do not want any more. There is usually no need to tip the waiter but is usual to just round up the amount when paying the bill.

Prague clubs have great atmosphere, filled up with young decent crowd swizzling beer and dancing on the floor.

If you are a person who likes multicultural cuisine and a few glasses full of beer while on a trip to Europe, Prague is the place to be in!

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