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Classic Czech Food and Drinks to Try: Top 10 in the Czech Republic

October 23
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Classic Czech Food and Drinks to Try; what food to eat in the Czech Republic
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    When exploring Czech cuisine, you can’t miss trying the world’s largest consumer of beer – Czech beer, with its rich history. But Czech culinary delights offer much more. Enjoy this list of 10 classic Czech food and drinks to try during your visit.

    Czech Beer

    Czech beer has a longstanding tradition in the Czech Republic, and the country is the world’s largest beer consumer. Enjoy a pint of this iconic brew, whether you opt for the renowned Pilsner, Budweiser, or another local favorite.

    Svíčková na Smetaně

    A national Czech food favorite, this dish features slow-roasted beef sirloin served with vegetable puree and a creamy sauce, often garnished with cranberries and whipped cream. This rich and savory dish is a true Czech classic.

    Classic Czech Food and Drinks to Try; what food to eat in the Czech Republic


    This delightful starter consists of a mushroom and potato soup served with sour cream. Sometimes, a quail egg is added for an extra touch of flavor, enhancing the creamy and earthy notes of the soup.

    Pečená Kachna se Zelím

    Invented in 1942 by a chef who wanted to create something warm for the Savor roasted duck served with either roasted red cabbage or sauerkraut and Czech dumplings, which have a unique potato and bread-like consistency. The tender and juicy duck is a treat for your taste buds.


    This traditional Czech garlic-based soup is enriched with an egg and can feature additions like pork, beef, or cheese, topped with croutons for added texture. Its strong garlic flavor is sure to warm your soul.

    Moravský Vrabec

    Hailing from the Moravian region, this dish includes pork, sauerkraut, spinach, and knedliky (Czech dumplings), which may also be served with red cabbage and dumplings. The name humorously references the pork’s cut, which resembles small birds when plated. It’s a hearty and comforting dish that reflects regional Czech traditions.

    Top 10 Czech foods to try when visiting the Czech Republic; Classic Czech Food and Drinks to Try; what food to eat in the Czech Republic


    These iconic chimney cakes originated in the 20th century. They’re created by wrapping dough around a stick, then roasting it over an open flame with sugar, cinnamon, and sometimes nuts. They can be filled with ice cream, fruit, or Nutella, creating a delightful blend of textures and flavors.

    Vepřo Knedlo Zelo

    One of the Czech Republic’s national dishes, this meal features roasted pork, cabbage, sauerkraut, and knedliky, all topped with onions and gravy. The savory and tender pork pairs beautifully with the tangy sauerkraut, offering a balanced and satisfying dish.


    Czech potato pancakes flavored with garlic and butter, and then fried to crispy perfection. They’re often served as a side dish in restaurants or enjoyed as street food. The crispy and savory pancakes make for an irresistible snack or accompaniment to a main course.


    Satisfy your sweet tooth with these round pastries filled with various sweet fillings. Ideal for breakfast or dessert, they make for a delightful treat any time of the day. These pastries come in an array of flavors, from fruity jams to sweet cheese or poppy seeds, offering a delightful and diverse culinary experience.

    Enjoy your culinary adventure through Czech cuisine with these classic food and drinks to try, immersing yourself in the flavors and traditions of the country. Bon appétit!

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