Places to go for Czech dumplings and other delights

Czech cuisine is about far more than just dumplings. Sauerkraut, pork in many guises, well-prepared beef goulash, game, duck and sirloin… Feeling hungry already? Who wouldn’t? Czech cuisine may not be one of the lightest on earth, but taste-wise we have nothing to complain about. So accept our invitation to enjoy a meal at places where we Czechs eat well. And you can wash it all down with some echt Czech beer… Bon appétit!


There are restaurants where you don’t need to worry about the quality of the food and where staff look after you as if you were dining in your mother’s kitchen. It’s to these restaurants we take foreign visitors who may never have seen a dumpling. And when we remember that there are many kinds of dumpling (made with bread buns, potatoes, with bacon etc) we definitely need restaurants where they know what they’re doing.

1. Dutch mill, Czech food

In South Moravia you’ll find Bukovany where there stands a Dutch-style mill. Not only can you stay here, but you can also enjoy a meal at the mill. And what a meal that will be. In addition to old Bohemian cuisine, the chef also specialises in dishes from the Slovácko region, which will have you drooling in anticipation. As the Czech saying goes - where they cook well, they live well.

2. Monastery fare at Strahov

At the Strahov Monastery you’ll discover the pleasant hotel Adalbert, containing the Klášterní šenk – a restaurant with an open hearth and its own brand of beer. The restaurant truly serves up the best Czech cuisine has to offer. As the monastery was founded in 993 by St Adalbert, you could say the food prepared here is blessed. Another interesting fact is that the hotel was the first in the country to be awarded an ‘eco-friendly service’ certificate. For many that makes the food that little bit tastier.

3. A microbrewery in Kozlovice that always delivers

In North Moravia they also know how to brew great ale. One example is the microbrewery in Kozlovice, which you’ll find in the old reeve’s house. The historical surroundings create a very pleasant atmosphere, which only makes the superb Czech and Moravian fare and the local beer taste even better. The beer has some peculiar names: the light beer is called the Wallach Duke and the dark the Kozlovice Reeve. There’s also an interesting exhibition in the building.

4. Foodie experiences

Where can you find good food as well as an exquisite Czech brand? – at the Café Imperial in the Poříčí district of Prague, of course! In these decorative surroundings (the Cafe Imperial was founded in 1914) a five-course lunch just tastes better than it would at other restaurants. And it’s prepared right before your very eyes.

5. Czech cuisine in Mladá Boleslav

At a restaurant called the Zlatá Kovadlina in Mladá Boleslav you can look forward to culinary delights  in the shape of traditional Czech and international fare, prepared by leading chefs. Wash it all down with a light or dark Zlatopramen 11° beer.

6. Eat till you pop in Pilsen!

Pilsen’s Na Spilce restaurant is one of the city’s best known. Their ‘eat and Drink as much as you can’ offer has become a firm favourite when people are choosing where to fill their bellies. For the sum of 349Kč you can eat and drink as much as you physically can for the next three hours. Plisen beer is naturally part of the thirst-quenching process.

7. Tasty delights at Jedová chýše

The old Prague tavern called Jedová chýše, tucked between Vodičkova and Jungmannova streets, won’t serve you anything lethal (the name translates as ‘Poisonous House’). On the contrary, here you can sample typical old bohemian dishes.

8. Only local ingredients at U Krobiána

The U Krobiána restaurant in Beroun can be visited in combination with Karlštejn Castle. The chef’s bible is the famous cookbook by Czech chef M. D. Rettigová and the restaurant puts its faith in top-notch ingredients sourced from local suppliers.  In this form, even the least healthy Czech dishes  become the healthiest for miles around. And another plus - it’s a no-smoking establishment.

9. Boys in action and more Czech grub

The stars of the popular Czech TV show called ‘Boys in Action’ cook their favourite dishes at the Hotel Chateau St. Havel. Set amid an English park, the chateau has been completely rebuilt and there’s a lot going on here. Come and learn how to prepare Czech dishes as well as fare from other parts of the world.

10. Returning a little quality to institutional fare!

This is the slogan of a project by the famous Czech cooking tsar, Tomáš Karpíšek, founder of the Ambiente group of restaurants. One of these restaurants is called Lokál and here they serve Czech fare made using the finest ingredients. They cost a bit more, but are worth it for the surroundings, which take you back to 1980s Czechoslovakia.

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