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The Traffic Light Alley in Prague Lesser Town. A narrow alleyway with steps leading down to the river vltava

Traffic Light Alley and Restaurant Certovka

The Traffic Light Alley and Restaurant Čertovka Over the years without doubt the most common question I get stopped in a street for is “which way is the Charles Bridge?”. Another popular question has different forms like “where is the little street with traffic lights?” or “where is the traffic light alley?” or “where is … Read More

two slices of meatloaf or what czechs call sekana with boiled potatoes

Czech Food – Sekana

Czech Food – Sekana Quite simply Sekana is meat loaf and it’s possibly the most flexible Czech food you can get. You’ll find it as pub food and restaurants will have it on the Czech Lunch Menu because it can be served quickly. Expect a mix of meat formed into a long loaf which is … Read More

czech meal called uzena which is a slice of smoked pork with pureed spinach and dumplings

Czech Food – Uzena

Czech Food – Uzena For people who want to know what Old Prague Ham takes like but without paying through the nose for the experience then another option is to find somewhere with Uzená on the menu. What to Expect from Uzená Uzená is smoked pork and it’s been a staple of the Czech diet … Read More

beef sirloin svickova with bread dumplings, cream and cranberry jam

Czech Food – Svickova

Czech Food – Svickova Chalkboards and menus very often abbreviate this meal to just Svíčková but actually it’s full name is “Svíčková na smetane” which means “tenderloin with cream”. Without doubt this meal is in the top 3 most popular Czech meals along with goulash and schnitzel. Phonetically is sounds like “sveetch-kovah”. Let me explain … Read More

people sitting at tables at the svetozor jidelna in prague

Jidelna Svetozor

Jidelna Svetozor When friends come visiting the city or my walking tour clients express a wish to “go off the beaten path and experience the real Prague” then the Světozor Jidelna will be on my list of places to go. Světozor translates as “World View” and is pronounced like svee-et-oh-zor. The Jidelna Rules Why do … Read More

czech food kruti served with spinach and potato gnocchi

Czech Food – Kruti

Czech Food – Kruti – Turkey But, Not As You Know It In the Czech Republic, Turkey is not a popular meat and is not even considered to be a Christmas meal as most Czechs will be having traditional fish and pork schnitzels on Christmas Day. Even the Czech words Krocan or Kruta (both mean … Read More

The Rear Terrace of the Hanavsky Pavilon Restaurant in Prague

Hanavsky Pavilon

Hanavsky Pavilon No it’s not a spelling mistake. In Czech we call them a pavilon but tourist guides will often call it a pavilion. In any case the Hanavsky Pavilon has both a practical purpose of being one of the few restaurants in the area and also it’s a building of architectural importance. If you … Read More

sign showing the entry to the gastro karlin jidelna in prague

Jidelna Gastro Karlin

Czech Food – Jidelna Gastro Karlin Karlin is in the 8th district of Prague with metro station Krizikova on the yellow “B” line and tram connections to Republic Square and Wenceslas Square. When I worked in Karlin between 2013 and 2015 I frequently had lunch here and Gastro Karlin has become my favourite lunch stop … Read More

A tray with a main meal of fried karbanatek, puree potato and gherkin with a side salad and drink

Czech Food – Karbanatek

Czech Food – Karbanatek You’ll find this staple of Czech cuisine on restaurant lunch menus and Chalkboard Menus plus also look out for it as humble pub food. As fried food, Karbanatek is not considered to be a very healthy option but it really does hit the spot if you are hungry and need something … Read More

prague cafe louvre interior with customers and waitresses serving tables

Prague Cafes – Cafe Louvre

Prague Cafes – Cafe Louvre I often tell the story that in the early days with my wife when we stopped at Cafe Louvre she would say “that’s the former foreign minister” or “that was the chief of police”. By the time I looked around I would just see the back of somebody’s head. But … Read More