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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

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

czech food bramborak cooked golden brown and drained of excess oil

Czech Food Bramborak

Czech Food Bramborak Bramborak has to be without doubt one of the least healthy food options so limit yourself to side dishes and pub food with a beer. You may also see this listed as “Bramboračky” in which case it’s smaller in size. More often than not it’s a side dish so look for “Bramboračky” … Read More

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Trafika or Tabak

Trafika or Tabak for Buying Tobacco in Prague A Trafika or Tabak is a newsagent that also specialises in the sale of tobacco and tobacco related products. If you are a smoker in Prague then you’ll have your favourite Trafika. Like Herna Bars, trafika shops took a big hit in 2017 when a nationwide internal … Read More

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Prague Herna Bars

Prague Herna Bars In Czech the word “Herna” does actually mean “Casino” but I’m not going to say that Prague Herna Bars are going to give you that casino experience because they won’t. These are places which generally are Non-stop (open 24 hours). I did a brief search of adjectives that described Herna Bars in … Read More

selection of czech koláče in a bakery

Czech Koláče

Czech Koláče In Czech it’s a Koláč (sounds like kolarch). More than one koláč is called koláče (sounds like kolar-chay). When Czech immigrants started arriving in the USA in the 1870s they brought it with them. It takes it’s name from the Czech word “Kola” which translates as “Wheels”. Czech koláče are defined as being … Read More

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Avoiding Prague Public Transport Fines

Avoiding Prague Public Transport Fines Several times a year I help travellers on public transport, usually at a metro station, who have been caught up in an inspection and really don’t have a clue what’s expected of them. The ticket inspector’s English may not be that great and this will result in a stressful situation. … Read More

sign saying halal meat over a turkish grill prague halal food

Prague Halal Food

Prague Halal Food Halal or “permissible” food must be eaten in accordance with certain religions. For the rest of us, it’s still beef, lamb, chicken etc but just prepared in a different way so any of the restaurants below are good choices for Arabic food. If you eat only Halal food then below you’ll find … Read More

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Prague Chalkboard Menus

Prague Chalkboard Menus If you want to get into the city then you are going to have to step out of your comfort zone and that means accepting that local places often do not have English language menus. I’m not going to do a whole load of menu translations, you can read more about meals … Read More