Off the Beaten Track Experiences in Prague

Off the Beaten Track Experiences in Prague

Prague, the historical capital of Bohemia, is a city on the UNESCO World Heritage list and home to picturesque attractions such as the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Old Town Square and St. Vitus Cathedral. Scores of tourists flock to these attractions, and for good reason, but if you need a respite from the crowds then you should check out these hidden gems.

1. Divoká Šárka

Located in the outskirts of Prague, a visit to this nature reserve is ideal for those seeking a peaceful Prague experience away from the city center. Given its massive size, there are more than enough things for you to do, be it running, hiking or even taking a leisurely stroll. Not to mention it being an ideal picnic spot. If all this walking builds up an appetite you can always head to a local pub for some Czech beer and sausages.


2. Prague Metronome

This metronome is situated in the Letná Park and stands as a reminder of communist legacy in the Czech Republic. It was once home to the largest statue of Stalin in the world before it was destroyed in 1962. Today, the metronome is a meeting place for the younger residents of Prague and a skateboarding site. This is the perfect spot to capture panoramic views of Prague or even have a picnic at one of the nearby parks.

3. Nový Svět

This neighborhood is situated close to Prague Castle but often goes unnoticed by visitors in the vicinity. It was once a new, albeit poor and debilitated neighborhood inhabited by artists. While this area is not associated with the grandeur of the city’s main attractions, it is nonetheless charming in its own way with its quaint alleys and artistic vibes. Should you be feeling particularly arty, or want to feel like a local, then this neighborhood will definitely be worth a visit. You may take a leisurely stroll along the alleys or drop by the cafe if you need a pick-me-up.

4. Vyšehrad

The Vyšehrad is a hilltop castle situated above the Vltava River and offers breathtaking views of the bridges in Prague (great photo opportunities!) Within the castle lies the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, with its recognizable Gothic towers. The Church was originally built in the 11th century but was damaged by a fire in 1249 and rebuilt in a neo-Gothic style in the late 19th century. Within the Vyšehrad compound also lies a cemetery, which is particularly significant as it is the final resting place for many of the country’s respected figures in the realm of art, science and politics.

5. Letná Beer Garden

This scenic beer garden has many picnic tables shaded by the trees and is the ideal place to go if you wish to enjoy a pint of beer (or two) and admire captivating views of the city. If you need some food to accompany your beer, there is a food stand nearby where you may purchase some sausages. Do note that the menu is not extensive so do not expect to have a full meal here. Otherwise, enjoying a pint of beer at this garden which offers scenic views of Prague will make for the perfect leisurely afternoon among locals.

6. Valdstejn Garden

The Valdštejn Garden is a Baroque-style garden and is definitely one of the most beautiful in Prague. Located in Malá Strana district, which is beneath the Prague Castle, the Valdštejn Garden is part of the Valdštejnský palác, a Baroque palace built between 1623-1630. The place is currently inhabited by the Czech senate. If you wish to explore beyond the usual attractions in the city center, the Valdštejn Garden will be an ideal place to visit. Do note that the garden is open to the public only during summer so plan your visit accordingly.

7. Kolbenova Flea Market

This flea market is said to be the largest in Europe, occupying an area that is over 50,000 square meters. It may not have the aesthetics of Prague’s central attractions but this market is still well worth a visit as it offers a wonderful mix of items ranging from artifacts from the communist era to everyday items such clothing, books and food. Unlike the more touristy flea markets, the Kolbenova market is more reasonably priced so you can be sure that you are getting a good bargain for your purchases here. Note that the market is only open on weekends.

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A Veggie Affair: Meatless Meals in Prague

A Veggie Affair: Meatless Meals in Prague

Meat is a staple in Czech cuisine, and meat dishes feature heavily on the menus of many eateries in Prague. However, the dietary preferences of non-meat eaters are not forgotten in this city; an increasing number of vegetarian and vegetarian-friendly eateries have sprung up across the city. If you're seeking a spot to get your fix of wholesome greens, here're six spots that come with our recommendations: 

1. Country Life Melantrichova

Country Life Melantrichova dishes out vegetarian fare, buffet-style. You will find a good variety of dishes, ranging from raw salads, to hot items such as soups and cooked Czech delicacies. The price of meals at this eatery is determined by the weight of the food items selected, ensuring that diners pay a reasonable amount for their meals. Located near to the Old Town Square, Country Life Melantrichova is a convenient option for vegetarian travellers exploring the vicinity. 


2. Loving Hut 

Loving Hut is an international chain of vegan restaurants that has made its way into Prague. There are several outlets to be found around the city, with each branch offering a buffet of Asian vegan fare. Apart from savoury dishes, you will also find vegan desserts at this eatery. Generous portions and reasonable prices makes Loving Hut a hit with both vegetarians and vegans alike. The saying, 'the early bird catches the worm' holds true here, so head down here early to sample the best selection of vegan fare! 

3. Estrella

Estrella churns out freshly prepared Czech and international delicacies. While the menu is not entirely vegan, there are a selection of vegan-friendly items available. Beer-loving vegetarians are not deprived of their pint of beer here; a list of locally-brewed beer can be found on the menu. Take note  that this restaurant does not accept card payment, so make sure you have enough cash on hand before you arrive for your meal. 

4. Mlsna Kavka

Mlsna Kavka is a casual vegetarian eatery catering to a wide range of dietary needs.

Its meat-free menu includes vegan and gluten-free fare, so even diners with dietary restrictions will not have to leave this eatery with an empty stomach. Mlsna Kavka is also a social enterprise supporting individuals diagnosed with psychiatric illnesses; the eatery employs these individuals, so as to help them acquire skills necessary for employment in the labour market. Diners kill two birds with a stone when they tuck into a meal here – by enjoying delicious meatless fare and supporting a worthwhile cause. 

5. Green Spirit Bistro and Cafe

Since its commencement in October 2014, the Green Spirit Bistro and Cafe has become a fond favourite among the vegetarian crowd in Prague. The cafe serves a wide variety of dishes, ranging from mains such as pasta and burgers, to sweet treats like ice cream, cakes and daily dessert specials. Vegan-friendly items are labelled on the menu.   

6. Home-dining Experience 

Not keen on dining out? Try dining in, and opt for a cosy home-dining experience with the locals in the city. Our hosts will gladly cater to a variety of dietary needs and preferences, and will happily whip up a storm of meatless fare for vegetarian guests. Be sure to indicate your dietary preferences during the booking process. 


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must try foods in prague

8 Must Try Foods in Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is well-known for its beautiful architecture and beer, but there is so much more to this well-loved city.

Yes, we’re referring to Czech food – its diverse flavors presented in dishes such as the potato soup, traditional roast pork with dumplings and sauerkraut, fruit dumplings and apple strudel. Sweet, savory, tangy – whichever your pick, you’re sure to find some local food in Prague that will please your tastebuds.

While BonAppetour offers all these different food experiences in Prague, some unique experiences such as Dragan and Melisa’s Balkan Food Experience in Prague has become widely popular in this beautiful city.

If you’re visiting this delightful city for the first time (or the hundredth time), here’s some Prague food you should definitely not miss.

1. Palačinky

When people think about what to eat in Prague, this is almost always on top of the list. These thin Czech pancakes look similar to French crepes but are prepared with a different cooking method and batter. Typically rolled up and served with fillings such as jam, fruit, cream or nuts, it is an ideal treat for those with a sweet tooth.

If savory treats are what you prefer, opt for stuffings of meat, cheese and spinach to go with your pancake. This delightful snack can be found easily in cafes around the city center, as well as at food carts around the city. Vacation makers traversing through Prague during the festive periods will also find the palačinky sold at the Christmas markets.

2. Trdelník

A traditional Slovak rolled pastry originating from the Hungarian-speaking region of Transylvania, the trdelník is usually served warm and topped with a dusting of sugar, nuts or cinnamon. This delectable treat is made by wrapping the pastry dough around a wooden or metal stick, roasting it over an open flame and coated with sugar or cinnamon.

Watching this pastry being prepared is a fascinating sight. A common Prague street food, you can easily find stalls selling this treat along streets and open squares everywhere. It is the perfect treat to savor during a cold winter day!

3. Vepřo-knedlo-zelo

Roast pork, bread dumplings, and stewed cabbage are ingredients that make up this hearty dish. Most Czech dishes tend to be heavy on meat and dumplings, but the vepřo-knedlo-zelo is a nutrient-balanced option offering a healthy amount of fiber.

4. Chlebíčky

A versatile treat, the chlebíčky is an open-faced sandwich that is consumed for breakfast and lunch, for it makes for a quick and filling meal. A staple in Czech cuisine, this sandwich is usually served during parties and social gatherings and feature a variety of toppings such as egg, ham, salami, pickles, and cucumber.

If you are in the mood for sandwiches during your travels, stop by one of the many deli shops in Prague for a taste of this delicacy.

5. Guláš

This dish may have originated in Hungary, but it has been adapted to become a staple food item in Czech cuisine. Unlike the Hungarian goulash, the Czech guláš is prepared with fewer vegetables and contains greater portions of meat.

Beef is typically used, and chicken or pork are sometimes used as alternative ingredients to prepare the dish. The meat is stewed, topped with a generous portion of gravy and served alongside with bread dumplings – a substantial treat that will satisfy meat lovers!

6. Smažený Sýr

Cheese lovers, look here!

A serving of smažený sýr, a dish of deep-fried cheese served with fries, salad or a bread roll, will send you straight into cheese paradise. Sold by street vendors all around Prague, vacation makers with a craving for something savory, cheesy and crispy will easily find this treat.

7. Knedlíky

A traditional side dish in Czech cuisine, the knedlíky are dumplings served along with a meat dish or other oft-eaten mains, such as gulás. This versatile dish serves well as a dessert when prepared with sweet fillings such as fruit or jam.

8. Grilované Klobásy

Need a quick and satisfying meal to eat on the go? Sink your teeth into a serving of grilované klobásy, which consists of grilled sausages tucked into a roll and served with a variety of tasty sauces. You will easily find stalls selling this item in Wenceslas Square and the vicinity of Old Town Square.


Nothing beats the experience of feasting on a spread of Czech delicacies in the home of a local. Have a taste of these items when you dine in Prague with Dragan and Melisa, in their Balkan Food Experience in Prague with a love for Czech culture and cuisine.

They will gladly whip up these signature dishes, or customize their menu to suit your dietary preferences. Of course, you’ll down plenty of beer together during your meal.

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Eat Like a Local in Prague

Eat Like a Local in Prague

Eating like a local in Prague is not a difficult affair, as long as you avoid restaurants and eateries targeting the tourist crowds, for these places tend to be overpriced. Make time to check out food haunts frequented by the locals, and get a taste of the flavoure that they love. Places to wine and dine at are not limited to restaurants and dining outlets – if you are feeling adventurous during your sojourns, why not make your way to the homes of the local for an authentic, home-made meal? 

1. Havelská Koruna

Travellers keen on trying out Czech cuisine in a central area of Prague will find Havelská Koruna to be a restaurant worth patronising. You will find a wide array of items on the extensive menu, and the dishes are changed on a day-to-day basis. The long queues snaking outside the restaurant are a testament to the popularity and quality of the food offered, but the prompt service means that you will not have to endure a painfully long wait.


2. Lokál U Bílé kuželky 

Lokál U Bílé kuželky may be situated close to the Prague Castle and Charles Bridge, but it is not one of the overpriced, touristy restaurants lining the streets of Prague's city center. Boasting a quaint pub-like setting, the restaurant dishes up a slew of traditional Czech cuisine at affordable prices. Do not leave without downing a pint (or more) of homemade beer!

3. Kavárna Pražírna

After a fun-filled day excursion, take a well-deserved break at the cosy and welcoming Kavárna Pražírna. Spend a leisurely afternoon sipping an aromatic cup of coffee, nibbling on buttery baked treats or savouring bites of a rich cheesecake. A selection of sandwiches are also available for travellers keen on tucking into a meal here. The cafe's quiet and laidback atmosphere makes it an ideal spot for holidaymakers seeking to escape the lively buzz of the city centre. 

4. Street Food Stalls

You have not really discovered the cuisines and tastes of the locals unless you have tried the street food of a particular destination. Here in Prague, keep a lookout for vendors in Wencelas Square. Once you are within close proximity to these stalls, you will discern an irresistible aroma wafting in the air – one which reminds you of decadent cheese and savoury sausages.

Step closer, and you will see throngs of locals sinking their teeth into soft bread rolls filled with sausage, or an indulgent fried cheese sandwich. This is a snack often consumed by the locals when they need to eat on the go, so grab one of these hot dog rolls if you need a quick bite during your travels.

 5. Cafe Bar Propaganda

Prague's myriad pubs and watering holes makes it a haven for beer fanatics. If you want to drink as the locals do, make your way to Cafe Bar Propaganda. With a quirky setting and well-priced beers, it comes as no surprise that this is a fond favourite among the locals. Teetotallers in the group can opt from a selection of non-alcoholic beverages on the drinks menu. 

6. Home-dining Experience

If you find yourself missing a heartwarming, homecooked meal during your sojourns, quell your cravings by trying out a home dining experience. Beer aficionados will be eager to start a spread of Czech cuisine and beer feast with Jana, while travellers with a curious palate may want to sample an array of Czech Indian fusion food with Shruti

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