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As an increasingly international city, Prague features cuisine from all four corners of the world. However, there are still some distinctly Czech delicacies to sample during your visit. Here are five of our favorites:
1. Vepřo, knedlo, zelo. Translated simply as “pork, dumplings, cabbage,” this hearty, evergreen dish offers just what it promises: prime cuts of pork with filling potato or bread dumplings and sweet pickled cabbage.
2. Smažený sýr. This is a delicious but dangerous dish — not for the weak of heart. Smažený sýr is a large cube of deep-fried breaded edam cheese, usually served with a mountain of fries and a side of tartar sauce. For a mildly healthier, equally cheesy option, try the oil-picked cheese nakládaný hermelín.
3. Guláš. It may have Hungarian origins, but the Czechs have their own unique take on goulash. In Prague, it’s served as prime chunks of beef in a thick, slow-cooked onion sauce, served alongside stodgy bread dumplings. It goes best with a local beer.
4. Sausages. Prague is home to two famous sausages: klobasa and utopenci. The former is grilled and served with a side of bread, mustard and horseradish, and you’ll find them for sale at every food stand in the city — particularly along Wenceslas Square. Utopence, on the other hand, is a salami-type sausage that’s pickled in vinegar and served cold with raw onion, to be found in most traditional pubs.
5. Desserts. The Czechs do some great desserts. The most common is koláče, a flat pastry disc topped with everything from fruits to poppy seeds to cream cheese. You can also try the moist layered honey cake medovnik, the grilled dough tube trdelník (it’s topped with sugar and walnuts) or any of the many fruit-filled dumplings.