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- Prague’s array of food and drink tours are a great way to get to know the city from new angles
- You’ll get to taste specialities that might include modern Czech dishes or home-made cakes
- Some tours will take you to Prague’s latest restaurant openings
Sarah Holt For Mailonline
How do you decide where to eat in a city that has more than 4,000 restaurants? Help is on hand thanks to several companies that run food tours in Prague, highlighting the best places to eat as well as letting you sample various dishes or drinks. The following are some of our favourites.
The essential guide to the best food tours in the Czech capital
Local food tours
Taste of Prague’s Traditional Czech Food Tour is a waist-worrying four hours long and includes up to 12 tastings. It’s designed to offer you insight into what food means to Prague’s inhabitants, as well as where local food comes from. You’ll try dishes such as Prague ham, beef goulash and svíčková (sirloin steak cooked with vegetables, spices and cream, and usually served with bread dumplings) and come away with both recipe ideas and a food map that spills the beans on another 70-plus great places to chow down in the city.
Bus: Haštalské náměstí
Beer and tapas tours
If Prague had veins, beer – rather than blood – would flow through them. Celebrating the city’s rich beer-making tradition, Urban Adventures’ Beer and Tapas tour takes you to the city’s top beer halls and microbreweries. Between sips you’ll learn about the history of beer in Prague, dating all the way back to the Middle Ages. The itinerary will take you to the ‘untouristy’ districts of Žižkov and Vinohrady, and as you drink you’ll get to try a few tapas dishes.
Metro: Václavské náměstí
Vegetarian and vegan food tours
The recipe for I Like Veggie’s food tour is one part history tour to two parts food tasting. You’ll be shown sights such as Wenceslas Square, the Astronomical Clock, Municipal House and various street art spots as you hop between four or five culinary stops. Depending on the day, you’ll get to taste raw dishes, hearty soups, veggie burgers and home-made cakes. The man behind the experience is Gary, who’s been living as a vegetarian in the city for 26 years, so really knows his stuff.
Metro: Náměstí Republiky
Funky food tours
You’ll get a feel for both the past and future of Czech cuisine on Prague Foodies’ Funky Foodie tour. This four-hour experience showcases traditional dishes such as goulash but also takes you to places where you can try modern foods. Depending on the day, you’ll visit newly opened restaurants or try places that showcase the food favoured by the city’s Vietnamese community. You’ll also get an insight into Prague’s expanding wine culture with trips to local wine bars.
Metro: Náměstí Republiky
Karlin food tours
Half an hour’s walk east of the Old Town lies Karlin, an up-and-coming district that’s slowly getting a share of Prague’s limelight thanks to its modern restaurants, hip wine bars and independent galleries. It’s in this area that Eat with Locals features one of its main tours, taking you to places where you can try Czech cuisine with a twist – expect to sample the likes of smoked pork with teriyaki sauce and beef tartare with chili mayo. At the end of the tour you’ll be given a guide to help you discover more of the city’s top places to eat and drink.
Prague Truffle supplies some of the city’s top restaurants with truffles, and its owner Petr also runs truffle-hunting tours in the countryside that surrounds the city. You’ll get a rare insight into the hunting process, including information on how to train a truffle dog, as well as learning all about the history of truffle sales in Prague. The experience ends with a truffle-themed lunch in a top-end restaurant overlooking Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and the Old Town.
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Evening food tours
The backstreets of Prague’s medieval quarter are the setting for Eating Prague’s evening tours, starting at 1700 from Sunday to Thursday and taking you to those lesser-known bistros, hard-to-find wine cellars and family-run cafés that many visitors miss out on. Expect to try home-made goulash, cured meats and beer from the Saaz region and to sample spirits in a bar that was once frequented by writers and artists. As you wander between foodie spots you’ll take in sites including the John Lennon Wall, Kampa island and David Cerny’s sculptures.
Hiking and food tours
In addition to its city-based food tours, Prague Food Tour runs Gourmet Hiking Escapes that get you out into the unspoilt Kokořínsko area about an hour north of Prague. Over the course of eight hours you’ll cover roughly four miles (7km), pausing for food and drink breaks. You’ll visit a regional microbrewery dating back to 1586, stop for a picnic and top it all off with dinner in a hamlet on the outskirts of Prague.
Bus: U Staré školy
Goulash galore: The best food tours in Prague