It’s no secret that Tigger and I are food lovers. Of course, my palate is quite a bit more diverse than his “mac & cheese is a food group” tastes. As we’ve been traveling for quite a while, we’ve been stricken by some rather specific food cravings. It’s kind of like having an itch you just can’t scratch. Prague has been our savior!
American (and British) foods
Hamburgers, french fries, and fried chicken seem to be rather ubiquitous in all four corners of the world. Bagels and Lucky Charms? Not so much. Being such an international and expat-filled city, I figured someone would be smart enough to tap into that niche market, and boy was I right!
The Candy Store (a rather odd name considering what they stock) is THE place to find the foods you’re craving.
While Brits, Aussies, and Kiwis can find vegemite and marmite in the Tesco stores, this establishment has a broad selection of other British foods.
There are a few locations, but I have learned that the Vinohrady store is 80% British foods while the Na Rybníčku shop sells mostly American products.
It isn’t just candy and sugary cereals either. They have tons of products like salad dressings, beverages, baking products, and even frozen dinners and meats (like sliced HoneyBaked ham).
And, yes, they also have Lucky Charms.
Considering that these items are imported, the prices are surprisingly reasonable.
Yes, we finally have our bagels!
And just because we care so much about you, our dear readers, we visited several different places to make sure our recommendations reflected only the highest quality. You’re welcome.
The best place for bagels in Prague is Bohemia Bagel. They have a few locations, but the one in the Masna area of Praha 1 wins the blue ribbon. They have the best selection, the bagels taste fresher, and they seem to be better staffed than the other shops which means wait time is significantly reduced. They have wonderful bagel sandwiches, too. I recommend the turkey club (pictured above).
Prices for bagels are very reasonable. Sandwiches are a bit more pricey but normal for the area.
They also advertise free international calls to the US and Canada. They do have free WiFi in all their shops, and it’s pretty decent.
Mexican food cravings
We adore Mexican food. It’s one of our favorite cuisines, and it’s very difficult to find authentic Mexican food (sorry, but nachos and burritos are not really Mexican food). It’s even worse if you’re like me and are a Mexican food snob.
I am not ashamed to admit this either.
One day we were walking around exploring when I spotted a sign proclaiming they sold tacos, and the name of the restaurant was El Paisa. I crossed the street to look at their menu, and my jaw dropped. These were not the usual offerings I see in wannabe Mexican joints!
We entered and were greeted by someone who appeared to be Mexican. We started chatting in Spanish, and I discovered that all their staff and owners are indeed from Mexico. Needless to say we sat down and ordered.
This was the best Mexican food I’ve had outside Mexico! They even had totopos (tortilla chips) and habañero sauce!
And their flan was the best I’ve ever had, and I’ve eaten a lot of flan in my life.
You’ll find them near the Vysherad.
If you’re craving Mexican fast food, we ran into Burrito Loco. These are a decent imitation of Chipotle burritos, although not quite as fat. Not only is the place open 24 hours, but they also have our favorite Mexican beer Sol.
They have a few locations in Prague. We ate at the one on Masna, which is next door to our favorite bagel shop.
This is probably my absolute favorite cuisine, although it’s hard for me to pick just one favorite. It can be rather difficult to find a good version of Thai food, especially if you’ve been to Thailand.
We stepped off the metro at the Vysherad station only to find a small restaurant called Yam Yam. Since it was dinnertime, we decided to check it out. Well, I did. Tigger doesn’t share my affinity for Thai food. Yet.
I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was! The food tasted fairly close to what we had in Thailand, although it was a bit sweeter and not nearly as spicy. Still, if you’re craving Thai this is a great place to have it. Some expat friends who have lived in Prague for 3 years also recommend this as the best Thai in Prague.
If you’ll be visiting for dinner, especially on a weekend night, I highly recommend making reservations. They are quite popular, and the restaurant is small.
Like many Eastern European countries, Czech has a fondness for pork. Beef seems to be rather rare, and it’s often not very good. When we were preparing to celebrate our 1000th day of travel, I searched for a place that would be special but still reasonably priced.
During my research, I found Ambiente Brasileiro which is a churrascaria. Churrasco is a particular style of cooking, and these restaurants are great because they tend to be a meat lover’s paradise. Servers walk around with skewers of various types of meat. They stop at your table and offer you some slices. It’s a great way to sample a wide variety.
There was quite the assortment of meat, including excellent beef. Fish lovers/pescatarians aren’t left out either.
As is typical, this restaurant has a nice salad bar as well as a sushi bar, which are all included in the buffet price. Their dessert menu is separate from the buffet.
This is not a cheap place, but I felt like the quality and service were a good match. We ate like kings (including paying extra for a sumptuous dessert), and I drank. . . well, a lot of cocktails, and our final bill, after a rather generous tip, was $94 USD.
The full buffet price is about $34 USD (told you it wasn’t cheap). Children are charged less, and if you arrive and finish before 6 PM, the charge is around $25 for adults. Drinks aren’t included, but you can get tap water for free.
There is also a salad bar-only option which is cheaper and includes the sushi bar.
If you’re celebrating something special, are looking for a romantic night out, or just want to splurge, I highly recommend this place. The food was excellent, the cocktails were great, and the service was impeccable (especially compared to typical Eastern European restaurant service).
What food cravings do you get when you’re on the road?