Sweeten your stay in Prague
We know how to make your casual strolling along the Prague’s charming streets even more delicious. Pastries is always a good choice here, you are getting the full taste of the culture, easy to carry while walking through the small streets and just this feeling of happiness that it gives you – is simply all you are craving at the moment. Trdelnik dessert that Prague is apparently famous for was named one of the must-try things in Prague. We all know here that you want something traditional when you come to Prague. Crashing a bit stereotypes here, Trdelnik is not even Czech…even though it is crunchy good and so tasty. In order to truly taste the flavor of Czech traditions and dive into its culture, you can find here the best traditional pastries, which we fancy the most, along with the places where they can be found.
Kolač boasts a filling of some sort contained by a rim of brioche-like yeasted dough. They were primarily considered a wedding dessert, that were preparing in the Czech Republic for ages. Originally they are topped with a special poppy seed filling – a real must-try when visiting Prague. If poppy seeds don’t tickle your fancy, kolač can also be found packed with other fillings as apricot, blueberry, strawberry jam and also white sweet cheese. The good thing is that they are not overly sweet, so not a big boom for your diet. You can find kolač in any authentic bakery on the streets of Prague and also any supermarket in bread section.
This could not get any more traditional than Czech buns called Buchta. It even appears in old Czech fairy tales, when heros would back them when going on a mysterious adventure. Square buns of the sweet yeast dough can be either with any type of filling from white sweet cheese to the home-made granny’s jam. We though prefer plain soft buns that are just melting in your mouth. If you want to get the freshest baked Buchty, or at least just to get them, you should go to any bakery early in the morning. They tend to sell very quickly. Our recommendation would fall on Antonínovo Pekařství, located in our beloved Vinohrady neighborhood.
Bábovka is a traditional Czech cake which has been a large part of the Czech pastry tradition since the 17th century. This sweet pastry from a yeast dough of characteristic form (high and loose), often with the addition of raisins and vanilla. The cake can be sprinkled on top with sugar powder or covered with chocolate glaze. Presumably, it was first baked in big pots, that is why the baking dish is usually round, deep, with a ribbed surface and a hole in the middle for better baking of the dough. You can find in any bakery around the corner or a cafe as well while grabbing your tea or coffee, goes really good with a warm drink.
Another one of the most popular Czech pastries can be simply described as cream in a roll, a bit reminds of Italian cannoli, but this is just from the look. The roll is made of puff pastry and the cream is a really soft meringue cream . Take a stroll to any of the farmers’ markets in Prague and find your well deserved kremrole. They are very light, even though quiet sweet. But we bet you would not notice how quickly they will be eaten, so buy a few.
You probably would not think so but traditional czech cuisine can even incorporate a main sweet dish. Yes , we are talking here of a warm and sweet dumplings, that Czechs eat after appetizers as a main dish. Dumplings (Ovocné knedlíky in Czech) filled with fruit and served in a deeper dish with melted butter, sugar and other sweet sauce. The dumplings have seasonal fillings and are always served besides melted butter with a delicious and rich side of farmers cheese, poppy seeds and jam made from the fruit that’s inside the dumplings. Plan your tourist tour around the city with a stop at Café Savoy and have those sweet dumplings for lunch. In authentic place an authentic dish!
Be on the lookout for an old style Cukrarna (bakery) shops for a delicious treat on the go. Many of the traditional bakeries still have a lingering communist feel and carry staple pastries, coffee and occasionally ice-cream.