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Wine and Dine In and Around Prague

Wine and Dine In and Around Prague

Prague is one of the world's top tourism destinations, and it's no wonder. The ancient architecture, amazing museums, history and culture all play a role in the city's inviting atmosphere. And since the fall of communism, another attraction has emerged in the Czech Republic: gastronomy. Besides a boom in international cuisine and food movements like vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free, Czech beer sits in the forefront. But did you know there's also an impressive market for wine production? We made a list of the best wine and dine experiences within and outside of Prague that will certainly tickle your taste buds.

 

St Wenceslas Vineyard


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Ulf Liljankoski via Flickr


This vineyard is conveniently tucked away and beside Prague Castle and the Royal Gardens, just a short walk from Malá Strana. It is said to be the oldest vineyard in Prague and they cater to both tourists and locals with offerings of seasonal wine tastings alongside delicious Czech dishes like duck and dumplings. The entrance is absolutely free, so anyone can take a stroll and enjoy one of the best panoramic views of the city from above. If weather permits, stop by for a glass of wine or a pint of beer on the terrace.

 

Karlovy Vary


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Karlovy Vary (or Carlsbad, its German name) is well known in Europe for its affordable spa packages, fairytale-like woods, natural miracle (mineral) waters and picturesque streets. And over the past ten years, chefs and foodies are also making a scene by bringing the fine dining experience to Karlovy Vary at very reasonable prices. The spa town is a mere three hours away from Prague by bus (5 euros). Perhaps the most famous monument in town is the Grand Hotel Pupp (where Casino Royal was shot), which is a great place to grab a drink before dinner at Le Marche, Promenada or Embassy.

Our tip: Book a hotel with spa amenities included in the pricing of the accommodations (most of them already include a pool, sauna and jacuzzi, at the least).

 

For the beer lovers...


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Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr


Ah, Czech beer. It's the most affordable and popular drink you can buy in the country without compromising quality. You can drink a decent pint in any bar or restaurant. Opt for draught rather than can or bottle for the best tastes and flavours. The usual choices include Pilsner Urquell (perhaps the most common Plzen), Gambrinus (pale lager), Budvar (Budweiser), Kozel (a must-try staple, comes in light, brown and dark), and Fenix (light, fruity honey beer). All have their own unique tastes and are excellent brews. You really can't go wrong with any of them!

If you're a beer fanatic, there are also hundreds of lesser-known, yet, fantastic micro-breweries that cost a few korunas extra, like Matuska, a superb IPA beer. There are several spots in Prague that cater only to beer lovers and you can try these beers at specialized bars like the Prague Beer Museum.

 

Bonus: Moravian Tours for Wine Enthusiasts


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Around 96% of Czech wine actually comes from the southern region of Moravia. Surrounded by the Carpathian mountains, the province is famous for its vineyards and UNESCO Heritage monuments. There are four wine growing regions in Moravia: Mikulovská, Znojemská, Velkopavlovická and Slovácká. If you love the countryside and know wine, you'll appreciate a two-day Czech wine and food tour, along with visits to some of the country's most gorgeous castles and gardens.

Bon Appetit...or as we say in Czech - Dobrou Chut'!

 

Aleksandra Koplik