Exploring Prague’s food markets is taking a wonderful short-cut to understanding Czech culture. On this exploration of the market, food stores and the Beer Museum around the Powder House, we sample great foods and beers, we criss-cross the Old Town, and we gain great insights – and we have heaps of fun along the way.
We meet at the Powder House - Prague's historical landmark.
The guide, who is a native of Prague as well as a passionate foodie, gives a brief introduction to two major Prague landmarks: the Powder House and the Municipal House.
We then enter the food market that stands across from the Municipal House. We join in the fun and walk up and down, we meet farmers/merchants, we discuss various foods, and we buy the ones we get curious about. We observe local residents make their round and size up products and merchants.
We then go by the shop of a traditional butcher: why does this Czech butcher shop feel so different? Why do people here eat more pork than beef? And what is the local diet like?
We continue down Dlouha street. What is this wonderful smell? And what did Czechs eat and drink in the dark days of Communism?
We visit a sweets store for a sampling of trdelnik - doughnuts will never taste the same again...
We walk by famous café Orient - Becherovka or Tuzemak, what do you know about Czech shots?
We step into a Vietnamese convenience store. Why all these Vietnamese 7/11's all over town?
Our exploration takes us to the beer museum. We can try the local beer, and the traditional accompanying snack, that no bow of potato chips can ever replace.
All along, we discuss local food culture:
What is Vepřo-knedlo-zelo ? And when is it time for “liquid bread”? After the fall of the iron curtain, what is the first thing the Czechs longed to eat? Why did one international food critic complain so famously about Prague cuisine? How come locals are so wary of restaurant food and often prefer to eat at home? Where does Prague’s vibrant beer culture come from? And why are food markets in Prague so different from anywhere else in Europe?
While walking the city and enjoying its food, we gain an insight into Prague life - its geography, traditions, and culture.
At the end of our tour we sample all the foods we bought, we learn what they tell us about Prague, we try one of Prague's potent alcohols – and then we sample some more.