Eataway is a fantastic alternative to tourist-trap restaurants, giving travellers the opportunity to eat with a local cook at their home. There are few better ways to get all the insider tips than sharing a meal with a local family and asking them directly. As for the meal itself, the emphasis is always on freshly-prepared food made from fresh local ingredients. Home cooks right across Prague offer meals almost every day of the week, and it is a great opportunity to find out more about local things to do from the people who live here - both Czech nationals and others from around the world who have made Prague their home.
Meals are generally 3 or 4 course affairs, and most include drinks in the price, although you are also welcome to bring your own bottle - its a nice gesture. Unlike in a restaurant, you are welcome to have seconds. Above all, you will get the chance to meet others - both locals and visitors often come to these meals - and make new friends. Many Eataway meals end up with the guests going out for a drink in a local bar afterwards.
Booking is made online, and places can get hard to find at the last moment, so try to book at least 4 or 5 days in advance to have the best choice.
Address: Various homes around Prague
Oficial Web Page: https://www.eataway.com
Price: 10 – 30 Euros per person for 3-4 courses with drinks
It’s difficult to imagine now given the throngs who descend upon the Saturday farmers’ market on this stretch of the river bank that Náplavka embankment was once deserted save the swans. These days this stretch of the Vltava is the Prague summer hangout of choice: as well as the edible goodies check out the vintage clothes and bric-a-brac on a boat near Železniční most (railway bridge). There are also several floating galleries and bars as well as riverside cafes like Bajkazyl, where jersey-sporting cyclists sip Czech microbrewed beer balanced on the makeshift tables made from reclaimed doors. As well as liquid refreshment, bicycle rental is also available should you wish to glide along next to the water on two wheels. While an afternoon weekend stroll here on a bright day has become a 21st century pastime for Praguers, this part of the city really comes to life at night thanks to bohemian gatherings organised through social media like outdoor tango. Bizarrely Náplavka’s revival rarely merits a mention in most travel articles featuring the city so consider this a true insider tip!
Address: Rašínovo nábřeží, metro Karlovo náměstí (Palackého náměstí exit then cross main road and go down the stairs to the embankment)
Oficial Web Page: http://www.farmarsketrziste.cz/naplavka (in Czech)
Facebook: https://cs-cz.facebook.com/NAPLAVKA/] (good for details of events)
Czech beer is world famous but the culinary delights which locals snack on during a drinking session are less well known. Rather than the crisps and peanuts you’d expect in a British boozer, expect pig protein like tlačenka, a rough pate served with a garnish of raw onion, vinegar and slices of rye bread comprised of porcine head and trotters. The ears allegedly give this concoction, which you’ll find on any self-respecting Bohemian pub menu, extra bite. If you balk at munching on brawn, then try utopenec: literally, the drowned man, aka a pickled sausage. For once, vegetarians needn’t miss out on authentic Czech eats: nakládaný hermelín, affectionately nicknamed hermoš, is a popular evening snack consisting of marinated Czech camembert. The cheese is cut in half lengthwise, smeared with sliced onion, garlic and seasonings, then sandwiched back together to be stored in oil in a Mason jar. It then emerges several weeks later topped with a goat horn pepper, all ready to soak up that evening’s alcohol consumption. Needless to say, all of these are something of an acquired taste but unlike those trdelník pastries you’ll spot for sale at every tourist hotspot in the city, their authenticity cannot be denied.You might ask yourself if it’s a good idea going there, since it’s located a bit far out of the way, but don’t worry: you can get a shuttle from Ostkreuz to get there. And here goes a party rat tip: make sure to save some money for your way back. After partying for so many hours, the only thing you’ll want is a cab that will drop you right in front of the place where you're staying.