time immemorial the typical Czech meal has consisted of pork,
dumplings and cabbage. Other common meals are various
kinds of goulash, beef with special cream sauce (svickova)
or other sauces with various flavors (dill, tomato, etc.)
Sweet dishes, such as fruit dumplings, pancakes and
strudel are also very popular. In many regions, restaurants
offer local specialties, which are particularly interesting for
gourmets. In the centers of big cities, even the lower grade restaurants
serve select meals from international cuisine including fish and
poultry meals. Venison is popular, too.
Above all, Czech beer and Moravian wines are national gastronomy
treasures, which should not be missed.
Beer is regarded as a typical product of the Czech Republic.
The Czech brewing industry has a long tradition with beer being
brewed on the territory of this country for many centuries. The
quality of the beer enjoys a very good reputation as one of the
best in the world (Pilsen, Budvar and Velkopopovicke beer are among
Excellent wine is produced in South Moravia and the
Bohemian regions around Zernoseky and Roudnice. A rather
unique drink is the Czech herb liqueur, Becherovka. In central
Moravia, in the area around Vizovice, plum brandy (slivovice)
is very popular. It contains up to 90% alcohol.
Meals and the Czech beer
Beer goes very well with a number of Czech dishes. It is unthinkable
for the Czechs to drink with the traditional Czech dish, which is
pork with cabbage and dumplings, any beverage other than beer. However,
in case you have decided to taste a number of different beers and
you want to rest your pallet between particular types and so need
to eat something smaller, then choose a bit of mild tasting cheese,
bread or a bit of mild salami. You will not spoil your beer tasting.
Another idea is to take the beer with beer soup, as the recipe on
this dish is contained even in the first Czech cookery book of Magdalena
The Czechs prefer to drink beer in pubs and beer halls rather then
at home. A visit to a favorite pub is a good opportunity to meet
friends. Czech pubs and beer halls in villages have their own unique
nature and generally have a friendly atmosphere. Hot discussions
especially on football, ice hockey, politics, women and neighbors
are among the standard topics. New visitors are usually warmly welcomed.
Brewery Museum (Pivovarske muzeum)
Visiting the Brewery
Museum in Plzen is a unique opportunity to learn about Czech
brewing history. The Brewery Museum in Plzen is the oldest museum
of its kind in the world and experts rank it as top in its field.
Hundreds of unique exhibits follow the history of brewing and of
beer culture from ancient times to the present. Almost 50, 000 people
annually visit the original brewery building, which contains a Gothic
malt house, an old Czech pub, a lager cellar and a picture gallery.