Czech for chillies!

I’ve just returned from Prague, Czech Republic, after a mini break away and I’m missing this vibrant city already. It is a very picturesque place, with lots to see and do. As with most of my trips, this holiday centered around historical attractions, food and drink.

Typical dishes in Czech involve cabbage, meat – typically beef, pork, duck or rabbit – and bread or potato dumplings, which is perfect for combating the bitter cold of winter Prague. On one particular early morning, we recorded a temperature of -6C! Luckily, and to my surprise, chillies seem to be quite popular; I found them on most menus whilst I was there. And of course, as the Czech Republic has the highest beer consumption per capita in the world (according to Wikipedia), there’s also plenty of beer to wash it all down.

As we walked around Old Town we accidentally stumbled past this specialist chilli restaurant, Chilli Point. Unfortunately, we had missed lunch hour and as we only had two days, we didn’t have time to revisit but they had chilli everything! Even chilli desserts and there didn’t appearing to be anything for non spicy food lovers. The hottest item on the menu is the ‘Black Pearl’ – beef steak of sirloin, ragout with chilli peppers, vegetables and marrow sauce; cooked using the hottest chilli in the world – the Carolina Reaper. If you think you can handle it, it will cost you 950KC. If you’ve ever been to this place, let me know what you thought!

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On our first full day exploring we headed to the top of Petrin Hill for some impressive views over the city and by lunch time we were passing the Strahov Monastery which has a stunning library – but as it was lunchtime (12-1) the monastery was closed for an hour so we had to find some way to kill time. Food was a great idea. There is a restaurant at the Monastery called Bellavista which has an indoor restaurant and an outdoor terrace which offers spectacular views while you dine.

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As I’ve said, it was cold but luckily we could have our own heater at the table. We ordered the sausages cooked in a gravy-like sauce with the Monastery’s own brewery beer. It was served in a tray with bread, pickled onions and chillies on the side, which seemed odd at first but tasted fantastic and really warmed us up. We washed that meal down with the Monastery’s own blueberry beer and sat back to enjoy the views before visiting the library.

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On our second day it was also cold, and lunchtime called for something hot and filling to keep us going. There’s such a mix of cafes in Prague, you’re bound to find something to your liking whether it’s traditional Czech food, Italian, Mexican, American or another cuisine. We found a burger restaurant just off from the Old Town square called Meet Burger. Naturally my eyes were drawn to the Jalapeno & Habanero Burger – a hamburger prepared from aged beef, slices of jalapeño and habanero peppers, cheddar cheese, guacamole, rocket salad, romaine lettuce, spicy tomato salsa, grilled corn – and we also ordered some chilli fries as a side. Described as ‘hot as hell’, it was very spicy. My partner didn’t finish his burger but I put in a good effort and polished it off.

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I’ve talked about the food here but we also visited Prague Castle, walked across Charles Bridge, saw the astronomical clock in Old Town Square and bought lots of beer from the specialist beer shops dotted around the city.

Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

We also ended our holiday in a Beer Spa! Yes, it’s real. A genuine health spa with hop Jacuzzi tubs, straw beds and unlimited beer. Check it out here if you don’t believe me. Cheers!

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