Finally, we move to the world famous Café Louvre, which has been in business since 1920. Intellectuals like Franz Kafka and Albert Einstein often spent their time here. The restaurant must have done something right, because the tables are still filled all these years later. It’s here that I taste my favorite Czech dish so far – svíčková – Czech dumplings, braised beef and cranberry compote mixed in a thick vegetable and sour cream sauce.
By now, we’ve spent all afternoon eating and sampling, but there is still room for one more dish, a classic Czech apple strudel. It’s a little different from the Austrian variety, with thicker layers of dough filled with sweet slices of apple. The custard topping varies in sweetness each time it’s made, in order to perfectly match with the sweetness of that day’s apples.
Although our visit to Prague was short, I now feel like I’ve been properly introduced to the Czech capital and its people through Jan and the places we visited. The experience has whetted my appetite to see more of Prague, and I’m already dreaming of what I’d like to do when I return.
If You Go to Prague:
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