One of the beautiful days in Prague when you can finally say that spring is here! A day when all the people living in Prague, foreigners or nor, are heading to the best place where to spend spring or summer in Prague and this place is called Smíchovská Náplavka.
Smíchovská Náplavka is a great spot in Prague situated on a Vltava riverbank, where many Prague events take place during the sunny season. This place is located near the city center so it is the best place for such an events like concerts, markets, food or other festivals. Grab a beer or cider and go there to sit down on a bank when there is no festival and you will love it anyway. Such a great place to chill, relax, meeting your friends or just on your own if it’s sunny or not.
This past weekend one great event took place there, called Polívkování. To understand the name of the event, Polívka means a soup in my language. As you have a clue now, yes, it was a food event. Where else could I spend my Saturday morning and afternoon, right? My parents were visiting me that weekend in Prague and as they don’t live in a big city and miss those events, I have decided this is a perfect place to go. We were so lucky because the weather was just perfect! That’s how the spring tastes like, I guess. Back to the food festival.
What was it about? Food, of course. Soups, I already said so but really, what was it about? It was a medium size food market with many stands and during the day it started to be packed with people, so crowded. There should be soups from around the world as well as the traditional Czech soups to try. We didn’t go there to try Czech soups but it could be really interesting for foreigners.
We wanted something exotic, let’s say. I was so looking forward to Japanese Ramen, Vietnamese Pho or Thai Tom Kha Kai. I ended up without trying any of these but I had great soups and something else too. I went there to get some inspiration for my future articles because where else would you find a better place with so many “restaurants”? There is one more simple reason, Yes, I’m a foodie and I love great food! I love soups like many Czech people do. We are usually used to eat soup as a starter before the main course at home. I remember times as a kid when visiting my grandparents always eating soup before the main course and there was not chance for you not to finish it even you didn’t like it or you were already full, no way. Oh, those memories! Back to the food festival!
We came a bit early when all the stands around were just opening but we didn’t mind because the weather was great. Fist meal I tried wasn’t a soup to my surprise but was from a yellow stand with a sign Belgian French fries. I just had an idea it will be a great start of a day, no I’m not American and I don’t need fries and coke for my breakfast but I can relate that home made fries are even better than bread for breakfast. Sorry, but it is true and those were home made and from real potatoes. You could choose a sauce for your fries and because I love spicy food I knew what I wanted. I chose a spicy sauce and was wondering if it’s going to be even spicy because every time when I order something spicy it is not spicy at all. Maybe its because I’m already used to spicy food but I was always disappointed. Finally! I could say that those were spicy and I loved it! Great first choice!
Next stop? Kansas chili soup. It wasn’t spicy at all but it was just perfect! Full of beans, meat, spices and everything necessary for a great chili, topped up with a bit of cheese and tortilla chips as a bonus. We tried much more, fish soup, mussels, pumpkin soup with coconut milk and basil etc. Every meal we tried was damn good!
The entrance fee was 50 CZK and there were usually two sizes of soups. Ordinary big size and degustation size and their prices vary from 40-65 CZK.
This wasn’t the last food festival that held a place at Náplavka. Two other food events are coming soon so put those days into your calendars. First one is on 8 April, called Street Food Náplavka with a presentation of many street food specialties from Malaysia, Thailand, Peru, France, Italy or much more! On 29 April you will find Asia Food Festival there with exotic flavors from Asian countries e.g. Thailand, Turkey, Lebanon or Russia.
Prepare your tongues for a mouth watering experience and see you there!