In my Prague Restaurant Guide, I talk about Prague's "food revolution." I also mention several of what can be called "mini-revolutions" within the broader food revolution. One has been in the area of coffee. And a recent one has been in the area of burgers. Every corner now seems to have a "burger joint" in hot pursuit of the perfect real (American) hamburger.
These food "mini-revolutions" are happening at such a pace that I find it hard to keep up, let alone try all the new things on offer. But I have had no trouble finding time to explore the subject of Prague's latest revolution: gelato! That's because, along with the French fry, I suppose ice cream is my favorite food.
Angelato has competition... And I'm glad!
If you've followed me on Facebook or other social media, you know that I am a hugely devoted fan of Angelato, one of Prague's first gourmet gelato spots, and certainly the first to offer unusual seasonal concoctions such as poppyseed, jasmine rice and other inventive flavors.
Angelato will always have a special place in my heart, and I will always visit it several times every spring and summer. But earlier this year, Creme de la Creme appeared on the scene, and I have a new ice cream love. Its owner apparently spent years in Italy learning the traditional art of gelato-making, and if he happens to be in the shop when you visit, he will gladly explain the differences between his product and Angelato's (and why his is superior, of course).
Creme de la creme
Creme de la Creme has a lot of the same favorite flavors that Angelato has, like salty caramel (and Creme de la Creme has salty peanut, also) and many seasonal flavors, too. In my view, the consistency of Creme de la Creme's gelato is creamier than Angelato's, and the flavors are a bit more intense. And they also have a few vegan choices. Let's just say that Creme de la Creme is my new favorite (sorry Angelato!).
And then there's puro...
And there's another local gelato on the scene. Actually, Puro has been around in its first location out in the 'burbs for a few years, but this week they opened a long-awaited shop right in the middle of Old Town, near Old Town Square. It's located on Kaprova Street, and I can't wait to try it.
Spring weather has finally arrived in Prague, and that means it's time for people to head outdoors and soak up the sun. Winters in Prague are notoriously long and gray, and so when the sun finally appears and the temperatures rise, Prague's residents hit the streets - and the ice cream shops!
Or ice cream SHOP, singular, I should say, because for most of us locals, there is only one place to go for ice cream: Angelato. OK. There are two places to go because Angelato recently opened a second location, pictured above. When the weather is nice, there's always a line out the door at both locations. But don't worry, the line moves quickly!
Angelato is known for its fresh, natural ice cream that is made each morning. They also experiment with wonderful seasonal and unusual flavors, as well. Currently, they're featuring avocado flavor, olive oil and basil flavor and salty caramel (yum!). But they also have plenty of traditional flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and the best pistachio I've ever tasted!
Find them at Rytířská 27 in Old Town and at the Ujezd tram stop in Mala Strana, right next to the Hotel Roma. And find more great food in my new 2016 Restaurant guide!
After a super hot summer in Prague, we finally got a break a few weeks ago, with much cooler temperatures and the telltale signs of autumn's approaching, especially a dramatic change in the light and the angles of the sun's shadows. But over the past weekend, the summer temperatures returned (though, thankfully, they were not as extreme as in the summer!) and everyone headed for the parks and even a few to the swimming pool.
But another way to cool down in Prague is to head for some great gelato, and by far the favorite choice of locals is Angelato. I can't get enough of it, and on Sunday the line snaking out the door was the longest I've seen so far at either of Angelato's locations. It was at least 20 people long, flowing halfway down the block.
But even though it feels like summer, this time of year in Prague is usually quite cool and autumn-like, and despite the current warmer temperatures, the local fruits in the shops reflect that fact. And Angelato, which makes its flavors fresh daily, also loves concocting seasonal flavors.
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I am an American who has been living in Prague for two decades. After a long career in international finance, I left the business world to pursue other interests. I now work as a writer, mentor and guide to the city.