Among several notable traditional Czech restaurants in Prague, there is a rather special one, the famous U Kalicha.
U Kalicha (The Chalice) is a pub-style restaurant located a few minutes walk from the top of Wenceslas Square.
According to a popular Czech book (a story known throughout the country), it was from here that the Good Soldier Švejk set off to take part in World War I.
U Kalicha has all the elements necessary to make a good pub restaurant: hearty and plentiful food; large, frothy ice-cold beers; and live traditional Czech music - a tuba and an accordion player perform in the evening, moving around the restaurant as they play.
This unique restaurant has been in operation for decades. There are one or two poor imitations around town, but nothing beats the original. And there is a saying: 'If you haven't been to U Kalicha, you haven't been to Prague'. We tend to agree!
Note: U Kalicha is a popular restaurant and large groups often block book the whole place. Advance reservations are therefore essential for all diners to assure you of a table.