6 Must-Haves for Foodies Traveling in South-Moravia

Butcher shop
Butcher shop | © Mateusz Chojnacki TravlrBlog
Jamie Patterson

Consider yourself a foodie? Know your pinot from your cabernet? In search of umami? Central Europe’s hub of gastronomic delights awaits you, the traveling gourmand. The Czech Republic, or Czechia as its citizens call it, is a country chalked full of taste sensations. And while people rave about Prague’s chic flare, there is somewhere else that the Czechs go for the best food and drink – South Moravia.

Characterized by sub-Mediterranean climate and glistening limestone white hills, the landscape is dominated by vines, cellars, and some of Europe’s finest restaurants. Here are 6 delicious South-Moravian tastes for the traveling foodie, along with the incredibly unique towns, and the well-situated establishments that you can find them.

Traditional Jewish meals

Sink your teeth into warm, hearty traditional Jewish fare at the Hotel Tanzberg. A stone’s throw from the Baroque Mikulov Castle, it’s a charming address in the center of the city’s former Jewish quarter. The culinary traditions of this minority are honored by celebrity chef Marcel Ihnačák, and his modern spin on their classic staples. Take the above, for example. The lean cuts of beef are braised in a savory as jus, complimented by bacon-stuffing-like dumplings. The fresh herbs bring out the flavours and the cubed carrots add a new type of texture. Since it’s located in the heart of Czechia’s wine country, each plate pairs beautifully with a local full-bodied red. Red wine lovers will want to try the Frankovka in particular.

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#2 Savory shared-plates and appetizers

Not ready for a full meal? Or, perhaps you can’t decide on any one dish (they all sound good). If that’s the case, you’re in store for a treat. They same restaurant has a well-curated list of appetizers featuring drunken, caramelized-onion-topped cheeses and fresh homemade bread. Each flavour is further enhanced by a purposeful dose of crushed-nuts or stewed fruits, and rich vinaigrettes. Three to five plates can easily satiate two diners, and may be enjoyed with an affordable bottle of local wine, or a tasting whereby each plate is paired with a new varietal or vintage.

cheese plate at Hotel Tanzberg

#3: Sausages made of wild game

If historical sites, stunning castles, and gourmet international cuisine are your thing, you’ll want to continue east after Mikulov, onto the village of Lednice. When you do, you’ll notice that the landscape gives way to dueling fairy tale castles and English gardens. The town is dotted with a wide variety of dining options, from Italian to International cuisine. And, its becoming a bit of a foodie hotspot among the Czechs and well-informed travelers. Locals love the restaurants for the excellent service and high quality standards. Foreigners can’t get enough of the Czech take on international dishes. Not to mention, these restaurants are primarily grouped near carpark and castle, so location is ideal for a little stopover. Many of the restaurants serve modernized versions of traditional Czech cuisine, like wild boar sausages, cutlets, and dumplings.

Lunch at U TLUSTÝCH

#4 Classic diner meals with a Czech-vibe

In Lednice you can indulge in atypical Czech cuisine as well and not feel bad about it either. Whether you crave stone-oven pizza or salivate at the thought of a good old fashioned Cheeseburger – this is the place to be. In fact, it may claim the title of best burger in Central and Eastern Europe, thanks to U TLUSTÝCH. They offer several varieties and the Minaret Burger, named after the renaissance era structure hidden in the royal gardens, is making a bit of a name for itself among burger connoisseurs. Beef and cheese goodness aside, the fries are perfect for dipping. The shape is unique to the restaurant and resembles an elongated scoop. If you’re a fan of mayo and frites – you won’t be let down here.

Now, if you’re not one for boar and burgers – fret not, there’s something for you in all of this too.

Minaret Burger

#5 Down-to-earth veggie-friendly bites

Health food in the Czech’s second biggest city – Brno is simply divine. Brno is renaissance-meets-modernty and menus are reflective of that. Heavy meals are not as popular here as you may expect. Instead, this is a city in Czechia for the Czechs – it has a trendy albeit low-key vibe to it. Take a stroll downtown and you’ll notice a farmer’s market, plenty of museums, beautiful vistas, and stunning architectural landmarks. The food is equally noteworthy. Craft beers, lighter fare, and artisanal coffees are on offer. A favorite among locals is SKØG Urban Hub. Pop in for a coffee, roasted on site, and stay for the made-fresh-daily delectables like their hummus, or a mushroom-olive-sundried-tomato torte.

Veggie Torte and Coffee from Brno Cafe

#6 Local bio wine and cheese

Wine lover? There’s a movement towards high quality wine production in the Czech and the results are already award-winning. Not that bio-dynamic wines are the norm here, but many producers are taking up the gauntlet and returning to more traditional wine making methods. There is a sizeable producer who also swears by keeping wines natural – that means no added sugars and low sulphites. The quality is telling. The wine is smooth and goes down easily, with their reds leaving a pleasant aftertaste often of dark cherries, plum, and black currant. The label? DRMOLA. Available in artisanal cheese shops, and local retailers, its worth picking up a couple bottles and cracking them open during a picnic or after biking through the vineyards (a popular weekend activity among city-dwelling Czechs). The best cheeses to enjoy these with are typically aged and pair beautifully with the full-bodied reds that the region is famous for.

South Moravia Wine and Cheese

The food and drink options in South Moravia present something to suit each taste. The quality is consistent regardless of establishment and the service is some of the most genuine and hospitable you’ll find in Europe. Which of the above do you want to try most? Tell us in the comments below.
By Jamie Patterson

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