Sapa Praha is a large Vietnamese market, there are a lot of insignificant clothes shops, but above 30 bistros and a few groceries. When I was here for the very first time a long time ago, I was a little afraid to come here alone without a guide. It came to me that I will get lost for sure. But this time is long gone, Vietnamese cuisine is popular, a lot of Praguers and tourists go to Sapa, and now I’m not getting lost there. I love Vietnamese food, so I just have to go to Sapa from time to time!
Sapa has its charm. Unlike the Vietnamese bistros in the center, there is a lot of specialized places – some bistros cook only one meal, some cook only one type of meat. Exactly as I know it from Vietnam, where I visited also the city Sapa. Vietnamese cuisine processing absolutely every part of the meat. They never throw bones, they make the broth. A great delicacy is a salad made of chicken claws, the entrails are a matter of course and you can get a pork leg in the soup.
My favorite (and the first visited) bistro is Hải Hà, the best bún chả I’ve ever eaten you can get here. Yes, paradoxically, I didn’t eat better-seasoned meat in Vietnam either. It’s almost hard to miss, the grilled pork belly smells really far from the outdoor grill.
In Dũng Liên, they specialize in duck. They consume every piece of meat from the duck. Usually, you can see bowls with such a red sauce – so it’s duck blood. Stir in salt to thicken. I didn’t taste, it’s actually a boy’s affair – to kill possible bacteria, the food is interspersed with hard alcohol. I like a delicious roast duck, flavored with galgan and sesame seeds. In addition, iceberg lettuce, Vietnamese basil, and broth with coriander and spring onion. The meat is dipped in soy sauce with chili peppers and garlic. And of course noodles.
The only food in Phương Phượng is bánh cuốn breakfast dish, steamed rice rolls. They are really luxurious rolls, stuffed with minced pork, black mushrooms and sprinkled with fried onions. In addition, they serve chả lụa, slices of minced meatloaf.
Larger restaurant with a more varied menu, make meals here in two possible sizes: normal and small portions. Small is enough, still very big. They have excellent Bún bò Nam Bộ (also a variant with chicken, which I still don’t know how to say correctly in Vietnamese). And then also Vietnamese coffee, which I prefer instead of dessert. Vietnamese coffee is complemented by a significant portion of condensed milk.
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In addition to packed uneaten food, I also like to take some groceries from Sapa, they have special Asian stuff as well as common ones. It is good to go shopping here on weekdays or Sundays. Vietnamese people come to shop here on Saturdays for their bistros, it’s quite crowded, and the “tourist way of shopping” delays traders. Everything from herbs, fruits, vegetables, and meat, through the coffee to dishes, is available.
Again a specialized restaurant for soups phở bò (beef) and phở gà (chicken), to which they sell such fried bread.
- the food is usually shared, so it is taken from the common bowl with the other side of the chopsticks (unless we eat with the family, where it doesn’t matter),
- the meal begins with the youngest inviting the elders to eat (or each younger invites each elder), something like ours “bon appetite!”,
- a good Vietnamese host will not leave you an empty plate, he will always refill, so if we are full, it is good to leave a little something on the plate (this doesn’t apply to restaurants, no one will run there with another portion).
How to get to Sapa Praha
Sapa Praha is in Libuš, so for those who do not stay in the southeastern part of Prague, it will be a bit out of hand. Right in front of Sapa is the Sídliště Písnice bus stop, which is served by bus 197 from Smíchov Railway Station, via Chodov. But better take an Uber if you don’t have a car here.