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Dining tips in the Liberec Region

For seven years now Lukáš Hejlík has been showing us the meadows of Bohemia and the groves of Moravia, and every day he presents a reliable tip for a good place to go to enjoy some excellent food, beer, wine or coffee. He has visited almost 1,500 business so far over the years. So, join us in taking a look at those to be found in our region, places to get settled in or ideas for a trip.

For seven years now Lukáš Hejlík has been showing us the meadows of Bohemia and the groves of Moravia, and every day he presents a reliable tip for a good place to go to enjoy some excellent food, beer, wine or coffee. He has visited almost 1,500 business so far over the years. So, join us in taking a look at those to be found in our region, places to get settled in or ideas for a trip. As Lukáš himself says: It’s sometimes better to travel a bit further rather than get burned. So, let’s eat, let’s travel and let’s discover!

Passing by the car park in Bedřichov in the Jizera Mountains there are hordes of cross-country skiers during the winter, cyclists in summer and plenty of hikers in the spring and autumn. You might expect to find the same refreshments as anywhere else, with sausages, chocolate bars and lollipops. But this is the Stánek Maliník refreshment stand, and everything is different! The delicacies on offer there include French onion soup with cheesy toast and excellent lokshe, or treats such as cookies, cakes and an amazing quiche. Real fast food, but with an ample portion of ideas! And while you’re visiting Bedřichov, make sure to include the Prezidentská Chalet in your itinerary. This has been running for a respectable 90 years, making it a local symbol for many people. Their garlic soup with smoked meat and sweet yeasted buns with vanilla cream are guaranteed not to disappoint. However, we recommend the traditional hikers’ “pig-out” – fried cheese with French fries and tartar sauce. It’s worth noting that this is not just any cheese, as here they serve real Blaťácké zlato! A real treat for the taste buds!

Anyone who prefers to have a coffee, though, should not miss DOK Liberec. It’s well worth a visit to this beautiful space at the station, home of the famous Czech Nordbeans roastery, not just for some excellent coffee, but also for its stunning modern cuisine, excellent sweet pastries and homemade bread from the craft bakery. And the space itself? That’s a real experience. It’s no wonder that DOK won the Liberec Region Building of the Year award. And a quick tip – treat yourself to the sourdough blueberry dumplings. They’ll be from the parents of the owners, Martin and Karel Kozel. Their mum and dad work in the kitchen at DOK. And three huge dumplings for breakfast? That’s the great tradition started by Ma Kozlová.

If you want to kill two beautiful fat birds with one stone, head off to Bezděz. You can drive to the foot of this beautiful castle, or take a walk there. There are several of the usual stands, so you can snack on a lángos and leave it at that, but what about checking out the S láskou Karel tavern instead? They do some fantastic burgers – their bestseller is one with plum chutney. And what about those pancakes with pear, goat’s cheese, walnuts and a Bezděz honey? The very first bite will convince you that they really do prepare everything with love.

And now let’s try something a bit more exotic. Let’s go for the signature Buddha bowl with marinated crispy tofu, wakame seaweed, pickled ginger and avocado at the Pukū Bistro in Turnov. In the Maori language Pukū means belly, or stomach. And that’s definitely in for a treat here! This colourful bistro sizzles with the sound of the gas wok and all those Asian goodies in it. Every weekday they have a special lunch menu, one meat, one veggie or vegan dish, or just something quick to take away, as well as some super sweet and gluten-free treats. The range of dishes they offer is as varied as the interior. So let’s head off to Turnov and pamper our pukū.

In Dolánky, not far from Turnov, you’ll also find Ábelův mlýn. This is the perfect place for lovers of nature, history and outstanding cuisine. Gourmands are sure to enjoy the homemade steak tartare, fresh fish, vegetarian dishes and salads from the garden. Oh, and they also serve draught Rohozec beer. And a little tip from us – book in advance, otherwise it’s very likely that there’ll be no space left for you… and that would be a real shame.

Graffiti, sheet metal, barrels, a giant barrel fireplace and wood – that’s the Big Foot Garage restaurant in Rokytnice nad Jizerou. A place for real men who appreciate a decent hunk of meat or a juicy burger. It offers breakfasts in the morning, then lunches, and a grill and bar in the evening. In summer it even holds outdoor barbecues with live music! A really great mountain restaurant, where you can sit by the fireplace with a bottle of fine wine, or simply enjoy a beer or two with friends.

For a modern yet still traditional bistro in Česká Lípa, try Bistro U Řezníka, which also continues the tradition of the U Landů butcher’s shop, dating back more than a hundred years. Inside the bistro is as open and cosy as it gets, including the kitchen, where you can see the chefs at work. besides duck breast and beef steak with demi glace sauce (which we’re naturally familiar with as seasoned connoisseurs!), they also have some truly amazing hot dogs, which people come for from all over the country! And so this place is an absolute must for us.

This is obviously just a small selection of the catering establishments we like. There are many more places that are worth a visit, and so if you’re interested in finding out more, check out Lukáš Hejlík's Gastro Map on Facebook, as Lukáš is a real star, who keeps us supplied with so many tips that there’s something to suit everyone. So, have you decided where you fancy going? Post your tips and gourmet reviews on our social network pages, where you can find us under Region Liberec. Happy dining and bon appetit!

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