prague | see / eat / drink

It’s been about 9 months since Prague became my home base. It was one of those unanticipated right turns that led to the most significant change and challenge of my life. I feel very lucky to have landed in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Cinematic charms aside, I’m probably the most thankful for the fact that Prague is English-friendly so I’ve really only had to learn bare minimum Czech. (There would be more effort made in this department, if it were not for need to learn Italian). Dobry den (Hello). Dekuji (Thank You). Na Shledanou (Goodbye). Repeat. So there…now you are ready to visit! But seriously, everyone must see Prague. There are no end of delightful discoveries on every cobblestone street, and there are plenty of reasons to go beyond Old Town. Here are some of my best recommendations…

1. Old Town Square & the Astronomical Clock – am sure this was already on your list.
2. Prague Castle – you can spend a whole afternoon wandering around this area.
3. Namesti Miru – this is a lovely neighbourhood with quite a few restaurants (see EAT #1 & #4). Just nice to walk around.
4. Mucha Museum – don’t miss it!
5. If you are like me, one museum is enough, but there are others.
6. The Prague Underground Tour is something we’ve not done, but really want to.
7. Can’t forget the Charles Bridge! Best at sunset.
8. Into ballet? Check out what’s on at The National Theatre.
9. Get on the Vlatava River! If you are ok with getting a bit wet, rent one of the little pedal boats and cruise on in the Spring, Summer or early Fall. Early evenings are best.

1. Grossetto – best pizza, located at Náměstí Míru (can’t miss it if you are standing in the square) and they have a riverside location as well.
2. Pizza Nuovo – best pizza Napoletana, near Náměstí Republiky (opposite Palladium shopping centre).
3. Potrefena Husa – a Czech chain that serves really good food. Always reliable, and the Narodni location is our new go-to.
4. Sweet Secret of Raw – if you like your dessert “clean”, then you will love this place. Very yummy raw desserts and the cafe is quiet and beautiful. There is an actual Secret of Raw restaurant and it’s worth the short tram ride to Prague 3.
5. Bakeshop – great for lunch and afternoon treats. Near Staromeska (where the Clock is located).
6. At the foot of Charles Bridge (on the Castle side), you will find lots of beer gardens with traditional food.
7. On the Old Town side, there is La Finestra – love this market-style Italian bistro for lunch or dinner.
8. & 9. If you have a craving for either Japanese or Mexican, then check out Made In Japan or Las Adelitas.

At some point it’ll be time to get what you came for: beer. The best way is to book a tour with the experts at Beer Masters. They’ll cover 1500 years in three hours at three famed microbreweries.

And finally, you might find the Prague Card useful. Highly recommend you carry a good map (a phone with GPS is even better)!

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