A Mini Guide to Prague

I last went to Prague about 5 years ago but didn’t have the pleasure of exploring the city as much as I would have liked to. When my friend suggested we go to Prague, I jumped at the chance. An opportunity to go away and just forget all the stress and worries of real life? Yes, please, thank you, sir! We found a really good package deal via British Airways, so it was really a no-brainer. So on April 24th, we flew out to the wonderful city of Prague to start my first adventure of the year.

Want to know what to visit, where to eat or what to do when in Prague? Be sure to read on and take notes! 📝

MUST SEE

  • WENCESLAS SQUARE

Our first full day consisted of 15,866 steps. That is a helluva lot of walking. We started off by attempting to find Wenceslas Square. Google decided to take us on a complete hike, but luckily we found a quicker way after that first trek. The weather was so beautiful, so we decided to chill in the square for a bit before continuing our journey.

Wenceslas Square is one of the main city squares and the centre of the business and cultural communities in the New Town of Prague, Czech Republic

  • OLD TOWN SQUARE

After Wenceslas Square, we made our way to Old Town Square. Old Town Square is a historic square in the Old Town quarter of Prague. There are many buildings displaying different architectural styles in the square and it was such a beautiful sight to take in. We made our way to the Old Town Hall Tower, as the Astronomical Clock is currently under repair. For 250 CZK (£8/$11) you can go up the tower and witness astounding views of Old Town. 

  • CHARLES BRIDGE

After taking many photos in the square, we made our way to Charles Bridge. Charles Bridge is a historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished at the beginning of the 15th century.

We walked over that bridge many times during our trip and it never got old. It is absolutely amazing and is decorated with about 30 statues and statuaries, depicting saints and patron saints. It is such a beautiful bridge to walk over especially when the weather is gorgeous.

The Crucifix and Calvary on Charles Bridge

  • DANCING HOUSE

After making it to the other side of the bridge, we decided to try and find the Dancing House. Also given the nickname Fred and Ginger, the Dancing House is located on the Rašín Embankment – it is not the typical Baroque, Gothic or Art Noveau designs that Prague is famous for but I definitely loved it and it is very different to any building I’ve ever seen. 

  • PRAGUE CASTLE

I was genuinely expecting to find a grand castle upon us deciding to go to Prague Castle, only to find out it’s actually a castle complex consisting of palaces, churches, gardens, etc. It was still a very interesting place to visit and they even had a changing of the guards. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world!

There are several types of tickets you can get when visiting the castle (because come on, what tourist attraction is really free these days?) – we chose Circuit B for 250 CZK (£9/$11) which allowed us to visit St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica and Golden Lane.

I’ve mentioned before that I love cathedrals and St. Vitus’ was no exception. I was astonished by the stained glass windows and even though the cathedral was chock full of tourists, I still felt at peace somewhat. I wanted to light a candle, but they had these fake ones which I don’t fw, tbh.

One of the stain glass windows in St. Vitus Cathedral

The cathedral was my favourite part of the circuit, but I did enjoy the Old Royal Palace which apparently holds a copy of the Czech crown (I didn’t see) and St. George’s Basilica. I also really liked Golden Lane, with its cute brightly coloured buildings. 

St. Vitus Cathedral

St. George’s Basilica

  • LENNON WALL

Rather randomly, there is a Lennon Wall located in Prague which we had to visit. It was once an ordinary wall but has since been filled with Lennon-inspired graffiti. Also a little further down from the wall is a small bridge with lover’s locks (eye roll).

  • BETHLEHEM CHAPEL

We never actually got to go inside the chapel because it looked like renovations were taking place so we ended up having to just take pictures of the outside. The Bethlehem Chapel is a medieval religious building in the Old Town of Prague, notable for its connection with the origins of the Bohemian Reformation.

  • OLD NEW SYNAGOGUE

This is Europe’s oldest active synagogue located in the Jewish Quarter of Prague. We didn’t go inside the synagogue either but just observed the outside. It is said that the body of Golem (created by Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel) lies in the attic where the genizah of Prague’s community is kept.

  • JOSEFOV (THE JEWISH QUARTER)

This town quarter was once the Jewish ghetto of the town. Most of the quarter was demolished between 1893 and 1913 as part of an initiative to model the city on Paris. What was left were only six synagogues, the old cemetery, and the Old Jewish Town Hall. There were a few stalls that we visited selling their wares and I bought a bracelet from one of them.

DINE

Before we arrived, I had already done research on some restaurants that were considered really good according to TripAdvisor and Time Out. I already knew that I was looking to eat well when I was out in Prague and wanted to get a scope of the different kinds of food they had there. 

  • KAVARNA ADRIA

This cafe is reportedly visited by many locals and is located on the second floor of Palac Adria. We got to sit out on the terrace for dinner, making the whole experience even better. Offering both local and international dishes, Kavarna Adria had an extensive menu. I already knew what I was going to order before I’d even stepped into the cafe – beef goulash with Vienna onion and speck dumplings.

This is the sort of meal that will send you to SLEEP. The beef was deliciously tender, the gravy was rich and meaty and the dumplings rounded it off perfectly. I thought it was decently priced at 199 CZK (£6/$9). I also ordered a tequila sunrise because you can’t go wrong with cocktails. 

It was really relaxing sitting out on the terrace above all the hustle and bustle of Central Prague. The service was good, with the waiter being nice and friendly. Would definitely visit again!

  • GEORGE PRIME STEAK

I wanted to be bougie for one night and, to be honest, you can’t get any bougier than George Prime Steak. Also, I really love steak!!

I immediately felt fancy as soon as I stepped into the restaurant; the ambience was amazing. Amazing setting and location – the atmosphere was relaxing, the chairs comfortable and the food delicious. 

We didn’t get this, however, a waiter goes around with a display of the various cuts and gives recommendations on how they should be cooked. I always go for my steak medium rare, anything above is atrocious.

I ordered a T-bone steak (2 for 1, baby) with creamed mash potato and stir-fried baby bok choy. I could have eaten it all over again if I could! I also ordered one of their signature handcrafted cocktails – PAPA REVOLUTION: Bulleit Bourbon, Bitters, DON PAPA RUM, Roger Groult Calvados, Passionfruit Puree, Touch Of Apricot. So yummy! If you can’t tell, cocktails are my weakness.

Although pricey according to Prague standards, I would not hesitate to come back again.

  • CAFE LOUVRE

This cafe offers a garden area and an indoor eating area. We decided to sit outside because how often do you get to eat outside especially if you live in London? It may look high end but the friendly staff make you feel right at home. Excellent food, excellent service – what more can I say?

I ordered the pork tenderloin marinated in garlic and rosemary, smoked meat-stuffed dumplings and stewed cabbage. There’s only so much cow you can have. It was absolutely delicious. The sauce complimented the meat and the dumplings were there to soak up all the deliciousness.

Again, decently priced at 219 CZK (£7/$10) so definitely a place I would visit again. 

  • TRDLO

Trdlo or trdelník is very popular pastry in Prague. Everywhere we went there were loads of trdelník shops and it smelt so sweet and yummy! We had just walked over Charles Bridge for the 1000th time and decided to stop by one of the shops and try this delicious snack.

It is made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with sugar and cinnamon. I went for the Vanilla Dream – vanilla, strawberries and whipped cream. It was so good!

DRINK

  • HEMINGWAY BAR

This is the cutest bar I have ever been in! Inspired by Ernest Hemingway, this little bar specialises in freshly mixed cocktails. We were lucky to get a seat because apparently it does get quite busy. 

The server we had was amazing! She explained each of our cocktails to us in such detail. There was many to choose from on their menu.

Firstly, I opted for the Candy Shop – Pisco spirit, fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup, raspberry purée, rhubarb bitters, egg white, soda water, pop rock candy, homemade figue marshmallow. Our server suggested I take a bite of the marshmallow and then a sip of the drink, which I did and it was so yummy! Sweet and sour at the same time.

For my next cocktail I ordered the Magic Moment – Beefeater gin, mallow and nettle cordial, magic moment. If you’ve been on my Instagram then you’ll have already seen what the “magic moment” is, but it sure was pretty and pink! The drink was quite strong and I’m not usually a gin drinker, but I did enjoy this one.

MUST DO

  • SEGWAY EXPERIENCE PRAGUE

My colleague at work suggested that we do a Segway tour and after finding pamphlets for it in our hotel, we decided that it was going to happen. I had the BEST time doing the tour. We were lucky enough to actually get a private tour because no one else turned up and so basically paid group price for a private tour. It also ended up being longer than the allotted time, so we got even more for our money.

Our guide, Peter, was amazing! He was so patient with us as we learned the ropes and was full of amazing historical facts about Prague. If you ever go to Prague and do this tour, see if you can get Peter because he is the best.

Peter took us to a few monasteries including Strahov Monastery and Brevnov Monastery. As we approached Strahov Stadium we also got to freestyle in the parking lot which was a lot of fun! We didn’t get to see inside the stadium because it was blocked by sandbags. We also got to go through Ladronka Park and visit the village estate of Spiritka. 

It was such a fun experience whizzing through Prague on a Segway and I would definitely do it again!

  • DRUNKEN MONKEY PUB CRAWL

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All I can really tell you is that there a 2-hour open bar and beer pong. And really good music. And really fun, crazy, amazing staff. 

What I can’t tell you is what happens after you leave the Drunken Monkey because girl. Anyway, if you’re looking for a lit last night in Prague then I would definitely recommend. I just wouldn’t recommend mixing your drinks. ✌🏾

HOLD ONTO YOUR FUCKING PHONE XD

7 Comments

  1. Georgie
    14th May 2018 / 2:05 pm

    omigod what is the “hold onto your fucking phone” sign?! I was zooming in trying to read the small text and I couldn’t… either way, LMAO.

    Thank you for sharing your adventures in Prague! I really enjoyed reading it. It’s wonderful that the weather was great the whole time you were there. I laughed when you said you sat outside because as a Londoner you rarely get that opportunity.

    I like the views from the tower! It reminds me of views I saw in Lucca in Italy from the top of a tower as well. All the brown/terracotta rooftops ☺️

    I like the John Lennon wall! Laughed out loud at your comment about the locks though HAHAHA 😛

    Trdlo looks really tasty! I would give it a shot even though I am not big on cinnamon (it kinda looks like a doughnut in the picture?). I’ve heard Prague’s food is really heavy and hearty and it definitely looks like it from your photos. 🤤 I like my steak medium, which is weird to my family, because in Indonesia they only ever have beef well done. You’d be screaming Chynna 😱 But yeah, it’s odd for them! My mum would always cook well done beef when I was growing up!

    The Hemingway Bar sounds incredible! I’m surprised you didn’t have more cocktails? 😜 I am also a big cocktail fan, but I tend to just get anything on the menu and give it a try. However, my favourite liqueur is blue curaçao, and anything with that, I will pretty much down… 😆

    The segway tour sounds like it was a huge hit! I’ve never been on a segway but I have always found them funny… and to be honest, a bit silly. I might think differently if I ever go on a tour. I’m not sure how I feel about them. 😅 It’s so cool that you got pretty much a private tour and it was longer than you expected 👏 amazing!! So glad you got to experience Prague properly compared to your last visit! 🌼

  2. 15th May 2018 / 12:21 pm

    This post came in the right time! We are heading to Prague soon and we can’t wait to explore all those wonders, looks absolutely amazing 😀 Have a wonderful week,
    xx

    Patricia & Miguel
    http://www.freeoversea.com

  3. 19th May 2018 / 5:08 am

    WELCOME BACK TO PRAGUE! Love how you’re visiting all of these wonderful places. You guys are doing lots of adventuring and you look great, girlfriend! WOW The view from Old Town Square looks gorgeous. Whaat, I would totally pay the price to go up as well.

    Dancing house looks pretty cool. Love how creative those architects can get. It’s always amazing to see how long these cathedrals have been up for. Oh man, the Lennon Wall reminded me a bit of the Gum Wall but yours is cooler.

    YESSS ThE FOOD AND DRINKS! Love how you’ve treated yourself well. The Trdlo reminded me of the turkey leg at first glance XD. Glad you enjoyed your time there :)!

  4. 24th May 2018 / 9:18 pm

    I am so jealous of your travel to Prague! It looks nothing less amazing. I am a non-practicing Catholic but even I have to admit that they created some of the world’s most beautiful works of architecture.
    And the FOOD, MAN. That steak would get me in a coma. Candy Shop is instagram-aesthetic but I prefer gin (or tequila).
    The segway ride looks awesome, you look so happy and beautiful sis! <3
    Oh and a 2-hour open bar and beer pong? Sign me up!
    I lol’ed at “hold on to your phone” lmao you never know if it ends up in a toilet bowl (which happened to me once, I know, gross).

  5. 27th May 2018 / 1:25 am

    The Dancing House is so neat looking! I loved all the pictures. I’ve been to Europe and a lot of European countries but I have never been to Prague or the Czech Republic. I would love to go. I really love castles and cathedrals and am dying to go back to Europe and visit some of the ones I saw as a kid as well as some new places I never got to go to.

  6. 2nd June 2018 / 2:33 pm

    This is so cool!!! I actually don’t know a lot of places or famous sights in Prague so thanks for sharing this! My favorite bit is the view from Old Town Square. It just screams Europe! <3 I find the Dancing House pretty bizarre (but in a good way)!

    Oh and you guys are so lucky to have experienced a private tour for the price of a group tour! LOL! I usually do DIY tours but sometimes I like having a tour guide because I can get a lot of insights and trivia from the guide, which I won’t learn if I just did the tour by myself 😀

  7. 13th June 2018 / 12:21 pm

    I’d love to go to Prague. I’ve heard so many great things about it and it seems like there’s so much to do.

    The Dancing House looks so cool. I can’t imagine how you’d think up a building design like that and how you’d actually be allowed to build it. That’s just amazing!

    Omg that food looks fantastic. The steak looks so nice, despite the fact they haven’t cooked it properly lol (forever going to love well done steak #sorrynotsorry). That pastry looks amazing too! I want one!

    The Segway tour sounds amazing. I’ve never been on a Segway before but it looks like such a fun way to travel. It’s great that you got a private tour as well!

    Glad you enjoyed Prague!

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