Your Complete Guide to Prague
What to Eat:
Visiting Prague is an amazing opportunity to try out traditional Czech dishes at prices that won’t break the bank. Trdelnik is always top of the list for any tourist here, a rolled pastry that not only hits your sweet tooth but is also very “Instagram-worthy”. You’ll be able to find Trdelnik in almost any popular tourist spot such as old town square or along Charles bridge, but I would definitely shop around before deciding on one. While some are simply dusted with cinnamon, others can be filled with Nutella, ice cream, and strawberries.
Gulas has become a staple food item in the Czech Republic, often found at authentic Czech restaurants toward the castle and cathedral. Meat (typically beef) is stewed and topped with gravy, then sided with bread dumplings. It is definitely a unique dish but worth trying before you leave.
The best part of Europe is their amazing gelato found on almost every corner. Prague is home to one particular spot called Angelato, which became a daily visit for our group. Scoops were cheap, cones were delicious, and the gelato choices were endless. My personal favorite pairing was salted caramel and vanilla.
What to Drink:
A common phrase told to any Prague traveler is that here, beer is cheaper than water. Beer can be found basically anywhere throughout the country, and the Czech Republic actually has the highest per capita consumption of beer in the world. Prague is credited with inventing the pilsner, so a pint of Pilsner Urquell is great to accompany any meal. Budweiser-Budvar is another top choice, which also was a Czech beer before America took on the Budweiser name. We decided to visit a beer-garden that beautifully overlooked the entire city. It was busy with fun, live music was played, and it was the perfect spot to relax with friends.
Where to Go:
Even after spending a month in Prague, I was still not able to see everything on my list. Many call Prague the adult Disneyland, or the fairy tale city. Here are some of my favorite things that Prague had to offer:
- Old Town square/Astronomical Clock
- Charles Bridge
- Paddle boating on Vlata River
- Prague Castle & Cathedral
- Jewish Quarter
- Petřín Lookout Tower (“Eiffel tower”)
- Mala Strana
- Art Installations & Museums
- John Lennon Wall
- Dancing House
After spending days wandering through Prague’s magical streets, you can find some wild nightlife to enjoy after the sun goes down. Keep in mind it is the norm not to go out until at least 1 am, you’ll literally be dancing until the sun comes up.
- James Dean: a fun American-themed bar that’s a little more casual. Typically set for an older crowd but still enjoyable to stop by on a weeknight.
- Roxy: This is a popular music club near old town, Roxy is a great spot for live shows and awesome light shows.
- Retro: by far my favorite club, “Retro Wednesday” became an instant tradition with our group. This two story club has live house music and lights, awesome dancers, and a bar with private tables in the back. Retro had the perfect mix of tourists and locals, allowing you to meet people from all over the world.
- Karlovy Lazne: the most famous club in Prague, this spot has 5 stories each with a different theme. As a main tourist destination, you won’t notice many locals here, but each story is definitely an experience you won’t want to miss.
What to Wear:
Depending on when you choose to visit, Prague can beat down with heat or fill the streets with feet of snow. I visited in the summer, where it was warm and sunny throughout the day and slightly chillier at night. Bring a variety of clothes just to be safe, but if you need anything- Wenceslas Square has great shopping options with stores like Zara, Mango, and H&M. Definitely, bring comfortable shoes and a water bottle, you’ll be walking a lot!
Culture & Tips:
One of the best parts of Prague’s design is almost everywhere is accessible by tram. Buying a pass is relatively cheap and definitely worth it. With stops at almost every corner and the schedule running until the early hours of the morning, we could count on the “9” to take us almost everywhere we needed to go. While English can be commonly heard in top tourist spots like the town square, the farther away you go, the more Czech is solely spoken. Make sure to do your research before you go, making experiences like grocery shopping easier; where you check out a cart with coins, purchase your own bags, and bag your own groceries at an extremely fast pace. When the tram is crowded, make sure to always offer your seat to anyone who is older, pregnant, or disabled. Locals can also come off as unfriendly to foreigners, as its custom to speak quietly and keep to yourself. Another interesting part of the culture is how incredibly dog-friendly it is. Many people will be seen walking with their dogs, trained well enough to not need leashes.
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