Prague - Indulging In the Town

Prague - Indulging In the Town
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Guest Post by Bilal Mood

This is the second and the last post in the Series of Prague. In this one, I will be building upon my previous post about the things to see in the city and also the restaurants I recommend to eat at.

Parks & Outdoor Activities

Petřín Hill and Observation Tower

Petřín Hill, offers a delightful blend of nature and panoramic city views. The highlight is the Petřín Observation Tower, resembling the Eiffel Tower in miniature. Visitors can ascend to the top for breathtaking vistas of the city's rooftops and the meandering Vltava River. The hill's landscaped gardens, such as the Rose Garden, provide a serene environment for leisurely strolls.

Letná Park: Views and Beer Gardens

Letná Park, perched above the Vltava River, is a sprawling green oasis renowned for its scenic views. The park offers panoramic vistas of Prague's historic skyline, making it a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. Letná is dotted with charming beer gardens, providing a perfect setting to relax and enjoy Czech brews. Sunset hours offer a particularly enchanting ambiance as the city lights begin to twinkle. 

View at Night from the Park

Vltava River: Boat Tours and Activities

The Vltava River, gracefully winding through Prague, invites exploration through scenic boat tours and activities. Embarking on a river cruise provides a unique perspective of the city, with iconic landmarks such as Charles Bridge and Prague Castle illuminated in the evening. Daytime activities include paddleboarding or renting rowboats for a leisurely ride. Sunset cruises offer a romantic ambiance with the city aglow.

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To optimise your river experience, consider mid-morning or late afternoon for the boat tours.

If you're a group who wants a more intimate experience, feel free to book a private boat ride.

Riegrovy sady

Riegrovy sady, in the Vinohrady neighborhood, is a picturesque park offering a serene retreat from the urban bustle. Known for its expansive green lawns and captivating views of Prague Castle, the park provides an ideal setting for picnics, relaxation, outdoor activities and the most beautiful sunsets. Riegrovy sady is particularly popular for its open-air beer garden, where visitors can savor local brews against the backdrop of Prague's skyline.


Food Scene

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For a Traditional Walking Food Tour of Prague, feel free to check out our recommendation.

Traditional Czech Cuisine

Traditional Czech cuisine, hearty and flavorful, showcases iconic dishes that have stood the test of time. Indulge in the savory comforts of goulash, a beefy stew accompanied by dumplings, or sample the iconic svíčková, marinated beef sirloin served with creamy sauce and bread dumplings. For a true taste of Prague, don't miss out on trying smažený sýr, deep-fried cheese, a beloved local snack. Pair these dishes with renowned Czech beers. 

Street Food in Prague

Prague's streets are alive, offering a quick and delicious way to explore local flavors. Trdelník, a sweet pastry grilled and coated in sugar, is a treat found in many street stalls. For a savory indulgence, try langos, a deep-fried flatbread topped with garlic, cheese, or other flavorful toppings. Sausages and klobása, grilled sausages served with mustard, are popular choices for a satisfying on-the-go snack. Exploring the city's street food scene is not only a culinary adventure but also an opportunity to soak in the vibrant atmosphere of Prague's bustling streets.

My Personal Recommendations

Cafés

  • Café Savoy beckons with its elegant ambiance and delectable pastries.
  • Café Louvre, with its historic ambiance, is a recommended stop for those craving a classic European coffeehouse experience
  • For a casual breakfast or coffee head on to LE Caveau, a hidden gem in the heart of Prague 2, where French-inspired bakers takes center stage

Restaurants

  • Head to Lokál Dlouhááá for an authentic pub experience, featuring a menu of Czech classics and a lively atmosphere.
  • Sisters Bistro is a charming spot known for its modern twists on traditional Czech dishes
  • For panoramic views of the city, Terasa U Prince offers a rooftop dining experience with a menu that celebrates both Czech and international flavors.
  • Čestr, a renowned steakhouse celebrated for its premium cuts of meat and stylish setting
  • Those seeking a blend of Czech and French influences should consider dining at La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise, a Michelin-starred restaurant offering a meticulously curated tasting menu
  • Olympos, a taste of the Mediterranean, transports patrons to the shores of Greece. Known for its authentic dishes and warm ambiance, Olympos captures the essence of Greek culinary traditions
  • Mangal, specializes in Middle Eastern delights. From succulent kebabs to aromatic rice dishes, Mangal offers a flavorful journey through the vibrant spices of the region, all in a casual and inviting atmosphere

Nightlife & Entertainment

Best Areas for Nightlife

Žižkov and Vinohrady, previously introduced for their distinctive charm, at night now transform into lively hubs, boasting a diverse array of bars and clubs that cater to a diverse range of tastes. Whether you prefer the local charm of classic pubs or the sophisticated ambiance of chic cocktail lounges, Žižkov and Vinohrady offer a large pool of options, ensuring a great night out against the backdrop of Prague's enchanting cityscape.

Local Music Scene

Jazz Dock, positioned along the serene Vltava River, continues to beckon lovers of smooth jazz into its intimate setting. Meanwhile, Lucerna Music Bar, celebrated for their eclectic live performances, remains a vibrant hub for music enthusiasts in search of a dynamic range of sounds—from indie bands to internationally acclaimed acts.

House & Techno

For your electronic cravings in Prague's pulsating house and techno scene, head over to iconic locales like Roxy or Ankali. Roxy continues to be a fixture in Prague's nightlife, hosting both local talents and international DJs, while Ankali boasts an electrifying dance floor where beats seamlessly blend with the city's local energy. Cross Club stands as a local gem, offering an immersive experience in an industrial-inspired setting. Dive into the heart of Prague's electronic music culture, where these clubs ensure an unforgettable and rhythmically charged experience.


Hidden Gems 😉

  • Wallenstein Garden, a peaceful retreat adorned with sculptures and graced by wandering peacocks, offers visitors a serene escape from the urban bustle.

Ultimately, I found my heart captivated by this city, leading me to choose to remain. Positioned at the intersection of historical communism and the post-communist era, it embodies a unique crossroads. 🇨🇿

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