Have you got any friends coming to visit you? Don’t get lost and master Prague like a local with this guide!
Day 1: General overview
Meet your friends at the airport and get into the city by bus, or take an Uber: regular taxis can charge you extra for being a tourist. (N.B. Prague 1’s Mayor has started a personal war against dishonest taxi drivers, see posters in crowded places).
A nice way to start your tour on day one is to get to Staroměstké Náměstí, where you can admire the Old Town Square in the evening. You can proceed towards Náplavka, passing through the National Theatre for a beer and good music, and enjoy the sunset from the river in the summer. In the neighbourhood, stop by Pivovar Národní (Národní 8) for a meal and their brewed beer. Their menu offers typical Czech and international dishes.
Day 2: The tour begins!
Meet for breakfast at Café Louvre (Národní 22): it offers a true to its name atmosphere in a beautiful building. Take tram 22 (beware of pickpockets!) and get off at Pohořelec .
From here, you can visit Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral through Nový Svět street and Loreto. In summer, wine gardens are open to the public and you can reach Malá Strana. From there, you can easily get to the Old Town Square by the Charles Bridge. Then, you can move to Wenceslas Square, visit the shopping street Na Příkopě and finally reach Náměstí Republiky.
If you are into trying more Czech food, you can’t miss Lokál (Mala Strana: Lokál U Bílé kuželky, Míšeňská 12; and Old Town: Lokál Dlouhá, Dlouhá 33 – Rybná), but if you want to treat yourself, try Pizza Nuova (Ambiente Pizza Nuova, Revoluční 1/655), one of the best pizzas in town, slightly more expensive than regular restaurants, but well worth it!
Feeling like clubbing? Check this other article for advice on where to go!
Day 3: Letná and Karlín
Meet in Hradčanská and visit Letenské Sady (you can go for breakfast in Místo, Bubenečská 12). Have a beer in the gardens above the city, then continue to Veletržní Palác, where you can visit modern art exhibitions.
From here, you can take the boat from Prague’s Markets in Holešovice and visit Štvanice Island and admire Prague’s newest architecture in Karlín. The city center is not far, from Karlín you can walk along the river and reach the Old Jewish Quarter.
Karlín: Krystal Bistro (Sokolovská 101/99)
Holešovice: SaSaZu (Bubenské nábř. 306/13 – Holešovická tržnice)
Old Town: La Casa Blů (Kozí 857/15), Restaurante Brasileiro (U Radnice 8/13), Las Adelitas (Malé náměstí 457/13),
Try a Czech fast-food: Bageterie Boulevard is all over the city!
Have fun in Prague!
Photo courtesy of Carolina Soldati