Prague travel guide
Last month we visited Prague for four days (apologies for the Insta spam) and had an amazing time – so much so, it now happens to be my favourite European city! Which is a pretty big accolade, seeing as Paris had held the top spot for about ten years. Prague was a chance for us to celebrate our engagement and explore somewhere new, and there are so many reasons why it’s now my favourite city.
For one, the people are so friendly. Absolutely everyone we met was warm, smiley and incredibly welcoming. We were made to feel really at home there and I’ve honestly never received such attentive service! I would go back again purely for this reason. Of course, it’s a stunning, quaint city too which is a huge reason that Prague stole my heart. The architecture, old buildings and cobbled streets gave it such a romantic feel with beautiful bridges, cute shops and ornate statues lining the streets.
Everything was incredibly cheap, which is always a bonus when you’re going on holiday! Most evening meals cost no more than £20 for the two of us and beers were around £1 for a pint. So if that hasn’t convinced you to visit Prague, here are a few of our highlights from our trip to Prague.
Food and drink
If there’s one thing you have to try when you’re in Prague, it’s their goulash soup. After hours of exploring, we stumbled across the best goulash in Prague. Mlejnice was tucked down a cobbled side street in the Old Town and had such cosy vibes. We were seated down the end of the restaurant where antiques and trinkets adorned the walls. We ordered the goulash soup in bread bowls which, along with drinks, cost us around £10! It was such good homemade, hearty food which was just what we needed after hour of walking.
My other recommendations, particularly if you’re gluten free in Prague, are:
- Alriso Italian restaurant – okay, not traditional Czech food but it adds a bit of variety. They had a fab range of gluten free food, even Nathan (who isn’t GF) couldn’t tell the difference! Good food, lovely people and a decent price again. I would recommend the salmon pasta.
- Absintherie – when in Prague! Such a cool place. Nath had the Beetle Absinthe and thoroughly enjoyed it…I wussed out but did try his and it was, er, interesting. I couldn’t feel my lips but it did smell nice, a bit like Christmas pudding…
- U Mecenase – this Czech restaurant had a good range of food for a decent price. Our meal cost around £30 for my Czech steak and Nathan’s pork knuckle (aka the biggest piece of meat I’ve ever seen in my life).
- Jo’s Bar and Restaurant – great burgers for a quick lunch or if you want a casual dinner like we did on our first night. Fully recommend the ‘build a burger’ option!
- Prague Beer Museum – ideal for trying out some Czech beer. They had everything including some crazy flavours like blueberry beer and cherry beer. They also did sample sizes which is fab if you want to try lots in one sitting!
- Tesco Metro – okay, bit random but the Tesco in the Old Town literally had everything. Including gluten free food and the best GF focaccia I’ve ever found! Great for picking up some snacks and breakfast bits.
We spent most of our time around the Old Town and almost every street we turned down has pubs, bars and plenty of restaurants, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.
We stayed over in Mala Strana, which was beautiful and quaint. I’d recommend it to anyone, it was about a 10-15 minute walk down the hill in to the Old Town and the streets were lined with cafes, restaurants and chocolate shops! All of the sightseeing we did/wanted to do was around Mala Strana and the Old Town so we were in a pretty good spot. Plus there were also trams and metros, although we didn’t feel the need to use the public transport as everything was fairly walkable.
We stayed in an apartment which worked well for four days, allowing us to save some money by buying bits in for breakfast, snacks and having a lunch or two at the apartment.
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We visited Prague in September and I’m pretty sure I spent ages Googling the weather and temperature before we went! The main consensus is that Prague’s weather is pretty unpredictable, which I would agree with. Some days I needed my coat (especially first thing in the morning and at night), some days I ended up taking my coat off and strolling around in a light jumper instead. So, make sure you pack layers and definitely take a brolly.
Some top tips:
- Do not wear heels or heeled boots! I wore slightly heeled boots one day and spent most of my time trying not to break my ankles on the cobbles.
- Try to get your head round the currency. It took me a while but it will help you stick to your budget (and realise how cheap everything actually is!) We worked out that 300 CZK was about £10.
- We visited the New Town area and Wenceslas Square but have to say we didn’t spend much time there as we preferred the atmosphere of the Old Town and Mala Strana. The New Town area looked good for modern shops but otherwise it just felt like a standard city and it didn’t feel like it had much history.
- Everyone speaks English. I did crack out a bit of Czech (I’m a nerd and always learn a bit of the language) but everyone we met spoke good English.
- In terms of safety, I felt really safe in Prague. It’s probably the safest I’ve ever felt in a city, more so than London! I still made sure my bag was zipped up etc but even walking around at 11pm we felt safe.
- Most places that have the word ‘museum’ in it, aren’t usually museums as we know them in the UK. E.g. beer and chocolate museums are essentially beer and chocolate shops/cafes!
All in all, go for comfort. I imagine you’ll spend loads of time walking so throw on some jeans and trainers – everywhere is pretty chilled in the evening and after dressing up on the first night, I realised that not many people get dolled up for the evening. So go for a stretchy waistband and a baggy jumper, and enjoy ALL of the food.
What to do
Before Nathan booked Prague, I didn’t actually know much about the city or its history. Shamefully all I thought of was goulash and cheap beer! In Mala Strana, we were a stone’s throw from Prague Castle which was stunning and free to enter the grounds. The buildings looked like they had stepped straight out of a fairytale, the castle and St. Vitus Cathedral are really well preserved and the grounds are huge. The views from outside the castle are also possibly some of the best views in Prague (be prepared to wait your turn to get a good snap!)
We were also close to Charles Bridge, which we passed over every day to get to the Old Town. It’s a stunning bridge with 30 ornate statues and glorious views down the river. Expect it to be busy most of the day! I would recommend going at night as everything is beautifully lit (see my image at the top of this post) and it tends to be a bit quieter and easier to move around.
We visited the astronomical clock but sadly it was covered in scaffolding as it was having repairs done, so no nice photos I’m afraid. We also missed the hourly show but I hear it’s definitely worth seeing if you’re in the area. The Old Town Square is nearby and a lovely place to walk around, just beware that cafes and restaurants around the square are more expensive, so it’s worth having a wander down the side streets.
The John Lennon Wall was pretty cool. It appeared back in the 1980s, however the old Beatles murals are now covered in graffiti but it makes for a cool backdrop for photos! (And yes, I know there’s some naughty graffiti in the background ha see if you can spot it).
We’ve already decided we want to head back to Prague and would definitely do a boat trip, climb the Old Town Bridge Tower and also get over to Shooters Island which is meant to have some pretty awesome views of Prague.
Hope you’ve found this rather long Prague travel guide handy (sorry, I’m such a chatterbox, I can never keep it short!) Do you have any recommendations to add to the list?