Anyone who's ever travelled knows that feeling of being lost in a sea of tourist traps. You know there are better options out there, but you just can't find them.
Visiting a city where a friend is living always leads to a better experience, but obviously you can't have friends everywhere (or if you do, please tell me your secret).
Prague is one of the cultural capitals of the world and definitely requires a visit. With Imagination Festival coming up in November, we reached out to our friends Juraj and Tomas from the festival to get a locals' guide to Prague. Check out their recommendations below.
Best all you can eat meal: Ambiente Brasileiro (reservation recommended)
Best steaks: George Prime Steak
Best asian restaurant: SaSaZu
Best bar & sushi: Buddha Bar
Best club: Cross Club – Awarded club, full of alternative sub genres of electronic music etc. and amazing decorations
Best party street in Prague: Dlouha Street (heading towards Old Town Square)
Best spots on Dlouha Street:
Prague’s most beautiful river island to chill: Střelecký Ostrov
Best half day trip from Prague: Bone Church in Kutna Hora
Destinations in the centre near Charles Bridge:
Mlýnská kavárna – for a coffee break in Kampa
Muzeum Kampa – modern art gallery showing central European (and in particular Czech) work
Off the beaten path:
Use Uber or Liftago. Both are the cheapest way to get home. The trip in with them shouldn't cost more than £12 — airport cabs cost double that. That's eight Pilsners in savings.
Some other tips for gastronomy adventures:
An affordable and rustic pub, this is Prague drinking at its weirdest and best. The original owners, the infamous Bulin family, supposedly suffered from a medical condition later named after them (bulinia), also known as ‘growing horns’. True or not, the claim explains the peculiar photos on the walls.
This place makes the best cupcakes in Prague. The Míša cake is a tribute to the beloved cheesecake-ice-cream brand from Communist times, before the recipe got ruined with cheap chocolate, palm oil and all the other hazards of the free-market economy. Try it – it's a sinful must.
Prague is barely touched by the vintage and upcycling trends, but a few shops have popped up and Blau Mantel is my pick. Not only do they offer a free glass of wine to shoppers, they also pick the right ratio of quirky and classy clothes, foreign and Czech.
This wine pavilion is a great place to hang out in summer. Salsa events every Sunday, from 18:00, mean great people-watching. The Grébovka wine is nothing to write home to Bordeaux about, but most Moravian whites are perfectly drinkable at under £2.80 a glass.
This casual, underground place, filled with aromas of beef, lime and coriander, makes great Vietnamese noodle soup. It was only a matter of time before it became the hangover-cure choice of hipster Vršovice. That said, it remains stubbornly closed on Sundays.
More like this: