Prague: The Locals’ Alternative Guide to the Czech Capital

Prague: The Locals’ Alternative Guide to the Czech Capital

Imagination Festival 2019

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 burgers: Dish or Tavern

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:

NoD – Dlouhá 33 – cool place for a drink and also a gallery

Klubovna 2.patro – Dlouhá 729/37 – nightclub and social events


Prague’s most beautiful river island to chill: Střelecký Ostrov

Best half day trip from Prague: Bone Church in Kutna Hora

Best walk:

City centre to Old Town Square over Charles Bridge up to King Charles' Castle, then to the best view point: Petřín hill with Petřín tower right next to the castle (10 min walk).



Destinations in the centre near Charles Bridge:

Kampa – it's an island on the Vltava river in central Prague on the side of Malá Strana

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
:

Stalin Monument – 170 00 Praha 7

Strahovský klášter – Strahovské nádvoří 1/132, 118 00 Praha 1 – local brewery and restaurant with national Czech food

Vnitroblock – Tusarova 791/31, 170 00 Praha 7-Holešovice – Design store & cafe, restaurant, social events



Taxis:

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:

U Bulínů – Budečská 2

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.

IF Café – Belgická 30

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.



Blau Mantel
 – 
Jana Masaryka 54

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.

Viniční Altán – Havlíčkovy Sady 1369

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.

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan – Anglická 15

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.


Imagination Festival 2017 takes place 24 Novemeber in Prague. Check more info on our guide and book your tickets and packages here.


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