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After dwelling in Prague for a couple of years, I’m lastly sharing my checklist of bizarre issues to do in Prague! If you wish to reside like a neighborhood whereas visiting Prague — not within the boring means, however within the superior means — you’re going to LOVE this checklist.
Prague is an enormously well-liked metropolis to go to — however most vacationers come for a couple of days and persist with town heart. They go to Previous City Sq., the Charles Bridge, the Astronomical Clock, the Lennon Wall, Prague Citadel, and perhaps pop into the Vinohrady neighborhood for a meal in the event that they’re feeling a bit offbeat.
There’s nothing unsuitable with that, however because of this, it appears like Prague is 2 cities. Town heart — the Previous City and New City — is stuffed with vacationers and companies that cater to them. The encircling neighborhoods, nonetheless, are practically 100% locals and have a very totally different vibe and feeling.
That’s an enormous distinction from Paris, Barcelona, or London, for instance. In these European cities, vacationers are inclined to enterprise out into totally different neighborhoods. However in Prague, even skilled vacationers have a tendency to stay to town heart and never enterprise far past.
Consequently, I’ve put collectively an inventory of issues that my Prague pals and I like to do. You’ll discover loads of foodie issues on this checklist, from the place to search out Vietnamese egg coffees and probably the most decadent větrník pastry on the town, in addition to some close by hikes and bike journeys that Prague locals love, quirky touristy actions just like the beer spa, and a few meals you’ll always remember.
Prague is a incredible place to reside — and with this checklist of bizarre issues to do in Prague, maybe you’ll begin feeling like a neighborhood your self.
So that is my name — transcend the usual issues to do in Prague! You’re going to find it irresistible right here.
This put up was printed in April 2023.
Uncommon Issues to Do in Prague
Hit Up a Meals Pageant
Should you’re visiting Prague on a weekend in spring, summer season, or fall, guess what — you’ll possible come throughout not less than one meals competition! Meals festivals are one in every of my favourite issues about dwelling in Prague — they’re well-liked and diverse and occur on a regular basis.
How do you discover meals festivals in Prague? I like to recommend having a look at Fb Occasions. They may at all times let you know what’s happening.
Within the meantime, there are occasions you may hit up weekly, spring via fall — just like the Dejvice Farmers’ Market, which takes place at Trhy na Kulaťáku on Saturdays, 8:00 AM-2:00 PM. This market has a number of meals sellers in addition to a number of ready meals stalls and makes a fantastic spot for breakfast!
One other weekly meals market, Farmářské tržiště Náplavka, takes place on Saturday mornings and afternoons at Náplavka, on the banks of the Vltava River, on the jap aspect simply south of Palackého náměstí.
Should you’re visiting in late June: Prague Ice Cream Pageant takes place the final weekend of the month at Výstaviště Praha, with extra ice cream than you may ever eat!
Should you’re visiting in July: The French Market at Kampa takes place the week of Bastille Day (July 14), on the northern finish of the Charles Bridge, and encompasses a assortment of French meals stalls with reside music.
Should you’re visiting in September: Americke Road within the stylish Vinohrady neighborhood turns right into a competition with meals from all around the world, reside music, good cheer, and good instances. (I satisfied Charlie to go to Chile for our honeymoon after we had the Chilean wine right here!) This often takes place the second weekend of September.
Should you’re visiting in Could or September: Pivo a Burger (Beer and Burger) often takes place as soon as in Could and as soon as in September on Karlínske nam., in my neighborhood of Karlín! This competition options every kind of burgers, beers, and attention-grabbing surprises. (Beware the scorpion pepper burger. We truly needed to go house to drink milk after making an attempt that one!)
Lease a Bike and Pedal Alongside the River
Czechs are very energetic and outdoorsy folks, and a typical Czech weekend includes biking, mountain climbing or snowboarding, adopted by a pub go to. One of many methods I’ve a typical Czech weekend is to hire a motorbike and spend a couple of hours having fun with the surroundings.
I’m NOT comfy biking in cities — however Prague has a beautiful car-free biking path that runs alongside the jap aspect of the Vltava River. And since Prague is a small metropolis, it doesn’t take lengthy earlier than you’re surrounded by forests and mountains.
Rekola is a simple bike-sharing program in Prague. Simply obtain the Rekola app and it’ll present you the areas of bikes all around the metropolis. Navigate your technique to one and it’s yours!
I like to recommend selecting up a motorbike and heading east (and north) alongside the Vltava River. Hold following the trail and shortly Prague goes from city buildings to inexperienced mountains and cute little cottages. You’ll move some bridges and a stretch of the river the place you may go whitewater kayaking, then proceed so long as you’re having fun with your self.
When you move the kayaking space, you’ll see there are a LOT of tiny riverside pubs. These make a fantastic place to cease in for a beer or lemonade, then proceed additional down the river or head again to town!
Axe-throwing has develop into a well-liked offbeat exercise over the previous few years, and Prague now has its personal, very Czech axe-throwing spot: The House of Axes! Undoubtedly one of many extra quirky points of interest on the town as of late.
Head into this basement venue and also you’ll be given your personal throwing vary with targets, together with a tutorial on methods to skillfully throw the axes in order that they hit the goal.
This can be a nice exercise to do with pals, because it’s a aggressive exercise and also you by no means know which one in every of you may grow to be the axe-throwing prodigy. It has nothing to do along with your athletic capability! Some persons are simply uncannily good, proper off the bat.
And sure, alcohol is served. My pals and I made a decision to go fancy and drank svařák — Czech sizzling mulled wine — out of cute little teacups in between our throws.
Take pleasure in a Fancy “Enterprise Lunch” for Low-cost
Right here’s a secret — a few of Prague’s costly eating places have less expensive lunch menus. Remarkably cheaper lunch menus. And it tends to be solely locals that find out about them, however these are fabulous locations to splurge.
Two of my favourite eating places that do enterprise lunches are Taro and CottoCrudo.
Taro serves outrageously good fare, all served with seats dealing with an open kitchen, so it’s higher for one or two folks than an enormous group. (And the dinner menu is EXPENSIVE. Like, milestone birthday costly. Dinner was incredible, however lunch is much better worth for cash.) The four-course lunch menu is 750 CZK ($36 USD).
CottoCrudo is the restaurant on the 4 Seasons. The small out of doors seating space has an ideal view of Prague Citadel, and I’d suggest reserving forward there for the view, particularly should you go to in summer season. Don’t miss the enjoyable cocktails, too! The 2-course lunch is 525 CZK ($25 USD) and the three-course lunch is 625 CZK ($30 USD).
FIELD is one other high-end Prague restaurant with a enterprise lunch — and so they have a Michelin star — however they’ve just lately raised the value of their enterprise lunch. Now it’s 1100 CZK ($52) for 2 programs and 1350 CZK ($64 USD) for 3 programs.
FIELD remains to be value consuming at, and the service is incredible — nevertheless it’s not fairly as value it anymore as Taro and CottoCrudo.
Go Browsing on the Vltava River
Should you’ve been to Munich, you’ve in all probability dropped by Englischen Backyard to look at the river surfers on the Eisbachwelle. However not many individuals know that Prague options river browsing as effectively!
This wave is a comparatively new improvement within the metropolis, and whereas it doesn’t draw the loopy spectator crowds of Munich, it’s simply one of many coolest uncommon issues to do in Prague. Undoubtedly a novel expertise.
Since I doubt you packed a surfboard to your journey to Central Europe, I like to recommend becoming a member of a browsing tour that may present the gear you want. Biko Adventures provides browsing group excursions within the afternoons. You don’t should be an skilled surfer; you solely have to know methods to swim. Cowabunga!
Strive a Beer Bathtub or Non-public Spa
The Czechs love beer a lot, you may even bathe in it. Nicely, form of. The Beer Spa provides you an opportunity to wash in brewer’s yeast whereas having fun with consuming Krušovice beer immediately from the faucet. Afterward, you chill out on a mattress of straw.
You may guide beer baths for one or two folks, both sharing a bath or with separate tubs, 2000-3300 CZK ($93-154) for one hour. I’ve accomplished this and it’s enjoyable and distinctive, however simply needless to say the extra you drink, the extra you’ll should pee.
And should you’re not up for a beer bathtub, take into account reserving a non-public spa. There are a number of spas in Prague which you could guide privately — your personal personal sauna and jacuzzi for 2 hours. Search for the phrases “personal wellness.” (Some include beds, Prosecco, and fruit and have a little bit of a love resort really feel. Even so, I feel these are a number of the greatest locations for exhausted mothers who want enjoyable time alone!)
Spa Spa in Letná is one which I significantly suggest. You may guide a two-hour period for 2490 CZK ($116 USD) or in a single day for 5990 CZK ($280 USD).
Go to Sapa — Prague’s Huge Vietnamese Market
As quickly as you get to Prague, you may discover that there are Vietnamese eating places in all places. Typically it looks as if there are pho retailers on each block. There’s a motive for that!
Through the communism years, the Czech Republic provided a visitor employee program to their fellow communist nation, Vietnam. Loads of Vietnamese folks came to visit and selected to remain long-term, a lot of them opening eating places.
Whereas most of those visitor employees got here from North Vietnam, a lot of them had youngsters who went again to Vietnam, traveled the nation, and opened new Vietnamese eating places in Prague that includes specialties from each nook of Vietnam.
However the largest Vietnamese hotspot in Prague is Sapa Market, situated on the sting of Prague. Typically known as “Little Hanoi,” Sapa is a melange of Vietnamese retailers, cafes, and eating places — and it’s one of many largest Vietnamese markets exterior Vietnam.
Spending a couple of hours at Sapa is likely one of the distinctive issues to do in Prague, although take into account this isn’t a vacationer attraction. Ask earlier than you’re taking picture of anybody. I like to try what persons are ordering on the eating places earlier than deciding what I need. Should you’d wish to plan your journey forward of time, Style of Prague has a good guide to visiting Sapa, together with what to eat on the totally different eating places.
Right here’s a spot that locals love that you just’ll by no means discover in a guidebook. Kasárna Karlín is an enormous open courtyard in my neighborhood of Karlín that was as soon as a barracks. Contained in the courtyard are a number of cafes and bars, artwork galleries, playgrounds for youths, sculptures, a hearth pit, and out of doors sitting areas.
Through the summer season months there are many occasions within the evenings — assume live shows, film screenings, and different reside performances. However even when nothing’s on, it’s a fabulously nice place to seize a beverage and sit back for a couple of hours.
A few of my neighbors seek advice from Karlín as “Small Berlin.” This place undoubtedly captures that feeling — it’s a artistic, different world. And that’s earlier than you get to the bar seating in a former swimming pool…
Study How you can Correctly Pour a Czech Beer
Should you don’t know by now, the Czech Republic is house to the most effective beer on the earth. And it’s low-cost, too. It’s not cheaper than water anymore (they handed legal guidelines about that awhile in the past, however guests love repeating this statistic), nevertheless it’s incredible nonetheless.
You may drink the beer just about in all places — however should you’re a beer aficionado, take into account taking a beer-pouring class with Lokal. You’ll discover ways to correctly pour totally different sorts of Czech beers, from a conventional na dvakrát pour to the mostly-foam mlíko to the blended mild and darkish řezané to my favourite, the teeny-tiny šnyt that appears too lovable to drink.
At 3,800 CZK ($176), this course doesn’t come low-cost. However should you’re genuinely serious about diving into Czech beer tradition past simply consuming it, that is one of the best ways to develop into an skilled, and one of many coolest uncommon issues to do in Prague.
Journey a Paternoster
Prague is house to a number of paternosters — open elevators that run repeatedly. They give the impression of being intimidating to get on — the American me was questioning, “Is that this even SAFE?!” earlier than we jumped on and had been whisked to the highest.
Of all of the paternosters in Prague, the one in Prague Metropolis Corridor on Previous City Sq. is probably the most well-known one, however as a substitute, I like to recommend you’re taking the one at Lucerna Palace (Palác Lucerna) simply off Wenceslas Sq.. This constructing is house to a spectacular rooftop terrace and lovely views of the Prague metropolis skyline, and you’ll order drinks.
Hop on for a enjoyable experience and hop off once you attain the highest ground! Admission to the rooftop terrace is 100 CZK ($5).
And should you keep on, don’t fear — you gained’t be turned upside-down! You’ll keep right-side-up earlier than coming down once more. (Paternosters are a number of the greatest locations to get video for TikToks or Reels about Prague.)
Go to Únětice
Whereas there are loads of cool day journeys from Prague, one that you just nearly by no means seen on lists is the city of Únětice (OON-ye-tee-tsa). This city is situated on the sting of Prague, however getting there may be the enjoyable as a result of it includes an extended stroll or bike experience. It doesn’t have a ton of vacationer worth, nevertheless it’s one thing Czech folks like to do on weekends.
You may get to Únětice by using a motorbike or strolling. Should you’re strolling, take the prepare to Roztaky U Prahy cease, then stroll to the top of a fairly avenue known as Tiché údolí and comply with it till it ends. The road (it means “silent valley” in Czech) turns right into a mountain climbing path via the forest. After about an hour of strolling, you attain the city.
Should you’re biking, hire a motorbike as beneficial above and experience alongside the jap aspect of the Vltava River, then cross it by the tiny ferry at Klecanky-Roztoky. From right here, head down Tiché údolí and comply with the trail till you hit city.
So what do you do in Únětice? Make like a Czech: park your bike and have a hearty lunch at Únětický Pivovar, the brewery, which dishes up a wide range of Czech dishes. My private advice? Get the potato dumplings stuffed with smoked meat — a number of the greatest issues on the menu. You may also get duck with potato pancakes, goulash with bread dumplings, grilled pork tenderloin in pepper sauce, and vegetarian quiches and salads.
Afterward, head to a close-by cafe, U Lasíků, which makes a wonderful number of koláčy (Czech desserts). Seize a koláč with a espresso or lemonade and take within the peaceable ambiance earlier than heading again to town. What a stunning technique to spend a day and get to get pleasure from one of many hidden gems of the Prague space.
Have a Větrník in a Hidden Backyard
When you have a candy tooth, you need to strive my favourite Czech pastry — the větrník (VYET-er-NEEK). The větrník is much like a profiterole or cream puff — it’s two halves of a spherical choux pastry with two sorts of cream within the inside (vanilla and caramel lotions), topped with a layer of caramel sauce on high.
Věterníky are SO good, however my favourite place to have one is Gardens Restaurant. It’s situated proper off Wenceslas Sq. within the New City, nevertheless it’s a bit hidden behind an alley. When you arrive, you may benefit from the beautiful inside of the little restaurant, or dine exterior within the greenery-filled backyard. (I’m going for simply espresso and pastry, which is ok.)
And their větrník is much more excessive than ordinary, with three various kinds of cream, hazelnut praline, chocolate glaze, and caramelized nuts. It’s completely decadent, and once you pair it with the magical setting, it makes a stunning factor to eat in Prague.
(Able to strive extra větrníky? I really like the traditional větrník at Eska, an avant-garde restaurant and occasional store in my neighborhood. Typically they characteristic differing types — they as soon as had a scrumptious apricot větrník. Cafe Savoy is one other Prague restaurant that receives loads of accolades for his or her větrník.)
Be a part of an Ecstatic Dance Celebration
Have you ever heard of ecstatic dance? These sober dance events are a sensation all around the world, however they’re actually beginning to develop into a factor in Prague! Ecstatic dance is all about letting the music transfer you, with none exterior forces spoiling the expertise.
There are 4 guidelines to ecstatic dance: 1) Everyone seems to be sober — completely no medicine or alcohol. 2) No speaking, simply motion and dancing. 3) No images or movies. 4) You should be barefoot!
My buddy Ondřey, whom I initially met whereas backpacking in Central America, now runs Ecstatic Dance in Prague! Events happen each different Friday, usually on boats moored within the river, beginning at 7:00 PM with the dancing over by 10:00 PM (hell yeah, early birds).
You may see the website here, nevertheless it’s all in Czech. I’d suggest trying out their Instagram page, which at all times has a hyperlink to the subsequent occasion. Tickets are often 500 CZK ($24 USD) should you purchase upfront.
Go to a Cocktail Bar with a Secret Invisible Menu
Prague’s not simply in regards to the beer — we love our wines and spirits as effectively! Prague is wealthy with cocktail bars, that includes traditional and authentic libations made with native liqueurs.
One Prague cocktail bar particularly value visiting is Anonymous Bar. Hidden on a quiet avenue within the coronary heart of the Previous City, this mysterious bar has a darkish inside and servers who put on Man Fawkes masks.
You order your first cocktail — maybe a signature cocktail that includes a hearth present, or the blood cocktail that is available in its personal blood bag (eek!).
Then it comes time to your second drink — and so they convey you the key menu. It’s invisible, in actual fact — and there’s a black mild key that allows you to learn it. These cocktails are unique to individuals who stick round for a second drink — and I can guarantee you they’re a number of the greatest ones on the menu.
One cocktail that we ordered was served in an Elmo glass. The opposite was served in Wilson the volleyball.
(Thinking about visiting extra Prague cocktail bars? Two I particularly suggest are Bugsy’s Bar and L’Fleur. They’re situated across the nook from one another really easy to go to in a single outing!)
Climb Atop a Teeny Tiny Eiffel Tower
Standing on the sting of the river and searching towards Prague Citadel, you may discover a tiny steel constructing on the hill to its left. Is that…an Eiffel Tower? Type of!
Petřín Lookout Tower, situated on high of Petřín Hill, was initially constructed in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition. Whereas a replica of the Eiffel Tower, this model is simply 20% of the scale of the Parisian authentic.
Immediately, you may climb the tower (know that it has 299 steps earlier than setting out). Climbing it prices 150 CZK ($7 USD); there’s an elevator which you could take for an additional price.
There’s a funicular that runs to the highest of Petřín Hill from Ujezd within the Malá Strana neighborhood. And don’t miss strolling across the high of the hill — in addition to the tower, there are many good gardens, playgrounds, and wooded areas value exploring.
Strive a Vietnamese Egg Espresso
Should you’ve been to Vietnam, you in all probability dipped a toe into the nation’s strong espresso tradition, having fun with tiny cups spiked with sweetened condensed milk. And should you had been actually fortunate, you may need come throughout the confection that could be a Vietnamese egg espresso.
The Vietnamese egg espresso, or cà phê trứng, is a candy dish that provides blended egg yolk to the sweetened condensed milk earlier than including the espresso, giving it a consistency extra like marshmallow fluff.
Vietnamese egg coffees are a bit powerful to search out in Prague, however there may be one place left the place I like to get them. Cà Phê Cổ is an elegant, superbly adorned restaurant within the Vinohrady neighborhood that serves up egg coffees together with their scrumptious menu (I really like their Cơm Gà Hội An, Hoi An-style hen and rice). In addition they have a location in Brno should you’re heading that means.
Hike the Posázavská Stezka
Czechs like to get out and hike on the weekend, and there are many hikes inside a brief journey of Prague. An ideal average hike is the Posázavská Stezka, situated inside an hour’s prepare experience from Prague.
This can be a lovely and attention-grabbing hike that has loads of up and down, together with views alongside the Sázava River. It feels a lot farther from town than it truly is.
Take the prepare from Prague to Kamenny Přivoz station and take it again to Prague from Petrov u Prahi, which ought to provide you with 2.5-3.5 hours of mountain climbing. And the Czech custom is to complete your hike with a beer — so be sure to do this! There’s a pub proper on the Petrov u Prahi prepare station.
A little bit of a warning: I used to be shocked to see a number of accomplice flags at bars on this strolling path. Judging by the Western decor that accompanied them, I feel the homeowners had been trying “Americana” moderately than what the flag truly communicates. Simply preserve that in thoughts.
(Need to do extra mountain climbing in Prague? A stunningly lovely place to go to, although a lot farther from town, is Bohemian Switzerland, which is technically within the Czech Republic, on the border with Germany. You can book a hiking day trip from Prague with Airbnb Experiences here.)
Strive Solely Central European Wines at Veltlin
It’s possible you’ll know your means round a wine bar, however have you ever had the most effective of what Central Europe has to supply? It may not be as well-known as Bordeaux or Rioja, however we make loads of first rate wines in South Moravia, Czech Republic.
An ideal place to pattern these wines in Prague is Veltlin, a small wine bar within the cozy, tree-lined neighborhood of Karlín. I reside in Karlín, and it’s the right place to have a non-touristy expertise in Prague.
What makes Veltlin particular is that they’ve relationships with all of the wine suppliers that fill their bar — solely Central European wines, taken from the bounds of the previous Hapsburg Empire. Ask for a glass of white and so they’ll pour you what they’ve chosen that day — maybe one thing Czech, nevertheless it may simply be Austrian, or Slovenian, or Hungarian.
Spherical out your go to with a couple of nibbles — cheeses and meats that come from native producers. They usually usually placed on group tastings, that includes the works of a winemaker or specializing in a small area or varietal.
(Thinking about visiting one other wine bar in Prague? Vinograf is one in every of my favorites and near the middle.)
Journey an Vintage Automobile Boat on the River
Stroll over a bridge on the Vltava on a pleasant day between spring and fall and also you’ll see the river dotted with boats. You’ll see some common paddle-boats, some large swans — and a few vintage automobiles which have been remade into paddleboats!
The automobiles are the best ones of all, and renting one in every of these is certainly one of many extra uncommon issues to do in Prague.
My one massive advice is to put on satisfactory solar safety — there may be completely no shade once you’re out on the river. Sunscreen, a hat, and a long-sleeved shirt or jacket will serve you effectively right here.
There are a couple of totally different corporations with boat leases primarily based on Slovanský ostrov, one of many islands within the Vltava. Leases begin at 300 CZK ($14) per hour.
Feast on Dinner Off the Bone at Kantyna
Kantyna is one in every of my favourite eating places in Prague and a real, native Czech expertise. This butcher store restaurant serves a number of the greatest native meat within the Czech Republic, and is a carnivore’s delight. (Don’t come right here until you eat crimson meat and/or pork.)
However probably the most particular factor Kantyna does is “Dinner Off the Bone” — the butcher’s dinner that they placed on a couple of nights every week. At this dinner, you’re served a multi-course feast that includes a number of Kantyna’s greatest cuts, together with a number of uncommon and lesser-loved cuts. You’ll additionally get a welcome drink and a tour of the kitchen, all for 1,980 CZK ($92 USD) every.
Be able to eat adventurously! At this dinner I’ve had luxurious crispy pig’s ears and the most effective tripe I’ve EVER had anyplace. As a result of it’s Kantyna, every thing is completed tremendous, tremendous effectively. One of many pleasures is having carpaccio sliced in entrance of you by hand.
Observe that as of late Kantyna are not taking particular person bookings, and as a substitute require a gaggle of 6-12. However if in case you have a large enough meat-loving group visiting Prague, that is one in every of my favourite celebratory dinners within the metropolis.
And don’t neglect the same old issues to do in Prague.
And now that we’re on the finish, I’ll add some extra widespread issues to do in Prague. Of COURSE you need to go to Previous City Sq. and watch the Astronomical Clock because it chimes the hour. (Simply don’t get a beer proper on Previous City Sq.. These cafes are massively overpriced.)
You must stroll throughout the Charles Bridge to Malá Strana, taking within the views, and go to Prague Castle (value touring the fortress grounds!) and Petřín Hill. Tour Prague’s Jewish Quarter, Josefov, and go to the previous Jewish cemetery. Take within the wealthy historical past of town and see why Historic Prague is a UNESCO World Heritage Web site.
Wenceslas Sq. is on loads of itineraries nevertheless it isn’t THAT nice…it’s the worst elements of Instances Sq. with none cool neon. And whereas a number of locations go all in on absinthe, it’s not practically nearly as good because the cocktail bars I discussed above.
On the identical stage, don’t really feel a necessity to go to the Museum of Medieval Torture Devices or the Intercourse Machines Museum. There are higher issues to do in Prague.
See the Dancing Home, designed by Frank Gehry, and have a drink within the cafe on the high. Have a beer on the beer backyard in Letna Park. Take a photograph in entrance of the John Lennon Wall should you really feel compelled to take action.
Prague’s Christmas Markets are beautiful, although I’ll be sincere — Vienna’s and Munich’s are significantly better.
Go on a Prague food tour (they embrace Kantyna!), or a historic pub crawl, or a historic walking tour. Even the alternative Prague walking tour for a guided tour in regards to the Prague of immediately — not the Prague of the previous.
However whether or not it’s your first time in Prague or your tenth, I hope this checklist has impressed you to go a bit past the same old Prague itinerary and get off the overwhelmed path. Take pleasure in your time in my adopted metropolis!
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