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After residing in Prague for a number of years, I’m lastly sharing my checklist of bizarre issues to do in Prague! If you wish to stay like an area whereas visiting Prague — not within the boring method, however within the superior method — you’re going to LOVE this checklist.
Prague is an enormously fashionable metropolis to go to — however most vacationers come for a number of days and keep on with town middle. They go to Outdated City Sq., the Charles Bridge, the Astronomical Clock, the Lennon Wall, Prague Citadel, and perhaps pop into the Vinohrady neighborhood for a meal in the event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 flawed with that, however because of this, it appears like Prague is 2 cities. Town middle — the Outdated City and New City — is crammed with vacationers and companies that cater to them. The encircling neighborhoods, nonetheless, are practically 100% locals and have a totally 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 middle and never enterprise far past.
Because of this, I’ve put collectively an inventory of issues that my Prague mates and I like to do. You’ll discover plenty 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 unbelievable place to stay — and with this checklist of bizarre issues to do in Prague, maybe you’ll begin feeling like an area your self.
So that is my name — transcend the usual issues to do in Prague! You’re going to adore it right here.
This put up was revealed in April 2023.
Uncommon Issues to Do in Prague
Hit Up a Meals Competition
In the event you’re visiting Prague on a weekend in spring, summer time, or fall, guess what — you’ll possible come throughout at the least one meals pageant! Meals festivals are considered one of my favourite issues about residing in Prague — they’re fashionable and diversified and occur on a regular basis.
How do you discover meals festivals in Prague? I like to recommend looking at Fb Occasions. They’ll at all times inform you what’s occurring.
Within the meantime, there are occasions you’ll be able to 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 plenty of meals sellers in addition to plenty of ready meals stalls and makes an amazing 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 japanese aspect simply south of Palackého náměstí.
In the event you’re visiting in late June: Prague Ice Cream Competition takes place the final weekend of the month at Výstaviště Praha, with extra ice cream than you might ever eat!
In the event 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 incorporates a assortment of French meals stalls with stay music.
In the event you’re visiting in September: Americke Road within the stylish Vinohrady neighborhood turns right into a pageant with meals from all around the world, stay 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.
In the event you’re visiting in Might or September: Pivo a Burger (Beer and Burger) often takes place as soon as in Might and as soon as in September on Karlínske nam., in my neighborhood of Karlín! This pageant options every kind of burgers, beers, and fascinating surprises. (Beware the scorpion pepper burger. We truly needed to go residence to drink milk after making an attempt that one!)
Lease a Bike and Pedal Alongside the River
Czechs are very lively and outdoorsy folks, and a typical Czech weekend entails biking, mountaineering or snowboarding, adopted by a pub go to. One of many methods I’ve a typical Czech weekend is to lease a motorcycle and spend a number 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 japanese 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 straightforward bike-sharing program in Prague. Simply obtain the Rekola app and it’ll present you the places of bikes all around the metropolis. Navigate your method to one and it’s yours!
I like to recommend choosing up a motorcycle and heading east (and north) alongside the Vltava River. Preserve 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’ll be able to 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 an amazing place to cease in for a beer or lemonade, then proceed additional down the river or head again to town!
Axe-throwing has change into a well-liked offbeat exercise over the previous few years, and Prague now has its personal, very Czech axe-throwing spot: The Home of Axes! Positively one of many extra quirky points of interest on the town lately.
Head into this basement venue and also you’ll be given your individual throwing vary with targets, together with a tutorial on the way to skillfully throw the axes in order that they hit the goal.
It is a nice exercise to do with mates, because it’s a aggressive exercise and also you by no means know which considered one of you may turn into the axe-throwing prodigy. It has nothing to do together with your athletic means! Some persons are simply uncannily good, proper off the bat.
And sure, alcohol is served. My mates and I made a decision to go fancy and drank svařák — Czech sizzling mulled wine — out of cute little teacups in between our throws.
Get pleasure from 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 learn about them, however these are fabulous locations to splurge.
Taro serves outrageously good fare, all served with seats going through 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 unbelievable, 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 outside 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 time. 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 worth 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 unbelievable — however it’s not fairly as value it anymore as Taro and CottoCrudo.
Go Browsing on the Vltava River
In the event you’ve been to Munich, you’ve most likely dropped by Englischen Backyard to observe the river surfers on the Eisbachwelle. However not many individuals know that Prague options river browsing as properly!
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. Positively a singular 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 can present the tools you want. Biko Adventures affords browsing group excursions within the afternoons. You don’t must be an skilled surfer; you solely have to know the way to swim. Cowabunga!
Attempt a Beer Bathtub or Non-public Spa
The Czechs love beer a lot, you’ll be able to even bathe in it. Properly, sort of. The Beer Spa affords you an opportunity to wash in brewer’s yeast whereas having fun with ingesting Krušovice beer instantly from the faucet. Afterward, you loosen up on a mattress of straw.
You may ebook 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 completed this and it’s enjoyable and distinctive, however simply remember that the extra you drink, the extra you’ll need to pee.
And should you’re not up for a beer tub, contemplate reserving a non-public spa. There are a number of spas in Prague you can ebook privately — your individual non-public sauna and jacuzzi for 2 hours. Search for the phrases “non-public 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 finest locations for exhausted mothers who want stress-free time alone!)
Spa Spa in Letná is one which I notably suggest. You may ebook a two-hour length for 2490 CZK ($116 USD) or in a single day for 5990 CZK ($280 USD).
Go to Sapa — Prague’s Monumental Vietnamese Market
As quickly as you get to Prague, you may discover that there are Vietnamese eating places in every single place. Typically it looks as if there are pho outlets on each block. There’s a cause 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, lots of them opening eating places.
Whereas most of those visitor employees got here from North Vietnam, lots 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, positioned on the sting of Prague. Typically known as “Little Hanoi,” Sapa is a melange of Vietnamese outlets, cafes, and eating places — and it’s one of many largest Vietnamese markets outdoors Vietnam.
Spending a number of hours at Sapa is likely one of the distinctive issues to do in Prague, although have in mind this isn’t a vacationer attraction. Ask earlier than you are taking picture of anybody. I like to check out what persons are ordering on the eating places earlier than deciding what I would like. In the event you’d prefer to plan your journey forward of time, Style of Prague has a good information 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 teenagers, sculptures, a fireplace pit, and outside sitting areas.
Through the summer time months there are many occasions within the evenings — suppose concert events, film screenings, and different stay performances. However even when nothing’s on, it’s a fabulously nice place to seize a beverage and sit back for a number of hours.
A few of my neighbors consult with Karlín as “Small Berlin.” This place positively captures that feeling — it’s a inventive, various world. And that’s earlier than you get to the bar seating in a former swimming pool…
Be taught Find out how to Correctly Pour a Czech Beer
In the event you don’t know by now, the Czech Republic is residence to the very best beer on the planet. 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), however it’s unbelievable nonetheless.
You may drink the beer just about in every single place — however should you’re a beer aficionado, contemplate taking a beer-pouring class with Lokal. You’ll discover ways to correctly pour totally different sorts of Czech beers, from a standard na dvakrát pour to the mostly-foam mlíko to the blended gentle 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 thinking about diving into Czech beer tradition past simply ingesting it, that is the easiest way to change into an skilled, and one of many coolest uncommon issues to do in Prague.
Experience a Paternoster
Prague is residence to a number of paternosters — open elevators that run repeatedly. They appear 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 Outdated City Sq. is probably the most well-known one, however as an alternative, I like to recommend you are taking the one at Lucerna Palace (Palác Lucerna) simply off Wenceslas Sq.. This constructing is residence to a spectacular rooftop terrace and lovely views of the Prague metropolis skyline, and you may order drinks.
Hop on for a enjoyable trip and hop off if you attain the highest flooring! 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 finest locations to get video for TikToks or Reels about Prague.)
Go to Únětice
Whereas there are plenty 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 positioned on the sting of Prague, however getting there may be the enjoyable as a result of it entails an extended stroll or bike trip. It doesn’t have a ton of vacationer worth, however it’s one thing Czech folks like to do on weekends.
You may get to Únětice by using a motorcycle or strolling. In the event you’re strolling, take the practice to Roztaky U Prahy cease, then stroll to the tip of a fairly road known as Tiché údolí and observe it till it ends. The road (it means “silent valley” in Czech) turns right into a mountaineering path via the forest. After about an hour of strolling, you attain the city.
In the event you’re biking, lease a motorcycle as really useful above and trip alongside the japanese aspect of the Vltava River, then cross it by the tiny ferry at Klecanky-Roztoky. From right here, head down Tiché údolí and observe 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 suggestion? Get the potato dumplings crammed with smoked meat — a number of the finest issues on the menu. You too can 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 truffles). Seize a koláč with a espresso or lemonade and take within the peaceable environment earlier than heading again to town. What a beautiful method 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, it is best to strive my favourite Czech pastry — the větrník (VYET-er-NEEK). The větrník is just 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 prime.
Věterníky are SO good, however my favourite place to have one is Gardens Restaurant. It’s positioned proper off Wenceslas Sq. within the New City, however it’s a bit hidden at the back of an alley. When you arrive, you’ll be able to benefit from the attractive inside of the little restaurant, or dine outdoors within the greenery-filled backyard. (I’m going for simply espresso and pastry, which is ok.)
And their větrník is much more excessive than normal, with three several types of cream, hazelnut praline, chocolate glaze, and caramelized nuts. It’s completely decadent, and if you pair it with the magical setting, it makes a beautiful factor to eat in Prague.
(Able to strive extra větrníky? I like the traditional větrník at Eska, an avant-garde restaurant and low store in my neighborhood. Typically they function differing types — they as soon as had a scrumptious apricot větrník. Cafe Savoy is one other Prague restaurant that receives plenty of accolades for his or her větrník.)
Be part of an Ecstatic Dance Get together
Have you ever heard of ecstatic dance? These sober dance events are a sensation all around the world, however they’re actually beginning to change into a factor in Prague! Ecstatic dance is all about letting the music transfer you, with none outdoors 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 pictures or movies. 4) You should be barefoot!
My pal 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 web site right here, however it’s all in Czech. I’d suggest testing their Instagram web page, which at all times has a hyperlink to the subsequent occasion. Tickets are often 500 CZK ($24 USD) should you purchase prematurely.
Go to a Cocktail Bar with a Secret Invisible Menu
Prague’s not simply concerning the beer — we love our wines and spirits as properly! Prague is wealthy with cocktail bars, that includes traditional and unique libations made with native liqueurs.
One Prague cocktail bar particularly value visiting is Nameless Bar. Hidden on a quiet road within the coronary heart of the Outdated 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 entails a fireplace 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 reality — and there’s a black gentle key that permits 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 finest ones on the menu.
One cocktail that we ordered was served in an Elmo glass. The opposite was served in Wilson the volleyball.
(Fascinated by visiting extra Prague cocktail bars? Two I particularly suggest are Bugsy’s Bar and L’Fleur. They’re positioned 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 looking out towards Prague Citadel, you may discover a tiny metallic constructing on the hill to its left. Is that…an Eiffel Tower? Type of!
Petřín Lookout Tower, positioned on prime of Petřín Hill, was initially constructed in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition. Whereas a replica of the Eiffel Tower, this model is just 20% of the scale of the Parisian unique.
Right this moment, you’ll be able to climb the tower (know that it has 299 steps earlier than setting out). Climbing it prices 150 CZK ($7 USD); there’s an elevator you can 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 prime of the hill — moreover the tower, there are many good gardens, playgrounds, and wooded areas value exploring.
Attempt a Vietnamese Egg Espresso
In the event you’ve been to Vietnam, you most likely dipped a toe into the nation’s sturdy espresso tradition, having fun with tiny cups spiked with sweetened condensed milk. And should you had been actually fortunate, you might need come throughout the confection that may 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, fantastically adorned restaurant within the Vinohrady neighborhood that serves up egg coffees together with their scrumptious menu (I like their Cơm Gà Hội An, Hoi An-style hen and rice). Additionally they have a location in Brno should you’re heading that method.
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 excellent average hike is the Posázavská Stezka, positioned inside an hour’s practice trip from Prague.
It is a lovely and fascinating hike that has plenty of up and down, together with views alongside the Sázava River. It feels a lot farther from town than it truly is.
Take the practice from Prague to Kamenny Přivoz station and take it again to Prague from Petrov u Prahi, which ought to offer you 2.5-3.5 hours of mountaineering. And the Czech custom is to complete your hike with a beer — so be sure you do this! There’s a pub proper on the Petrov u Prahi practice 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 house owners had been making an attempt “Americana” moderately than what the flag truly communicates. Simply preserve that in thoughts.
(Wish to do extra mountaineering 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 may ebook a mountaineering day journey from Prague with Airbnb Experiences right here.)
Attempt Solely Central European Wines at Veltlin
It’s possible you’ll know your method round a wine bar, however have you ever had the very best of what Central Europe has to supply? It may not be as well-known as Bordeaux or Rioja, however we make plenty of first rate wines in South Moravia, Czech Republic.
An excellent place to pattern these wines in Prague is Veltlin, a small wine bar within the cozy, tree-lined neighborhood of Karlín. I stay in Karlín, and it’s the proper 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, however it may simply be Austrian, or Slovenian, or Hungarian.
Spherical out your go to with a number of nibbles — cheeses and meats that come from native producers. And so they usually placed on group tastings, that includes the works of a winemaker or specializing in a small area or varietal.
(Fascinated by visiting one other wine bar in Prague? Vinograf is considered one of my favorites and near the middle.)
Experience 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 big swans — and a few vintage vehicles which were remade into paddleboats!
The vehicles are the best ones of all, and renting considered one of these is unquestionably one of many extra uncommon issues to do in Prague.
My one large suggestion is to put on satisfactory solar safety — there may be completely no shade if you’re out on the river. Sunscreen, a hat, and a long-sleeved shirt or jacket will serve you properly right here.
There are a number of totally different firms 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 considered one of my favourite eating places in Prague and a real, native Czech expertise. This butcher store restaurant serves a number of the finest native meat within the Czech Republic, and is a carnivore’s delight. (Don’t come right here until you eat purple 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 number of nights every week. At this dinner, you might be served a multi-course feast that includes plenty of Kantyna’s finest 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 very best tripe I’ve EVER had wherever. As a result of it’s Kantyna, all the things is finished tremendous, tremendous properly. One of many pleasures is having carpaccio sliced in entrance of you by hand.
Word that lately Kantyna are not taking particular person bookings, and as an alternative require a gaggle of 6-12. However when you have a large enough meat-loving group visiting Prague, that is considered one 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 frequent issues to do in Prague. Of COURSE it is best to go to Outdated City Sq. and watch the Astronomical Clock because it chimes the hour. (Simply don’t get a beer proper on Outdated City Sq.. These cafes are massively overpriced.)
It is best to stroll throughout the Charles Bridge to Malá Strana, taking within the views, and go to Prague Citadel (value touring the fort grounds!) and Petřín Hill. Tour Prague’s Jewish Quarter, Josefov, and go to the outdated 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 plenty of itineraries however it isn’t THAT nice…it’s the worst elements of Occasions Sq. with none cool neon. And whereas plenty of locations go all in on absinthe, it’s not practically nearly as good because the cocktail bars I discussed above.
On the identical degree, 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 prime. 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 pretty, although I’ll be trustworthy — Vienna’s and Munich’s are significantly better.
Go on a Prague meals tour (they embody Kantyna!), or a historic pub crawl, or a historic strolling tour. Even the various Prague strolling tour for a guided tour concerning the Prague of at present — 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. Get pleasure from your time in my adopted metropolis!
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