City Guide: Prague

The city of a hundred spires is filled with culture, views, and delicious food. Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, should be on your list this year. Read our full travel guide to this wonderful city below!

Why Go

Prague has no shortage of worthy sites. Definitely hit all the highlights: Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge, John Lennon Wall and Prague Castle. This is a city where even the touristy sites are cool.

We were lucky enough to visit just after New Years, so the Christmas market was still in full swing in Old Town Square. Walking through the square was a flurry of sites, sounds and smells. With everyone walking around with mulled wine and Prague ham, the Christmas market is a magical place.

Oh and we even made some furry friends!

Strolling through Prague is a joy, the baroque building, gothic churches and winding medieval streets is everything you want in an ancient city.

Where to Stay

Prague is cool kid central. And this becomes very apparent as soon as you step into the Buddha Bar Hotel. Located right in old town, Buddha Bar is the spot you will want to call your home away from home while in Prague.

The Asian inspired brand oozes indulgence. From the luxurious bedding to the #tubgoals bathrooms to the spa suite, the Buddha Bar promises a great time.

After you head to the spa, a bath in this amazing tub is definitely required.

Pro tip: this is one hotel where you will want to actually utilize the built in speakers in the rooms. They are phenomenal!

Views

It isn’t called the city of a hundred spires for nothing. There are plenty places to get sweeping views of the city. Here are our two recommendations for that 360-degree vantage point. First, head to the Old Town Hall. If you have time the tour guides are very knowledgeable and will tell you some great stories about Czech resistance fighters hiding out here during WWII. And, this is one tower that you actually don’t have to hike up if you don’t want to, there is an elevator!

Our second recommendation is Prague Castle. Located across the river, there are many amazing vantage points on the Prague Castle grounds overlooking the city. So plan for spending plenty of time here as there as many nooks and crannies to explore. 

Where to Eat

Prague is a foodie city. From traditional goulash and beer to gourmet Asian fusion, Prague has some tasty options.

Spices – Asian fusion is big in Prague and Spices at the Mandarin Oriental is the gourmet choice. Fine dining with a twist the name of the game at Spices. The menu shows a breath of culinary technique, offering up dishes from Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and Southeast Asian Cuisines. The quality of ingredients and the finessed preparation is everything you would expect at a Mandarin Oriental. Everything was truly amazing!

Lokal – Ironically named “Lokal”, this local favorite is the spot to grab some typical Prague grub. Goulash, Pilsner and beef broth soup are all on the menu. This is really a Czech pub for the 21st century. Comfort food prepared with skill will always delight. Oh and it also will delight your wallet, when we visited earlier this year, we got 2 dishes of food and 2 beers for just under $12!

Rickshaw – If you’ve had your fill of goulash and dumplings, head to another Asian fusion hotspot, Rickshaw located inside the Corinthia. With classic staples like spring rolls, curries, and friend rice, this is an unfussy answer to pan Asian cuisine. The tasty food, friendly service and the relaxing atmosphere will leave you wanting more.

Pro Tips

Prague is full of hidden gems, but here are our 2 top tips for an amazing trip to Prague!

Head to a Beer Spa. We tried Lázně Pramen and boy was it an experience! You can literally take a bath in a tub full of hot beer! And afterwards, you get to relax on a bed of hay. This is an ancient practice in Eastern Europe and there are several beer spas in Prague that continue the practice. The spas claim that there are many health benefits, including skin rejuvenation, increased circulation and general relaxation.

Take a cruise on the Vltava River. Prague Boats offer several different options for cruises. We chose the 2-hour cruise so we could get a different vantage point of all the major historical sites. And we actually ran into a rainstorm on our cruise and this ended up being a great rainy day activity. We still had a very nice view of the sites and we were warm and comfy inside. Prague a beautiful city!

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