A year ago, one of my best friends told me that he was going to live in Prague, for work. Finished our weekend spent together to badly eat and play, finished our laughter.
But what I did not know was that I was going to fall madly in love with Prague. We went to see him a month after he settled down, it was a year ago. Today we have returned there, and I hope to return again and again, I am sure that I will not get tired of it! When I grow rich (how, that the question, but everything can happen :D) I will even buy my second home there. (Ah, it’s nice to dream)
You can start by a video we made, go, this is beautiful 😀
In this article, I will give you our good addresses, as well as their good addresses (because they are two now <3) , advice, and hope to make you want to visit this beautiful city, or remind you of good memories if you have been there before.
Just to locate you, Prague (just the center) is divided into five parts :
- Castle Area – Hradčany / You would have understood it, is the part where is the immense castle which dominates the whole city. Although a highly touristy place, I can only advise you to visit this place. You had a ticket to buy (the most popular is the circuit B – 250 CZK) which includes the visit of the St Vitus Cathedral which is just splendid, the Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica and the Golden Lane (which is just a street eh we will not hide it, but rather cute although too crowded for so little space). I think it is well worth it, the monuments are beautiful, very beautiful, and the garden is huge and nice. Depending on the time you go (and the period) there are far too many people, but if you play well, it’s perfect! The first time we went to Prague was at Easter, and it was just impossible to visit it all, there was to many people ! There we went late June, and it was much more nice.
- Lesser Town – Malá Strana / It is the neighborhood that is below the castle, alleyways in cobblestones, mostly quite quiet (compared to the old town), very beautiful, loaded with history. And it includes the Petřín park, which is actually a hill, which you can climb by funicular, or walk for the brave ones. This district is connected by the Charles Bridge to the old town. The Charles Bridge, a must-see place in Prague, is also a place where there are times when it is just full. At Easter it was absolutely black of world, and this time in June, we walked through it in the morning, it was beautiful. This bridge is huge!
- Old Town – Staré Město / The old town, the center of Prague, is where there is clearly more people, but it’s really nice. You have the huge square surrounded by grandiose historical monuments. On this square there are all kinds of activities, small huts selling traditional Czech things, concerts, markets, everything. You can taste here the famous Trdelnik, a traditional pastry in the form of a roll, yum yum, or even the kinds of chips on a skewer, again yum yum. There are plenty of little streets too cute around the square, full of restaurants and bars (not the cheapest eh you can imagine). And if you have to give an appointment to someone, I advise you to do it under the huge astronomical clock that is still worth a little glance.
- New Town – Nové Město / It’s the « commercial » part of the city, with shops, shopping centers, business district, hotels, cinema, nightclub etc. The shops are in Wenceslas Square, if you are addicts to shopping, but very frankly there are no big differences with France, both in terms of price and style.
- Jewish Quarter – Josefov / The Jewish quarter of Prague, where there are beautiful synagogues, six in total (I say beautiful but we did not see them, there was a crazy world to get back into the one we wanted to do!). You also have all the luxury shops – Prada, Dior, Chanel etc … And this neighborhood is near to the old town.
Now that the layout of the city is clear, (well I hope !), I give you a few addresses that we liked!
In Prague, beer, and alcohol in general (but especially beer) is much cheaper than in France. With food and transport, this is part of the cheap things in this city.
Le Déjà vu – It’s a cocktail bar, which makes of big happy hours from 18 to 21pm, you have absolutely all the existing cocktails. So I advise you to go early to enjoy their rates, or reserve before. And down there is a club!
Jakubská 648/6, 110 00 Staré Město, Tchéquie – 6pm / 4am
Le Viktorkrou, so there we dive into the authentic Czech pub, a good old tavern, led by an old sea wolf (oh calm you Amelie), wooden tables and beer compulsory (well I was able to take wine but it looks at you weirdly when you ask for something other than beer!). Loved this place, and its ambiance.
Bořivojova 785/79, 130 00 Praha 3-Žižkov, Tchéquie – 7pm / 3am
Le Bukowski, beer at 6 CZK on Sunday, and very cute !
Bořivojova 689/86, 130 00 Praha 3-Žižkov, Tchéquie – 7pm / 3am
L’Absyntherie for the most motivated !
Jilská 7, 110 00 Staré Město, Tchéquie – 12pm / midnight
Fans of Escape game that we are, we could not escape. Last year we had made one that had not pleased me at all, and I do not even remember the name. This year we have innovated, we have made a virtual game escape. That is, you are sitting on a chair (you can see in the video on the top of article) with a helmet on your head, and you are entering in the world of video games. It’s totally stunning, you walk with your hands, you can throw stuff (we had balls of fire to kill the giant spiders, yeah!), everything is done with hands and arms. But be careful, we all had a heart ache at one point, because of the cognitive dissonance. For example, when in the game you turn around while in reality you remain seated, it’s weird and the body does not like it too much! The lady gave me a ginger candy who saved my life ! Ginger has been shown to be effective in treating the nausea associated with motion sickness. This game is really immersive, cooperative as in all the escape games, we communicate all together with microphones, and we solve the case together. (We obviously succeeded in the times 😉 ), and we were delighted when going out! (though a little smeared by all his virtual adventures). This escape game is called Torch Vr, we played the game Mind Horrorand and they have an other one »Cosmos ». I strongly advise you! (all the infos on the site!)
The Zizkov tower, which is in the neighborhood of the same name. It’s a television tower, with babies on it climbing. These babies are found in different places in Prague, they were made by David Černý, a rather original Czech sculptor, who does things … how to say … original: D. And recently, in this tower there is a gourmet restaurant on the top floor which is apparently a kill (you must have the budget), and funny thing they made a single hotel room! (So I’m not telling you the price of the room), and the view must be pretty amazing.
To get out you have the Cross Club, a nightclub with several styles of music, and a top design! I let you go see the website to look at the program !
The pedal boats! We had a great time on the pedal boat/swan, although it creaked heavily. If there are too many queues in the hirers who are at the beginning of the park, do not hesitate to go further. We found one with almost no waiting and a good price.
ADVICE / INFO
When you arrive at the airport, you can take bus n ° 119, or (for lazy people like me) take a Uber (or taxi) will cost about 370 CZK. The travel during between 20 and 30 minuts (but as they roll all quickly, rather 20).
When you arrive in a metro, you will see old machine that gives the tickets, you will understand nothing and it is quite normal, you can not really change the language 😉 It’s necessary to press button 24kc for 30′ of metro, and 32kc for 90′. And be careful, only the pieces are accepted!
It’s now forbidden to smoke in public places. Last year you could smoke in the restaurants, bar etc, now it’s forbidden even on a tram dock!
10 dollars = 220 CZK. I advise you not to change your currency at the airport, and besides do not change your currency at all as they get a good percentage on it. Instead, remove the dispenser.
Hello can be said ‘dobriden’ (in phonetics) – dobrý den / Thank you can be said »yekooye » – děkuji / Goodbye is nas-klehdanoh – na shledanou
WALK ! Walk around, discover without thinking in this beautiful city!
I hope this article was helpull, do not hesitate to tell me if you have any questions!
Thank you to Flow and Cléa, for their fantastic welcoming and for their help for this article ❤