Our last trip of 2017, in November, was to the fairytale city that is Prague. It has spent quite some time on my bucket list of places to visit and although I would have preferred to seen it with a few more degrees on the thermostat, that chill in the air only added to its magical atmosphere.
We stayed in Mala Strana area, on a hill just under the castle, at Hotel Residence Green Lobster. Our room was on the top floor and had an old world feeling, with wooden ceilings, period furniture and heavy brocade furnishings. Breakfast was self-service and they had a fantastic display of hot and cold food, fruit and a coffee machine, which I loved for my espresso every morning.
Mala Strana, is away from the central part of Prague and about a 20 minute walk to the Old Town square. We prefer to stay outside the typically touristy areas when we travel, but there was still a lot going on here, with more restaurants and shops than I expected. However this is not the place to stay if you don’t like walking, as it is all up hill on the way home!
We spent our days walking around and visiting different sites, such as the famous astronomical clock in the Old Town square, stopping off to drink hot chocolate to warm up. We feasted on lots of hearty pork and potato meals where Lorenzo indulged in the local beers and I gave the Czech wine ago, which was actually lovely!
My favourite part of the trip was going to see Romeo and Juliet ballet at the beautiful and historic Karlin Theatre. We booked online a couple of weeks before the trip and the seats were very affordable.
Check out my favourite things to see and where to eat below:
What to see:
- Prague Castle
- Charles Bridge
- The Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square
- St Vitus Cathedral
- Royal Palace
- Lennon Wall
- Karlin THeatre
- Mirror Maze (for something fun!)
- The Ginger Bread Museum – delicious gingerbread and a great gift to bring home. (Mala Strana)
Where to eat:
Mlejnice – There are two, we went to the Mlejnice I and although I called to book a table and they said they were full, we went anyways and didn’t have to queue for very long to eat. Must try the Pork Knee or the Goulash served inside a hard bread loaf.
Lokal – There are a few of these around Prague. We went to Lokal Dhouhaaa and Lokal U Bile Kuzelky. They have the same concept, a fast canteen like ambience, with table service. The food is quick, tasty and inexpensive. A great option for dinner or lunch.
Pivovarsky klub – we ate here after the ballet, as we finished at 9pm and this was right across the street. It is a brewery, with quick and easy food.
The Strahov Monastic Brewery – a must for lunch, situated near Prague Castle. Sit outdoors (they have heaters) in their beer garden and enjoy local beer and more Czech food. Service was slow, however we went on a Sunday and it was incredibly busy with locals.
U Modre Kachnicky II – Honestly one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. Much more expensive than your average Prague restaurant, however the atmosphere, service and food was five star! The restaurant inside seemed like the house of an eccentric, early 20th century writer, with coloured walls, dark lighting and heavy furnishings. They also had someone playing the piano throughout the evening. Here you must have the duck, it was exquisite.
Velkoprevorsky Mlyn – Instagram heaven and perfect for a hot chocolate or tea to warm up. We didn’t eat here, but the menu looked a little touristy for us. It is a cottage style restaurant on the river, with an enchanting garden with fur throws on the seats and antique tea cups on the wall. Its right beside the John Lennon wall, so it could be a good stop off point after visiting that.
Black Angels Bar – World class cocktails, in a dungeon like atmosphere.
Hemingway’s Bar – Tiny Prohibition style bar, worth the wait. Not your average cocktail menu, with drinks resembling works of art and tasting just as good.
Kolkovna Olympia – A warm and cosy pub, the perfect place to getaway from the cold.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you visited Prague and what you thought?
Love Dani xx