Tips from a Local: Prague, Czech Republic
Tess is a great friend of mine from high school. Her adventurous spirit led her to venture over to Prague to teach English for two years without knowing a single person. I visited her in the last month of her stint in Prague, by which time she had mastered the tour guide role. Here is what she has to say about visiting:
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPOT IN PRAGUE?
My personal favorite spot in Prague is undoubtedly Naplavka. It's a riverside bar scene that's hopping any night of the week during the summer. Try some local beers or hop on a barge-turned-bar for a unique sunset view on the river.
WHAT CAN'T YOU MISS?
If there's one thing you can't miss in Prague, it's the combination of a good drink and a good view. And luckily there's no shortage of options for this. Letna beer garden offers a classic view of the river and cityscape. Reigrovy Sady is a more local scene, where hundreds of hipsters flock to live out an Ed Sheeran lyric and watch the sunset over the castle on the hill. Some of my favorite rooftop bars are T. Anker and U Prince (overlook Old Town) and Glass Bar (atop of the famous Dancing House).
FOOD AND DRINK TO TRY?
If you have a sweet tooth, you absolutely must have a trdelnik. These are spiral-shaped pastries that you can fill with anything your heart desires, like ice cream or Nutella. For a more savory meal, try the traditional goulash or roast duck and dumplings. And of course, you must sample the Czech beer! My favorites are Pilsner Urquell and Kozel. For the more adventurous consumer, head to the famous Black Angels bar in Old Town for some absinthe served traditionally with a sugar cube and antique water drip.
THREE CZECH WORDS TO KNOW?
- Pivo = beer
- Dobry den = formal and common greeting
- Dekuji = thanks
THINGS TO AVOID?
Prague is surprisingly a very small and walk-able city, so stay away from bus tours and cabs! Most of the popular tourist attractions are easy to see in one day or even one afternoon if you plan the appropriate walking route. Start in the historic Wenceslas Square, then walk the small cobblestone streets into Old Town Square and across the picturesque Charles Bridge. From Malostranska (Lesser Town, across the river) take the tram 22 up the hill to the Prague Castle. And voila! You've seen most of Prague.