We are just in the door from the most Christmassy weekend in Prague. I had never been, and really didn’t know what to expect, but it was just gorgeous. We did 3 nights and 2 days, and that was definitely enough. It’s not a big city, and if you go around November / December like us, the freezing weather makes it tough to get excited about wandering through the stunning streets.
I have a few tips below on the places that were recommended to us, and where we made it to, so I hope you enjoy reading this if you are planning a trip there.
Where to stay
We found our apartment in on Booking.com and it was just fabulous. I genuinely couldn’t recommend it highly enough. It literally took my breathe away when we walked in. Our window overlooked the most gorgeous street full of designer stores, and you could see the Christmas markets too! The bed was SO comfy, it made it hard to get up in the morning. Kim, our host, couldn’t have done enough for us. She organised our transfers to and from the airport with a local taxi company, and it took that worry and hassle away which was so appreciated.
Check it out here.
Where to eat
K The Two Brothers – this is an Indian restaurant that we ate in on our second night. The value for money was incredible and the food was delicious. Make sure to book ahead, it’s very highly rated on Trip Advisor so it’s safer to make a reservation. See more here.
Venue – we regrettably didn’t make it here for brunch as we got mixed up between one thing and another and ended up going to Cafe Le Louvre instead (incredibly over rated – I wouldn’t bother with it!). We walked past Venue afterwards and it looked so much nicer. It’s always very busy so try and book ahead. See more here.
Agave – we ate here on our first night as we were in the mood for some Mexican grub. It was lovely and lively and I enjoyed it. Conor wasn’t convinced though, and to be fair it wasn’t AMAZING, but it served it’s purpose and the margaritas were good! I would recommend it. See more here.
Lokal – if you want to sample some authentic Czech food and beers, this is where you need to go. It’s incredibly cheap, the food is very heavy and meaty, but the beers are nice. It’s a traditional Czech beerhall and definitely worth a look in my opinion. See more here.
Pasta Fresca – we ate here for lunch on our second day because we couldn’t get a dinner reservation for any evening. It’s a real authethic Italian restaurant and all of the pasta is freshly made. It’s absolutely fab! See more here.
Other places that were recommended to us but that we didn’t get to try were: Pizza Nuova, SaSaZu, Las Adelitas, Nota Bene, St. Martins, Beefhouse Grill, Cantina, Wine O’Clock Shop.
Where to drink
Hemmingway Bar – this is rated as the best cocktail bar in Prague and I can see why. It’s so snug and cosy and definitely worth a visit. Trust me on this one! See more here.
Cash Only – we enjoyed a cocktail and a hotdog here on our last night and it was just what the doctor ordered. They specialise in both so it was 10/10 from us. The atmosphere was very cool and kind of gave us a New York vibe. I loved this place. See more here.
Anonymous – everyone and their mother recommended this place, and while we enjoyed it, I think people built it up too much. It felt like a bit of a tourist trap and that people were there almost for the sake of it. We tried to get in on our first night but the staff were incredibly rude so we left. We came back again anyway because I needed to see what the fuss was about – the staff were much friendlier this time around! The cocktails are all served and presented in unique and creative ways which is all part of the experience. You can also ask them to whip you up something that you’re in the mood for is something on the menu doesn’t jump out at you. It’s a nice touch! I guess it is worth a look, so if you decide to go, book ahead! See more here.
Absintherie – we came here to hide from the Christmas market crowds. We started with a glass of wine and then caved and decided to try the absinthe…I would highly recommend not trying it! It’s not pleasant and I can actually still feel it sitting in me a day later. It was bearable at first but I basically left my whole drink behind me. Try a cocktail instead! They have a fab piano man who is SO talented though and so entertaining. I would genuinely go back just to hear him play again. See more here.
Black Angel’s – this is a gorgeous little cocktail bar that was so cool and quirky. Taking photos and videos is banned which made me twitch when I couldn’t take a picture of my cocktail which was served with a fresh flower in it, but I got over it eventually!!! See more here.
Other places that were recommended to us but that we didn’t get to try were: Be Bop, Blah Blah Bar, Nebe, Motel 1, L’Fleur & Parlour.
What to do
- Wander around Prague Castle
- Visit the John Lennon Wall
- Check out Petrin Tower
- Go up to the top of the Astronomical Clock
- Visit the Jewish Quarter & Jewish Cemetary
- Check out the Charles Bridge
- Enjoy Christmas Markets – but avoid the opening day like the plague!
Pay in the local currency – this is something that we noticed in Budapest too. If you are ever paying by card in bars or restaurants, ALWAYS pay in the local currency as opposed to euros. They will pick a random exchange rate that might not be accurate to that day, and they are rarely favourable for the tourist. There might just be a few euro in the difference, but this will add up, and your money is better off in your pocket. Use your Revolut card if you have one, you’ll always get the best rate that way.
Beware of taxis and currency exchange – we were warned that these are the two biggest money scammers in the city. Only use registered city taxis, and do not go to the currency exchange places. Take cash out of the ATMs, or again, use Revolut!
It’s busy! – Maybe it was just the time of year, but my god, it was SO busy! The crowds actually made me feel uneasy, we literally were in standstill footpath traffic constantly! I would highly recommended sitting down and planning your food and drinks spot ahead of time, and booking in where possible. It’s the only way to avoid disappointment. I would also suggest getting to the sights as early as possible in the day, and if you can’t then be prepared to queue or get caught in the motions, especially in the markets.
Wrap up – if you’re heading over during the Winter months, make sure to wrap up as warm as you can! It was absolutely baltic when we were there!
*** Don’t leave without sampling a Trdelník! ***
I really hope you enjoyed this post, and if you find yourself in Prague, enjoy every second!