Prague is the oldest city in Bohemia with its amazing architecture and rich history. It’s just different from other cities with its own dramatic flair. Paris is romantic, Rome is scenic, and Prague has a very dark romantic feeling to it.
When to go
June is great, but August is too hot. And October is gorgeous.
What to read
Milan Kundera‘s The Unbearable Lightness of Being is set in Prague and really gets you in the mind-set. It explores the artistic and intellectual life of Czech society from the Prague Spring of 1968 to the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union and three other Warsaw Pact countries and its aftermath.
Where to stay in Prague
Ideally located in the very center of Prague’s Old Town on the left bank of the Vltava River, in walking distance to monumental Prague Castle, romantic Charles Bridge and Old Town Square, Mandarin Oriental Prague offers quiet and distinguished atmosphere, with overwhelming flair of serenity and refined luxury. Situated in a former Dominican monastery, this beautiful place combines splendid contemporary design with period architectural features, which makes it both luxury hotel and a preserved piece of history.
What to visit
Old Town Square
Old Town Square really seems like a fairy tale with the Astronomical Clock, the dark Powder Tower close to the square, and the beautifully lit Gothic Týn Church.
Old Town square and the Prague Astronomical Clock
Commissioned by King Charles IV in 1357, Prague’s most stunning bridge spans 16 arches and is lined with 30 Baroque statues of religious figures. The bridge is amazing scenery for a walk, by looking at Vltava and statues you may also enjoy music and art. At night everything is covered in “gold” and the city becomes magical.
Petrin Hill is one of Prague’s greenest spaces. The area’s eclectic sights include landscaped gardens, a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower, a mirror maze and, quirkiest of all, the Church of St. Michael — a 17th century wooden building relocated here from a village in the Ukraine for national enlightenment.
The Spanish Synagogue in Prague
Colourful stained glass, stylized Oriental motifs and the glow of gold – the most beautiful synagogue in the Prague Jewish Town. This, newest of the six historic Prague synagogues was built in the Spanish Moorish style in the second half of the 19th century.
The Spanish Synagogue
“Andy Warhol – I’m OK” in Prague
A unique collection of works by American pop-art icons is ready for visitors in the reconstructed space of the Renaissance palace U Bílého jednorožce in Old Town Square in Prague.
Andy Warhol – I’m OK” in Prague
The exhibition titled “Andy Warhol – I’m OK” presents the work of this unique artist in a wide range of his activities. From classic works such as Mao, Flowers, Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s Soup, which fall under the Sunday B. Morning edition, to beautiful hand-colored Flowers. There is also a unique collection of packaging for long-playing gramophone records from the years 1949-1987, which Andy Warhol designed himself. At the exhibition there will be 40 out of the 51 pieces, including the famous album Andy Warhol’s Velvet Undeground featuring Nico. Part of the exhibition is also a screen printing workshop in which everyone can try this popular artistic technique of Andy Warhol.
Where to shop
Simple Concept Store and Obsession are two multi-brand stores that sell straight off the runway looks from the likes of Lanvin, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Temperley London, Emilio Pucci, and Moncler. Round the corner and you’ll find another celebrity favorite; the split level, mini-department store Dusni3. Carrying over 30 brands it’s a microcosm of some of the best designers and merchandising in Prague.
Tomas Kysela, a well-respected glass designer, owns Material. He did glass beading for one of Miucci Prada’s collections. In Material every piece is different, with great color schemes, and the entire store is just beautiful glass with chandeliers and vases. Prague is well known for its fantastic history of glass–blowing, and creating your own pieces is the ultimate souvenir. Hard-De-Core has everything from jewelry to furniture, Krehky has work by the top names in contemporary Czech design.
Where fashion people go
If you are around the “fashion corridor” a.k.a. where Široka, v Kolkovně, Dušní and Vězeňská all meet, pop into the always crowded, filled with models Café Lamborghini for a quick espresso and a cake. If this café feel overcrowded head to Kafka Snob Food for an Italian espresso or a glass of wine. It’s not uncommon to find stylists, actresses, and fashion editors chatting wildly about the latest collections seen in Milan and Paris. Bistro 8, located in Holešovice, certainly not a stone’s throw from the fashion corridor, is one more place where the fashion community comes to exchange ideas and get a breakfast.
Where to eat
Enjoy an evening at the waterfront, by the romantic Kampa Island, while trying the finest cuisines at the one of the most popular restaurants in Prague, Kampa Park. It is set in an exclusive location beside the Vltava River next to Charles Bridge. This restaurant offers flamboyantly presented international fare, which includes fresh fish and seafood, innovative meat dishes and luxurious desserts. To compliment the fine cuisine, Kampa Park stocks an extensive range of Czech and International wines (over 150 global vintages).
If you want to try different tastes while enjoying the magical scenery of the banks of Vltava and its magnificent Charles Bridge visit Hergetova Cihelna, which is sister restaurant of Kampa Park.
Mlýnec Restaurant is in a stunning location in the very centre of Prague, also overlooking Charles Bridge. The atmosphere at Mlýnec is elegant and sophisticated, with refined service. It offers a wonderfully balanced international menu, using fresh local and seasonal ingredients wherever possible. Order a champagne, prosecco or any bubbly drink on the menu and watch the waters of the Vltava go by.
Lovers of Italian cuisine may experience a true taste of the Mediterranean in elegant Aromi restaurant with a choice of authentic pasta, meat and seafood dishes – cooked to perfection. Michelin Guide’s favorite Aromi restaurant is definitely one of the best Italian restaurants in Prague. Focused mostly on a seafood, Aromi offers a variety of authentic Italian dishes, with accent on quality and freshness of the ingredients, as well as on creativity of restaurant’s chefs.
La Finestra di cucina is a sister restaurant to the highly successful Aromi, with a slightly different concept. It’s offer is primarily based on a meat dishes, but it also contains various pastas and of course – a seafood, a well-known trademark of Aromi group. It is considered as one of the best steakhouses in Prague, and like that’s not enough, this restaurant wants to build the largest wine cellar of quality Italian wines in the Czech Republic.
One of the best restaurants in Prague, the elegant Bellevue restaurant, will win you not only with its stunning view of Vltava River, wide selection of quality wines, or with elegant and refined interior. It will win you with a single most important thing when it comes to a dining experience – an absolutely fantastic cuisine. Whether you’re interested in the regional specialties, various (delicious) desserts, or for Bellevues’s (highly recommended) tasting menu, one thing is for sure – you will leave Bellevue completely satisfied, with only one wish in mind – to come back soon.
The concept behind Secret of Raw is quite unique, but also very well thought of. The sole idea of various healthy meals, prepared without additives and (more important) without cooking already have a legions of supporters and with quality restaurant like this – the numbers will only increase. With its imaginative menu and tremendous effort from its chefs, Secret of Raw is a place to visit, and not just for the ones that already dig raw food experience, but also for the ones with different approach to dining that simply want to try something new. Secret of Raw cannot disappoint and the numbers of converts to a healthier lifestyle will definitely increase with each visit to this place.
In SaSaZu restaurant well-balanced, innovative Asian cooking gives you the opportunity to taste the authentic and exotic flavors of Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and other countries from that region. This restaurant proudly introduces five irresistible styles of Asian cuisine: sambal, otak otak, flame, roti and tai-tai grill that will surely amaze all the lovers of fine cuisine.
Vukota Brajovic for Fashionela