The Irish Balance Guide to… Prague

 

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What an incredibly beautiful city! View from Legion Bridge

At the end of October, my sister and I went on a 3 day trip to see Prague. It was an absolutely wonderful mini-holiday, and I was utterly enchanted by Prague. It’s become my custom to share my little food and travel guides for places I visit on my blog – so here’s our 3 days of activities, foodie finds and favourites!

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Two happy campers at the top of Petrin Tower!

Day 1 – Old Town Sights, Charles Bridge, Legion Bridge & Cruising the Vltava

We began our trip with breakfast at the infamous Cafe Louvre @cafelouvre, tucking into scrambled eggs with Emmenthal cheese, seeded bread & fruit salad for two please! It was well worth a visit – an old style cafe with lots of hustle and bustle, and simple tasty food!

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Breakfasting at Cafe Louvre

Then we walked our way to Old Town Square to wander, see the Tyn Cathedral, go up the Old Town Hall Tower (great views from the top!) and of course, see the Astronomical Clock (photo below) in time for a change of hour at midday. Watch out for the little figures of the Apostles to move at midday!

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Our first coffee pitstop was to @onesipcoffee for possibly the best Flat White I’ve ever had (photo below)! Then we went on to see the Jewish Quarter to wander the streets and saw a KafKa statue en route. We did an impromptu boat tour on the River Vltava during the afternoon which was an absolutely brilliant decision – we LOVED this, and did it with Prague Boats without booking or anything!  We got great views of Prague Castle on the tour as well (which I was obsessed with because it looked like Hogwarts to me), and learnt some history about the city.

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Cruising the Vltava River (with Prague Boats)

We then went onto the Charles Bridge to walk it, see the swans, and we had to find @goodfoodoriginal to try the famous Trdelniks – we got the Chimney King Trdelnik which was insanely delicious as you can see in the Instagram-worthy photo below!

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We tried to see the Lennon Wall but it was under reconstruction at the time. So we walked Kampa Island instead, took a pitstop for another coffee at @kofarna cafe (which had epic coffee and also gorgeous seats outside to sit out front to people watch – photo below). We then walked across Legion Bridge to check out Shooters Island which is right in the middle of the Vltava river, and so worth a stroll, especially with all the Autumn colours we had around us. There were more swans to see there too!

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For dinner that night, we went to an amazing Thai food restaurant called Noi, which is a little bit out of the way from Old Town, but so, SO worth the visit. Delicious food for a very reasonable price, and a really funky interior in there too! I had a prawn Pad Thai – as you can see in the photo below, the portion sizes were serious value for money!

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Day 2 – Prague Castle, Golden Lane, the Dancing House & Riverside Strolls

We got up quite early to get on our way to see Prague Castle, and we took a pitstop to a funky spot called @supertrampcoffee en route. Prague Castle was incredible – we got a Circuit A ticket, to see St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, the Royal Gardens, Rosenberg Palace and my favourite, Golden Lane, with its infamous colourful houses. It reminded me of Burano in Venice and Nyhavn in Copenhagen! I also picked up some wooden Czech crafts to take home from a little shop on Golden Lane. We finished our visit by seeing the changing of the guard at midday. I was delighted to get my photo with all the colours of Golden Lane!

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We were absolutely STARVED by then, and we found a great little refuel cafe at @puzzlesalads back in Old Town. Our plan for the afternoon was Petrin Hill and Tower, but the funicular that you can take you up the hill was closed for 3 weeks but re-opening the next day, so we went for Plan B for the afternoon. We walked along the sunny Vltava river banks and saw the Dancing House, a little river island, and made a pitstop to the Choco Cafe. I got a mug of their 72% Dark Hot Chocolate with strawberries & raspberries and my sister got their Chocolate Cheesecake. Everything tasted incredible. INCREDIBLE.

A falafel salad from Puzzle Salads and a big mug of Hot Dark Chocolate with berries!

For our final dinner, we went to a restaurant in Old Town on the recommendation of our Air BnB host called Cerna Madona. The menu was quite varied (a mixture of Czech and western European food), and we really enjoyed it. It definitely wasn’t as amazing as Noi, but it would have been hard to top that!

Day 3 – Petrin Hill, the Lookout Tower & Brunch of Dreams!

We got up early to catch the first funicular ride up to the top of Petrin Hill to see it and the famous Petrin Lookout Tower, which was modelled on the Eiffel Tower in Paris. We had a coffee pitstop en route of course – this time to a tiny spot called @coffeeandriot. We took the funicular up, walked around the top, and then when the tower opened at 10am, walked up the 299 steps to top of the Tower, stopping halfway for the views. The views were utterly breathtaking, and worth every last one of the 299 steps! We walked down the hill back into the city in every colour of Autumn after. Go early if you’re visiting Petrin Hill and Tower – there was a HUGE queue when we were leaving at 11am!

Petrin Tower on the left, and the view from the top on the right!

After a quick check-out from our Air BnB (which was absolutely gorgeous and very affordable by the way, send me a message or comment on this blog post if you want more information on it!), I brought us to a brunch spot I’d heard of – Cafefin @cafefinvpraze. Hands down, we had one of the best meals ever, and was a total foodie highlight of our trip. We stopped by a local cafe called Moment after before (reluctantly!) heading to the airport.

Brunch of dreams from Cafefin – make it your mission to eat here on your trip!

Visiting Prague was an absolute delight of a trip – I can’t recommend a visit to this gorgeous city enough. Enjoy your trip if you decide to go!

Ciara 🙂 x

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