As the excitement of Christmas and New Years faded away, I was happy to have something to look forward to in the gloomy month of January. I bagged my first press trip of the year, being a long weekend away in Prague for Bear and I. We were lucky enough to bag a suite at the Corinthia Hotel, which made for the perfect base. A stone’s throw from the city’s underground metro station, it was ideal for getting around without being in the centre of the hustle and bustle. On the 25th floor we found the Aroma spa and pool which boasted incredible sky-high views across the city.
I was pleasantly surprised with Prague as a whole. Not in a negative way but I had no expectations as I had never really thought about visiting until the trip got offered to me. The city really is beautiful and SO clean! I was really shocked at the cleanliness of Prague as when I think of an Eastern European city I always assume they’re going to be quite gritty and a tad run down? Hah, but Prague proved me wrong. Everyone was friendly and most spoke English. I also downloaded the Google Translate app which is actually a miracle on earth. Simply download the languages you are translating and using your phone’s camera, simply hover over the foreign text, and tah-dah it will appear as English right before your eyes. We found it perfect for translating menus – priorities, right?
Speaking menus, I had done extensive research in where to eat in Prague before we arrived. Food certainly is a priority when we visit a new place, and I wanted to get some ideas down for where would be good to try out. A firm favourite was ‘Cafe Letka‘ which was a really cool cafe and lunch spot in Prague 7, which appeared to be inside a derelict building. I adored the interiors which combined rough bare concrete, with feminine touches such as fresh flowers, chandeliers and pops of colour. Another bonus of Cafe Letka was that it’s dog friendly! Although we were delighted to dine with a couple of pooches, one labrador basically joined us at our table and wouldn’t take his eyes off our food!
I feel a tad bad that we didn’t actually enjoy any traditional Czech food, but to be honest we just didn’t fancy it. As much as B would have loved a pork knuckle to land on his plate, somehow that didn’t appeal to me. Instead, night one we had amazing dim sum at ‘Momoichi Coffetearia‘, a Japanese style coffee and tea house, which also serves meals in the evening, as well as breakfasts. We also had a cheeky cocktail inside with our meal.
DISH is meant to be the best burger joint in the city, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. With a mouth watering menu, you can nab a seat at the bar and chat to the chef while watching your meal being made in real time. The delicious burgers are made with the freshest of ingredients and cooked to perfection. Make sure you book in advance though, as this popular bistro isn’t shy at turning away walk ins, we found this out the hard way when we were initially turned away and had to come back the following night!
Right, enough about food! We also did some cultural bits, and did TONS of walking all over the city. Prague is home to some amazing (and very odd) sculptures, some which we found hilarious. For sight seeing we headed to the 14th century Charles Bridge, which boasted fantastic views across the Old Town. Here we found Prague’s iconic Astronomical Clock, which dates back to medieval times. Many charming food stalls lined the square where we purchased a damn good crepe filled with chocolate and coconut. YUM!
Over the bridge was the colourful ‘Lennon wall’, which since the 80s has been covered in John Lennon inspired graffiti and Beatle’s song lyrics. For something unusual we visited the ‘Dancing House’ – the curved building designed by architect frank Gehry which makes for a great photo op. The city is occupied with many interesting sculptures and art works, such as the Statue of famous Czech writer Franz Kafka; where at eleven metres tall, 42 mobile tiers align to form his face, aka Boomerang gold.
We absolutely loved Prague, and would definitely recommend it for a long weekend away. Top tip though, wrap up warm or visit later in the year as we were absolutely freezing!