Everyday’s a parade in Prague

Astrological clock

A parade…even in the rain. And rain it did, every single day of our three days there. Thankfully the hotel provided umbrellas, so we braved the damp and dove right in. Prague has a reputation as a party town, but don’t be fooled by that. It is but there are so many various sides to Prague – party, classy, sassy, chic. You can go for a few days, you can stay longer.

Airport: Prague Vlavav Havel Airport

Overall, meh. Not the worst airport I’ve wandered around.

Where we stayed: Merchant’s Yard

Týn 10, Prague, 110 00, Czech Republic

Okay, it goes without saying that this is yet another booking.com find (I was not lying when I said they are my go to).

This hotel is a solid performer – everything you’d expect from a funky boutique right behind the Tyn towers.

Room was smaller than we expected, but still comfortable. All the reviews regarding the beds are true – they are ginormous and soooooo comfortable. The bathroom was amazing – complete with heated floors,  spa bath and walk in shower. Breakfast was included in our rate and it was the standard continental fare. The hotel also offers a beer spa – we didn’t have time but it sounded very promising.

The actual hotel building is quite old and does not have an elevator. While this was not off putting for us, it might prove difficult for those with ambulatory issues.

Where we ate:

Pasta Fresca

Celetná 11, 110 00 Prague 1

a la pasta fresca

This restaurant came highly recommended by a chef friend in Moscow and we were blown away. Good food, an amazing atmosphere. Our order?

San daniele ham with grissini (cut fresh on the meat slicer in the photo), spaghetti alla carbonara with chili, cannelloni with beef ragout and truffles. And somehow we also managed sweets – mascarpone with lady fingers and raspberries and caramel panna cotta. So fresh, so good. We got in without reservations but they get packed, so reservations may be a good idea.

JJ Murphy’s Irish Pub

Trziste 4, Prague, Czech Republic

JJ Murphys

A good choice of pub once you wander from the city center, across the Charles bridge and while en route to the castle at the top of the hill. Great beers on tap (as would be the case with most pubs in Prague) and devilishly good chili fries.

Crazy Cow Restaurant

Dlouhá 8, 110 00 Hl.m. Praha

This is a fun eatery with decent steaks. Ordered the barracuda steak and red wine.

What to see:

  • Charles Bridge

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  • The Castle & Cathedral(it’s a long walk)

cathedral

  • Astrological clock (pictured above)
  • Tyn Church

tyn

Stores I insist you hit up:

Beer body butter. Among other things. It’s as if bath and body works met with a handiworks specialty shop.

I don’t have a photo, but this is a very cool store across the square from the Merchant’s Yard. Again, amazing botanical soaps and cosmetics, as well as food. We picked up some apple cider vinegar and mustards.

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