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Idealist City Guide: PRAGUE

One of the great joys of the city of Prague is its potential for exploration, which is why we’re following John as he wanders through Prague’s maze of cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards.

Prague, capital of Czech Republic, is situated at the center of Europe positioned on the River Vltava’s banks. Equal of Paris in terms of beauty, Prague is best known for its beautiful art and architecture and some of the best shopping you can find. Its history goes back a millennium. And the beer? The best in Europe.

Must-See Attractions


Old Town Square: If you want an authentic way to feel Prague’s history, head down to Old Town Square. Beautiful architecture is the highlight of this scenic part of Old Town. Don’t miss the old town hall and the astronomical clock.
Address: Staroměstské náměstí 110 00 Praha 1,Staré Město, Czechia

Charles Bridge: After floods wrecked the Judith Bridge in 1342, the Charles Bridge was built to replace it. Construction took place from 1357 to 1402. The bridge is decorated by the statues of 30 saints.
Address: Charles Bridge, Praha 1 – Staré Město, Czechia

Vysehrad National Cultural Monument: While some of the details are a bit muddled, officials believe Vysehrad was built sometime during the 10th century, and is home to some of the oldest, most historically significant buildings in Prague.
Address: Vyšehrad, V Pevnosti 159/5b, Praha 2 – Vyšehrad, 128 00

Dinner Cruise: What’s better than seeing the beautiful sites of Prague from the quiet luxury of a cruise? Eating dinner at the same time, of course. The cruise is 3 hours long and follows the Vitava River.
Address: Cechuv Bridge, Dvorakovo nabrezi, pier 5, Prague, 11000, Czechia

Style Shopping

Flamant Home Interiors: Flamant was founded by three brothers as an expansion of their father’s antique business. This shop does a great job of combining modern and antique design trends to create a unique look. We especially love their sleek industrial chests and stylish lighting.
Address: Flamant Store, Slovanský dům, Na Příkopě 22, Praha 1 Czech Republic
+420 221 451 790

Konsepti: When curating their collections, Konsepti has one main focus: uniqueness. Their wide selection includes brands such as Flos, E15 and Cassina. We love their large variety of unique seating choices; you’re sure to find something you love.
Address: Komunardů 32, 170 00 Praha 7, Czechia
+420 266 199 452

Modernista: Having two stores is part of what makes Modernista so great. The Municipal House location has a unique collection of Art Deco pieces and can be found in the basement of the Municipal House. The Pavilon, the flagship location, has a stronger focus on interiors and contemporary design. Check out their stylish metal lighting and elegant glassware — we love them!
Address: nám. Republiky 1090/5, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
+420 222 002 102

A La Maison: If you’re only looking for some smaller accessories and accent pieces to finish off a room, check out A La Maison. Beautiful candlesticks and candle trays, rugs, chandeliers, vases and more highlight this shop’s collection. Plus they carry great brands like Möve and Balmuir.
Address: Šafránkova 1238/1, 155 00 Praha 5, Czechia
+420 233 322 563

Le Patio: No, they don’t only sell patio furniture. Le Patio is actually a high-end interior retailer specialising in unique furniture, accessories and lighting. Le Patio’s goal is to improve the rooms people use, thus improving the quality of their life. Some of our favourites include the EA Deco woven baskets and Zenza lighting collection.
Address: New Living CenterJungmannova 748/30, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia
+420 224 934 402

Hotels

Residence Agnes: Featuring all of the regular amenities and a central location in Prague, Residence Agnes is a great place for anyone who wants to do plenty of walking and exploring. The hotel lobby’s beautiful contemporary decor provides a great atmosphere upon entry.
Price level: Medium
Address: Haštalská 19, 110 00, Prague 1, Czech Republic
+420 222 312 417

MOODs Boutique Hotel: The cornerstone of MOODs is the unique design, and I can’t emphasise the unique part enough. They also offer great food and drinks and a spa treatment, so you’ll barely have to leave your hotel to get everything you need.
Price level: Budget
Address: Klimentská 28, 110 00 Prague 1, Czechia
+420 222 330 100

Hotel General: If you’re looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of downtown Prague, the Hotel General is the place for you. While it’s a bit further from all the activities, its lovely atmosphere and friendly staff more than compensate for that.
Price level: Medium
Address: Svornosti 1143/10, 150 00 Praha 5-Smíchov, Czechia
+420 257 318 320

Galleries & Museums

National Gallery in Prague: For art lovers, the National Gallery in Prague is the perfect museum. With a range of both permanent and temporary exhibitions, you’re sure to find something you love. They have many permanent exhibits, including “European Art from Antiquity to Baroque” and “The Art of Asia.”
Address: The National Gallery in Prague, Staroměstské nám. 12, 110 15 Prague 1, Czech Republic
+420 220 397 211

Wallenstein Palace Garden: Constructed right near the Wallenstein Palace in the 17th century, this garden is truly a sight to behold. It features expert landscaping and beautiful Baroque bronze statues which are replicas of the originals, which were created by Adrien de Vries and subsequently stolen by the Swedish army.
Address: Wallenstein Garden, Letenská, Praha 1 – Malá Strana, 118 00
+420 257 075 707

Lobkowicz Palace: While beauty is abound here, the main focus is on Prague’s (and Czech Republic’s) place within European history. Their gallery includes paintings by Velazquez, Canaletto and Brueghel, as well as annotated manuscripts from legendary musicians.
Address: Prague Castle Jiřská 3 119 00 Prague 1, Czechia
+420 233 312 925

Food

The Portfolio: You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone complaining about this fine dining establishment. The chic atmosphere perfectly complements the food. Their monkfish in a roasted black truffle sauce is a favourite. For dessert, try their creme brulee or carmalized fruits and ice cream.
Address: Portfolio restaurant, Lannův Palác, Havlíčkova 1030/1, 110 00 Praha 1 , Czechia
+420 224 267 579

Vegan’s: If you’re looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary, try Vegan’s. Even those who aren’t vegan will appreciate the wonderfully crafted food. Their burgers are a great substitute for non-vegans, and their wonderful selection of cheesecakes and pies will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Address: Vegan’s Prague, Nerudova 36, 11800 Praha, Czechia
+420 735 171 313

Ristorante Pagana: This is a great local spot for a host of Italian food, including pasta, seafood and antipasti. They also have reasonably priced dishes, which can be difficult to find at a good Italian restaurant. Don’t forget to try their chestnut tiramisu!
Address: Ristorante Pagana, Vladislavova 17, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic
+420 224 056 300

Chocoffee: The perfect spot for fanatics of all things chocolate, Chocoffee serves up Belgian chocolate on tap in three varieties: white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate. You can have your chocolate in a waffle, in a cone, or with fruit, nuts or pretzels.
Address: Spálená 8/80, Praha 1, 11 000, Czechia
+420 775 583 450

Getting There From London

The easiest way to travel from London to Prague is by plane. For round trip tickets spanning less than a week, flights can cost anywhere from £40 to £120 each way. The flight will take about two hours each way.

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  • John is a photographer and journalist from Manchester with a passion for street photography and modern art. When not taking photos, you can find him on a bike anywhere from Sardinia to Amsterdam listening to Zero 7.

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