Now I will not claim to be an expert on Prague, as I only spent one happy little weekend in the beautiful city. My friend Izy, who I unfortunately did not get the chance to see, has lived in Czechland for the past several months and no doubt can offer you many more recommendations. Still, I had an amazing experience on my trip and thought I would offer you information about the places I loved so much.
Where to Sleep in Prague:
Charles Bridge Economic Hostel
118 00 Praha 1 - Mala Strana Prague 118 00 Czech Republic
This hostel, while not the cheapest option in Prague, was still incredibly affordable at about the equivalent of 16 euros per night for a 7 bed dorm. I selected this hostel because it was the highest rated place on hostel world and the location seemed unbeatable (right at the charles bridge, in lesser town!) I had a fantastic experience there. Each dorm has it’s own common room with flat screen TV, computer, etc;, a huge bathroom, and decent sized kitchen. It felt very much like an apartment, a “home base” rather than just a place to keep my stuff. It helped that every single person in my dorm was amazing and we made fast friends right away. It was super clean, the showers were amazing (rain showers, people!) and I somehow lucked into being assigned the only queen sized bed in the room. Jackpot.
Where to Eat in Prague:
Míšeňská 66/12, 118 00 Praha 1
tel.: +420 257 212 014
Affordable, no-frills, and positively delicious, our group visited The Lokal twice on our short weekend trip. It helped that it was right next door to our hostel, but it was the kind staff and cool atmosphere that had us coming back. The place was recommended to us by one of the hostel managers for a place where we could find good Czech food at a great price. That picture above is a quarter duck and traditional Czech bread dumplings. So, so good, and only about 6 bucks. I was only able to eat half of it despite being starving when I started, and boy did the leftovers make a good lunch the following day. Oh, and please try the Goulash while you’re there – it was to die for.
Where to drink in Prague:
Vinárna U Sudu (Or as we called it, the labyrinth)
Vodickova 10, Prague 1
I don’t drink alcohol, but my newfound Aussie travel-mates did, and even though I chose a diet coke over beer it was still impossible not to enjoy the atmosphere of this really cool place. Downstairs you’ll find a medieval cellar that just keeps going and going and going, opening up into different rooms that are always packed with people. I kid you not, we took a wrong turn on our way back up and had no idea where we were for about five minutes. It was awesome, in a disconcerting sort of way.
Where to Dance in Prague:
I didn’t get any pictures of this place, probably because I was too dang busy dancing. There are two levels: a bar on the ground floor with a quirky, twisted-circus sort of ambiance and a dancefloor on the lower level. I wasn’t a huge fan of the music on the lower level (mostly dubstep) but upon returning to the surface we were in for a big surprise. The DJ on the first floor was putting together an amazing mix of hard rock and pop, music from the 60’s, the 80’s, and modern stuff all flowing together without a single pause. We were all seriously impressed and were there until it closed and we danced our way out the door. It was definitely the music that made the experience.
We made it back to our lovely little hostel (via this view on the Charles Bridge) just before 7 AM.
For some reason we thought it was a good idea to watch Pulp Fiction instead of sleep…
We all need to be a little crazy sometimes, right?
Please feel free to email me for more travel tips if you’re thinking about heading to Prague sometime soon!