Things to do in Prague
Updated September 2020
Friends asked me for things to do in Prague, so I created this list. Its mostly things that I have done in Prague, not aspiring to be a real guide or anything.
If you want to see some of photos from Prague and Czechnya click here.
- NEVER EVER EXCHANGE MONEY ON STREET, it is illegal to offer such a service so it will always be a scam. Just get money from ATM.
- If you want to change euros to czk do it in Mcdonalds or Lidl or Tesco - buy something small and pay with euros, they will give you back money using the official rate. You should not have a problem with paying with Euros in malls and larger chain shops, but in local places or small pubs they might try to give you a bad rate or tell you to fuck off.
- Don't use Euronet blue ATMs. Use KB, Raiffeisenbank, or airbank. Overall most ATMs are fine but euronet sometimes tries to push bad exchange rates.
- Full meal costs about 150-250 CZK (5-8 GBP) depending on how touristic it is.
- Beer costs about 40 CZK, if it is something special it might be more. If it costs more than 100 CZK you are probably in a super turistic place and it's time to leave.
- If I am visiting I usually spend about 250 on lunch (food and drink), 250 on dinner and 500 drinking at night (that is like 7 beers and shots).
- Pre-drinking is not a thing. Just go to the pub if you want to drink.
- To get from aiport take bus 119 to Nadrazi Veleslavin, it takes about 50 minutes to get from Airport to the center.
- Buy the damn tickets for transportation. The fine is about 60 eur and a single ticket for 90 minutes costs about one Eur, so buy like 10 of them.
- You can buy tickets using the PID litacka application, Android and iPhone.
- Tickets are valid for all modes of transportation, if you buy 3-day ticket you can basically stop thinking about any of it.
- Revizors (people who check tickets) don't give a shit why you do not have a ticket. So make sure you have a ticket.
- Instead ofUber you can use Liftago Android, iPhone which is a proper taxi service.
- If you use taxi on the street ask them to turn the price meter on. They tend to scam a lot.
- For navigation you can use Google maps but they don't have all connections. Use IDOS to get around city and country, iOS, Android.
- Install maps.me for offline maps and download data for Czech Republic. iOS, Android.
- People walk on the right. On escalators you are expected to stand on the right and make space for people walking on the left.
- Crossing street on red light might get you fined for about 10 EUR.
- Being loud or aggressive is not ok even if you are wasted, so if you are used to UK drunk behaviour you should appreciate how chill people are here when they are drunk.
- Prague is one of the safest cities, here is bullshit statistics to prove it. But while nobody will try to steal your shit violently there is plenty of pick-pocketing, be careful in public spaces. Don't leave stuff behind your back and don't expect strangers to look out for your stuff unless you explicitly ask them.
- If you walk in the center around midnight plenty of people will try to speak to you and offer you drugs or prostitutes. Don't accept either of it. The drugs they would sell you are probably shit anyway. The best strategy to deal with these people is just to completely ignore them, if they are standing on a corner and waiting for you to make an eye contact with them then it's obvious they want to scam you in one way or another. So don't even say "Hi" back or anything, just walk past them.
- mamacoffee - chain of local cafes
- cafedu - this is mostly for students but lately it has been so fucking full :(
- Cukrárna Myšák - very central with amazing selection of cakes. Not good for studying
- Oliver's Coffee Cup - nice view of Vaclavak (Wenceslas Square)
- Kafe Damu - cafe of art college
- Vnitroblock - large hipster complex
- Kaferna - artsy cafe on your way to Prague castle
- Cafe Martin - kind of local cafe, nothing fancy but its chill and they have cheap and large coffes
- La Bohème Café - nice cafe place
- Pod Stromem Čajovým - tearoom open from 14:00. They have Shisha and Masala. Its very close from Beheme cafe.
- Kavarna co hleda jmeno - another hipster coffee place, artistic
- Paralelni Polis cool bitcoin coffee, very close to DOX.
Hipster cafe / wine bars
I am not sure how to characterise these cafes. They are not very fancy but they are very cosy. It is the place a wannabe writers with no money would go to.
There is a cluster of them near Narodni trida that is worth exploring:
On Vinohrady you have:
- Kasarna Karlin - large communal space with concerts, night cinema and several pub. Similar vibe to Barbican centre in London.
- Restaurace Planeta Žižkov
- Skautský institut - Scout central. It is the only non-touristic place in that area. (Its just next to the Orloj - Prague astronomical clock.)
- Krymska popular street with a lot of pubs and cafes.
- Naplavka - area next to the river, lots of hipsters and tourists, pubs and concerts. It has a very good view on the castle especially during the night.
- Letenske sady this is a cool place to have a drink and watch the city at night.
- Kavárna Jarda Mayer - pretty surreal pub, very local
Beers to try
- Cerny kozel, (Dark kozel)
- Plzen (Pilsen)
Náměstí Bratří Synků pub tour
I used to live here, these are pubs that are very close to each so you can do pub tour here.
- Bašta - very tradional pub and restaurant, I can recommend Quarter roast duck stuffed with potato pancakes and sauerkraut.
- Zlý Časy - another traditional pub which has the largest offer of beers, its just 200m from the Basta.
- Pohoda - this one is aimed at locals, so if you want to get gist of what a night life for normal people looks in Prague then go here. They usually go until 3am and the booz is cheap so get wasted! The night trams are just next to it so you are good to go.
- Hotel Imperial super fancy and not that expansive restaurant, you should get a reservation.
- T-Anker restaurant this was one of my favourite restaurants, it has a good view on Prague. Unless you are going on Friday or Saturday evening you should not need reservation.
- Klub cestovatelu - middle eastern restaurant. I usually just go for Masala chai.
- banh-mi-ba - we have the largest vietnamese diaspora per capita and they make good food, there is plenty of cheap vietnamese restaurants but not that many fancy ones. The banh-mi-ba is relatively new chain that offers baguette in vietnamese style. They offer full dishes as well.
- Restaurace U staré pošty - near central train station, local, cheap.
- Restaurace U Parlamentu - traditional czech foods
- DOX - Modern art gallery
- National gallery, they have very nice coffee on the left.
- Central Public Library - if you need study room with wifi you can go here, its open without registration.
- Slovansky ostrov you can rent a boat here - it costs about $10 and you can get drunk on the river.
- Vysehrad - castle complex. There are pubs on top with nice view.
- Palladium - good shopping mall.
- Zizkov TV tower - most people hate this tower, I love it. You can walk around in the area it is very chill