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1. Dining / restaurant recommendations…
Lokal restaurant: I think it is always important to try local cuisine when you travel. Lokal is the place to go for good food- the ingredients are fresh and dishes are terrific here. The ambience is also great- it was designed to be like a traditional pub but has a modern flair.
2. Where you can sit, watch and absorb local culture…
Letna beer garden: Beer gardens are a big part of summers in the city and this one has one of the best views in town.
Kampa park: Locals love to relax with friends and a picnic in the park after work.
Café Amandine: There are lots of more traditional (and touristy) cafes but if you want good food and great coffee, this is your place.
Vino del Vino: Cozy wine bar in Malostranka with very nice service, nice wines and no smoking! This is one of the no smoking bars in Prague so if your touring feet and lungs need a break, this is a good bet.
Jazz Dock: Nice design, good place to see live jazz right on the river. A fantastic food menu is also available.
Prague Beer Museum: Czech Republic is known for great beer but in almost all restaurants only a few major brands are served. Thirty very fresh and unique beers from small villages are found on the menu. Tasting these beers is more like a wine tasting experience- you can definitely sense the care and love that was involved in their creation.
4. Outdoor locations…
Stromovka park – A magical place and not terribly frequented by tourists. It’s a great spot if you want to go for a bike ride or run, or even have a picnic.
Petrin hill- Well worth hiking the 130m up for the views over the city. Alternatively there is a funicular that takes you to the top.
Charles Bridge- Walking across the bridge is an obligatory experience during a visit to the city but I highly recommend doing it early in the morning or late at night for amazing views of the sun.
5. Culture destinations…
St Wenceslas Riding a Dead Horse is a sculpture by a well-known, contemporary and very controversial Czech artist: David Cerny.
Obecni Dum/Municiple House: Since its opening in 1912, the exquisite building has been home to bars downstairs, a hall for music and art exhibitions upstairs. The guided tour of the building is recommended.
6. Fashion / shopping…
Kubista Next to Gallerie Kubista in the House at the Black Madonna, this store offers decorative art from important stylistic periods of the 20th century, particularly cubism and art deco.
Na Prikope: A characterful outdoor shopping district in the center with stores and restaurants.
Novy Smichov: Shopping centere that beautifully mixes both international brands and beloved local ones.
Hotel Josef Nice design hotel with terrific location and amazing breakfast.