A Day in Prague 2

Words: Madeline Chestnut

Filled with expats and young professionals, Prague 2 is worthy of a stop on your Czech adventures. As the yuppie epicentre, you will find worldly people, most of whom speak English.

Shop til’ you drop

If you are in Prague it is an absolute must to shop. Treat yourself, you deserve it! Browse through a short selection of my favorite shops.

overviewNILA– A Little Bit of This, a Little Bit of That

NILA is an eclectic boutique that sells a little bit of everything. The store is located in a charming area lined with boutiques, cafes, and restaurants and is away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets. As you walk in the door, you are greeted by an infectious boho vibe with walls full of earth-toned clothes, handmade wooden shoes, home goods, and beauty products. This store is all things BOHO, eclectic and trendy. Shop women’s, men’s, and children’s clothes.

Address:  Korunní 806/91, 130 00 Praha 2

Hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00 – 19:30, Saturday: 9:00 – 15:00

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Photo credit: Jane Bond Facebook page

Jane Bond Special Get Ready for the Sock Hop

Looking for 50’s inspired dresses, full skirts, and A-line cuts? Jane Bond is your place! Have fun thumbing through racks of dresses, both made by Jane Bond and other labels. This small store is a breath of fresh air and a fun, historical exploration in fashion history.

Address: Slezska 48, Prague 2

Hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00 am – 19:00 pm, Sat: 12:00 pm – 18:00 pm

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Photo Credit: Papelote Facebook page

Papelote– Not your everyday paper store. 

This paper store is tucked away on a quiet street, right on the edge on Prague 1, but no where near the crazy tourists areas. Papelote is a local Czech paper store stocking only Czech artists. Choose between post cards, hand-bound journals, pencil bags, little works of printed art, and all other kinds of paper goods. This store may be  small, but one could get lost for hours in there perusing through delicate goods.

Address: Vojtěšská 9, Prague 1, 110 00

Hours: Monday-Friday 11:00–19:00, Saturday 12:00–18:00

Lunch time!

Once you have worn your wallets out a bit,  meander your way to Americká street for some good eats.

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Photo Credit: Zazibar Bistro Facebook page

Zanzibar Bistro is the perfect place to sit down and have a nice lunch. Every day they have a unique lunch menu with two options ranging around 120Kč. Located in a quaint square with a central fountain and children playing, sit out on their lovely patio and enjoy a grilled veggie plate with a crisp white wine or beer. Walk around after lunch for another glass of wine at one of the surrounding wine bars. 

Address: Americká 15 Prague 2

Hours: Mon-Thu: 8:00 – 23:00, Fri: 8:00 – 00:00, Sat: 10:00- 00:00, Sun: 10:00 – 23:00

Get a much needed mid-day sugar boost

Every one has their guilty pleasures, whether it be pastries, caramel lattes, or ice cream; we all have them, so why ignore them? Here are a few places to fulfil you sugar addiction.

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Photo Credit: Marthy’s Kitchen Facebook page

Marthy’s Kitchen

Inspired by the French countryside, Marthy’s Kitchen is a charming, homey little cafe and one that has won rave reviews on TripAdvisor as well. Indulge with a slice of cheese cake or a pastry and get a much needed afternoon espresso or look through their lunch menu; you know, in case you are still hungry after Zanzibar. If you find yourself that way during dinner time, stop in for a full dinner menu.

Address: Vinohrady, 120 00 Prague 2

Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00- 22:00, Saturday-Sunday: 9:00- 22:00 

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Photo Credits: Vanille Facebook page

Vanille

For your one stop ice cream shop, make sure to hit up Vanille. Vanille is the key to all of your sweet tooth needs. With indoor and outdoor seating, enjoy a hefty 20Kč ice cream either there or walk and sit in the nearby park in front of the Namesti Miru cathedral.

Address: Náměstí Míru 13, Prague 2

Hours: Mon-Fri: 7:00 – 20:00, Sat: 9:00 – 20:00, Sun: 10:00 – 20:00

Dinner is served

While on the topic of food, here are our dinner suggestions.

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Photo Credit: Becca Leite 

Pizzeria Grosseto

When your afternoon is done and you are ready to sit down for dinner, try Grosseto. The pizza menu is unreal and cooked to crispy perfection, but if pizza isn’t your thing there is plenty more to choose from. Make sure to sit on the patio to the side of the restaurant. There is an outside bar, and two layers of seating.

Address: Francouzská 79/2, 120 00 Praha 2-Vinohrady

Hours: Mon – Sun: 11:30 – 23:00

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Photo Credit: Sapori Facebook page

Sapori

For a taste of Italy in Prague, Sapori is your stop. With a fine menu of meats, fish, salad, and savoury pastas, enjoy dinner inside atop white table cloths or on the patio. Of course, the white table cloths can only mean one thing- expensive. If you are budget dining, this might not be the place for you.

Address:  Americká 875/20, 120 00 Praha 2-Vinohrady

Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00-23:00

Where to Drink with the Fashionable Prague Society: Top 10 cocktail bars

We knew we needed to update the list of Prague’s most fashionable cocktail bars, but we also knew that the Top 5 wouldn’t cut it!  Of course, we have the old favourites with hockey players and roof top views, but we’ve added a few more speakeasy style bars, bars that take cash only and ones that have been winning international awards. So, grab some friends, dress to impress and enjoy the latest that the cocktail scene in Prague has to offer.

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Cash Only Bar – where low lights, cash only and fantastic cocktails combine. Photo Credit: Cash Only Bar Facebook Page

Cash Only Bar– The almost twin sister bar to the notorious “Hemingway’s”

The sister bar to Hemingway’s, Cash Only Bar maintains the same level of class and sophistication – and most importantly mixology-  but it’s a much more relaxed place where you can kick your shoes off. When Hemingway’s is full to the brim or when you want a fully non-smoking bar, Cash Only is the next best thing. Enjoy live music and bar snacks as you sip on mixology magic and are waited on by bartenders who have memorised the cocktail dictionary and are eager to whip up anything that you can imagine.  Prices are similar to Hemingway’s so if you go in thinking this might be a cheap joint I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed. More importantly the bar is, as it’s name would say, is cash only.

L'Fleur Cocktail Bar

L’Fleur Cocktail Bar Photo Credit: George Nemec from L’Fleur Bar Facebook Page

LFleur Bar – A Menu To Get Lost In

L’ Fleur is located at the bottom of the heaving party street Dlouha and is located more or less next to Tretter’s Bar (a favourite place to watch celebs and hockey players). The updated space, which has been everything from a retail store front to multiple failed bars seems to have found a winner with furnished leather tufted booths and a set up that encourages intimate conversation. Choosing a drink that suits your fancy isn’t a problem, as their menu is a lengthy 27 pages long. If they don’t have what you are looking for one of their bartenders is sure to know it.If the alcohol gods created it, L’Fluer probably has it.

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Public Interest where the fashionable crowd comes for relaxed cocktails  / Photo Credit: Public Interest Facebook Page

Public Interest– For counter-culture cocktails

Public Interest, with its grungy, industrial, and counter-culture vibe draws artists, writers, and other creatives; mainly those that work in the fashion and pr industry. The place is incredibly small and the music is pretty terribly – especially for a place that oozes cool and makes some pretty fine cocktails. It’s non-smoking however and if you can make a reservation and get a seat, the bar is absolutely worth a trip. Enjoy cocktails from 170-350 Kč.

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A signature cocktail from Prague 7’s Elbow Room. Photo Credit: Elbow Room Facebook Page

Elbow Room – Prohibition Never Felt So  Good

If you can manage to talk yourself , or friends, to heading over the bridge you’ll encounter this prohibition themed bar. A ubiquitous staple in cities like London and Paris, Elbow Room is making a name for itself under the glow of green lights. Order a “lime in the coconut” and shake it all up in Letna’s hottest new bar, trending as #1 on foursquare since their opening in January. A quote from their “classics” menu pretty much sums it up: “Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whisky makes it go round twice as fast.”

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Prolog Exceptional Cocktail Bar – Posh cocktails in Prague 5. Photo Credit: Prolog Exceptional Cocktail Bar Website

Prolog: The Exceptional Cocktail Bar– The glitzy cocktail bar you’ve been dreaming of

Prolog bar is basically a synonym for posh, though located across from the Andel metro station may seem otherwise. With twinkling lights, leather tufted bar stools and gold accents, this bar looks more at home in Mayfair than in Prague, but we love it all the same. Enjoy the low banter of a bar setting while sipping on one of their 21 signature cocktails- I plan to try every single one of them before my dying day. If you are feeling a bit risqué, try one of their seven deadly sins cocktail: Wrath, Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Sloth or Pride. The cocktails are truly a craft, with pristine execution and dainty garnishes atop. Prices ranging from 85Kč to 395 Kč.

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Anonymous Bar, where drinking is an adventure. Photo Credit: Anonymous Facebook Page

Anonymous Bar– “Give a man a mask, and he will show you his true face”- Guy Fox

Take an adventure to the unknown and unlock the secretes behind Guy Fox through undisclosed menus and hidden messages. In fact, reading the menus becomes an adventure in itself from black light only menus, menus that require a magnifying glass and randomly a View-Master menu that unlocks the secret ingredients.The drinks are extravagant and come staged in ways that you can’t imagine: in grenades, in circus themed toys, or an IV drip bag. Making a reservation is crucial, as this is something that everyone wants to experience.

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Cloud 9 Sky Bar & Lounge- a view from the top Photo Credit: Cloud 9 Sky Bar & Lounge Official Facebook Page

Cloud 9 Sky Bar & Lounge- Drinking under the Stars

Located at the top of the Hilton Hotel, Cloud 9 offers rooftop views, plush sofas, and a DJ spinning tracks long into the night- it’s the perfect starting point before heading into town. Order a refreshing Mojito on the terrace, overlooking a drop dead view, while being surrounded by men sporting the latest fashion trends, waxing poetically into a woman’s ear. While it may be a bit of a trek away from the city centre, this chic rooftop bar is worth it. Signature Cocktails are 170CZK while others range from 120-200CZK respectively.

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Tretter’s Bar – where things never change. Photo Credit: Tretter’s Bar Facebook Page

Tretter’s Bar – Cajole with hockey players, celebs and wanna’be fashion models

It’s the swank hang out for high-worth individuals and professional sports players. Don’t be surprised to see Czech celebs and your favourite Czech hockey players at this bar, smoking cigars and drinking cocktails in the off season. The bar staff is well versed in cocktails which means if you want it, and it’s obscure, they can probably make it. Prices are similar to cloud 9, but with an ambience based around Paris in the thirties rather than a modern, skyline view.

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Black Angel’s Bar – the poshest speakeasy outside of the 1920s. Photo Credit: Black Angle’s Bar Facebook Page

Black Angel’s Bar-  Speakeasy in Old Town

Slip back to a time when cocktails were served in their correct glasses with hand-made ice cubes and bartenders had more than just charming good looks. Named one of the Best 50 Bars in the World by the Sunday Times, it is still a favourite for the local crowd- though tourists have caught on. During the weekend there is a piano player and singer who serenade the Gatsbyesque crowd with her sultry voice and his bygone era tunes. Everything about Black Angel’s- the chandeliers, the tables, the menus are chic.  It looks pretentious, but with prices that are affordable for all, it’s one of the best deals in the city.

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Bugy’s Bar – the original fashionable crowd hangout Photo Credit: Bugy’s Bar Facebook Page

Bugy’s Bar – An American-Style Cocktail Bar with Czech Flare

When the fashion events end, this is where the editors and beautiful people go. Models, editors of fashion magazines, and celebrities all venture to this small space to drink fanciful cocktails and sip foreign wine. It’s the bar that introduced the mojito to the Czech public and was ranked as one of the best cocktail bars by Newsweek International. Cocktailicious (delicious cocktails made by Bugsy’s) prices start at around 135CZK for short drinks, Sake Cocktails around 160-190CZK.

Bucking the Trend: New Comers Win CGD award show

The Winners of Czech Grand Design 2014 (Prague, Czech Republic) Photo Credit: Jiri Hermman (Hermina)

The Winners of Czech Grand Design 2014 (Prague, Czech Republic)
Photo Credit: Jiri Hermman (Hermina)

In what was a surprise for many at this year’s Czech Grand Design awards show , it was the new comers who took home the top prizes in the areas of jewellery, fashion and best store of the year for 2014.

Winner in the category Fashion Designer of the Year:

LaFormela – Collection S / S 2015

Winner in the category of Designer Jewellery of the Year:
Janja Prokić – collection Hidden Place

Winner in the category of Business of the Year:
Kurator – selection of clothing, fashion accessories, jewellery and design objects

Winner in the category Newcomer of the Year
Tadeas Podracký and Markéta Kratochvílová – diploma thesis: Dioscuri (Tadeas Podracký), Enfant Terrible (Markéta Kratochvílová) and collection Skywalker, Pineapples, Finland Objects

Unlike years past, there were voting changes which helped -we hope-stave off  the same winners and nominees from showing up time and time again.

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Raiding a fashion magazine’s closet all for charity

Top Fashion magazine, Harper’s Bazaar teams up with Dvorak Sec Contemporary Gallery for their 8th annual fashion event

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Dreaming of Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Dior? On Monday, November 24 brands that were usually only reserved for the minted or those working in magazines can be yours for next to nothing. Now in its 8th season, the event organised by Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar magazine and accomplished writer Barbara Nesvadbova and gallery owner Olga Dvorak bring high-fashion to mass-fashion prices all of which benefits the charities Dobrý Anděl, Kapka naděje, and Etincelle, So why not splurge a bit this holiday season and buy yourself something spectacular; it is for a good cause after all.

Harper’s Bazaar Charity Event

Monday, November 24, 2014:  4pm-6pm

Dvorak Sec Contemporary Art Depo, Václavské náměstí 15, Praha 1.

Dating Apps in Prague: A quest to find the good, the mediocre, and the remove-from-phone

I was asked to write an article for Expat.CZ about dating applications back in early 2014. The article was to be a first person account of my own experiences. Finding myself rather newly single, I was all too eager to try and date all for the sake of an article – market research is fun! I questioned friends in the States about their favourite apps, taking advantage of a short trip to Atlanta to download the likes of Hinge, which requires a US zip code, and asking other friends in London their favourite apps and websites. Using the apps I discovered men, almost all of whom later became friends of mine, in Vienna, Prague,  Budapest, London and Stockholm. There were the occasional romances and second dates, but no where near the horrible experiences touted by the media in the US. On the contrary, I have found the apps listed below weren’t anything like what the media had demonized them to be. What is below is my original article, the not-so-nice version that I showed to a friend who works at InStyle Czech Republic and was met with a, “oh my god, this is fabulous, but really mean!” The toned down version is on Expats.CZ now and can be read HERE. It should be noted that the original is only tips for men, whilst the Expats.CZ article is all encompassing for both sexes who are ready to try the world of on-line dating.

Want to meet good-looking women in Prague? Download an App

How Prague’s new singles are connecting

You’re single and the old outlets just aren’t cutting it anymore. Speed dating – pff – blasé;  meeting in a bar- she’s out with her friends;  hitting on the girl in your office kitchen- it’s going to end in silent elevator disaster. As 20 and 30 something’s begin to turn more to mobile applications to find everything from tram times to concerts in their area, it makes sense that we would all begin to use it for meeting up, hooking up and dating.  For the single who poo-poos the idea of online dating please take note; in a recent study by Match.com (US) some 22% of the single population met their dates through friends (pretty good), but  another 20% met their dates through their electronic friend the dating website  (that’s pretty stiff competition for your real life friends).   The Favorites But we are getting ahead of ourselves here; let’s first start with the basics of dating apps- which one to choose. There are a slew of applications available with new ones popping up every second day, but for the sake of sanity I picked four of my favourites all of which are available on both iOS and Android operating systems.

Tinder

‘It’s like real life, but better’. The premise is simple- swipe to the left if you are uninterested and swipe to the right if you are interested. Using information from your Facebook and your current location, you can see friends and interest in common, as well as how close the potential new lady is. It’s only once you mutually like each other that you can begin your conversation. For those travelling it’s an excellent app for meeting new people, having a city fling or getting insight from a local.

The Innercircle

It’s an invitation only, private members clubs where applications are tightly vetted. The online site has already launched in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, Barcelona, and Stockholm with additional cities launching in the coming months. A small profile should be filled in and pictures uploaded. Anyone can contact you, but since the website is private the barrage of annoying emails most women receive doesn’t exist here. It is a place where beautiful, single people can meet other like-minded individuals (and it seems to be working).

Badoo

Anyone can message you, which can be either flattering or incredibly annoying. It too takes your information from Facebook showing mutual friends and interests. There is a block option for those who would like to stop receiving messages from their secret admirer. You can contact people “nearby” through the GPS option on your phone or play a game called “Encounters” which took a page from Tinder with the swipe left /right option. It seems that everyone on Badoo caters to both Czechs and foreigners living in Prague, so expect to practice another language more often than Tinder.

OkCupid

You need to fill out a profile section where a minimum of 100 characters is needed for the ‘about you’ section. It doesn’t pull information from Facebook, but it does have you answer questions like the mother-of-all dating websites, match.com. This website is more for the person looking for a serious partner and not just a good time; though I’ve been told by other gentleman that this is an excellent app for scoring the occasional NSA hookup.

How to Grab that Lady’s Attention

Now, for those who believe that the photo and for that matter, the FIRST photo, isn’t the most important part of the profile, that it’s vain to only look at the pictures; welcome to human nature! Appearance is important for both sexes and nowhere more so than on a dating app- its vanity super charged; pure and simple. Below are a few suggestions that I and many of my lady friends have agreed should never appear on your profile:

Don’t

Sunglasses in every pictures What are you hiding? Do you secretly live in your summer cottage (or with 8 other flatmates in a two bedroom flat)? Ditch the sun glasses it makes you feel untrustworthy! The good from far, far from good Monet Everyone looks amazing when the picture is taken 800 meters away. Add some photos where I don’t need a magnifying glass to see you. The Porsche Poser Smearing your oily body up against a car that clearly does not belong to you definitely says, “here is my number, call me maybe?”- swipe left. The fish Apparently it’s the size of your carp or cat fish that matters The obligatory bathroom selfie Because really, nothing says narcissist like showing off your kind of six-pack in your bathroom mirror that you haven’t bothered to clean (which, for the record, if you haven’t bothered to clean the place where you get clean, what the hell does the rest of your apartment look like?) Only studio/photoshopped photos I have no idea what you really look like and am willing to guess I couldn’t pick you out of a lineup.

Do:

Upload different types of pictures so that we can see your personality. Get creative with your tagline or profile so that it fully reflects you. Not creative, that’s ok- just tell me a bit about you in a language that doesn’t dumb women down and make you sound like a pompous fool.   The Next Steps: awkard-first-date Now that pictures have been uploaded, a profile and bemusing tagline have been written, you’ve now got to put fingers to keyboard and type it out. Should your flirting continue in a pleasing manner you’ll more likely than not move to WhatsApp and may then decide to meet your potential person of interest. As a single woman myself and someone who has used these applications and websites for a while, might I be so kind as to give a bit of advice to other single men:

  • Don’t proposition me for sex. I am not a hussy and even if I was looking for something “quick and easy” it would most certainly be at a private event, not with someone who drops lines like,  “I’ve decided we have a lot in common and I will allow you to sleep with me.”
  • Back handed compliments are a no, no. A nice gentleman I had met in Stockholm was kind enough to use this one on me, “You are very beautiful, but beauty is subjective.” While this is a completely factual statement let’s save it more for conversations about art or architecture and not as your chat up line. *This lovely chat-up line found it’s way into Time Out London, so thank you Stockholm guy!*
  • Don’t collect other women’s phone numbers while we are out together on a date. Yes, this has happened; No, I am not joking. If you are genuinely that uninterested then say it. Believe it or not, most women are not as deranged as you would like to believe.
  • Be a gentleman! Look at me when I am talking, open a door (or preferably all of them), pay for a drink. Every woman that I know, and I mean EVERY woman, appreciates these small gestures.
  • Don’t brag about how well-endowed and great you are in bed, it makes us believe immediately that you are lacking in man-hood and that we’d have more fun rolling around with our sheets than with you.
  • “I’d like to have a stalker, I think it would be fun to have someone like me that much.” This should never be said, ever. Red flag (regardless of which sex says it).

Of course, not every man uses chat up lines which are this bad, and surely there are women who also stoop to levels deemed unacceptable, but as long as you make your intentions clear in the beginning, both people can measure whether or not it’s worth pursuing. So now that we’ve covered the basics and you’ve been given a small look into the world of a single woman, download an app, meet some people and get to swiping and typing!

Roof top terraces in Prague: Day drinking just got a whole lot better

 

I have a confession to make (sigh). I like drinking on a roof, preferably sipping champagne or an outrageously under-priced cocktail made by a handsome bartender (what? It’s not like I am asking for the world here). Unfortunately, as roof terraces and handsome bartenders go I am afraid both are in pretty short supply here in Prague. So I’ll give you the run down of my faves and perhaps after a few cocktails you might think that special someone, be they peck-flexing bartender or cleavage infused waitress is definitely “looking at you” (they aren’t, I promise).

 

The Emblem Hotel

A fashionable place for cocktails and views of Prague Castle

A fashionable place for cocktails and views of Prague Castle   / Photo Credit: Emblem Hotel

It’s where the beautiful people go for after work drinks- not beautiful, not in fashion, not a photographer, not, well, cool? Then try your luck emailing the Emblem to see if you can’t get on top of that roof top bar anyway when festive drinks with views of the castle happen on Monday evenings. Not really sure what it would compare to in the “homeland”? Well, think of it as Shoreditch meets Brooklyn meets Silver Lake, but with a lot less skinny jeans on men.

It can get a bit crowded on the roof top so make sure you are at least prepared for that

It can get a bit crowded on the roof top so make sure you are at least prepared for that  /  Photo Credit: Emblem Hotel

 

The Intercontinental Hotel

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The Intercontinental Hotel Prague Photo Credit: Athos

Its the preferred venue for press conferences with a view, but the Zlata Praha restaurant – on top of the 5 star Intercontinental Hotel – also has a pretty killer terrace. Sure they’re known for brunch ( go for the unlimited champagne if you go) as well as hosting old, rich tourists and diplomats. Within the last year or two the Zlata Praha has also started drawing in a more elite 30-something crowd that comes for the views and stays late in the evening before popping off to one of the many fashionable clubs and bars that line the streets of Parizska.

 

 

 Botel Matylda

Sit and enjoy evening views of Prague Castle and Manes /  Photo Credit: Botel Matylda

Sit and enjoy evening views of Prague Castle and Manes / Photo Credit: Botel Matylda

So, by no fault of its own – OK that’s not entirely true – the Botel Matylda doesn’t actually have a “roof” terrace but it has sun decks, and by all accounts that’s good enough for me. Order a champagne, prosecco or any bubbly drink on the menu and watch the waters of the Vltava go by. The botel is always a mix of tourists, older Czechs and younger Czechs stopping off for a drink after walking down Naplavka. It should be noted that sometimes you can reserve a table on the terrace, but only if you are fortunate enough to get someone who is in a good mood, otherwise you are more or less at the mercy of the wait staff.

 

Teresa Hotel U Prince

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The sun is always shining on the terrace of the U Prince Hotel. Just be aware that you will probably be pap’d by tourists. Photo Credit: U Prince

The cocktails are good – not stellar, if you want those you have to go into the cavernous Black Angel’s Bar located in the lower level of the same hotel – but you are here for some of the best views of Old Town Square. Sure you’ll probably be pap’ed in a number of photos and will more likely than not watch a “photoshoot” (I use the term loosely) of an Eastern European woman taking provocative photos that look more Penthouse than Vogue, but again, it’s the views. Grab a table either at the front or towards the back side and soak up the Prague sun.

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U Prince’s roof top terrace with some of the best views of Old Town Square Photo Credit: U Prince

 

T-Anker

T-Anker roof terrace Photo Credit: T-anker

T-Anker roof terrace
Photo Credit: T-anker

Perhaps one of the best “beer gardens” in Prague, T-Anker is located on top of the Kotva depatment store just across from the Palladium mega-mall. It’s a favourite for professionals from the surrounding areas- mostly lawyers, sales and marketing managers who are here drinking Czech favourites and whatever microbrew is fresh on tap. Unlike a lot of other beer gardens in Prague, this is a favourite of the ladies who rest their tired feet and arms – shopping bags can get heavy- for a pint of anything from radler to lager.  Should it be hot or even remotely sunny make a reservation. Czechs are much like their sun-deprived English counterparts; the first sign of sun and everyone is at a terraced garden.

 

Cloud 9 Sky Bar & Lounge

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Photo Credit: Cloud 9 website

It made my most fashionable cocktail bar list a few years ago and ended up back on my list for Metro UK simply because , well, the cocktails are stellar and the views are spectacular. Did I mention that the staff is charming and good-looking as well? During the summer months this roof top terrace hosts not only great cocktails and plenty of flirting, but also a few BBQ where you can mingle with locals and those in the know. Book ahead if you can because if the weather is good, the place will be packed.

Brits and Americans may love a BBQ, but so do the chefs here Photo Credit: Cloud 9

Brits and Americans may love a BBQ, but so do the chefs here
Photo Credit: Cloud 9

 

Have a tip, did I miss your favourite roof top bar? Send it in and spread the good word- surely we will all thank you!

 

 

 

A Tourist Primer for the Ladies: Footwear in Prague

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Firstly, let’s talk footwear. Ladies, do not bring your strappy $500 shoes with you to Prague unless you really don’t mind if they get scratched and ruined. There is a reason that most women in Prague where flats – no, its not because we are all hippies or concerned about our feet – it’s specifically because the cobble stones will eat any good pair of shoes you happen to own.

 

So much pretty causes so much damage

So much pretty causes so much damage

 

Prague’s footwear dilemma can be broken down into three categories: High Class Walks , Stumble Upon Places and Nights Out. All require different footwear, all will probably leave you in a bit of pain (walking in Prague is tiresome and well, hard). One may leave your shoes eternally ruined with not even Mr-Fix- It-Cobller back home being able to repair the damage that the Prague streets have done.

 

High Class Walks

Manolo Blahnik S/S14 collection  Photo Credit: Pinterest

Manolo Blahnik S/S14 collection
Photo Credit: Pinterest

Walking around the city centre, while beautiful,  is treacherous for any nice pair of shoes.  This of course doesn’t mean that you should wear your fave camping shoes around Prague; there will be plenty of eye rolls for those that have great contempt for this- especially if you pick one of the many cafes mentioned in the article here. If the main objective for your holiday is romance and casual sight-seeing stick with a pair of comfy loafers, a wedge heel, a low court shoe or a sturdy smaller heel. Below are a few examples from some of my fave designers which should work as inspiration for packing.

 

 

Stumble upon places

If your Prague holiday consists of  8am out-the-door adventures both in Prague and the surrounding areas like Karlstejn and Kutna Hura, my suggestions are firmly planted in the F and B words; flats and ballerinas.  Not only will you be comfortable in multiple types of terrain but you’ll also look chic as well.

Just because you leave the city doesn’t mean you can slack on your wardrobe choices…

Of course those looking to explore more of what Czech nature has to offer may want to go with the much celebrated hiking boot and/or running shoe instead of these cute little guys. True trekkers know ruining a pair of French Soles or Nicholas Kirkwood’s for the love of the countryside if just down right silly.

 

 

Nights out on the town

Nights out in Prague can range from underground beer labyrinths filled with cigarette smoke to ultra chic bars with men and women wearing bedazzled tops from Temperley or lace skirts from Valentino. Since I spend most of my life at the later and not the former, the shoes below reflect that.

It should be noted that if you decide the bad beer and smokey bars are you thing then I highly recommend wearing a pair of kicks that you either: a) don’t care about   b) have become your raving/clubbing/disco/festival shoes   c) you opt to get so drunk that you don’t care that the guy next to you has stepped on your suede Kirkwoods and the girl has split- for the 30th time mind you- her Frankovka wine on them as well.

At the ever popular gastropub and high-end pubs it’s certainly acceptable for ladies to don their fave pair of loafers or high-heeled shoes. Sure, they may be a few people that will look at you, but who doesn’t love that kind of attention anyway?

 

 

 

 

Got a question about footwear? Not sure you’ve picked the right shoes for Prague? Shoot me an email and I’ll try and help! Happy Walking!