Here’s a little guide to you first day in Prague
Walk everywhere! Prague is tiny and you will enjoy it way better walking than using any transportation. But if you get cold/tired use the city’s public transport, it’s cheap and always on time. You can get tickets in tabacco shops/newspaper stands, get a 24hour one- its the best option(cost 110kc which is like 4$). DO NOT USE TAXIS, they always rip you off! total tourist trap!
Warning no.1 – Prague is super crowded, if you wanna see the best (Charles Bridge,Old Town Square) go at night (like midnight), when it’s real late or superearly in the morning(like 6 or 7AM), you will truly enjoy it then! I promise! Otherwise it’s filled with people and you don’t actually get to SEE the place itself.
Also- waiters in Prague tend to be very rude. IT’s because they get 7 millions of customers/tourists every year, and Prague has 1 mln population- you get the point. So don’t expect people to be nice- that’s the sad reality.
Don’t exchange money on the street. Best place to go is at Kaprova street, it’s called Smenarna pro Cechy. There’s lots of people bugging you, trying to take your money- they will offer you no comission (which is bullshit) or hop on hop off bus tour- which doesn’t really make sense since Prague is tiny and you could walk everywhere, or if you’re feeling lazy just use public transportation- way cheaper, more reliable.
Maly Buddha – best Thai food in PRG, it’s not super far from Prague Castle, so before or after visiting it you should pop in there.
If you like vegetarian:
Country Life & Loving Hutt are both chain restaurants, meaning there’s few of them in the city. Good, tasty, cheap!
Country Life also sells bio, organic snacks, so it looks like a shop once you walk in. There’s Mellantrichova street shop/eatery and one in Jungmannova street, both in city center. Loving Hutt is all over the city, one in Jungmannova as well.
If you wanna try Czech food:
best things are: Svickova (beef cutlets with vegetable sauce and Czech dumplings-knedliky)
Smazeny syr- basically fried cheese covered in breadcrumbs- I’m not a fan, but it’s 100% Czech, gotta try it
Nakladany hermelin- my personal favourite, pickled cammembert cheese with garlic and peppers inside, it’s a snack to accompany ur beer! so perfect combo is a cold Pilsner Urquell with it! it’s kinda smelly and spicy but you will LOVE IT, trust me 🙂
Another beer snack is Topinky- fried bread with garlic, best one you will get at U Černého vola, near Prague Castle
Place to go get REAL food, not the tourist overpriced/not so tasty stuff is: Apetit diner in Dlouha street or Havelska Koruna in Havelska street. Real Czech people go there to eat, so not everyone might speak ENG, but it’s worth it anyway.
Best coffee you will get at Dobra trafika at Karmelitska street. It’s a cafe but they also have awesome hot mead (alcoholic drink made of honey) and a great nakladany hermelin.
Go to Tourist Information Office!
There’s 2 of them in the OLd Town square- Staromestste Namesti. One is at Staromestske nam.5 and the other right next to the Orloj (Astronomical Clock) in a red building, when facing Orloj you’ll see it on your left. All of the maps, brochures and tips from locals are free of charge!