What do you do if you only have a couple days left in a city? Better yet, what do you do with your last eight hours in a city? Sarah Lambersky tells us about the hidden gems of Prague.
By Sarah Lambersky
What do you do if you only have a couple days left in a city? Better yet, what do you do with your last eight hours in a city? If you could only visit or eat one thing, where would you go? Last week my husband and I packed up our cozy flat in Prague and moved to Copenhagen.
Leading up to the move, I debated what would be on my bucket list. Would I hike up Petrin hill for one last glance at the castle? Would I walk across Charles Bridge and wave goodbye to the statues? Would I venture to Staromeske Namesti (Old Town Square) to watch the Astronomical clock? The answer is No. I was done with the touristy side of the city.
My bucket list revolved around food (plus a Thai massage session at Som’s Thai). Who are we kidding?
My Prague (Dining) Bucket List:
1. Breakfast at Cafe Savoy– Vít?zná 5, Praha 5 (Mala Strana). Cafe Savoy is a restaurant owned by the Ambiante group, which owns several other fine establishments in the city. Housed in a restored Art Nouveau building, this restaurant is known around town for putting out a spectacular breakfast that is served on silver platters. During my year and a half in Prague, I had yet to test out this rumoured “spectacular” breakfast, so I woke up early, before heading to work, and treated myself (and my husband) to breakfast at Cafe Savoy.
2. Jasmine Tea at Mama Coffee . Vodi?kova 674/6, Prague. 1 Tea and coffee comes served in Mama Coffee’s own adorable little porcelain tea pots, and cups (available for sale). You don’t have to ask me twice to order their vegetarian mixed plate for lunch. It comes with hummus, a few salads, a second unidentifiable yet tasty dip and bread. (Vegan options are also available).
3. A duck sandwich at Cafe Lounge Plaská 615/8, Prague 5 Mala Strana. Nothing says satisfying lunch like an open faced duck sandwich on sourdough bread with stewed apples and onions. Mmm-mmm. Cafe Lounge has a great vibe, with its art deco interiors. It’s non-smoking, serves filter coffee and offers options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, lots of books and magazines to flip through if you are dining solo or waiting for your friends to arrive.
4. Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion sandwich at Muj Salek Kavy K?ižíkova 105, Praha 8 (Karlin). Sadly, I don’t have a picture of this sandwich but I will do my best to describe its awesomeness. Firstly the goat cheese is tangy and slightly warmed. It is wedged between two pieces of sunflower seed bread and topped with sweet caramelized onions and some lettuce. It has crunch, it has creaminess, it has tang and sweet all rolled into one mouthful. I will miss you sandwich. You are up there on my all time top five sandwiches.
5. Pho Men from Bily Jerab Štefánikova 51, Praha 5 Mala Strana. Bily Jerab is a refreshing change if your palate is craving Japanese. The tea house’s small, all vegetarian menu is a terrific complement to its extensive tea list. This soup is by far, my favourite.
6. A Pilsner Urquel + a plate of meat from Kolkovna Vít?zná 7, Praha 1, 110 00. This was not my meal, but my husband was obsessing over having his last Czech meal. I did not even accompany him on this outing as the restaurant’s non-smoking section has as much smoke as the smoking section. He enjoyed his plate-o-meat and beer solo. Oh, Czech food. My husband will miss you.
A few more places to add to the list include:
- A stunning, Belgian meal at Auberge de Provence (located in a tiny village called Tuchomerice by the airport),
- A bowl of pho from Red Hot Chili (Vietnamese in Karlin),
- A glass of Moravian wine and some pate from Veltlin (wine bar in Karlin),
- An open faced sandwich or cheese plate from Kaaba Cafe’s (in Vinohrady),
- A burrito from Las Adelitas (Mexican food in Vinohrady)
- A Sardinian meal from Ichnusa Botega (in Mala Strana).
Onward and upward to exploring my new city that I will learn to call home: Copenhagen.