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Prague's Best-Kept Secrets

Destination(s): Prague

While it may seem that the guidebook industry has exposed everything Prague has to offer, this fairytale city still has many surprises up its sleeve. On your visit, try to balance tourist-ridden hotspots with out-of-the-way places patronized by locals. Spend a day outside at the impressive Prague Zoo, get a glimpse into Prague’s immigrant culture at SAPA, and have some quality cocktails or a tasty meal without paying tourist mark-ups. There’s even a fantastic option for vegetarians, a group that’s not well represented in the Czech Republic. read more about Prague's Best-Kept Secrets

Prague Zoo

Prague Zoo

  • U Trojskeho zamku 3/120
  • tel:420 296 112 111 / 420 296 112 230
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 17100

Founded in 1931, the Prague Zoo is now one of the best in Europe, housing 5000 animals of 650 species. Among the pavilions, the Indonesian Jungle transports you into a fresh tangle of greenery and the Monkey Island allows visitors to get up close and personal with primates. Although there were problems in 2002, when a major flood killed many of the animals and destroyed zoo enclosures, the zoo has since recovered and is, again, a thriving zoological garden. But animals aren't all this zoo has to offer, it lies in a lush river valley and boasts spectacular views from atop a rocky cliff. Few city zoos offer such impressive surroundings. read more about Prague Zoo

Asia Trade Center SAPA

Asia Trade Center SAPA

  • Libušská 319/126
  • tel:+420 244 092 416
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 142 00

Many people don't realize that the Czech Republic has a substantial Vietnamese population. Many Vietnamese immigrants speak fluent Czech and run clothing shops or grocery stores within the city. The main retail center for Prague's Vietnamese community lies in the south of Prague. Called SAPA, after a northern Vietnamese tribe, this area offers a glimpse into an entirely different face of Prague. As you enter the area, a welcoming message is inscribed in both Czech and Vietnamese. Here, you can haggle for handmade items and very cheap clothes. Additionally, you can find a wide range of traditional Vietnamese ingredients such as lemongrass and fish sauce. While in "Little Hanoi," notice the pagoda-like temple and enjoy the Vietnamese pop music blaring from some massive speakers. Most of all, though, don't miss the chance to enjoy some cheap and delicious Vietnamese culinary specialties like pho, meat and noodles swimming in a light broth. read more about Asia Trade Center SAPA

Hapu

Hapu

  • Orlická 8
  • tel:420 222 720 158
  • Prague, 130 00

Prague cocktail bars are frequently overpriced, aloof, and inexact. Hapu, though, is none of these things. Hidden in a corner of Vinohrady, this small, artsy bar offers some of the tastiest cocktails in Prague at well below central prices. The interior is small, decorated with mismatched couches and local artwork. This creates a mood that is simultaneously lively and relaxed. The friendly service and delightful cocktails make it the type of place you want to return to time and time again. As it is quite small, you may have to share a table with strangers but the clientele consists largely of ex-pats and English-speaking Czechs, meaning it's a great place to meet locals you can actually talk to. When it comes to cocktails in Prague, there is nowhere more welcoming and satisfying than Hapu. read more about Hapu

Lehká Hlava

Lehká Hlava

Keep a clear head, a full belly and a healthy outlook on life with a meal at Lehká Hlava (which means clear head). This vegetarian restaurant has quickly become popular amongst herbivores and carnivores alike, thanks to the variety of menu options, fresh ingredients and creative cooking. The menu ranges from pastas to quesadillas to curry; especially notable is the burrito and the pasta with smoked tofu. Reservations recommended. read more about Lehká Hlava

Passepartout

Passepartout

A small, candlelit restaurant in the French style, Passepartout is set oustide of the center, meaning you won't be paying tourist prices. The design is simultaneously clean and intimate, with a rich brown leather bar. French-accented servers with fluent English are attentive but careful not to interrupt a private moment. The menu is big enough to offer something for everyone but small enough to provide fresh, succulent dishes in which the passion is apparent. Before dessert, take some time to linger over a fine cheese platter and a bottle of wine. Then, for a sweet finale, the Pistachio Soufflé is a house specialty and a luscious one at that. read more about Passepartout

Mozaika

Mozaika

  • Nitranská 13
  • tel:+420 224 253 011
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 130 00

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Contemporary cooking in an upscale atmosphere makes Mozaika a great choice for a relaxed yet refined meal. You'll have a choice from American (burger); Italian (fusilli with spicy sausage) or French (duck breast) just to name a few of the unique creations on offer. Competent staff and a fashionable interior add to the enjoyment. Reservations recommended.

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