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Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square

  • Václavské námestí 68
  • tel:+420 (0)2 2171 4444 (Tourist Information Centre)
  • Prague, 11000

Historically, Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske Namesti) has had many faces. Originally the central horse market in Prague, it later became a hub for political demonstrations (exemplified by the monument to local students who committed suicide in the square in protest of the Soviet invasion of Prague) and local celebrations (such as of major sporting victories). More like a long boulevard than an actual square, the Wenceslas Square of today is lined with restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs, and shops. At the top of the square, you'll find the square's namesake and Czech hero, St. Wenceslas, seated valiantly atop his horse. Behind him lies the National Museum and, just next to that, the Prague State Opera. read more about Wenceslas Square

Novomestsky Pivovar

Novomestsky Pivovar

Josefov

Josefov

  • Next to Old Town Square
  • tel:+420 2 2171 4444
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 110 00

Located between Old Town Square and the Vltava River, the Jewish Quarter (Josefov) is what remains of Prague's Jewish ghetto. In the 13th century, Prague's Jewish community was ordered to all move to this one small area. As time passed, the population grew and this part of Prague became extremely overpopulated. In late 19th century, an intense redevelopment was undergone but that doesn't mean the Jewish people were off the hook. They remained in this ghetto until WWII, when the majority of the Czech Republic's Jewish population either died or was forced out of the country by communist leaders. Today, Josefov is an important cultural area. Within its borders lies the best-preserved group of Jewish historical monuments in Europe. This includes six synagogues, including the Old-New Synagogue and the Spanish Synagogue, the Jewish Town Hall, the Old Jewish Cemetery, and museums, such as the comparatively new Robert Guttmann Gallery. Most of these sites are controlled by the Jewish Museum in Prague. read more about Josefov

M1 Lounge

M1 Lounge

Local DJs spin at this trendy bar where, on a weekend, finding a seat is nearly impossible. The backlit bar has plenty of options and good-looking bartenders are happy to serve. A central location and some fashionable company make M1 a great place for the party to begin. read more about M1 Lounge

U Sudu

U Sudu

The rather narrow entrance to this wine-cellar-turned-bar is no indication of the cavernous interior. U Sudu quite literally has many levels. As you work your way down you'll pass through a narrow, dark hallway, find yourself in a level dedicated to foosball tables, and end up in the demurely-lit cellar. Perhaps it's the laid-back atmosphere or maybe it's all the wine but this is one cellar where a couple or a group can definitely get comfortable. read more about U Sudu

Shadow Cafe

Shadow Cafe

Don't let the name deceive you, Shadow Café has nothing in common with cafes. It is a bar located within a few meters of the tram stop "Ujezd." Three small rooms, all of which have red walls with very cool, very bizarre figures painted on them, make it up. As you enjoy a reasonably priced drink, you can sit on timber-shaped furniture or play a tough game of foosball. Whatever you choose, Shadow Café promises a really good, totally chilled-out night. read more about Shadow Cafe

Hany Bany

Hany Bany

Extremely popular among students, this tiny Old Town pub (near the Staromestka Metro station) is generally pretty crowded, day or night. Reserve a table in advance or try to wedge your way in at the bar until you can snatch one up as it empties. During the day, you'll find local students and ex-pats (and, sometimes, their professors) having a quick lunch or enjoying interesting conversation over a cup of coffee or a pint of beer. In the evening, crowds are a bit more raucous, what with the live music and well-priced cocktails. A visit to Hany Bany is definitely worth enduring the cramped quarters. read more about Hany Bany

Café Pavlac

Café Pavlac

  • Víta Nejedlého 23
  • tel:420 222 721 731
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 130 00

The custom bar is the centerpiece of this bright, modern café just down the street from Palac Akropolis. Pavlac, run by a young Czech photographer, began with a specifically artistic idea: small exhibitions from local artists could be found out back, so you can imagine how local scenesters and artistic ex-pats were drawn to the joint. While there hasn't been much new art up for a while, free wifi and shockingly cheap but thoughtful fare keeps stylish students coming back to spend hours, chatting, working, and even conducting language exchanges. Although the service can be a bit curt, it's efficient and generally servers can conduct business in English, which can prove quite useful. This café is perfect for a filling breakfast, a long lunch, or a cheap and trendy dinner. It's even got a fully stocked bar, making it a good place for a drink on a Friday or Saturday evening before hitting the lively Zizkov bar-scene. read more about Café Pavlac

Dynamo

Dynamo

  • Pštrossova 220/29
  • tel:420 2 2493 2020 / 420 7 7733 3164
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  • Prague, 110 00
Old Town Square

Old Town Square

  • StaromÄ›stské námÄ›stí
  • tel:420 221 714 444 (Tourist Information Centre)
  • Prague, 11000

Since the 10th century, Old Town Square (StaromÄ›stské námÄ›stí) has been the central square in Prague. At its conception, it was the city's main market place. Then, in the 20th century, buildings began to rise around its rim, bringing with them stories of ghosts and intrigue. Now, the square stirs with cafes, souvenir shops, and art galleries. A mixture of Romanesque and Gothic buildings surround the Old Town Square, the most notable being the Old Town City Hall (on whose exterior the Astronomical Clock can be found), the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, St. Nicholas Church, and Kinsky Palace. Old Town Square's centerpiece is a monument to reformer, martyr, and Czech hero, Jan Hus. read more about Old Town Square

Chapeau Le Club Enfer Rouge

Chapeau Le Club Enfer Rouge

Cloister Restaurant and Brewery (Klasterni Pivovar)

Cloister Restaurant and Brewery (Klasterni Pivovar)

  • Strahovské NádvoĹ™í 301
  • tel:420233353155
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  • Prague, 118 00

With a brewery, restaurant, and patio, just choosing where to sit is something to think about at this monastic pub. Right on the grounds of the exquisite and meditative Strahov Monastery, the restaurant offers decent fare at slightly inflated prices. The microbrewery, where you can order off the extensive food menu, serves some excellent beer. The dark is smooth and rich while the amber is simultaneously deep and crisp. There's also a special, of which only a batch or so is brewed, that, more often than not, is also quite tasty. If you love beer and peaceful beauty, the Strahov Monastery and its brewery should definitely be on your itinerary. read more about Cloister Restaurant and Brewery (Klasterni Pivovar)

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

The Prague Castle (PraĹľský hrad) is the largest castle complex in the world and one of the most important cultural sites in the Czech Republic. Founded in the 9th century as a wooden fortress, it expanded to include a palace, three churches, and a monastery. Extensive renovations took place in the early 20th century and again after the Velvet Revolution. Over the course of its many face-lifts, the castle has taken on Baroque, Gothic, and Neo-Gothic qualities. The complex includes three courtyards, in which you can find such important sites as St. Vitus Cathedral, Mihulka Powder Tower, and St. George's Basilica, among others. The ceremony of the changing of the guard takes place every hour; at noon, some fanfare accompanies this ceremony. The Prague Castle currently houses the Czech President and is the seat of Czech political power. read more about Prague Castle

Seifert Hotel

Seifert Hotel

  • Konevova 8
  • Zizkov
  • tel:420 2 22 780 650
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  • Prague, 13000