Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Best Czech Products - #2 Kofola


In our series "The Best Czech Products" we introduce the finest, most famous and traditional brands or products made in the Czech Republic. All products in this series are considered as national treasures by the Czechs themselves and you can be sure to get the top quality for you or your friends and family.

The first post of our series was all about Czech national drink, world-known beer Pilsner Urquell. And today we'll take a look at our national soft drink, legendary Kofola!


Story of Kofola started back in 1950s when Dr. Zdeněk Blažek and his team were given a tricky task of developing a beverage that would compete with Western cola sodas that were not available in Czechoslovakia during the communist rule from 1948 to 1989. It took them two years before they came up with the optimal ingredients for the Kofo syrup, which served as the basis of the new drink. Among other things it consisted of fourteen herbal or fruit ingredients (e.g., leaves of blackberry or licorice) and caffeine.

The Kofola started selling in 1960 and it soon became very popular. So popular that in the late 1960s, Czechoslovakia ran out of the herbs and it had to be imported. After an enormous success at the Ex Plzeň food trade fair, Kofola's popularity peaked. Conferences of experts were organized and Kofola appeared in the names of many events. More than 180 million liters (47 million gallons) were produced annually.



But sweet candy times ended with the fall of the Iron Curtain. Previously unavailable American sodas flooded local market and Kofola almost disappeared for the whole 1990s. It changed its owners several times. But 1998 was the year of the great events. Czech ice-hockey team won the Olympic gold and Kofola finally found a new owner. It was bought by the Greek family of Samaras and their company Santa.

Starting with the new millennium Kofola was reborn and started another great journey lasting to these days. With the help of genius marketing it has become a real legend among Czech soft drinks. In 2001 Kofola came up with the slogan "If you love her there's no other needs" (Když ji miluješ, není co řešit) and it was a huge hit. The company had very clever commercials everyone remembered and quoted. The most popular one with a cute little girl and a "golden pig" started before Christmas in 2003 and people in the Czech Republic can't imagine Christmas without this spot even today. Another popular commercial featured dog Phteven known from memes.


In 2006 Kofola was more popular than famous American brands in the Czech Republic. Good news is that Kofola has almost one-third less sugar and up to half less caffeine than classic cola drinks. In 2004 Kofola introduced first special flavor, citrus. Since then consumers could have tasted more than 20 different flavors including guarana, watermelon, coconut, almond or cinnamon.

Scotland has Irn-Bru, France has Orangina, South Korea has Milkis, USA has Coca-Cola and the Czech Republic has Kofola. This soft drink has become a real legend, and no one should really leave without tasting it or getting a few bottles for friends or family.

Best enjoyed: Visit one of the restaurants serving draft Kofola
Gift ideas: 0.25 l cans, 0.33 l glass or 0.5/1/1.5/2 l plastic bottles
Where to buy: Plastic bottles and cans can be bought in almost every grocery shop in Prague
Price: 0.5 l bottles usually for 15-20 CZK (0.6-0.8 EUR)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Best Italian Restaurants in the Center of Prague

Prague visitors are often surprised how popular Italian cuisine in Prague is. But it's not really surprising for locals as the country is only a few hours drive from the Czech Republic and Italy is one of the most visited countries by Czechs. Same as most people, they love good pasta, pizza, risotto, lasagne or tiramisu. Some restaurants are owned by Italians living in Prague, but you can also find great places run by enthusiastic Czechs. Choose one of the restaurants from our list and enjoy the best Italian meals in Prague!

1. Casa De Carli

Source: www.facebook.com/CasaDeCarli

Opened in 2012, Casa De Carli is one of the best rated Italian restaurants in Prague. And they definitely deserve this rating. To make their perfect dishes, they use only the best fresh ingrediences inspired by many Italian regions. The staff is very welcoming and helpful, always ready to assist you with choosing the right meal. The restaurant is located in Vězeňská street, only a few steps from the Spanish Synagogue or our apartments Dusni 13, Milosrdnych and Residence Masna.

Website: www.casadecarli.cz
Approx. main course price: CZK 300-600 (EUR 12-24)
Google Rating: 4,8

2. Pagana

Source: www.pagana.cz

This genuine Italian restaurant is a real piece of Italy in the center of Prague. Just 5 minutes' walk from our Residence Karolina, this restaurant is hidden in the atrium between Spálená and Vladislavova streets. You simply must try their signature dish, flammed spaghetti prepared in a wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano right in front of you. They also prepare awesome fresh fish and have a good choice of wine. Pagana is open from Monday to Friday. 

Website: www.pagana.cz
Approx. main course price: CZK 300-500 (EUR 12-20)
Google Rating: 4,6

3. La Finestra in Cucina

Source: www.pagana.cz

La Finestra in Cucina is a part of the large "La Collezione" family owned by Riccardo Lucque, great Italian chef  living in Prague. Other members of this portfolio are Aromi Restaurant, La Bottega or Laboratorio, amazing cooking school located just a few steps from our Residence Karolina and Art Residence Krocinova. If your stay in Prague is longer, don't forget to take one of their courses! La Finestra in Cucina itself is a perfect place focusing on the best quality organic meat from Spain, USA and Italy. In a lovely interior you can taste original fresh meals, seasonal dishes and one of their wines from own wine cellar.

Website: www.lafinestra.lacollezione.cz
Approx. main course price: CZK 400-700 (EUR 16-28)
Google Rating: 4,6

4. Divinis

Source: www.divinis.cz

Another restaurant owned by famous Czech chef Zdeněk Pohlreich (see other two in our posts 8 Places to Taste the Best Traditional Czech Cuisine in the Old Town of Prague and 8 Best New Bars, Restaurants and Cafes in Prague). Divinis is an exceptional places serving truly divine food, as the name suggests. You will hardly find better service and gastronomic experience. The restaurant is situated in Týnská street, a small picturesque street not far from the Old Town Square and, of course, our residences Masna and Rybna. Open from Monday to Saturday until midnight.

Website: www.divinis.cz
Approx. main course price: CZK 300-600 (EUR 12-24)
Google Rating: 4,6

5. Cicala Trattoria

Source: www.trattoria.cz

If you find yourself hungry in the upper part of the Wenceslas Square, visit Cicala Trattoria, amazing restaurant offering genuine Italian cuisine. It was founded in 1997 by culinary master Aldo Cicala. Chef David Cicala uses only the best fresh Italian ingredients to make top meals inspired by ancient Roman recipes from his ancestors. You must try one of their signature dishes – Astice con linguine (lobster with pasta and tomato sauce), Ossobuco con riso allo zafferano (stewed veal shank) or Carciofi al tegame (fried artichokes). The restaurant is open from Monday to Saturday.

Website: www.trattoria.cz
Approx. main course price: CZK 200-600 (EUR 8-24)
Google Rating: 4,6

6. Alriso Risotteria Italiana

Source: www.alriso.cz

Very close to our Residence Karolina or Jilska Palace Apartments both locals and tourists meet in this stylish Italian restaurant focusing on risotto and rice dishes. Their chef Jiří Sus prepares imaginative
meals from carnaroli rice, but you can also get pasta, salads or grilled specialties. The interior is really cozy and the menu is completely gluten-free! On weekdays from 11:00 to 15:00 they offer lunch menu for very reasonable price. Easy to find as it is situated next to the Bethlehem Chapel.

Website: www.alriso.cz
Approx. main course price: CZK 200-600 (EUR 8-24)
Google Rating: 4,6

7. Pastař

Source: www.pastar.cz

If you cross the bridge from the National Theatre, you will discover this authentic Italian restaurant and shop. Thanks to this unique concept you can buy everything served in the restaurant and vice versa. It was opened in 2014 and since then it gained many loyal guests loving freshly made Italian dishes. You will be surprised by the homely atmsophere and very attentive staff. Pastař is open every day until 10 P.M.

Website: www.pastar.cz
Approx. main course price: CZK 200-500 (EUR 8-20)
Google Rating: 4,6

8. Kogo Havelská

Source: www.facebook.com/kogohavelska

This italian restaurant and bar is situated next to the Church of St Havel in picturesque Havelská street. Thanks to its central location it is easily accessible from most of our apartments. Open until 23 P.M. every day Kogo offers everything you would expect from the top Italian restaurant – attentive service, stylish and decent interior with nice atomsphere, but especially perfect food! Choose from fresh fish, pasta or delicious grilled specialties and taste a piece of Italy in Prague.

Website: www.kogohavelska.cz
Approx. main course price: CZK 250-600 (EUR 10-24)
Google Rating: 4,5

9. GamberoRosso

Source: www.facebook.com/GamberoRosso

In GamberoRosso they love Italian cuisine and healthy food. And that's exactly what you'll get! Their fitness meals taste really great whether prepared from fish, lamb or chicken. But don't worry, if you're not fitness lover, you can get delicious traditional Italian dishes as well. On weekdays until 3 P.M. they also offer daily menu for very reasonable prices. The restaurant is located in Jakubská street, just a few steps from our residences Masna and Rybna!

Address: Jakubská 4, Prague 1
Website: www.gamberorosso.menu
Approx. main course price: CZK 150-500 (EUR 6-20)
Google Rating: 4,4

10. Pasta Fresca

Source: www.pastafresca.ambi.cz

Pasta Fresca is a member of Ambiente family, a chain of very popular various restaurants, wine bars, pubs and cafés in Prague. Check our other blog posts or visit ambi.cz for more information. Pasta Fresca specializes in first class authentic Italian pasta. Every day from 11 A.M. until 11.30 P.M. you can get awesome Italian dishes prepared from fresh seasonal ingredients. The staff is very professional and attentive, you will also like the elegant interior. Pasta Fresca is located in Celetná street connecting the Old Town Square and Republic Square.

Website: www.pastafresca.ambi.cz
Approx. main course price: CZK 200-500 (EUR 8-20)
Google Rating: 4,4


Thursday, April 12, 2018

The best ice cream in Prague


Days are getting longer and warmer and both locals and tourists wandering the historical center of Prague look for something cold and delicious. In Prague there are loads of stalls with trdelník, fake "traditional" pastry made to rip off tourists wanting to try genuine Czech sweets... Most of them offer this overpriced piece of dough with the worst cheap ice cream. Do not fall into this tourist trap, same as most Prague visitors do. We all know that the best ice cream in the world is made in Italy and called "gelato". That's why we've chosen 3 best ice cream/gelato places in Prague you simply must try!

1. Angelato


One of 3 top ice-cream places in the center of Prague. Angelato is situated in Rytířská street and in Újezd, next to the funicular station going up to Petřín. You can get classic gelatos (chocolate, vanilla and others), sorbets from seasonal fruits or unique and original flavors like pumpkin, rice, olive, lavender and many others. Delicious! If you want to get gelato on a hot day, be prepared for a very long queue outside the shop. But that's just another proof their ice cream is irresistible...

Address: Rytířská 27, Prague 1 and Újezd 24, Prague 1
Website: www.angelato.cz
Google rating: 4,7

2. Crème de la Crème

Source: facebook.com/cremedelacremeprague/

If you want to get an amazing craft ice-cream go to Crème de la Crème in Husova street, close to the Old Town Square. The owners learned to make the best gelato from Italian masters and now they serve maybe the best gelato in Prague. And try their cakes and pastries as well! The lines of people waiting for their ice cream can get very long, especially in spring and summer but it is definitely worth waiting even more than 20 minutes! And another great news! Not far from here they're building brand new shop!

Address: Husova 12, Prague 1
Website: www.cremecreme.cz
Google rating: 4,8

3. Puro Gelato

Source: purogelato.cz

Another perfect place to get a great gelato. They have two shops, one close to Vyšehrad, the other is located in the very center, in Kaprova street. Their high quality craft gelato is made from the best ingredients and you can taste a number of original flavors every day. They don't use any artifical flavours and their recipes are close to perfection. Be prepared for a long queue outside the shop, mostly on the weekends and in the afternoon on hot days. But same as Angelato and Crème de la Crème, don't hesitate to wait, you won't regret...

Address: Kaprova 11, Prague 1 and Na Hrobci 1, Prague 2
Website: www.purogelato
Google rating: 4,7

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Best Czech Products - #1 Pilsner Urquell


In our series "The Best Czech Products" we introduce the finest, most famous and traditional brands or products made in the Czech Republic. All products in this series are considered as naitonal treasures by the Czechs themselves and you can be sure to get the top quality for you or your friends and family.

We can't start with anything else but beer, the Czech national drink. Czechs drink 142 litres per person every year, which makes them world's biggest beer drinkers. The country has topped the per capita beer drinking table for 23 consecutive years! It's clear that the Czechs are the real experts here...

The most famous Czech beer brand is... Pilsner Urquell brewed in Pilsen (Plzeň), Czech Republic. Pilsner Urquell is the world’s first-ever pilsner type blond lager, making it the inspiration for much of the beer produced in the world today, many of which are named pils, pilsner and pilsener. Pils is arguably the most successful beer style in the world. Nine out of ten beers drunk in the world today are made according to the Pilsner style or a style directly derived from it.


The story of Pilsner Urquell started in 1842 when the very first batch of Pilsner beer was brewed by Bavarian brewer Josef Groll in the brand new Pilsner Brewery. He brewed the best beer of his life. Thanks to the best quality Czech hop from the Žatec area, a lager yeast and local soft water it was greatly accepted by the locals and later it inspired breweries all over the world becoming a real legend... In 1843 carrier Martin Salzmann brought Pilsner Urquell to Prague for the first time. It was at the request of inkeeper Jakub Pinkas from the famous restarurant U Pinkasů, the longest continually-serving Pilsner Urquell pub in Prague.

The taste of the Pilsner beer is fresh, clear and refreshing with a touch of caramel sweetness and a crisp, balanced hop bitterness. With total sales of more than 10 million hectolitres (including production abroad) Plzensky Prazdroj is a major beer producer in the region and the largest exporter of Czech beer. The brewery exports to more than 50 countries around the world. In addition to the traditional export destinations such as Germany, Poland, Slovakia and the United States there is also growing demand from countries such as Thailand, Singapore, Armenia, Israel or even Hong Kong, China or South Korea.

If you want to see this legendary beer being made, there is nothing easier than visiting the city of Pilsen (1 hour ride from Prague) and take a brewery excursion. You will learn about history and secrets, you will see the modern bottling plant and you will visit the historic cellars, where you can taste unfiltered Pilsner Urquell straight from oak lager barrels. More about Prazdroj Visit here.


Best enjoyed: Visit one of the renowned pubs serving draft Pilsner Urquell from tank
Gift ideas: Bottles and cans of beer, souvenirs from the brewery
Where to buy: Bottles and cans can be bought in almost every grocery shop in Prague
Price: 0.5 l bottles usually for 25-40 CZK (1-1.5 EUR), cans slightly more expensive

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Best Clubs, Pubs, Bars and Restaurants with Live Music in Prague


In the center of Prague locals and tourists can visit a large number of great restaurants, pubs and bars with perfect atmosphere, professional staff and delicious drinks or meals. But just a few of them offer live music, whether it's jazz, piano music, traditional Czech folklore music or others. You don't need to speak Czech because music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand... Some of them are more of a clubs, but all of them serve drinks.

Jazz/Blues/Swing

1. Reduta Jazz Club

Source: www.redutajazzclub.cz

Reduta Jazz Club, founded in 1957, is a traditional jazz club with a great atmosphere. Listen to live concerts every day and enjoy an unforgettable musical experience. The best performers from the Czech Republic and all over the world playing the best jazz music. In 2016 it was recognized  by The Guardian as one of the best jazz clubs in Europe. You will find in Národní street, just a few steps from the National Theatre and our Residence Karolina. The jazz hall is connected to the Saxophone Bar which opens usually half an hour before the concert. Visit their website to see the program.

Google Rating: 4,5

2. ART&FOOD Had

Source: www.art-food.cz

If you walk from the National Theatre, cross the Legion Bridge and go to Plaská street, near Újezd. It's home of a brilliant restaurant with a homely atmosphere offering live music every day from 7 P.M. to 10 P.M. Listen to jazz, pop, blues, swing while enjoying delicious meals inspired by traditional Czech cuisine. Wine lovers can taste one of the fine wines and if you like beer, you won't be disappointed as they offer special beers from the Czech microbreweries. In the restaurant customers can admire more than 200 paintings from the best Czech artists.

Website: www.art-food.cz
Google Rating: 4,6

3. Jazz Republic

Source: www.jazzrepublic.cz

This jazz club/bar is one of the most popular live music venues in the center of Prague. It is situated in a Romanesque cellar, just a few feet from our Jilska Palace Apartments, not far from the Old Town Square. Almost every day visitors can enjoy a live concert, mostly jazz, funk and blues, but also world music, acid jazz, R&B or even latin music. Get a craft beer from Zemsky brewery, wine, nachos, club sandwich or a cheese plate and relax with a pleasant music.

Google Rating: 4,4

4. Blues Sklep

Source: www.bluessklep.cz

Blues Skep is a bar and club in the very center of Prague, not far from the Charles Bridge, Bethlehem Chapel and our Residence Karolina or Krizovnicka Apartments. The bar is open daily from 7 P.M. and almost every day guests can listen to live blues/jazz music. Get a beer for a reasonable price and enjoy a nice atmosphere. Blues Sklep is a really cozy place with nice staff where you can meet a lot of locals.

Google Rating: 4,5

5. Jazz Boat

Source: www.jazzboat.cz

A little different restaurant with live music. Enjoy this moving jazz stage with three of your senses, listen to great jazz musicians, taste a delicous dinner and see Prague from a different perspective. Check their website to see the programme and don't forget to book your spot in advance. The boat departs every day at 8.30 P.M. from the Gate 2 at the Čechův Bridge, a few steps from the Residence Brehova.

Website: www.jazzboat.cz
Google Rating: 4,2

6. AghaRTA Jazz Centrum

Source: www.agharta.cz

Not a place for a dinner (as they don't serve meals), but definitely a place for a nice drink and wonderful jazz. The club, named by the album from American jazz musician Miles Davis, is open every day from 7 P.M. You will find it in Železná street, on the way from the Old Town Square to the Wenceslas Square. The admission is 250 CZK (10 EUR). Spend a pleasant evening with the best jazz music in this relaxed and cozy venue.

Website: www.agharta.cz
Google Rating: 4,5

Piano

7. CODA Restaurant

Source: www.codarestaurant.cz

CODA is an excellent restaurant with a stunning interior, very attentive service and delicious meals. Every week from Tuesday to Saturday you can listen to the live piano music in the evening. In summer visit their unique roof terrace with wonderful 360° view of Prague. The restaurant is located in the Lesser Town of Prague, close to the St. Nicholas Church.

Google Rating: 4,4

8. Black Angel's Bar

Source: www.blackangelsbar.com

You can hardly find a more stylish bar in Prague. The interior is made in the 1930´s style and the staff is dressed in period clothing. Every evening guests can listen to live piano and enjoy delicious cocktails. The bar is located in the unique Gothic cellars in the Old Town Square, in the very heart of Prague. The service is very professional and watching the cocktails being made is a nice experience.

Google Rating: 4,4

Latin/Caribbean

9. La Casa de La Havana vieja

Source: www.casahavana.cz

If it's Wednesday or Thursday and you want to get a perfect Cuban cocktail while listening captivating live Cuban music in the center of Prague, visit La Casa de La Havana vieja. This stylish bar is located in a small street, a few minutes' walk from the National Theatre or our Residence Karolina. Once you enter the club, you feel like you are in Cuba in 1930s. Their selection of rum is admirable, don't forget to try one. 

Website: www.casahavana.cz (Czech only)
Google Rating: 4,7

10. La Casa Argentina

Source: www.lacasaargentina.eu

If you like Latin music, go to Dlouhá street and visit La Casa Argentina. Every evening guests can listen to the Argentine music played by the authentic band. Choose from one of the 12 steaks and more than a hundred of wines and cocktails. Prices are bit higher, but it is definitely worth it, the meals are excellent and the atmosphere is brilliant. The restaurant is just 3 minutes' walk from our Residences Rybna and Masna

Google Rating: 4,2

Czech Folklore

11. Folklore Garden

Source: www.folkloregarden.cz

Wonderful place to get to know the Czech folklore. Folklore Garden is situated little further from the city center, in Hlubočepy district, but you can easily get there by tram no. 5 from Lazarská stop or they will arrange a transfer from our apartments or your hotel. You will enjoy a nice show in a pleasant atmosphere of a small castle. Just watch the show or join and dance/sing along with the artists. As a part of the show, you will get a four-course menu and delicious Czech wine!

Google Rating: 4,5

Rock

12. RedRoom Music Bar

Source: www.redroom.cz

In Myslíkova street, close to Charles Square, you will find this cozy bar offering four live concerts a week. Free entry and very reasonable prices make it a perfect choice for anyone seeking a pleasant place with good live music and fine drinks (no food). And don't hesitate to show your talent during open mic Sundays! They have everything you need, including a guitar.

Website: www.redroom.cz
Google Rating: 4,3

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Christmas and Christmas Markets in Prague


Christmas in the Czech Republic

Christmas is the most important holiday of the year for Christians and even non-Christians in the Czech Republic. The major day of Czech Christmas is December 24th, called Štědrý den (Christmas Day). On this day all family members get together and enjoy the relaxing and magical atmosphere. In the evening they have a festive dinner, mostly fried carp (or other fish) with cold potatoe salad.


After dinner they gather around the Christmas tree and unpack the presents they bought to each other. Kids believe that the presents are brought by Ježíšek (Baby Jesus) but nobody really knows what he looks like. People of all ages also like to watch fairy tales on TV and some families attend the Midnight Mass. Two other Christmas days are December 25th and 26th. That is time when people visit distant relatives and friends.


Czech Christmas traditions

Czech Christmas is very rich in traditions, some of them even hundreds of years old. A Christmas dinner, giving gifts or decorating a Christmas tree are just few of them. Kids are told that if they don't eat all day they will see a golden piglet in the evening. Unmarried girls throw a shoe over their shoulder towards the door and if the shoe lands with the toe pointing towards the door, the girl will marry within a year. Some families pour a melted lead into a water and then the shape should tell them their destiny.
Also cutting of an apple is very popular - all family members cut an apple in half and if the core has a star shape then everyone will get together next year in good health. Another nice tradition is to make little boats from empty walnut shells, put inside the water and place a burning candle inside them. If the shell makes it across the bowl, its owner will live a long and healthy life.
Most families bake vánočka (sweet Christmas bread) or kuba (mushroom dish). Very common is to buy a live carp before Christmas, place it in the bathtub for a day or two and kill (or release) it on the Christmas day.



Prague Christmas markets

The Christmas season begins four weeks before Christmas itself with the start of the Advent period. That's the time when people buy presents, adorn their homes with Christmas decorations and bake Christmas sweets, which is another hugely popular tradition in the Czech Republic.
Starting the last weekend of November in most Czech towns you can visit beautiful Advent markets. And the most popular Christmas markets are, of course, in Prague. Recently the beauty of Prague Christmas markets was appreciated by US News & World Report - it was voted the Best Christmas Vacation Destination, followed by Vienna, Taos, London and New York City: "For the month of December, the capital of the Czech Republic turns into a winter wonderland you've got to see to believe. Its medieval architecture is blanketed in twinkling lights and the Christmas markets are some of the best in the world."
But there is not just one Christmas market in Prague, you can visit more than 10 larger or smaller markets. If you stay with Prague City Apartments you will have all the beauty right at your doorstep as all the apartments are situated in the very center of Prague.


Old Town Square

The Old Town Square market is definitely the most visited and most beautiful in Prague. In 2017 it starts on December 2nd and ends in early January. The square is full of cute little wooden stalls selling various products. Most visitors enjoy a mulled wine, typical hot beverage for most Christmas markets all over the Czech Republic. If you don't want to drink it from the recyclable cups, buy a nice ceramic mug with Czech motifs and use it over and over. Other popular beverages are hot mead (medovina) or grog (rum with hot water). Also don't forget to taste Czech Christmas sweets (cukroví)! Other popular products and goods are traditional Czech wooden toys, handmade cosmetics, clothing accessories or candles.
Enjoy a magical Christmas atmosphere while listening Czech carols and drinking mulled wine among the architectural treasures of the Old Town and a large Christmas tree! Every day numerous Czech and even foreign choirs sing Christmas carols and visitors can attend many concerts and other events.
But be careful, the Old Town Square can get very crowded, especially before the tree lighting (every hour from 5.30 P.M. to 8.30 P.M.). To beware of the worst tourist traps, check our post The Worst Tourist Traps in Prague. And if you like less crowded and more relaxing atmosphere, visit one of the smaller markets, further from the very center of Prague.

Stalls opening hours: every day 10 A.M. - 10 P.M. (food stalls until midnight)



Wenceslas Square

The second large Christmas market in the very center. You will find it in a lower part of the square. The offer is pretty similar to the Old Town square market - mulled wine and other hot beverages, wooden toys and other gifts or stalls with examples of traditional folk crafts. Same as the Old Town Square, this market can get very crowded, especially in the evening.

Stalls opening hours: every day 10 A.M. - 10 P.M. (food stalls until midnight)



Republic Square

The market at the Republic Square (Náměstí republiky) is the perfect place for those who seek less crowded Christmas market in the center of Prague. You will find it next to the Palladium shopping center. Stop by, feel the magical Christmas atmosphere, get a few cups of mulled wine to warm up and buy some handmade Czech gifts, wooden toys, candles or decorations. In 2017 the market is open until December 30th.
The market is within walking distance from the Old Town Square and just a few minutes' walk from our residences Masna and Rybna. Or you can use yellow "B" metro line (Náměstí Republiky station) and trams 5, 8, 24 and 26 (Náměstí Republiky stop).

Stalls opening hours: every day from 10 A.M.

Náměstí Míru

Another market close to the city center. Although it's not that centrally located as the ones mentioned before, this market is well accessible by tram 22 and green "A" metro (Náměstí Míru station). You will meet a lot of residents enjoying their time with friends and families at this market. The market is located just in front of the impressive Church of St. Ludmila.

Stalls opening hours: every day from 10 A.M



Tylovo Náměstí

Just a few minutes from the Náměstí Míru market there is another popular market. Tylovo Náměstí is situated right next to I.P. Pavlova metro and tram stops, easily accessible from the city center. Just go by tram No. 22 from the National Theatre, it takes less than 10 minutes.

Prague Castle

The market is organized in St. George's Square (náměstí U Svatého Jiří), right next to the majestic Prague Castle. More than 70 stalls with hot beverages, Czech Christmas sweets, traditional decorations and other products. Expect also accompanying program with carols, blacksmith, coinage or making decorations.

Other Christmas markets

If the markets mentioned above are still too large for you and you would like to visit even smaller one with more intimate atmosphere, don't worry, in Prague there are many other local ones. For example:
- Karlínské náměstí (Prague 8 - yellow "B" metro line, Křižíkova station)
- náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad (Prague 3 - green "A" metro line, Jiřího z Poděbrad station)
- Smíchov - Anděl (Prague 5 - yellow "B" metro line, Anděl station)
- Kulaťák (Prague 6 - green "A" metro line, Dejvická station)




Friday, November 24, 2017

The Best Wine Bars in Prague


Czech wine is not as famous as French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or Chilean wine, but it has a rich history and it is a great part of Czech culture. If you like wine, you should definitely taste Czech wine! It is mostly grown in South Moravia, the most popular wine region of the Czech Republic. This region is divided into four sub-regions - Znojmo, Velké Pavlovice, Mikulov and Slovácko. Moravian wine is known for its top quality and Czech producers hold many international awards. They are even very successful in wine breeding so you can taste some new wine varieties - red Cabernet Moravia and André or white Muškát moravský. South Moravia is full of picturesque villages with hundreds of wine cellars. But you don't even need to go there and you can taste delicous Czech wine anyway, just visit one of the top wine bars in Prague! Check our list of the best wine bars in Prague - in most of them you can get also Czech wine.

1. Vinárna Na šikmé ploše

Source: www.facebook.com/VinarnaNaSikmePlose

In Mikulanská street, only 3 minutes' walk from our Residence Karolina you can find this winebar with a poetic name (can be translated as "Winebar on a sloping surface"). They serve top quality Moravian wines on tap and a great choice of bottled wine from small Czech producers. But you can also get wines from other countries or wine snacks - pickled cheese, variations of salami and sausage, olives or sandwiches.

Google Rating: 4,5


2. Vinograf Wine Bar

Source: www.facebook.com/vinograf

There are three Vinograf Wine Bars in Prague - one in Anděl district, one in Lesser Town (close to the Charles Bridge) and one in the New Town, not far from the Main railway station. The last one is located in Senovážné Square and is also called Velký Vinograf (the Large Vinograf). It was awarded as the Best Czech wine bar in Czech bar awards 2014. They offer almost 1000 bottled wines and you can get more than 20 wines by the glass every day. Malý Vinograf (the Small Vinograf in Míšeňská street) is focused on the Czech wines.

Website: www.vinograf.cz
Google Rating: 4,4

3. RED Pif


Source: www.facebook.com/redpifrestaurant

If you like delicious wine and gourmet food, this is the place for you. Wine bar and restaurant with an amazing atmosphere, only a few steps from the Bethlehem Chapel and our Residence Karolina. The selection of wine is amazing, the staff is very attentive and professional. You can order bottled wine from all over the world, same as a single glass.

Website: www.redpif.cz
Google Rating: 4,6

4. Koštovna u Počtů


Source: www.kostovna.cz

Koštovna u Počtů is not located in a very center of Prague but it is definitely worth a visit! You can easily get there by tram no. 17 from Národní divadlo or Staroměstská stop. They serve the best wines from Moravia and other parts of the world. Get a wine on tap or one of the bottled wines. You can also taste their strong fruit spirits and wine snacks - cheese, tapas, sausages or steak tartare. 

Website: www.kostovna.cz (only in Czech)
Google Rating: 4,4

5. Bokovka


Source: www.bokovka.com

Bokovka is a very special place with a unique atmosphere which guarantees an unforgettable visit! This charming place offers a large choice of the best wines. Service is perfect - very friendly and knowledgeable. If you like cheese with your wine, you won't be dissapointed. They have their own fromagerie with delicous cheese from around the world. You will find it in Dlouhá street, hidden in a courtyard of an old building. 

Website: www.bokovka.com
Google Rating: 4,6

6. Na břehu Rhôny


Source: www.nabrehurhony.cz

Na břehu Rhôny is not excatly a Czech wine lover's dream but definitely a wine lover's dream! They have four wine bars with the same name in Prague but we will focus on the one in Výtoň, Na Hrobci street, on the Vltava river bank. You can visit it on your way to Vyšehrad or take a nice walk along the river (20 minutes' walk from the Residence Karolina). They serve the best French wines, mostly from the small wine growers from the valley of the Rhône river. Charming place.

Website: www.nabrehurhony.cz (Czech only)
Google Rating: 4,7

7. U Staré studny


Source: www.ustarestudny.cz

In this stylish wine bar you can enjoy the best wines by glass. Every day guests choose from eight to ten white, red, rosé and sparkling wines from all over the world and also the best Czech wines from Moravia. Or get one of the bottles, if you like. This bar, however, does not only specialize in wine, they also love cognac - try one of 100 types of congnac! As always, you can pair your wine with delicous cheese, olives, pates and other snacks. The bar is located in the Lesser Town, not far from the St. Nicholas Church.

Google Rating: 4,7

8. Veltlin


Source: www.veltlin.cz

Veltlin wine bar is located little further from the city center, but you can easily get there by metro, take the yellow "B" line to Křižíkova station. You can taste authentic European (mostly Czech, Moravian and Central European) wines from growers focusing on organic wine production without chemical treatment. Very knowledgeable staff will recommend the best local wines!

Website: www.veltlin.cz
Google Rating: 4,7

9. Bresto Restaurant & Wine Bar


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If you want to taste top wines together with delicous Italian meals, visit Bresto. This restaurant and wine bar is situated in the New Town, in Štěpánská street, not far from the very center of Prague. They offer excellent wines from all over the world by the glass, mostly French and Italian, but also top wines from the Czech Republic. On top of that they serve lovely meals, fresh fish, pasta, steaks or desserts.

Website: www.bresto.cz
Google Rating: 4,3

10. Vinit Bar


Source: www.facebook.com/vinitbar

On the way from the Wenceslas Square to the Republic Square, don't hesitate to visit this lovely wine bar. Located in Na Příkopě street it offers a large choice of European wines and snacks, including Prosciutto, almonds or French sausages. Sommeliers are very knowledgeable and ready to help you with choosing the right wine. The interior is really stylish making a pleasant atmosphere. Stop by and enjoy a few glasses or even a bottle.

Website: www.vinitbar.cz (Czech only)
Google Rating: 4,6