Part two, here we go! After a full day in Berlin, I hopped on a four-hour bus to Prague. I think, out of the three cities I visited, Prague was my favorite. Something about the rich colors and winding streets and frequent opportunities to climb up things. I saw a ton while I was there, but at the same time, there’s so much more that I wish I could’ve seen. It’s definitely on my list of places to go back to at some point. (Plus, it helps that everything there is relatively inexpensive!)
EMA Espresso Bar
As I mentioned in my Berlin post, I have a thing for finding artsy coffee shops in new cities. Luckily, this one was only about a block from my hostel. It was a fantastic place and the cake I had for breakfast (sorry, mom!) was delightful. I’m a bit sad I didn’t save a picture of it, but for some reason I only posted it on Snapchat and forgot to save it before it disappeared.
Old Town Square
After being properly caffeinated, I essentially just followed the main road until it dumped me into Old Town Square. I’m not kidding, I stood in the middle of the square in complete awe for at least 5 minutes. This place is so pretty. All of the buildings are so intricately designed and colorful, and the square itself is just so lively. You also have the opportunity to climb the tower in the middle of the square, which gives you a fantastic view of the whole square and surrounding area.
As you cross from Old Town to some of the other main sights, you can take a massive footbridge known as Charles Bridge. It’s ornately decorated and positively littered with tourists, but that’s half the fun, right? If you can manage to find an angle that doesn’t include any people, you can get some really pretty pictures of the water and the city from here.
John Lennon Wall
This is one of those iconic things that I feel like you can’t go to Prague without visiting. Essentially, it’s an entire wall covered in brightly colored spray paint and inspirational quotes. The best thing is that it’s constantly evolving – there are quotes that friends took pictures with before me that aren’t there now, and I saw someone post a picture with the wall with one that wasn’t there when I was there. It’s so cool, and just filled with a bunch of fun messages (and the occasional “F*** Trump,” but you can’t really go anywhere without seeing that nowadays).
I have an uncanny ability to stumble upon vegan restaurants. After leaving the John Lennon wall, I decided to get food and the road I was on basically ended straight at this place. If you’re looking for some bomb interpretations of traditional Czech food that don’t have any meat in them, this is a solid option.
Prague Castle is actually way more than just a castle. You can tour the castle itself of course, but there’s also a church, a lane of small, brightly colored houses called Golden Lane, and more. You pay admission to enter and have to climb up a hill to get there, but both are well worth it in my opinion. (Heads up, you need to purchase a photo pass in order to take pictures. Otherwise, they won’t be too happy with you and may make you delete the pictures/leave. I saw this happen to someone… not fun.)
Remember when I said I really really love climbing things to get cool panoramic views? Well, this was essentially that dream come true. On top of a huge hill, it’s this tower that oddly resembles a miniature Eiffel Tower and enables you to climb up even higher. At the top is a fantastic view of the entire city. I was able to literally follow the path of the places I’d visited that day, which was so fun (it also showed just how much I walked).
Grand Café Orient
When I was en route to Prague, one of my friends told me I had to visit this place. It’s just a really cool little café that apparently is nicknamed the “cubist café” for its interior design. I had two glasses of champagne sitting in a booth overlooking the city and reading a book – it’s a pretty glamorous feeling, don’t you think?
Alright, now I’m feeling painfully nostalgic because I’m sitting at a crowded café drinking hot tea with a nice solid view of a parking lot. Take me back, please?