Prague

Overview

From Andrew Harper

Prague is a city of startling grandeur. Exquisite baroque palaces line both banks of the Vltava River, while high above soar the dramatic Gothic spires and towers of Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. Prague is still distinguished by its music, and an evening at the Estates Theatre, where Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” premiered in 1787, is highly recommended. Candlelit concerts are also regularly held at the magnificently restored St. Nicholas Church. And don’t miss the Museum of Decorative Arts, with its striking displays of Bohemian crystal.

Hotels

All recommended hotels in Prague

Prague, Czech Republic
Aria Hotel
Aria Hotel

Modern 51-room boutique hotel in the heart of Malá Strana, near the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and the Old Town Square. Well-appointed rooms come with handsome granite baths.

Four Seasons Prague
Four Seasons Prague

Ideally located hotel in a cluster of historic structures, plus a modern building, in the city’s Old Town, overlooking the Vltava River with views to Prague Castle.

Mandarin Oriental Prague
Mandarin Oriental, Prague

Ideally located hotel in the Mala Strana historic district on the site of a 14th-century monastery, five minutes from Charles Bridge.

The Augustine
The Augustine Hotel

Atmospheric hotel incorporating a 13th-century monastery in the Malá Strana district, near Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge.

Dining

All recommended restaurants in Czech Republic

BELLEVUE

A perfect riverfront location provides views of Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge. The Czech/ Continental cuisine is consistently well-prepared, and typical entrées include truffle-crusted rack of lamb with chanterelles and pomegranate, and roasted duck with red cabbage and a honey-lavender sauce. A champagne jazz brunch is held on Sundays.

Smetanovo nábrezí 18
Prague 11000
Czech Republic
US$75
KAMPA PARK

Perennially popular thanks to its riverside terrace beside the Charles Bridge, this gracious restaurant offers a menu that includes duck breast and foie gras with braised artichokes, and roast venison with parsnip purée and morel sauce. The wine list includes a selection of notable Czech vintages.

Na Kampĕ 8b
Prague 11800
Czech Republic
US$105
LA DEGUSTATION BOHEME BOURGEOISE
Working in an open kitchen, talented chef Oldrich Sahajdák serves three seven-course tasting menus daily: Continental, market cooking, and traditional Czech. The Czech menu offers a rare opportunity to see just how good Bohemian cooking can be. Expect dishes such as Prague ham in aspic with pickled cèpes and mustard ice cream; poached trout with kohlrabi and wine sauce; and pear strudel with caramel sauce and organic cottage cheese. International wine list, plus bottles from Moravia and Slovakia.
Haštalská 18
Prague 11000
Czech Republic
US$130
LA FINESTRA IN CUCINA

Exposed brick walls create a warm atmosphere at this Italian-style steakhouse and pasta place in the heart of Prague. The food — an appealing selection of antipasti, pastas and grills — is excellent, including linguine with crabmeat, and steaks or veal chops with creamed spinach and roasted potatoes. In addition to a fine list of Italian wines, there are some interesting Czech bottlings.

Platnéřská 90/13
Prague 11000
Czech Republic
US$75
NOTA BENE

Despite the fact that it’s off the beaten track in an outlying part of Prague, this pleasant, easygoing establishment is the city’s new destination for great beer and good light meals of well-prepared Czech comfort food. The recycled factory décor of exposed brick walls and framed black-and-white photographs creates a relaxed atmosphere in which to discover beers from the Matuska brewery and others to accompany hearty dishes such as grilled sausages, rabbit terrine, or veal shoulder with homemade noodles.

Mikovcova 4
Prague 120 00
Czech Republic
US$30
V ZATISI
Situated just off Bétlemské Square in the Old Town, this popular spot flaunts an extravagantly floral and feminine décor. Bohemian specialties include roast rabbit stuffed with garlic, onions and Parmesan; and fillet of venison with a cassis/mustard sauce and artichoke purée.
Liliová 1
Prague 11000
Czech Republic
US$65