Mr. Harper's Travel Guide
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 ...
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 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.
Recommended Luxury Hotels in Prague
Best Restaurants in Prague
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 fillet of veal with carrots, green peas, chanterelles and potatoes; and North Atlantic wild cod with saffron spaghetti, clams and chervil.Smetanovo nábrezí 18 Prague US$65 http://www.bellevuerestaurant.cz/
Working in an open kitchen, talented chef Oldřich Sahajdák serves a six-course tasting menu daily: Continental, market cooking and traditional Czech. Expect dishes such as pumpkin with cream and Prague ham; pigeon with elderberries and apricots; and pike with kohlrabi. International wine list, plus bottles from Moravia and Slovakia.Haštalská 18 Prague US$105 http://www.ladegustation.cz/en/
Perennially popular thanks to its riverside terrace beside the Charles Bridge, this gracious restaurant offers a menu that includes roasted quail with truffled potato purée, glazed grapes and vanilla sauce; and venison loin with green lentils, foie gras ravioli, salsify purée and a juniper demi-glace. The wine list includes a selection of notable Czech vintages.Na Kampĕ 8b Prague US$100 http://www.kampagroup.com/en/restaurants/kampa-park/
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 13 Prague US$75 http://www.lafinestra.cz/en/uvod/
Despite being off the beaten track, this is the place to discover beers from the Matuska brewery, served to accompany hearty dishes such as grilled sausages, rabbit terrine, and veal shoulder with homemade noodles. The recycled factory décor of exposed brick walls and framed black-and-white photographs creates a relaxed atmosphere. Closed Sunday.Mikovcova 4 Prague US$30 http://www.notabene-restaurant.cz/
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.
Young chef Marek Šáda produces fine contemporary Czech cuisine at this delightful restaurant next to the Charles Bridge. Šáda cooked in New York, then attended Culinary Institute of America classes in California. This experience explains his worldly style, including dishes such as butter-seared sea bass with ponzu, tapioca pearls, radishes, beans, bok choi and butternut squash risotto; and veal fillet mignon à la Schnitzel with potatoes, celery, chive mayonnaise, pickled carrots and veal jus. The wine list offers a superb selection of little-known but excellent Czech wines, which are described by the charming, English-speaking sommelier.Novotného lávka 9 Prague US$45 http://www.mlynec.cz/