STYLISH CITY: PRAGUE
By Lakeisha Goedluck, 27 August 2018
Prague may be known as a popular stag do destination, but it has a lot more to offer than cheap pints (although, always a bonus). From the grandiose Prague Castle to the historically rich Old Town Square, here’s what to wear, where to stay and what to do while visiting the scenic capital of the Czech Republic.
In the last few years, post-Soviet style has seen a resurgence thanks to designers such as Demna Gvasalia and Gosha Rubchinskiy. To dress in theme with your destination of choice, channel the aesthetic by wearing retro-flavoured pieces from your favourite sportswear brands. A pair of colour-block Fila joggers and Reebok creps will go nicely with a pale half-zip top and a sturdy cord jacket.
Prague is split into several municipal districts, so if you want to stay somewhere that’s close to all the main sites but is also rife with casual cafés and bars, then make Prague 2 your temporary home. In the morning, head to vegan restaurant Moment Kavárna & Bistro for a hearty breakfast – definitely be sure to try their 'salt beef' bagel.
When it comes to landmarks to check out, the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord is an exquisite building situated very close to Jiřího z Poděbrad metro station. For evening activities, do the short walk to Bullerbyn for cocktails, or venture to Dobrá Trafika if you’re more in the mood for a chilled beer and a board game.
In regard to its aesthetic, Prague is on a level with Disneyland. From the Church of St. Nicholas to the Strahov Monastery, magnificent buildings are in abundance in the city – but make sure to put the illustrious Prague Castle at the top of your to-do list. Top tip: if you want an aerial view of Prague's architectural landscape, the historic fort of Vyšehrad is not to be missed.
Another key tourist destination to hit up is Charles Bridge. Spanning the Vltava river, observe the baroque-style statues as you cross over into the city’s Old Town. There, you’ll find the Old Town Hall with its famous medieval astronomical clock, and on the other side of the square, you’ll find the Art Nouveau-inspired Municipal House with its multiple chandeliers and old-school elevators.
All that sightseeing will inevitably cause you to work up an appetite, and, luckily for you, Prague has many upmarket places to eat at that are surprisingly cheap. Load up on traditional dishes at Lokál Dlouhááá, or try an experimental tasting menu at either Sansho or Eska for something a little different.