And here we continue exploring Prague, starting with the Jewish Quarter. If you missed my first post, you can view it here.
JEWISH QUARTER / JOSEFOV
It was lovely wandering around here first thing on a Sunday morning; so peaceful and so beautiful. The architecture really is gorgeous and I couldn’t help but look up at every corner. It turns out a huge part of where the Jewish community settled in Prague (formerly known as the Jewish Ghetto) was torn down, in an attempt to rebuild the city based on the Paris model. A number of synagogues remain here, but the rebuilt surroundings are just as wonderful to explore.
SLAVONIC AND STŘELECKÝ ISLANDS
Between they Old Town side of Prague and the other lies the Vltava River, and there are a couple of small islands dotted along the way. We were blessed with incredibly good weather for the majority of our trip. And this made the pedalo boats look pretty appealing – so we went for a pedal down the river. We got sunburnt, but we made a wee duck pal who used our boat to hide from the sun – swings and roundabouts.
Shout out to the Dancing House by Frank Gehry.
We dropped into Café Neustadt after our stint on the pedalos for some lunch. It started raining a little, so we hid from the rain in this cute cafe. It’s nestled into a small courtyard in the New Town area. It came highly recommended as a source of good coffee in the city – so I obviously had to go. We ordered some croissants (savoury and sweet), and a coffee for me. The vibes were good, very chilled, and the food/coffee were both great.
HANABI SUSHI HOUSE
So we ended up in a very non-Czech restaurant for our last dinner inPrague; we decided to go for some Japanese food. We ordered some sushi and dumplings, then the traditional Sukuaki dish for our main. The meal was incredible from start to finish. Thin slices of beef, an impressive array of vegetables, and delicious sushi all made the meal perfect. Add on reasonable prices and good service and you’ve got a pretty good spot for dinner.
There were some more green spaces we decided to visit on our last day in the city. We were still blessed with the sunshine, so we made the most of it. First up was one of the three main baroque gardens, Vrbotska Gardens. They are perched on the side of Petrin Hill, and open to the public for a small fee – only a few pounds from what I remember. We arrived shortly after they opened so it was almost empty inside, and so beautiful. They even had an aviary!
Wallenstein Gardens are open to the public. These gardens home the Wallenstein Palace and feature a manicured hedge maze, the most beautiful peacocks, an aviary with some terrifying owls inside, a wall of artificial stalactites, and a massive pond filled with the most colourful koi fish. I overheard a tour guide saying the giant fish in the pond are served up for Christmas dinner for the royal family. Fact of the day…
The last cafe we visited was also on my list of “best places to get coffee in Prague” – EMA Espresso. We visited at the worst time ever – their water supply was off. I still managed to grab a filter coffee and a chia seed berry cake. I felt kinda bad for them but service came with a smile and it was a cool place to check out. Maybe it can be on the list for a future trip to Prague.
And that wraps it up. I hope you found some inspiration in this post if you’re exploring Prague. If you missed Part 1 of my Prague post, you can view it here. And I’ve got similar kinds of post for Copenhagen and Milan if you want to check those out, too. Thanks for reading!
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