5 great things to do in Prague to act like a local
You came to Prague wanting to see more than just a castle and the Old Town. You wanted to have a local experience. We try to provide you with one. Keep reading in order to act like a real Prague local.
Enjoy the green spaces and their gems (gem = beer garden)
Prague has many parks to be enjoyed during any season of the year. Spring, summer and autumn are the most popular time for a park visit. Locals love to spend their time outdoors during these seasons especially because the weather is rather warm and pleasant. One of the top local thing to do is head to one of Prague beer gardens. There are 3 that definitely deserve a mention. Note: most of the beer gardens are open from mid April til October.
Letná Beer Garden
Letná park lies north of the city center on top of the hill near the Prague castle. It’s pretty flat so there’s usually a good amount of active people running, riding their bicycle or enjoying some other social activity. Letná Beer Garden offers a scenic view over the city and a plenty of benches so you shouldn’t be too worried about finding a spot to sit (unless you’re here on the sunny summer weekend). There’s a stand where you can buy hot dogs, kebabs, liquid bread (local way of saying beer) and other snacks/drinks.
Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden
This park is located in the Vinohrady district which is a beautiful residential area. The park itself is pretty hilly so it is a great choice for a picnic. From May til October this is one of the busiest spots in the city. Riegrovy Sady has also some magnificent views very different to what you get from Letná. From Riegrovy Sady you can see the sunset over the castle which attracts a plethora of people in the late evening hours. Beer Garden is located in the center of the park and there’s a big screen with a movie or a sport game videoprojection almost every day. TIP: try Malinovka when you’re here. Czech raspberry lemonade which tastes so good that you’ll become an addict after only a few sips.
Vyšehrad Beer Garden
For those who wish to run away from the city buzz, this should be the option #1. Located within the city’s original castle, Vyšehrad, it is now a place that is not so well-known amongst tourists which means there will most likely be just a few of them. Beer garden doesn’t offer great views but the castle itself does. Plus you get a slightly different perspective of the city. There’s a cemetery in the Vyšehrad complex and those who have been burried there are generally considered priviledged.
And how about winter?
Even though winter doesn’t seem to offer many outdoor activities for the “park-visitors“, there is something charming and magical about strolling around the trees covered in snow without being bothered by a copious amount of human beings as people tend to stay home and enjoy their cosy, high-ceiling apartments so typical for Prague.
Go chill to Náplavka (the river bank) / summer activity
This is an every-day-summer-must activity. Náplavka’s river bank spreads over a few hundred meters under the Dancing House and is full of people sitting, chatting and having a good time whilst sipping on their beer, wine or …(you name it). You don’t necessarily need to buy your beverage at Náplavka, feel free to get your wine from one of the corner stores located around the city and share your bottle with your friends because that’s how we do it. TIP: many corner stores actually have wine openers so ask a person behind the counter to open your wine bottle politely with no fear of getting a weird look.
On the summer evenings Náplavka gets even busier and there’s usually a DJ or a band playing so take advantage of the background music or dance to it if you feel like.
Shop at the Farmer’s Market
Farmer’s markets have recently gained a huge popularity in Prague. Jiřího z Poděbrad farmer’s market is bustling with life on a Saturday morning. Not only you can buy fresh local products here, you can also enjoy the tunes of the live music that definitely catches your ear and keeps you entertained for a while.
Similar farmer’s market takes place on Náplavka (mentioned above) and is located only a few meters away from Mosaic House so you don’t need to go very far. Don’t expect any music, only good vibes and great fresh foods.
For more information about Prague farmer’s markets click here.
Write something on the Lennon Wall
Okay, this one is arguable as some locals may claim this is a touristy thing to do but hey, the Lennon Wall has a special meaning that is closely adherent to the Czech modern history so get a marker or a spray-paint, let your creativity do what it does the best and forget about the haters. We’ve done it and let’s be honest, it feels amazing to do an illegal activity when it’s actually legal.
Visit a street/outdoor festival
Prague is an ongoing outdoor festival all year long. This may seem like an exaggeration and to a certain point it is, but there are tons of options to choose from.
There are street food festivals dedicated to a different cuisine a few times a year. From soup to the sea food festival, there’s always something interesting to visit.
There are also wine festivals dedicated to burčák and different types of wine especially in the autumn season. Also, spring brings some of the well-expected beer festivals.
And Christmas markets? Those are a must if you’re here in the winter time. Just know that the Christmas market at the Old Town Square is quite touristy but is definitely the busiest one in the city. Try to head to Jiřího z Poděbrad or Náměstí Míru to have a more local experience and enjoy your cup of hot-wine with your trdelník.
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