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It’s the place where fairy tale meets reality, where well-loved literary characters — Tomas, Tereza, Sabina, Franz, and a dog named Karenin in Milan Kundera’s “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” — come to life as you step foot in the city.
At the heartland of Czech Republic, Prague, the obvious quaintness of surroundings invites you to experience an unforgettable one-day itinerary. There are many cultural attractions to see and to immerse yourself, with gothic and renaissance scenery.
Spring and Fall are the best times to travel, yet the former is more tolerable and encapsulates my definition of ‘beauty,’ with flowers in effloresce.
If your hotel is just around the Old Town, you can’t miss Café Colore along Jungmannova Street. It’s one of the best spots to eat breakfast. It opens at 8 a.m. and serves great food at reasonable prices compared to other tourist spots cafés.
The relaxing Parisian and Venetian-inspired ambience and excellent customer service of the smiling staff is warm and inviting. It feels wonderful to sip a hot cup of coffee and munch tasty cinnamon twist and butter patties, or indulge in a heavy meal of spaghetti carbonara. The latter, by the way, is a must-try.
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Old Town Square
Stroll and shop at the Old Town Square and if you can, wake up early and stroll along the streets and climb the famous Astronomical Clock Tower to see the top view of the city before breakfast.
After breakfast, you can check out the shops for some luxury brands or open market stalls along the way, where they sell different kinds of items – from clothing to bags, handcrafted art and souvenir and many more. The Charles Bridge and its museums are must-see sites. Just walk to the roundabout by Karluv and enjoy the sights.
School Restaurant and Lounge
To keep you energized for the long walks and adventure for this one-day itinerary, you don’t have to go beyond the Charles Bridge for lunch. School Restaurant and Lounge is just a few metres away. Go back and head east on Karluv most toward Křižovnická, turn right onto Smetanovo nábřeží, and you’ll find it on your left side.
It’s a non-smoking restaurant on the riverside with good food, great service and ambience. The virgin mojitos, tomato and mussel soup are a must-try.
Smetanovo nábřeží 205/22, 110 00 Praha 1
TRAP Prague at Senovazna 8 is a real-life escape game you can play with your friends. It’s best to tag along two to three friends to make this adventure more fun and exciting. It’ll take you more than 30 minutes if you walk from Café Colore, which means you have to go back via Karlova and Centena, or take a public transit to get there in about seven to eight minutes.
The TRAP adventure gives you clues and brainteasers to crack the puzzles when you play inside the room. If you still have time for the rest of the afternoon, you can have a Prague underground tour at Male Namesti to see the hidden treasures and get a taste of medieval history underneath the city.
Dinner and Evening Activity
Evening is the best time to visit the Prague Castle after the hustle and bustle of the crowd in the Old Town. The castle is rich with history and legends to marvel. You may have dinner at Restaurace Nostalgie for authentic native Czech cuisine before heading the streets for late night beer drinking at the Repete Bar, which is open until 3 a.m. for tourists, locals and expats.