restaurant foodies will appreciate...
was in Prague in September this year and stumbled
upon a great restaurant in the neighborhood of
the apartment were I was staying. It is called
the Black Rooster
(Cerny Kohout) Address: Vojtesska 9, Prague 1
and it was recently written up in the New York
Times. The restaurant is smallish, quite unpretentious
with family owners and it specializes in modern
Czech, French and international cuisine. They
offer a degustation menu and the wine list is
fabulous. I had a particularly memorable meal
there and I am a very picky, hard to please “Aussie
foodie”. As a woman dining solo I also really
appreciated the very thoughtful, friendly and
considerate manner in which I was treated by the
waiters. It’s a little above average prices
but worth every bit.
Kathy, Melbourne, Australia
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barrettes and communal dining...
walked across the Charles Bridge on a sunny Sunday
afternoon and things seemed to be in full swing
with musicians, vendors, and of course those amazing
statues. I picked up some handpainted barrettes
and earrings for my daughters back home ... very
inexpensive and very nice.
travellers take note of this fun, noisy tourist
spot . U Flecku
(Kremecova 11) is a very old Czech brewery that
also serves traditional Czech food. It is Prague’s
most famous beer-hall and brewery. Seating is
at long tables so you will have tablemates with
whom to strike up a conservation. Musicians in
traditional outfits roam around the tables and
play songs from your homeland. The atmosphere
is quite busy and convivial. P.S.
If you are offerred 'shnapps' turn it down. This
liquor is not free.
Hollie, Lexington, USA
hot chocolate and Cesky Krumlov...
Just came back from the Czech Republic. Prague
is a beautiful city. I highly recommend the Hotel
Loreta. It was recommended by the
New York Times and it was well worth it. It is
located in the castle area which is quiet and
not too touristy. Also, I highly recommend the
thick hot chocolate at the Golden
Scissors hotel, I went back at least
four times for it. It is fun to meander around
the posh Mandarin
Oriental as well. It's considered
the most luxurious hotel in Prague.
Krumlov is beautiful and fairytale-like city.
It takes three hours by bus or more than five
hours by train. I stayed at, and recommend the
Kriz. They serve a great breakfast!
Have fun in The Czech Republic.
Lauren, West Palm Beach, USA
is a huge expat community of Americans, Brits,
Canadians in Prague. A fun place to meet them
is JJ Murphy's,
a great Irish pub, in Mala Strana (Lesser Town)
on Trizste street, near St. Nicholas Church. There
are always English speakers there plus good food
and beer as well. This would probably be a good
place for solo women travellers to meet the locals.
Who knows? You might meet a sightseeing buddy
who is interested in the same walking tours as
Yvonne, Paris, France.
tipping and counting your change...
have friends living in Prague. These are a few
of their tips for your website. Bohemian
Garnets are beautiful. Unlike
their South African counterparts, Czech garnets
are small and deep dark red. There are shops everywhere
in Prague that sell them, but they are best purchased
at a Granat
dealer in Prague or Cesky Krumlov. Granat (Dlouha
28, Prague 1) is one of the two official distributors
in the Czech Republic. They are open from 10-6
and on Saturday from 10-1.
is uncommon among Czechs but somewhat common among
the expat crowd. If you get decent service, we
recommend tipping between 8-10%. When you pay
your check, the most common way to express the
tip is to tell them the total amount of money
you want to pay (e.g. in a nice place on a bill
820 Kc you would say “900,” in a pub,
bill 146kc, you would say “150”),
rather than leaving the tip on the table. When
paying by credit card in a restaurant, the waitperson
will appreciate a tip in cash for the same reasons
as anywhere else.
your change, ladies. The Czech reputation for
customer service is not high -- particularly in
the centre of Prague where shop assistants, waiters
and waitresses can sometimes be downright surly.
Unfortunately, their focus on customer service
(or lack thereof) sometimes leads them to short
change you when you’re paying a bill. Count
your change when you get it back.
Frederika, San Francisco, USA
fashion tip from Prague - Artel Style Guide...
Pour is a store behind the the
National Theatre: this store sells clothes designed
by students who are studying fashion design in
Prague, so often they have very original pieces
that are not too expensive. They also offer second-hand
pieces. Trust me! This store is filled with very
fun and totally unique things. Address: Vorsilska
6 (entrance on Ostrovni) Metro: Narodni trida.
Karen Feldman, Author, Prague Artel Style
terrific, cheeky guidebook...
you haven't already done so, purchase a copy of
Karen Feldman's self-published guide to Prague
(under the imprint "Artel"). Karen is
a native Californian who has lived in Prague since
1994 where she owns a luxury crystal company also
called "Artel". It is a terrific guide
-- and having written guides myself, I am something
of a judge! We bought our copy in Prague, but
it's readily available here in North America:
Penina, Toronto, Canada
Journeywoman will be using this guidebook when
I visit Prague. I was very impressed with Karen's
statements in her opening chapter and think her
style is terrific. She writes:
'I personally invited all the shops, hotels
(where I stayed for at least one night, restaurants,
cafes, and sights in this book (OK, minus the
helicopter and hot air balloon rides, which I
just found out about recently). That is, every
entry in this book is something I personally recommend
based on my own experience. I did not receive
any discounts, payments, or kickbacks in exchange
for inclusion or a positive review in this book
Call me naive but I thought that was the norm...'
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