So Prague – where do we start? Well it was the 2nd ever trip I done with a group of people family aside.
My social life has recently been quite rigid: just spending time with friends and people only via cinema trips, networking events, dating and night outs. I needed to do something different. Something more spontaneous and exciting! Little did I know when seeing Travel Eat Slay setting up a day trip to Prague a few months ago and booking onto it that it would be the perfect way to do that.
To elaborate further, we hadn’t even left Praha International Airport and we already had tons of fun. Wandering around on the cobblestoned streets in the city. Taking our instagram-worthy food and scenery photos! Running together for public transport. Cracking jokes all the way throughout the trip. Meeting and made new travel friends (Olu amongst others I’m looking at you!) as well as joined up with ones I have already (yeah that’s you Jenna).
Hang tight guys – because it’s gonna be a long one!
Coffee In Garden
A neat find on our way up to the Castle was the Coffee In Garden cafe, also known as Coffee In the Wall. It was the perfect break we needed as most of us was so drained climbing up the hill (well – not me and Fay cos our fitness levels were on point 👌🏾)
So we went to check it out and couldn’t help but flood our phones with pics of the huge, wide views we we were getting of the entirety of Prague! We weren’t gonna miss out 😉 The cafe does light bites and has outdoor seats for people to enjoy them and the views too.
For anyone going to Prague for a romantic getaway this is a lovely, cosy spot to have a small lunch or afternoon tea (coffee). All while admiring a cool sight of most of Prague itself.
Old Town Hall
I decided to skip Prague Castle go off on my own and do sightseeing of my own – because we were running thin on time and there were things I personally wanted to do. Couldn’t help not abandon my solo travel instincts for one trip lol.
Established in 1338, the Old Town Hall is one of the oldest buildings still present in the city. For 250 CZK you get admission into exhibition and assembly halls such as George Hall and meeting rooms that are still used by government members and politicians today. The top of the tower gives you a massive view of the central Prague.
You’re given a tour guide booklet on the town hall itself. Self guide and guided tours available. sneaked into a guided tour to get a glimpse of the history and stories.
The Astronomical Clock was what I raved to the squad about and was what made me leave the squad in the first place!
I love how very detailed and medieval architecture. It is said to be the oldest astronomical clock in the world, having been telling the time for over 600 years. Definitely making it one of Prague’s most coveted and well-looked after attractions.
Thinking about it now, it was cool taking a pic with it but I feel so unimportant given how much attention and history behind the astronomical clock itself.
You can find the Astronomical Clock directly next to entrance to Old Town Hall. Also if you go to the top of the tower/clock via town hall you can get skyline views of the all sides of Prague.
After diving into the souvenir shop nearby I strolled the length of the Charles Bridge en route to John Lennon Wall.
It’s known mostly for the statues that are on the bridge. The towers you see in the pics were built to help protect the bridge and Prague Castle (I believe – don’t quote me on that one!) from invasions.
It’s had multiple names in the past such as “Stone Bridge” and “Prague Bridge”.
Looking from the edges, there’s much I could see from a distance and at vantage points (thanks for the pic Glynnis 👊🏾), including other landmarks. I was kind of surprised to see it looted with a few beggars, especially when the weather wasn’t that great too. Great, picturesque landmark to visit if it’s a sunny day and fancy doing a bit of walking around Prague.
Image Credit: Glynnis (@gkuffuor)
John Lennon Wall
Up there at the top of our itinerary, and is most certainly on other’s Prague itineraries whether it’s rain or shine, was the John Lennon Wall!
Trust me this isn’t like most of the ordinary street art I see in Shoreditch or Camden. Otherwise we could just buy our own graffiti cans and do our own wall art!
This wall art specifically was created by young Czechs to pay tribute to the late legendary Beatles member John Lennon. Named the John Lennon Wall in the 1980s straight after the singer-songwriter’s death, it became a huge symbol for the country’s fight against communism and also Lennon’s activism for peace.
The wall today now consists of many heartfelt messages, paintings and sketches of Lennon and the lyrics from his famous songs. Some which annoyingly has offensive and derogatory language – like in the last pic I took. For me it just takes the gloss off the creativity that’s there to be admired and respected.
Rating out of 10: 9.5/10
Transport pretty much made or broke our day. The fact that a lot of our fun came from chasing after it and having a lot of conversations on them was one thing haha! Another thing was the fact that a day ticket was only 110CZK for all transport. If you convert that to GBP and it’s equivalent to £3. Absolute steal I say.
The trams and trains? Very clean and smooth in terms of running. Some trams were new so had lots of seats and renovation. Others were old and didn’t have much in the way of seats.
They often arrived on schedule, which was good and relieving at the same time cos the weather was not lit whatsoever and I wasn’t ready to become an icicle like in Manchester again
Rating out of 10: 8/10
Waf-Waf (Crepes and Waffles)
Our first place of melanin attraction was the mighty Waf-Waf dessert restaurant.
You get to choose your dessert, sweet and savoury toppings on a sheet of paper. Basically you get to customise your own food to your own liking.
I went with the Kinder Bueno american pancakes + caramel topping + chicken and egg toppings. It was very good taste wise (obviously I got what I liked), but not quite filling. I really wanted another batch but didn’t want a belly at the end of the trip as well. Came up to 158 CZK, which is very affordable as a lot of things are in Prague.
The staff were very hands-on with the lot of us there. For some reason I decided to take a picture with the staff – and no it wasn’t because some of them were attractive lol. I glad I did because they were working so hard on the hospitality and customer service side of things. It’s important they’re acknowledged for their part in making our travel experience what it is. Also as someone who’s worked in that industry before it can be very taxing when you’re a small team and have a large order to take and remember. This is not even mentioning having to make the food and drink at a high quality too. Much love to all of them.
I stumbled across a few Trdl Ice stalls when in the old town and realised I needed to try Trdelnìk, which was highly recommended to me by a few friends (good thing I kept my belly empty at Waf-Waf and didn’t get another batch of pancakes).
Trdelník is one of Czech Republic’s native pastries/desserts. It’s like a dough that’s rolled up and can come in different flavours. For mine I got a chocolate flavoured Trdelnìk for 130 CZK. It also had ice cream in the cup with the Trdelnìk rolled around the cup.
The others definitely should regret not bailing on Prague Castle cos the Trdelník was on point: the cinnamon taste was married well with the chocolate, the chopped strawberries were delicately placed on top of the ice cream, which was the fuel I needed for the rest of my day. It felt [and looked] like my batch was for two people cos it included two mini spoons. Yeah – I’ll say it again: they definitely missed out on some good sugar!
Rating out of 10: 9/10
The people of Prague weren’t exactly the most warm. Again in fairness to them most of it could be put down to language barrier and catching the locals on a bad day with bad weather so I’m not going to judge.
Still it’s not a nice experience to have. Like there was one woman just standing in front of it and I asked her to take a pic, she shaked her head as if to say “no”. I asked her in another way in case she misunderstood me – she just continuously shaked her head. I was baffled cos it wasn’t the whole world I was asking for – only a photograph of myself.
Onto the positives. I can’t discuss about people in my people’s watch section without at least mentioning my travel buddies. My time was so much more lively and fun than I imagined it to be, minus a few bad jokes that got on my bad side but we patched it up behind the scenes. I really bonded with the group in so many ways: whether it was over food, gossip, relationships, politics or our travel experiences we spoke. Mind you most of us didn’t even know each other, but clicked almost like a life-long friendship.
Best part of the trip was probably at the start when we realised the bus and trams we needed to catch was getting away. So we were running for the public transport. One moment I personally missed out on was when the others were busting out moves in front of the John Lennon Wall. Hilarious af!
Rating out of 10: 9/10
Video Credit: Jenna (@JennasWorldView)
The Squad’s Instagram Plugs:
Olu – @dupefiasco93
Fay – @_faysworld
Glynnis – @gkuffuor
Miranda – @ajulydreamer
Michelle – @tyra_banke
Jenna – @jennasworldview
Caroline – @traveleatslay
Kayleigh (a.k.a. Munchie) – @munchiesmovements
Ade – @mybreakingviews
Temi – @thepalateport
Cherene – @kimikobean
Lydia – @lydiaoso
Siobhan – @itsmeshivz
Yewande – @mz_wandz
Elesha – @alicedelaghetto
Overall, I’d say this day trip was shaped most by interpersonal experience compared to other things.
As for Prague itself, like Edinburgh it is a very beautiful and historically looking city. The colourful terraced buildings gives it a bit more personality even on a grey day. The food is definitely one of its biggest pulls – both meat and on the dairy side. You get a lot of value for your money cos a lot of things are cheap there as a result of how their currency works. I only ended up spending under half of the amount I converted.
If you’re into museums and cultural exhibitions then Prague would flood you with a lot of them without you having to travel very far around the city. Facts!
One thing I would change about the trip is that I would have stayed a night or two over a weekend so I could experience the nightlife, which I’ve heard positive things about.
What’s your thoughts on Prague? Have you been to the Czech capital before? Also let me know what you like most about group trips?
Shoutout to Caroline from TravelEatSlay for putting the trip together and helping us finesse Prague in style!
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