A European Detour to … Prague, Part Three

This is part 3 of a 3 part series on my trip to Prague. For Part 1, click here and for Part 2, click here.

One of our last days was reserved for visiting one of the most popular sites of Prague, which was Old Town Square and the impressive Astronomical Clock. But before we entered this interesting square, we took a detour to the Municipal Library of Prague. There, in the entryway, we saw what might be called a book lover’s delight.

A Tower of Books

What was even more impressive was the mirror at the bottom of this tower, which created a cool, psychedelic effect…

From this library, we walked on to Old Town Square, a historic square in the center of Prague. As with the other sites of Prague, beautiful architecture and tourists surrounded us.

Church of Saint Nicolas in the background
The house “At the Minute”, where Franz Kafka lived at the end of the 19th century
Prague Orloj

Prague Orlog is a medieval astronomical clock on the Old Town Hall. It was first installed in 1410. “What is an astronomical clock?” you might ask. The different dials and mechanisms show the relative positions of the sun, moon and zodiacal constellations.

As with the other sites in Prague, the best views are from up above. We took an elevator up to the top of Old Town Hall where we could get a birds eye view of Old Town Square.

The ceiling in the entryway of Old Town Hall was beautiful in its own right
The elevator shaft leading up to the tower of Old Town Hall
Views from the top: Church of Saint Nicolas
Old Town Square from above
Church of Our Lady before Tyn (that’s quite a mouthful!)

Food, Food, Food

One thing I’ve neglected to mention is the amazing food that we had in Prague. Most of the restaurants we went to were around our Airbnb in the Vinohrady neighborhood. Sadly, at the time we were visiting Prague, I was having some health problems, which limited me eating fatty meat, beer and coffee. And the specialties of Prague cuisine are… fatty meat, beer and coffee. Thankfully, Prague also has great vegetarian and healthy options at many of their restaurants and I managed to have some great meals there. Not to mention that there was a juice bar that I fell in love with and visited almost every day I was there. Here are a few of the other highlights:

Bad Jeff’s Barbecue (10/2022 update – now closed 😔): Okay, I understand that if you’re coming from the US, that American barbecue may not be on the top of your lists of places to visit. But being an expat in France, my opportunities for legit barbecue are few and far between. Bad Jeff’s Barbecue satisfied my craving with their delicious fall-off-the-bone BBQ ribs.

U Bulinu: If you’re looking for some traditional Czech food, U Bulinu is a great place to go. Since I was trying to be good, I got something a little non-traditional, the Chicken Breast Supreme. I was dreading my meal because I hadn’t ever met a restaurant chicken breast that wasn’t dry and tasteless… until now. This chicken breast was tender and flavorful, and the pumpkin purée was an excellent accompaniment. So I know, if they can make dry, lifeless chicken breast taste good, their more traditional dishes like Pork Belly and Lamb Shank, must be even better.

Vinohradsky Parlament: Although I didn’t like this place as much as U Bulinu, Vinohradsky Parlament had a really cool vibe and excellent food. I had a delicious pork knuckle here (yes, I had a momentary diet lapse). What I also loved about this restaurant and many other restaurants is that they had mint and/or ginger tea with fresh mint and/or ginger, which helped greatly to counteract these rich meals.

Restaurant Blue Wagon: And I’ve saved the best of last. Our best meal was at Restaurant Blue Wagon. I highly recommend doing their lunch special. For about $11-17 (depending on what you order), you can get a delicious 3 course meal at this upscale restaurant. What’s even better is that they post their lunch menu every week on their website, so you can look and see which day you would like to reserve for. The service was impeccable and the meal wonderful. Our favorite culinary experience in Prague!

And the best part about eating in Vinohrady? You can take beautiful walks like these through the neighborhood after your gastronomical adventure…

Thanks for joining me on my tour of Prague!

Until next time…

2 responses to “A European Detour to … Prague, Part Three

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