I had been wanting to visit ever since I made the move to Europe. But as our time on that side of the pond was coming to a close, with Prague still remaining on our 2016 travel bucket list, we made a (very) last minute booking to Czech’s capital…like 2 days before.
The city centre is easily walkable, even in the cold of winter. I’d suggest avoid staying directly in the core as it is super touristy, which actually surprised me, as I still thought of Prague as some undiscovered gem of Europe. Was I ever wrong. (About being ‘undiscovered’, not the gem part!) We stayed just off of the main promenade in the ‘New Town’ (on Vodickova) and it proved to be the most ideal location.
Below we’ve assembled the very best things to do, see, and of course, eat, over the course of two days to get a bucketload of instagram-worthy photos! Everything from pro food shots to rooftop views, here are the best photogenic spots of Prague.
Scroll through to the bottom to get access to my downloadable & interactive map two-day Instagrammable weekend Guide to Prague! Most of the food recommendations have come from Taste of Prague, where I would recommend to do a food tour if possible, and if not, a serious scroll through their Instagram page.
Brunch at Café Savoy
This is a Prague institution, and upon walking into it’s grand space, it’s easy to see why. It’s the perfect breakfast spot to fuel up before climbing up to the castle, which is fairly nearby within walking distance. Warning: their famous fruit dumplings aren’t served until a certain time so if you’re wanting those, don’t come too early.
Climb the Castle
The Prague Castle, the most significant building in all of Czech – both architecturally and historically – sits regally atop a hill overlooking the capital below and is a sight to be seen. Once up there, there are sweeping views over the city.
Beer at Lokal
After making your way down the castle, head straight to one of a few outlets of the Lokal pub brand for their in-house beer and seriously tasty no-frills Czech cuisine. The Lokál U Bílé kuželky location is the perfect pit stop between two of Prague’s most major sights.
photo by Taste of Prague
Cross the Charles Bridge
Perhaps Prague’s most iconic place, the Charles Bridge connect the East to West, and makes for a beautifully framed vista. Be prepared for some serious crowds though, and keep an eye out for the swans! The best area for a photograph of the swans in the foreground with the bridge in the background is at the north-western shore of the bridge off of Chihelna street.
Visit Klementinum Library & Tower
This was my favourite thing to see and do in all of Prague. Not only do you get to step inside the beautifully frescoed and ornate Baroque Library, learn about Czech’s significant astronomical contribution, but the guided tour finalizes atop of the Astronomical Tower, with stunning panoramic views from the 360-degree balcony. Just be prepared to climb some steep stairs!
Dinner at Čestr
A thoroughly enjoyable experience, Cestr too forms part of the Ambiente group of eateries that also include both Cafe Savoy as well as the Lokal brewhouses. Cestr’s specialty is meat, where even the decor, right down to the custom tile design, centers around the theme of cow cuts of meat. Whatever you order as your main (there are also vegetarian options), I really recommend the potato dumplings.
Lattes at OneSip Coffee
For the best caffeine hit in the city, head straight to OneSip and do exactly that to wake up. Order it in to take advantage of the stunning teal cups and saucers for the perfect ‘gram set up, complete with latte art. Bonus: the pastel coloured buildings of this street make for an ideal background.
Climb Above The Old Town Square
Take some time to walk around the Old Town Square. Then, head up the Old Town Hall Tower to take in incredible views of the entire city and beyond in the countryside hills. To skip the (usually massive) line, be sure to buy tickets in advance!
Lunch at Bistro Sisters or Naše Maso
photo by Taste of Prague
Visit Josefov – the Jewish Quarter
Located right in Old Town, the Jewish Quarter, or Josefov, is rich in history dating back to the 13th century. With many of the historical buildings still standing, saved from wars, the small dense area boasts six synagogues, the Old Jewish Cemetary, many monuments, and a museum.
Drinks at Cafe Letka
Make a pitstop at the super cute Cafe Letka, where you can order a pastry to go alongside a tea or homemade lemonade. They also serve food if you’re more hungry (their oatmeal is incredible).
Explore Letna Neighbourhood
Cross to the Northern side of the city, and take a stroll through the expansive park, Letenské sady.
Dinner at Eska
Crossing the river back south, you can easily make your way to one of Prague’s most notable restaurants. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to go to this place. BUT it was totally on my list and due to unforeseen circumstances (aka getting super sick), we couldn’t make it. It came highly recommended, both through my extensive research and by friends.
photo by Taste of Prague
With this, I hope you have everything you need to enjoy two incredible days in Prague! Of course, there are many more things to do, to see, and to EAT, so if you want to see the remainder on my recommended list, just add this downloadable Google Map to your itenerary: