On Tuesday 6th August, my car was full to the brim packed with everything needed to survive a festival, from snack supplies, wellies to glitter. My alarm was set for 4 am ready to make the long journey to Cornwall for Boardmasters. However, fast forward a few hours to half 11 and the festival had been cancelled. Just like that. Cancelled. It was official, in black and white on Facebook it read – Boardmasters has been cancelled due to weather risks.
With no prospect of doing anything, we got to searching for somewhere or something, basically anything to do instead. Three hours later, we were off to Prague for three nights. Everything has a silver lining and to be honest I think we were all secretly relieved that we weren’t going to be spending five nights in a tent but instead we’d be drinking beer in the sunshine and sleeping in an actual bed at night. So, after repacking and packing more appropriate wear for Prague (no glitter, and wellies were certainly left behind) we were boarding the plane, buzzing at the unknown and craziness of all of this.
Replace coffee and croissants with beer and chimney cakes, and the Eiffel Tower with the Charles Bridge and you have Prague. It’s a charming city and one that can rival Paris with its sensual elegant architecture. Every building is awash in bright colours or intricately painted with incredible artwork. It’s laidback and easy, with only the occasional stag do yelling as they all cycle past on one of those moving bars, but other than that in the day the city is relaxed.
Prague is a maze of cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards. Absolute heaven for any aimless wanderer, every lane turned down beckons you to explore a little further. Starting at Old Town Square we stumbled across cute cafes, old-fashioned restaurants, as well as many bars offering out some of the world’s finest brews.
Old Town Square is easy to find, just follow the crowds. It’s a hub of activity, street performers and music fill the square making for a perfect atmosphere to sit back and enjoy a drink whilst you watch the day go by.
Impossible to miss is the square’s Astronomical Clock, one of Europe’s best-known tourist attractions and a ‘must-see’ when in Prague, despite its underwhelming performance which happens every hour, lasting for 45 seconds. It’s worth seeing but don’t get too upset if you miss the show.
Instead of researching where to eat, we would just roam until we found one that suited us, for a mid-morning coffee stop we found a cute cafe named Sweet and Salty where all the mugs are pink and coffee is served with a dash of edible flowers on top. Another great coffee place is Tuscany Taste, which turns into a great wine bar in the evening. For dinner, we ate at hotel Deer, which offers a beautiful outdoor dining area and incredibly delicious pasta, and also Pizza and Pasta Factory was another place we tried for dinner. Very Italian based, but the streets are filled with all types of food so, you’re bound to find something that suits.
Saturday we unexpectantly walked into Prague Pride, it was raining but everywhere you looked the city was covered in the bright colours that represent Pride. Music was pumping out from the speakers and everyone was dancing. The city was in good spirits and the parade ran all through the city across the bridge to the parks on the other side to Pride Village, a mini-festival.
The nightlife in Prague is eclectic, starting the night in a bar called Coyotes (they even do the dance from Coyote Ugly) it was very apparent that Prague is male-heavy. With many stag-do’s choosing this as their preferred location. This made for some hilarious sightings, men dressed as babies wandered around the bar like it was completely normal at one point. We also visited a few Irish bars that are scattered across the city, I’m not sure of the names but there is one at every corner and they’re all buzzing with life so take your pick!
The night continued in a club that is located in a basement which has four rooms all connected with confusing corridors and arched ceilings, it had an old school dance floor and everyone was in good spirits I even salsa danced with the locals. Ending the night in James Dean, a diner in the day and club come the evening. There were chainsaws set alight as people ordered buckets of drink and women dancing in cages to the soundtrack of Grease Lightning. Eclectic and fun but completely confusing to anyone. I would say for anyone going to Prague for the nightlife, just go where the night takes you you’re bound to meet a mixture of people.
Most of our time spent in Prague saw us basking in the sun at outdoor bars sipping Aperol Spritz or endlessly roaming around the streets. It was the perfect girls weekend we had all been craving, we laughed, chatted and danced all through the night. It was just the most incredible three days, made even more amazing by having sunny Prague as a backdrop.
I didn’t expect much of Prague, it’s never been on my bucket list of places I wanted to visit and having booked it two days before we were due to arrive, there was no time for research. However, the three days I spent in Prague with two of my best friends was honestly one of the best trips I’ve ever taken, and I recommend booking a trip with no expectations.
We booked our trip with lastminute.com and stayed at Hotel Majestic Plaza. The hotel was in the perfect location, just a stone throw away from Old Town Square and the room was airy and a great size despite there being three of us. Breakfast was included with our deal, with an offering of a full english as well as pastries, yoghurt and porridge at the buffet, it was a great way to save money on food and a nice way to start the day. The hotel also houses the very famous Beer Spa, with the slogan ‘We treat your body from the inside out’ – what more could you want. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to test out but have heard it’s extremely popular so, book before you get there to avoid disappointment (https://www.pivnilaznebernard.cz for more info).
Hello, I’m Samantha. A twenty-two-year-old fashion communication and promotion graduate. An avid shopper, lover of interiors and good coffee addict.