by Christine Orford
Picture this: you’re hanging out in a bar in this jewel of a city. Suddenly, you catch an attractive somebody’s eye from across the room. You get talking. They’re pretty cool, and are also traveling alone. You exchange numbers. They want to see you again. Tomorrow. And you’re supposed to suggest the place. What do you do? Where do you go?! Whether you’re in a couple travelling together or you’re trying to impress someone new, here’s our suggestions on a perfect Prague day.
Take the funicular railway up to the top of Petrin Hill and you’ll have a whole host of activities to do with your date. The main attraction is the mini Eiffel Tower, built in 1891, which you can climb up to see pretty impressive views of the city. After that, have a laugh in the hall of mirrors and stroll around the rose garden. If you’re prepared, this would be the perfect place to surprise your date with a prepacked picnic (just remember to check for allergies first!). There’s also an observatory up there with a telescope dating back to the early 1900s, for any scientifically-minded daters.
Show your partner that you’re in-the-know by having a little impromptu food tour. Grab a sausage sandwich with sauerkraut in Wenceslas Square. Then have a Trdelnik for dessert, which can be bought on almost every street in the city centre. These large round pastries are often cooked and coated in sugar right in front of you. Wash it all down with a delicious dark Czech beer—we can recommend Kozel (look out for the goat on the bottle)—as you wander the streets. Just remember that you might need a bit of digestion time before you try for that first kiss.
If you’re meeting up at night, try Kolonial. This is a sports bar with a difference. There are bikes everywhere—you can even sit on a saddle at the bar and check out an old-school penny farthing. For cycling enthusiasts, there’s no better choice—but even if you’re not, it’s still a cool place to get to know your date. If you fancy a drink but want to try somewhere else, take a look at our list of the Top ten Prague bars as recommended by backpackers.
Love over the Vltava
Although it’s almost always jam-packed with tourists, there’s no denying that Charles Bridge is one of the most romantic places in the city. It’s well over 600 years old and is decorated with dozens of statues, just adding to the beauty of the views.
If you time it well and have a bit of luck, you just might catch the magical fireworks display that often happens between 21:00 and 22:00 during peak tourist seasons. This will surely wow any prospective love interest.
Bagged a vegetarian and stumped for dinner ideas? We hear you—Prague can be tough for non-meat-eaters. But don’t worry, you can always take them to Etnosvet. Even if they’re vegan, there’s some good options here. It’s not too expensive, good quality (you’ll enjoy it even if you’re a lifelong carnivore) and there’s a nice selection of Czech wines that won’t break the bank. It’s a good idea to book in advance though, especially if you’re going on the weekend, because this place can get packed.
Of course, with all this love in the air, you’re going to need the right hostel! Hostel Downtown has a pretty incredible Old Town location and lots of the rooms have been recently done up. Although breakfast isn’t included in the price, you and your potential partner can fill up on the buffet for just a few quid. Try Sir Toby’s Hostel if you want somewhere slightly off the tourist trail. It’s in an up-and-coming area, with markets, micro-breweries and the like popping up all the time. And one of our favourite boutique hostels is Sophie’s Hostel, featuring private rooms, dorms and even apartments. And if you want to sleep in a little, their breakfast is served from 8am to noon. Best of all, each of these hostels is centrally located, putting them an easy stroll from all the best sights.