Prague's Old Town

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November 23, 2022

Prague's old town lies between Wenceslas square and Charles Bridge (Mala Strana area). Old Town Square is a rather popular spot for tourists, however its secret gems can be also found in the streets leading on to the square.

Prague’s old town square is world famous for its astronomical clock, which has a rather medieval look and was completed in 1410. Make sure you plan your trip so as to see the clock at noon and get a nice spot under it. At exactly noon, the twelve Apostles exit the small doorways of the clock and circle around. (It’s quite a tourist attraction, but definitely worth it). 

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In the centre of the Old Town Square you will find the Jan Hus Memorial. Jan Hus was a Czech philosopher and in the 16th century led the protestant movement; he became the symbol of strength against oppressive regimes. On this very same square, the yearly Christmas and Easter markets take place, creating a rather medieval atmosphere. 

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As you pass the memorial you will reach Parizska (Parisian street), which is a prestigious street that hosts numerous high-end designer stores and boutiques. Strolling down this street and just window-shopping is an experience itself. 

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As you make your way through Parizska, you will also walk through Josefov, which is the former Jewish ghetto of Prague. To learn more about the history of the neighbourhood (ideally for the history buffs), plan a visit to the Pinkas Synagogue (which is also a Holocaust memorial), the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Jewish Museum

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In the Jewish quarter, on Vezenska street, stands a Statue of Franz Kafka. The statue portrays Kafka sitting on the shoulders of a headless figure, referring to Kafka’s story “Description of a Struggle” written in 1912. 

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The old town square neighbourhood is very popular for eating and drinking, offering a vast choice of bars, cafes and restaurants. Right opposite the Kafka statue you can find a relaxing café called No Stress café. Further down the same street you can treat yourself to a light lunch or the best baked goods in town, at the Bake Shop Praha.

Whether it’s Asian, Italian, Argentinian, Kosher, Cuban, or Vegetarian food you are looking for, this neighbourhood has it all. However, should you fancy a pizza, check out Pizzeria Rugantino on Dusni street. 

An absolute must for a glass of wine is no doubt the "Bar and Books". This is a rather trendy yet cosy and relaxing bar, for an afternoon drink, as well as a place ideal for evening drinks.  If you are more into cocktails, and "New York style bars", then plan your drinks in Bugsy’s Bar and get mesmerized by the bartenders’ skills. It sure is entertaining. 

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