Discovering the Best of Bohemia’s Biggest City

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(Image Above: Mala Strana Dress, Merchant of Venice Belt, Danish Pastry Sandals, Hundred Spires Earrings, Art Nouveau Necklace)

By Guest Blogger ModCloth gal Jen Giarrusso
Edited by Hannah

Since Prague opened its doors to the world after the Velvet Revolution in 1989, it has become the perfect mix of cosmopolitan and traditional elements.  Due to its large expatriate population, Prague a.k.a the City of a Hundred Spires (from whence comes the name of our  Hundred Spires Earrings) is infused with culture from all over the world.  Despite this worldly attitude, however, the city still holds fast to its charming heritage.  Here’s short list of what to do while browsing about Bohemia.

Read on to discover what Prague has to offer!

1. Prague has a bevy of vintage and thrift shopping options, but the town favorite is Bohemian Retro, a tiny shop in Žižkov chock full of treasures from Communist-era Czechoslovakia. The jewelry alone could occupy your entire afternoon, as well as the clothes, accessories and other quaint Czech bric-a-brac collected by the shop’s friendly British owner.

2. Thirsty? Go underground! Take a trip down U Sudu’s precarious stairways to enjoy a beer in the catacombs, and challenge the locals to a game of fotbalek (table football).  Feeling kind of blue instead? Stroll across Charles Bridge to Mala Strana for a drink at St Nicholas Pub. As you descend the stairs you’ll be accosted by the aroma of fresh-baked pizza and the throaty blues of Brad, a guitarist from Denver featured on Tuesday nights.

3. Tucked in a tiny square in the eclectic Žižkov, U Sadu is the best place to stop for a traditional and affordable Czech meal. Admire the antique decorations upstairs, or guzzle a Gambrinus and enjoy tunes from the jukebox downstairs. If you’re bold, try the Bohemian Trough – exactly what it sounds like and not for the weary. Don’t forget the side of potato pancakes!

4. The work of avant-garde Czech sculptor David ÄŒerný can be found throughout the city. Most notable is the pink tank in the Smichov district – the remnants of the controversial pink wash ÄŒerny gave in 1991 to a Soviet Tank, memorializing the Prague Uprising of 1968.  For a more historic glimpse of Prague’s art scene, head to the Mucha Museum, which revels in the Art Nouveau style, just like our Art Nouveau Necklace.

5.  No trip to Prague is complete without a day in Old Town. This region, also called Mala Strana, is the perfect place to wear the Mala Strana Dress.  Get your caffeine fix at Nespresso. Window-shop on ritzy Paris Street. Check out the astronomical clock in Old Town Square, then stop in the Museum of Communism for an eye-opening look at the Czech Republic’s past. To finish the excursion, take a paddle boat trip on the Vltava at dusk for an enchanting view of the city’s skyline.

Thanks to Jen for these fabulous recommendations.  Next time, we’re taking a yellow submarine over to Liverpool!  Be sure to show Liverpool love by letting us know where to go in this fair city!

6 Responses to Discovering the Best of Bohemia’s Biggest City

  1. Julie 07/09/2009 at 3:42 pm #

    Thank you for the suggestions. I will be in prague next week!!!

  2. Hannah 07/10/2009 at 11:24 am #

    Glad you’ll be able to use the suggestions Julie! Have a great trip. :-)

  3. Joy C. 07/10/2009 at 11:58 am #

    You look like a ballerina
    PS that’s good

  4. Ally 07/10/2009 at 12:11 pm #

    I love Prague! I found the best vintage shop there. I’ve also always wanted to go to Liverpool…Exciting!

  5. Jane 07/11/2009 at 11:08 am #

    wow, i love how u speak about Prague.
    If anybodys comin to prague and need som e sort of information , just send a msg i ll help 4 sure:]

  6. Sherri 07/11/2009 at 2:34 pm #

    Best city EVER! I got married there! :)

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