I lived in Prague for 6 months in 2006 and absolutely loved it – I’m lucky to still have a few friends there to visit. Here’s a few things to do on a weekend there:
To stay there cheaply, check out these appartments: http://www.apartment4rent.cz/ – Josefov (the old Jewish quarter which is now a sort of Bond Street area) or Mala Strana (by the castle) are lovely areas to stay.
– For cocktails, try Cowboys which is just under the castle in Mala Strana, Bar and Books, Tretters or Bugsys: http://www.expats.cz/prague/directory/cocktail-bars/0/
– For “authentic” Czech dining (or as authentic as you can get in Prague 1), I liked taking people to Kozicka on Kozi (beer cellar with great beers and simple Czech food) or U Zelehno Stromu (At the Green Tree – try the pork knuckle (see below)).
– For fun nights out, try La Bodeguita Del Medio on Kaprova for live salsa while you eat, and for drinking and dancing, I had a lot of fun at Bombay on Dlouha (open until about 5am), Aloha on Dusni , Lucerna off Wenceslas Square, Duplex which is has a roof terrace overlooking Wenceslas Square, and the wonderful Misch Masch – get a cab for the latter, its a huge club with a house room and R&B room and definitely worth a night out! Roxy and Radost are rather more upmarket.
– Nice lunch/brunch places are Cafe Louvre (see below) in the New Town (where you can also play pool), Bohemia Bagel in Mala Strana or the Old Town, Barock on Parizska, or for something quite incredible (but not cheap) – try the Palffy Palac in Mala Strana where I had the most wonderful brunch of champagne, smoked salmon and quail’s eggs on their summer terrace – bliss.
– Things to see and do – Apart from checking out the Charles Bridge, the Castle, Wenceslas Square, the Jewish quarter cemetry and synagogues, and Old Town Square, go up to Letna Park to see a great view over the town (see photo below) . If the crowds in Old Town Square are a little claustrophobic, go to the U Prince Hotel and get the lift right to the top floor – it has a lovely little roof top bar with great views over the square (see below).
– Also check out the classical concerts and opera in Prague, great value and amazing standard. See recent listings for what’s on. Remember, if you’re going to the opera at the beautiful National Theatre, dress up – people will be very smart and you should be too.
– If you get too hot in Summer, try Prague’s man-made beach on the banks of the Vltava by Andel metro (Thailand it ain’t), do a boat trip or hire a pedalo (the place to hire them is by the National Museum) to mosey down the river.
– Museums: I loved the Kafka museum, which is on the Castle side of the Vltava river, which gave both an interesting insight into the Jewish population of Prague, which was pretty much destroyed during the Holocaust, and into Kafka’s life and work. You could go over the Charles Bridge to Josefov to go to the Jewish Cemetry and synagogues of the old Jewish area afterwards. The Mucha museum on Panska is also interesting – its pretty small but the video of his life is worth a look.