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Prague’s gastronomy, nightlife, and shopping offerings have all but tripled in recent years – transforming the Czech capital into a destination visited not only for its historical splendor but as a city break par excellence. Located in a vibrant Prague quarter teeming with restaurants, cafés, galleries and performance spaces, Hotel Josef is a convenient starting point for exploring it all. The Josef Loves blog, updated regularly by our concierge team, reveals insider tips – from the best baristas to the hottest tables in town – exclusively for our guests.

Things to Do & See / Central Prague

Vltava River Embankments

Prague waterfronts (Náplavka) showcase another side of the city. Having come to life in recent years as epicenters of outdoor weekend markets, live music, houseboat bars and galleries and even urban beaches, the atmosphere along the Vltava is unbeatable for its authenticicty, people watching and local food and drink. There are five of them but the most popular is Rašín Embankment near the Palacký Bridge.

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Restaurants / Things to Do & See / 5 Minutes Walk / Holešovice

Vietnamese Restaurants & Community

Little known fact: Prague has the third-largest Vietnamese community in Europe, a result of a migration and work program from the Communist era, which saw a number of Vietnamese settle in the Czech Republic. Explore the Vietnamese market in Holešovice or further afield in Libuš to get a sense of the roots they have created here while sampling some of the most delicious pho or bánh mì in Central Europe. Convenietnly located next to Hotel Josef, Banh Mi Makers is a great spot to try Vietnamese baguettes.

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Things to Do & See / Bars & Cafes / Žižkov & Vinohrady

Mlíkárna/Riegrovy Sady Park

Prague’s parks and outdoor areas are numerous. In Vinohrady Riegrovy Sady with its expansive view of the Czech capital is a beloved spot for a picnic or beer, especially at the outdoor seating area of restaurant Mlíkárna, which was once a working dairy counter.

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Things to Do & See / Žižkov & Vinohrady

Žižkov TV Tower

A prime example of hi-tech architecture this television transmitter was built in the 1980s and yet still looks like it came from outerspace. Famed for the David Černý sculptures of black alien babies crawling along its pillars (they were removed for cleaning recently and will be back in spring 2018) it’s located in a hip residential neighborhood with a notable restaurant/bar/café scene. Go to the top for unrivalled views of Prague!

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Things to Do & See / Central Prague

Letna Park and Beer Garden

Check out this glorious park on your way to or from Prague Castle and enjoy the spectacular view. There’s a beer garden on the south side of the park, but we really like the Stalin viewpoint, an open-air culture center with an intriguing history, that serves up live music and local color.

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Things to Do & See / Central Prague

Prague Passages

Meander through the center of Prague without stepping a foot outside via its unique passageways. Called pasáž in Czech, these historic arcades are a great way to skip the tourist crowds while many of them house boutiques, cafes, and noteworthy architectural features. One of note: Art nouveau Lucerna Passage, accesible via Štěpánská or Vodičkova street.

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