Just Launched: Prague Restaurant in Toronto

I was honoured to be a part of developing the aesthetic for the Prague Restaurant in Toronto. It was especially special to me as I had visited the old restaurant as a girl, and my Czech culture is something that has played a large part in developing my aesthetic.

Have a look at their site that I designed, and visit my site to view a few of the interior design options we played with.

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5 Reasons You Should Probably Visit Prauge

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1. Price.

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As far as beautiful old European cities go Prague (Praha) is probably one of the cheapest .

A medium priced hotel ranges around $50-100.00 CAD per night.

Or using a application like CouchSurfer or Air B&B for a taste of the locals life would be approx-30-58.00 CAD

Food, entertainment, transport.. Your wallets going to thank you

2. The food.

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The food. My god. Where to start? The first thing I do whenever I’m in Czech- is I find a cukrárna. Where you can get mouth watering treats like Indianki and vetrnik

During the day you can grab dumplings swimming in goulash or duck and spicy cabbage. Or even grab a Czech version of “exotic foods’ and see how they nail it.

Even a trip to the grocery store reveals that Czech will challenge every country that dares take them on in the world of food. Decadent puddings, freshly baked rohliky, smoked cheeses, sparkling mineral water. Such a treat.

The rohliky. One can not have an authentic Czech experience without trying artisan beer and rohliky both mind-blowingly cheap and have become so ingrained in the Czech culture they become a part of daily routine. Bakeries will open at the crack of dawn and people will pick up the bread and rohliky for the day. Fresh, and smelling heavenly from the oven.

So on your first day, a breakfast of rohliky and creamy Czech yogurt on the Vltava River as the sleepy city comes to life is highly recommended.

3. Accessibility.

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To this day I am shocked at how accessible Prague is- with a easy to navigate Metro, streetcar and Bus program- the city can be navigated stress free even if the weather isn’t co-operating. The best thing is how accessible Prague is to the rest of Czech- Bohemia, and the Morava is just a hour or two away via train – where you can take a day trip exploring the fairy tale forests searching for mushrooms (a Czech passion) and finish the day in a village pub sampling the locals brew (be careful- Czech refer to American beer as watered down juice!)

Recommended cities – Olomouc & Pardubice

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4.The Culture.

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Prague itself has a history as rich and vivid as they go- from political oppression, to producing some of the most talented writers, artists and musicians that have singlehandedly started movements throughout the world (looking at you Mucha). Prague is bursting with independent art gallery’s, street performers and artists.

In the evening the city comes alive with countless opera’s ballets, and productions that are jaw dropping inexpensive. Tickets at the world-renowned State Opera are priced like this . Make sure you get dressed up though- even the smaller productions is no place for jeans.

5.The Markets.

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Over the summer, and sometimes through the winter pop up in all corners of the city. showcasing a variety of goodies, from freshly picked produce to handmade lace and carved trinkets- these brightly colored gems are the bustling heart of Praha- and a perfect place to pick up something special as a gift of souvenir!

EXTRAS: pack layers- especially if you are planning a day trip to the mountains.

Socks and sandals are welcomed, even encouraged in Czech

When entering a bar or restaurant, you seat yourself- no waiting here!

Pickpocketing is extremely common- particularly on the metro and on escalators.

There’s a bit of underlying tension between the Romani- so that may be something to be aware of.

Be smart as to what time you spend in the city- it will be worth it to get up early and walk the old town before it is swarming with tourists- try spending the afternoon in a gallery, museum or market so you don’t get hit by the afternoon tourist mass that happens in high seasons!

And most importantly- enjoy, make beautiful memories- and rest assured we’re all jealous of you.

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About the Author-

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Debbie Jehlicka(ova) is a Travel Writer & Blogger raised & currently residing in Canada to parents of Czech descent- her mother language? Czech. She spent her summers growing up touring the Czech cities – and was raised to be able to tell a good Knedlik from bad. Questions? You can reach out at debbiejehlicka@gmail.com.