10 Under $10: Our Favorite Ways to Explore Prague
By Shannon Cates
Vice President for Program Management and Development
If you've heard about the Reimagining Europe and Summer in Prague programs, you already know that Prague is a great place to join a specialized learning community and expand your resume.
But Prague is also one of the most beautiful capital cities in Europe, and you can explore it on a limited budget. Here are some of our favorite ways to experience the city, each for less than $10.
- Dinner with a View: Enjoy a traditional Czech sausage dinner at the beer garden in Riegrovy Sady, the beautiful park adjacent to Prague College. From the top of the hill, you'll enjoy stunning views of the historic Old Town. Under $3.
- V for Caffeine: Only a few minutes away from the IFSA-Butler program center, AnonymouS Coffee serves up espresso drinks crafted with beans from Europe's independent coffee roasters. The coffee shop's aesthetic combines elements from V for Vendetta and comic book culture. Under $3.
- New Music: Meet Factory offers music, art, theater, films and more in a refurbished factory space. Recent performers include Mitski, Angel Olsen and Todd Terje. Prices vary, but many under $10.
- Old Music: Dress up for a sophisticated evening of classical music at the gorgeous Art Nouveau-style Rudolfinum. Prices vary, but many under $10.
- Paper with Flair: For a low-cost, high-payoff shopping experience, explore Papelote, which offers Czech-designed and –made notebooks, wrapping paper, sketchbooks and washi tapes. Prices start at around $1.
- Museum on the Water: Enjoy the best of contemporary art the Kampa Museum on tiny Kampa Island in Prague's Vltava River. Afterward, relax on the river's banks to peoplewatch as watercraft ranging from tour boats to kayaks meander by. Under $5.
- International Specialties: Prague 2, home to the IFSA-Butler program center and Prague College, also boasts several highly-rated Vietnamese restaurants. Get your banh mi or pho fix over your lunch hour. Under $5.
- Photo Ops: Wander through Prague's winding cobbled streets and discover squares and churchyards off the beaten path. Set your alarm clock to take photos of the iconic Charles Bridge in the dawn light, when it is at its most beautiful (and least crowded). Free.
- Next Cronut?: Trdelnik had its 15 minutes on Instagram last year; you may have seen photos of this cylindrical pastry cross your feed. The addition of ice cream took it over the top! We think that watching the making of trdelnik is almost as fun as eating it: it's often baked on a sort of open-air flaming rotisserie. Under $2.
- Hike the Region: The Czech Republic offers over 40,000 kilometers of well-marked hiking trails. Collect turistické známky, or hiking badges, to remember your favorite trails. Hiking is free; maps of the trails are about $3; and you can pick up your hard-earned badges for around $1 each.