Although many European cities elude class and sophistication, the architectural landscape of Prague rivals that of the streets of Paris. With every step there was something to be in awe over.
Looking up, down, left and right the city of Prague was glowing and my senses were overloaded. Gazing at palettes of saturated pastels on Baroque façades to breathing in the scents of freshly baked delectables, or hearing the whispers of a language just as unique its history - Prague surpassed all expectations.
With so many trips being planned simultaneously, it is hard to spend the time to properly research a city before flying on a Friday evening after a long week in the office. I am guilty for showing up to a destination and meandering mindlessly until I find a menu with a typeface that catches my eye. Jill and I decided to try out Journy. This service offers custom travel planning for modern travelers who are seeking cozy coffee shop corners or whatever a traveler's heart desires (they take into consideration your interests and preferences). Journy sources their recommendations from 'journyists,' who are renowned chefs, editors, bloggers and of course, locals. I could not be more impressed with a concierge service. For 15 euros per day (30 euros total) we had a personal Journyist who catered an itinerary around our travel preferences (cappuccinos, avocado toast & instagrammable street corners), all surrounding the neighborhood around our beautifully designed hotel. They even made dinner reservations for us!
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the prague travelogue:
a design worthy sleepover x hotel josef
It is no secret that some hotels make me weak at the knees. To me, there is nothing like walking into a room with amenities to drool over & a freshly pressed duvet cover that you just want to dive onto. This time, we booked a long weekend at Hotel Josef, part of the design hotels group centrally located, and walking distance to essentially everything in town. This property's stark white interior abandons traditional Czech hotel design yet blends in elegantly amongst the towns 20th-century traditional architecture. Bravo Eva Jiricna, Bravo.
The service was incredible, not to mention they upgraded us to a king sized room with a balcony (oh let's not forget that complimentary bottle of wine). Also, can we talk about the adorable 'Prague Diary' they place next to the bed side table, and how do I even begin to describe that view?
brunching & lunching
From the plethora of coffee shops & lunch spots our Journy concierge suggested, we decided on a couple whilst in Prague. Our favorite breakfast place was Pastacaffe. I will let the photos speak for themselves, but I would highly suggest the avocado toast, fruit & granola parfait and/or one of their detox juices - and one of their Italian coffee blends, but that goes without saying.
pastacaffé - vezenska
lokal - the traditional prague experience
the touristy stuff
Although I am not one for 'historical tours' - Prague is one of those cities with so much to see it can be rather overwhelming on where to begin. Sandeman's offers a free (yes its fo freeeee) three hour walking tour of Prague which is essentially the sparknoted version of the sites to see (like the jewish quarter, astronomical clock & town square), leaving you the entire afternoon to explore the nitty gritty details all while having an idea of where you are within the city.
oh & don't forget to look up
the prague castle & charles bridge - watch out princess peach.
One of these potato sticks for those with savory cravings
& for the sugar addicts of the world, don't forget to stop by Good Food for a ice cream filled doughnut. It was so good, it needed its own blog post.
dinner reservations at eska
A three-course meal for 17 euros with a standard resembling that of a Michelin star restaurant? Only in Prague. Eska combines the old with the new all while rediscovering old methods of fermentation, drying, wood-heating and fire-roasting. Everything that was served tasted impeccable, not to mention their scandinavian-inspired interior and open kitchen created a cozy atmosphere perfect for a Saturday night dinner.
sunday strolls, but first coffee.
& just like that the weekend came to an end
Monday morning came far too fast. We took an uber to the airport bright and early (12 euros total), although our flight was delayed, nothing could have brought the mood down with an airport looking like this: