Enjoy Prague Like a Local

The Czech capital is famous for its beautiful bridges, the oldest castle in the world, Kafka and great beer, but there is more than just pivo and outstanding architecture to this romantic destination.

The ‘Golden City’
A beautiful capital packed with historical monuments, museums and old town allure; Prague lies on the Vltava River and has well preserved districts that make it a photographer’s dream. The stunning architecture and cobbled streets with horse drawn carriages make it a charming tourist attraction, with the main sites busy all year round. Take a break from the tourist trail and try something a little different; enjoy Prague like a local.

Yarga River

Yarga River with the famous Charles Bridge

Prague’s Medieval Old Town – Staré Mêsto

No visit to Prague would be complete without seeing the top sites, so don’t miss out on the hill-top Castle complex, the famous Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter and Jewish Museum, Charles Bridge, the Powder Gate and Wenceslas Square. Once you’ve explored the main tourist attractions you can begin to enjoy Prague like a local and see what else this cosmopolitan city has to offer.

Kampa Island

From the Lesser Town (Malá Strana) end of Charles Bridge, you can find Kampa Island; a tranquil spot with charming waterside houses and local cafes. Known as the “the Venice of Prague” you can even rent rowboats or just admire the view of the Old Town across the river. There is also the modern European art museum – Kampa Museum and the Velkoprevorské námestí (Grand Priory Square), with the Beatles lyrics-covered ‘Lennon Wall’.

View from Prague Castle

View from Prague Castle

Great Views of Prague

Climb the hill to the Castle for a great sunset view, or for something different visit Vítkov Hill, next to the Žižkov district. If the weather is good then the locals love a picnic or a beer garden. Stroll across the Most Legií bridge to the island and visit Letná Park. There is open air cinema all Summer on weekdays (9pm, 100 CZK) and a small floating bar on the waterfront!

Enjoy a Czech Beer!

If you’re a fan of Czech beer (pivo) then don’t miss the Staropramen brewery in the Smíchov district, and the most famous ‘pubs’ in Prague – the 500 year old U Fleku and Pivovarský dum on the site of the former ‘Research Institute of Brewing and Malting’. There’s also a newcomer; the microbrewery Novomestský where you can order a 10 litre barrel (best shared with friends!) If you’re in town May 7th-23rd then catch the Czech Beer Festival - with 17 days of festivities and over 150 Czech beers!

Prague Old Town Square

Prague Old Town Square

Czech Cafe Culture

Prague is full of lovely cafes with cosy terraces and blankets in winter and sunshine spots in summer – and locals love to hang out and have a coffee or beer. Here are some of the less touristy places to try.

Le Court Galerie Café is a cute favourite, along with Lokál Dlouhá for lunch, or the delicious Restaurant Mincovna or recommended Bistro Maso a Kobliha. For traditional meatloaf or great burgers try quality butcher/bistro Naše maso. For a bit of style and great coffee try the Café Lounge in the Lesser Quarter or Muj Salek Kavy. If you have a sweet tooth try traditional confectionery shop Myšák. Bistro 8 on trendy Veverkova Street does some tasty dishes (a popular and cool spot for art students from the Academy of Fine Arts nearby.)

More touristy are the original Café B Braun on Sokolovská Street or more international Slavia café or grab something at Jan Paukert Deli if you’re on the move.

Karluv Most - Charles Bridge at sunset

Karluv Most – Charles Bridge at sunset

The Best Food Market
Naplavka Farmers Market With views of Prague Castle and on the Vlatva River, this Saturday local produce market is the best place to sample smoked meats, cheeses, pickled local specialties, baked treats and cakes – everything you could want to eat! With great events all summer, local beer tasting, and best of all ‘Wurst-kunst’ (sausage campfire cooking) what’s not to love about wandering around with the locals and buying some authentic Czech fair? Saturdays 8am-2pm

Explore Alternative Neighborhoods

Away from the romance of the old town and the well preserved architecture of the narrow streets and Renaissance bridges the city is a little different. Further from the city center there are more ‘authentic’ neighborhoods where you can see the affects of the Velvet Revolution culturally and politically. Check out the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Holešovice; a new gallery exhibiting thought provoking art, and the more underground scenes of street art and graffiti and contemporary art scene in Karlín. Unfortunately the alternative art commune at Trafacka has now closed for development.

Equity Point Prague

Equity Point Hostel Prague

Equity Point Hostel Prague

Our hostel is located in a new building in the heart of the old town, just moments from Charles Bridge and a short walk from the main square. Our cosy yet spacious hostel has 26 light rooms and plenty of communal space to chill out. Book your bed in our Prague hostel here.

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Kofola”

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At Equity Point Prague we’ve got a room dedicated to Kofola and not to Coca cola. So, what’s the connection?

Originated in the Czechoslovak pharmaceutical company Galena, (located in Opava) in 1959 during research targeted at finding a possible use for surplus caffeine produced in the process of coffee roasting. The resulting dark-coloured, sweet-and-sour syrup Kofo became the main ingredient of a new soft drink named Kofola introduced in 1960.

During the 1960s and 1970s Kofola became exceedingly popular in Czechoslovakia because it substituted for Western cola-based drinks like Coca-Cola or Pepsi, which were not generally available. Continue reading

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Carps”

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It is too early to think about our Christmas’s menu but this tradition but we’ve got a room at Equity Point Prague devoted to the Christmas menu. A traditional Christmas meal in the Czech Republic is fried carp and potato salad. It’ a sort of ”Carp tradition”.

Several days before the 24th Carp sellers pop up around the country. The Carp sellers or stalls consist of several large vats filled with live Carp and water. There is a large table where the carp is killed and prepared if you want to.

But the tradition is that families buy their Carp fresh a day, or so, before and cook it fresh on the 24th. Those who buy the Carp alive will fill the bathtub up with water and have a family pet for a couple of days.

Won’t you try the traditional Christmas Czech Carp?

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Pilsner Urquell”

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In this long itinerary through the history of the decorations of Equity Point Prague’s Hostel, we are going to present you the most refreshing subject: BEER!

Plze?ský Prazdroj, known better by its German name Pilsner Urquell, is a bottom-fermented beer produced since 1842 in Pilsen, part of today’s Czech Republic. Pilsner Urquell was the first Pilsner beer in the world. Continue reading

New York’s best pastrami

New York is an incredible city where it’s easy to find some of the best world meals. But some of them have become so famous that nowadays are New York classics. That’s what has happened with Pastrami.

Pastrami is made with spiced beef meat cooked in the oven for hours to gain a fabulous taste and a really soft texture. Usually it’s eaten in a sandwich and the most famous pastrami in New York is the one served at Katz Delicatessen, even though there are a lot of incredible pastramis such as Carnegie Deli, Artie’s Deli, or Stage Deli.

Katz Delicatessen and its pastrami became worldwide famous when they appeared in the legendary scene of the film ‘When Harry Met Sally’. And yes, it’s the one of the fake…

And the best of it all is that Equity Point New York hostel at Times Square is just 15 minutes away –using the Metro- from the most famous pastrami in Manhattan. Continue reading

The best English Breakfast at Paddington

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Each country has some unique characteristics that define the spirit of the nation, and you must understand them all to be able to be a traveler instead of a tourist. One way to approach to any culture is through its meals and in England there’s nothing as traditional as English breakfast, or what they call a full breakfast.

The perfect English breakfast doesn’t exist, but you can get pretty close if you are able to choose the correct place to have it, so we’ve decided to help you. We have a secret. We know where to eat a great English breakfast in London and the best of it all is that it’s close to Equity Point London –near Paddington-.
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Moroccan Cuisine Cooking Classes at Equity Point Marrakech

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We’ve got good news for our customers in Marrakech. If you love the delicious tastes of Moroccan food and you want to replicate them at home. Now you can!

We’ve got two daily classes of Moroccan Cuisine –at 12 and 14 hours- at Equity Point Marrakech. Our chef Rachida will explain some of the secrets of the millenarian Moroccan dishes. We will mainly cook any kind of Tajins, but you can ask for whatever Moroccan dish you want.

You will have a great time learning about Moroccan Cuisine, cooking your recipe and eating what you’ve just cooked!

For more details take a look at our Moroccan Cooking Class page.

Pastéis de Nata, a delicious Lisbon cake

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When you visit Lisbon you shouldn’t miss its rich gastronomy. There are some traditional dishes that have a spectacular taste such as Bacalhau –cod fish- but there’s also a cake that will blow your mind: the Pastéis de Nata, or Pastéis de Belem –custard tarts-.

The original recipe of Pastéis de Nata was created before the XVIII century by the monks at Lisbons Jerónimos Monastery. At first it was only for monastery residents. But soon, after a liberal revolution, all the Monasteries where shut down. Someone from Jerónimos Monastery started making Pastéis de Nata at Casa Pastéis de Belem –a bakery in Belem- in order to survive.

Quickly the Pastéis de Nata became really popular at Lisbon and nowadays it’s the most popular cake in Portugal. A tart you should eat at least once when you go to Lisbon.

And remember you’ll feel like home at Equity Point Lisboa our youth hostel in Lisbon.

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Borough Market, the most incredible food market in London

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If you visit our hostel in London, and you fancy a good meal, you should pay a visit to the Borough Market which is one of the biggest food markets in London and sells food from all over the world. The wholesale market opens at 2am until 8am but there’s also a retail market that opens Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Historically, the Borough Market was a fruits and vegetables market, but nowadays you can find all kinds of food from all over the world that is known for its gourmet foods and the quality of its products.

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Eat bacalhau in Lisbon, the Portuguese national dish

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Bacalhau is the way that’s called the dried and salted cod fish in Portuguese and it’s the national dish. It’s also popular in some other countries such as Norway or Canada, but the Portuguese prepare Bacalhau making it the tastiest fish dish you’ll ever try.

There are several different recipes of Bacalhau in Portugal, all of them great for the palate, but maybe the most popular and delicate one is Bacalhau à Brás. You should try it when you visit our Hostel in Lisbon.

Bacalhau à Brás in made with shreds of salted cod, onions, fried potatoes and scrambled eggs and usually is garnished with parsley and black olives. It’s a pretty cheap recipe and easy to prepare so it became popular quickly.

Bacalhau à Brás, where Brás stands for the surname of its creator, originated in Barrio Alto, really close to Equity Point Lisboa Hostel.

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