What's the 4-1-1? And, more importantly, what does "4-1-1" even MEAN?
You veteran readers will be aware that I'm quite a fan of the occasional epic adventure. My travels have taken me from Norwich to Nepal (although, thanks to my Geographical Dyslexia, I couldn't tell you which was which), and last weekend saw me jetting off for a mini-break in Prague.
There are already countless websites listing the best things to do in Prague much more eloquently than I ever could, so I'm going to focus on the things I know best; weird stuff and food. Mostly food. Before reading any further, please make sure your seatbelts are fastened and your tray tables are in the upright position. Thank you.
Firstly, you simply MUST visit M&S in Wenceslas Square, just to admire the denim shark in their window.
|Seriously- why aren't our M&S stores' window displays this cool?!|
Then, if you only have time to eat one thing while you're in Prague, you won't regret choosing the Domácí koláč from Cake Café Prague. It tastes like the love-child of a plum crumble and an apple sponge and, like all great romances, ends in tragedy. In this case, the tragedy was me being too stupid to think of emptying my suitcase and filling it with Domácí koláč before I flew home.
The other tragedy is that it's SO delicious I couldn't restrain my fork for long enough to photograph it. So, instead, here's a photo of the banana-and-Nutella pancake I had there for brunch the next day. I usually try to visit as many different eateries as I can when I'm on holiday but, when the food is that delicious, a lack of return visit would basically be a crime.
FYI - the fresh fruit juices are AMAZEBALLS, and totally balance out the fact you're eating whipped cream before 11am. Honest.
Before my visit, I was (not so) reliably informed that Prague's staple cuisine included copious quantities of waffles; so I naturally made it my mission to find some. My quest was harder than expected but, proving I'm nothing if not determined (especially when waffles are involved), I eventually tracked some down at Café Parisienne; where they also serve champagne and broadcast a continuous loop of Victoria's Secret catwalk show footage on a screen behind the bar. Of course.
|The French toast with berry compote isn't too bad either...|
Post-brunch, if you feeling the urge to visit a local landmark or two, I'd suggest a stomp over the Charles Bridge to the Gingerbread Museum.
The term "museum" may be stretching the truth a little, but just LOOK at all the adorable gingerbread.
Being such a dedicated investigative journalist, I sampled some gingerbread hearts JUST FOR YOU GUYS, and can confirm it tastes as delicious as it looks.
After discovering on day one that Cafedu make their hot chocolate with actual chocolate buttons, I thought I'd reached Peak Hot Chocolate. Less than 24 hours later, I was (blissfully) proven wrong. I still don't know what Paul does to his hot chocolate, but it is knee-weakeningly good, and as thick as school dinner custard.
|Paul's hot chocolate is EVEN BETTER than a Lion Angel Statue. |
It's almost incomprehensible.
Finally, if you want to sample some traditional Czech food (or, y'know, eat something savoury) you can feast like a Carbohydrate King at Restaurant Trilobite; an underground bar, slightly off the beaten track, which seems to be frequented by locals.
|L-R: "Traditional" mash (e.g. full of pork and onions), potato dumplings, sausage and chips, and veggie risotto.|
Have you ever been to Prague? And, if so, do you still dream about the Domácí koláč too?
P.S. The architecture's not bad either, I guess. Although it's no Paul's hot chocolate...