Four Seasons Prague Concierge Tweets His Secrets
Four Seasons Hotel Prague Chef Concierge Petr Zezula and two special co-hosts share the best of their city live on Twitter.
Updated April 25, 2013—On April 22, Four Seasons hosted another #bestofcity live Twitter chat, this time featuring Four Seasons Hotel Prague Concierge Petr Zezula and Lee Rose Emery, writer of the award-winning blog LA City Mom. The two were also joined by Czech Tourism, the local resource for Czech Republic travel tips. During the chat, these experts and other Twitter participants answered questions about the best ways to explore Prague, which museums you shouldn’t miss and the traditional Czech dishes you need to try.
Missed the chat? We’ve recapped it all for you here, so you can make the most of your next visit to Prague.
What’s the best way to explore Prague?
Petr Zezula: Prague is truly a walking city. On foot is the best way to capture all its beauty. In fact, some of the best places you can reach only by walking, like the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle.
What’s the best Prague neighbourhood to stroll?
Zezula: Lesser Town with its charming little streets, cafes and galleries. Also, the Jewish Quarter in Old Town is magical and very romantic.
Lee Rose Emery: There are so many. But I like to walk beside the river from Four Seasons to the Dancing House.
Czech Tourism: Old Town is romantic. Kampa Island is a must! Novy Svet is also a must. It’s not really a neighbourhood, but rather a world on its own.
Where is the most romantic spot in the city?
Zezula: Try a walk up through the cherry blossoms to Petrin Tower, where you can admire the views of Prague. Stroll down the historical cobblestone streets of the Old Town of Prague. Take in the views around the Prague Castle area and “Novy Svet” (New World).
Emery: The whole city is romantic, but the Charles Bridge early in the morning or late at night is pretty special.
Czech Tourism: Don’t forget to visit some of the Castle gardens! Romantic, beautiful views and, surprisingly, not so touristy!
Where are the best city and Vltava River views?
Zezula: CottoCrudo restaurant’s terrace is the perfect place to sit and enjoy the view of the Castle and the Vltava River. Discover more great views of the river and summer beer gardens in Letna Park.
Emery: There’s also a great view from the top of the clock tower in Old Town Square, or up by the Strohov Monestary.
Czech Tourism: Check out the view from the Charles Bridge at sunset or from the Zizkov tower. Both are sure to leave you with an unforgettable experience.
Which are the city’s can’t-miss museums?
Zezula: With its unique collection of Frantisek Kupka, Kampa Museum is a must.
Where is the best place to catch a jazz concert?
Zezula: Located right on Vltava, the Jazz Docks offer live music and concerts every night at 10:00 pm.
Emery: My favourite is to wander the city and stumble upon jazz or other street musicians.
Which authentic Czech dishes do you have to taste?
Zezula: It doesn’t get more Czech than dumplings and goulash. Also, dumplings filled with fruits and served with cottage cheese won’t disappoint! Be sure to also try any style of our schnitzel, a dish popular among our young travellers. Last but not least, do your taste buds a favour and try the “Spanelsky ptacek” (Spanish bird), a stuffed beef roll with egg, bacon and pickled cucumber. Delicious!
Emery: Dumplings and goulash is great but so are trdelnik pastries.
Czech Tourism: “Palacinkas” (thin sweet crepes) are yummy! Also, we can’t forget “smazeny syr” (fried cheese with French fries). It may not be the healthiest option, but it is certainly one of the most popular among Czechs.
What is Prague’s best brewery, and which beer should you try when you’re there?
Zezula: Check out the legendary U Tygra where former President Vaclav Havel and famous writers used to go. U tri ruzi (At Three Roses) is a new microbrewery in the city centre that serves seven local flavoured beers.
Emery: Lokal on Dlouha Trida—they have great traditional Czech cuisine, too.
Where is the best place to enjoy an al fresco meal?
Zezula: CottoCrudo. And Sansho serves great Asian-fusion cuisine.
Emery: There are some very cozy outdoor dining spots in Tyn Square, but CottoCrudo is lovely, too.
Czech Tourism: Check out the beautiful views at Terasa U Zlate Studne (Terrace at the Golden Well).
Who are the local Czech designers to check out?
Zezula: We love the elegant and feminine work of fashion designer Tatiana. Also, Preciosa lighting company offers modern and contemporary pieces from local designers.
Czech Tourism: Prague is booming with talent, from the likes of Klara Nademlynska, Koza, Libena Rochova. Maxim Velcovsky and Jerry Koza, one of the most promising young Czech designers.
Where can you find Prague’s best breakfast?
Zezula: Café Imperial blends local flavours with art nouveau stunning décor.
Emery: Cafe Savoy—you may need a reservation on the weekends.
What is your favorite day trip outside the city?
Emery: We went for a lovely hike in Cesky Raj about 45 minutes outside the city. It was an enchanted forest!
Czech Tourism: Kampa Island.
Zezula: How about Cesky Krumlov? Also try Kutna Hora for a half-day trip.
What’s your best tip for Prague Spring Festival-goers?
Zezula: First, dress up! Attend at least one concert in Municipal House. Try your hardest to attend morning rehearsals in Rudolfinum, a unique experience at a lower price. Come back for a performance, but not before you visit the Museum of Applied Arts, located just across the street!
Emery: Be prepared to be AMAZED, and leave your high heels at home (they twist in the cobblestones).