Prague The Old Town Vs. The New

If you’re searching for a city break like no other this year, look no further than this historic capital of the Czech Republic – Prague! Offering two amazing towns, each spectacular in their own right, there’s so much to see and do here it’s hard to know where to begin. Not only does Prague offer sometime for the entire family, but it’s also a great place to dwell in the romance of the city with a loved one for a day or two. Surrounded by European heavyweights, Prague’s cuisine has been influenced throughout the years, and there’s a great selection of dishes to try too. Let’s take a look at the top attractions of the Old Town and the new, and see if you can be persuaded to book your ticket to Prague this year!

Prague Czech Republic

Prague Czech Republic

Prague: The Old Town Vs. The New

Old Town

Prague’s Old Town Square is one of the oldest places in Europe, and dates back over 700 years.

Prague Old Town Square

Prague Old Town Square

Not only are you taken on a journey of historical discovery just by walking through the square, but the view that surrounds you is something to be savoured and cherished. The Old Town Square is around 5 minutes’ walk from its New Town counterpart – Wenceslas Square.

Prague Old Town

Prague Old Town

With its magnificent churches, stunning cathedrals and beautiful architecture all around, it’s hard not to feel humbled here.

The Old Town started out life as the city’s central marketplace back in the 12th century, and even since it has been the focal point of tradition in Prague. Book tickets to Prague and join the thousands of tourists every day that visit the Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque buildings that house cafés and restaurants and the perfect places to sit and watch the world go by.

Prague New Town

Prague New Town

New Town

Founded by Charles IV in 1348, the New Town isn’t really new at all – it’s just newer than the Old Town! This part of Prague also offers an array of historical monuments that seamlessly combine with the luxury shops and restaurants for the ultimate city-break experience. New Town has taken shape over the years with waves of modern development, however the traditional essence of the area remains whole intact. New Town is a lot bigger than the Old Town, in fact it wraps around it in some places, like the banks of the River Vltava.

Prague River Vltava

Prague River Vltava

Combined with the Castle District and the Lesser Town, these four areas make up the whole of the city. If it is your first time in Prague, then the New Town is the best place to stay. The Old Town is only a few minutes’ walk away, so you’ll be able to get your fill of Prague’s history, and all the modern elements of the city are right on your doorstep too! Be sure to take the tram to the Castle District, as the views from the top of the hill are spectacular.

Prague Castle District

Prague Castle District

To read more about Prague and our time in Czech Republic, check out our:

13 things to do in Prague Travel Guide
Prague Czech Republic Travel Video
Prague Where You Drink Beer Like Water

Guide To Vegetarian Restaurants In Prague

We had been told that being a vegetarian in Prague would be boring and even difficult, so imagine our surprise when Prague turned out to have some of the best vegetarian restaurants we’ve been to in Europe.

Walking down the streets of Prague you won’t find a single vegetarian item on the normal menus (except maybe a cheese beer snack!), but there are some true gems hidden in the city.

The trick is to know where to find them, because unless you know where to go chances are you will miss them – they’re not located on the main tourist streets, but in the corners and side streets. Whether you’re a vegetarian or are just tired of all the meat plates and feel like something different, here is a guide to some vegetarian restaurants in Prague…

Maitrea

Maitrea

Maitrea

Maitrea is my favorite restaurant in Prague – the menu offers some yummy and interesting choices, and the food is absolutely amazing! I highly recommend trying the “Traditional Sirloin with seitan, bread dumplings, cream and cranberries” – it’s amazing – they also have some great vegan options, the cake in the photo for example is a raw vegan chocolate fig cake – yum…The service is friendly and although the beer is above the average price, the food is cheap (around 150 koruna for a main course) and really good quality. The design in the restaurant is really cozy and welcoming, so people end up sitting for much longer than usual – it’s a popular place so during lunch hours it can get pretty busy.

Address: Týnská ulička 1064/6
Open: Mon-Fri 11:30 to 11:30 p.m., Sat-Sun 12:00 to 11:30 p.m.

Clear Head

Clear Head

Clear Head

Run by the same people who own Maitrea, Clear Head has to be one of the cutest restaurants ever – there are two rooms, the one we were seated in had a cute mushroom fireplace and a beautiful roof which looked like a starry sky. The food was really good and cheap, and they serve a kick-ass half liter home made lemonade!

Address: Boršov 280/2
Open: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 11:30pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 11:30pm.

Balarama

Balarama

Balarama

Probably one of the cheapest restaurants in Prague, this non-profit Hare Krishna restaurant serves massive plates of mild Indian food for just 90 koruna. This restaurant has no menu but serves a “meal of the day” instead. The daily meal only repeats itself after six weeks so it doesn’t get boring – it’s a little out of the way from the city center, but if you’re looking for a good, cheap and filling meal, it’s worth the extra effort.

Address: Orlická 2176/9
Open Hours: Mon – fri 11am – 8pm

Loving Hut

I’ve included Loving Hut in this vegetarian guide because it’s a popular vegan food chain and they have as many as four restaurants in Prague, but to be honest I wasn’t too fussed about their food – if you’re into Chinese however, you might like the food at Loving Hut.

Address: 20 Truhlářská, London 35, Plzeňská 8, Radlická 117.
Open Hours: 11am – 9pm

Dhaba Beas

Dhaba Beas

Dhaba Beas

Dhaba Beas is also a restaurant chain run by independent owners, so each restaurant works slightly different from the other – there are five Dhaba Beas restaurants in Prague. At the one located on Týnská 19 they have a buffet where you can fill your plate with whatever you fancy from the buffet, and then pay by weight.

We really liked this idea over the “all-you-can-eat” buffets or fixed meals, as you really only pay for how much you eat.

On Bělehradská 90 street they have a menu of three different plates (small, medium and large) as well as a daily special. All their restaurants are very popular and are quite busy during lunch hours.

Address: Bělehradská 90, Týnská 19, Sokolovská 93, Na Pankráci, Vladislavova 24.
Open: It depends on the restaurant, generally 11am – 9pm on weekdays, and 12pm-8pm on weekends.

Must-Try Local Food: Dumplings

A must-try food in Czech Republic are dumplings – the czech dumplings are quite unique and can be made in a various different fillings; from potato dumplings and bread dumplings to sweet fillings such as plums.

Czech Republic dumplings

Czech Republic dumplings

The fruit dumplings are especially good, and while you will often find it on the dessert side of the menu, it’s very common to have it as a main course as the dumplings are so filling!

Although the city center is usually a place to avoid, there is a great restaurant right on the Old Town square called Straromêstská which serves some great fruit dumplings with different toppings (2 dumplings are enough for one person, and they cost 44 koruna) – it’s not a vegetarian restaurant, but the fruit dumplings are all vegetarian and taste delicious!

I hope you found this guide useful for the next time you visit Prague, and if you would recommend any other vegetarian restaurants in Prague share them in the comments below!

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8 Responses to Prague The Old Town Vs. The New

  1. Seattle Dredge September 16, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I definitely prefer old town, but agree that it’s good to stay in new town and make the journey over to explore. Love Prague!

  2. Rebecca September 16, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    great insight to such an amazing up and coming city

  3. Arianwen September 17, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    All this ‘old town/new town’ talk reminds me of Edinburgh! I really want to visit Prague. Seems like all my friends have been heading there lately and I’m the unfashionable one!

  4. emi September 17, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    oh i adore prague. my brother lived there and this post just made me want to go back!!

    looks like we’re kindred travel lovers! can’t wait to follow your blog! XO
    welltraveledwife.com

  5. John September 17, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    It’s har d t choose between Old Town and New Town as both seem very interesting.
    After reading your post, I look forward to meet Prague

  6. OCDemon September 18, 2013 at 1:46 am #

    I keep thinking the hot air balloon is going to pop on one of the spiky towers.

  7. Heather September 22, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    I love that the “new town” is still several hundred years older than America!

  8. micheal September 25, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    I really loved prague when i visited it 2 years back. It is beautiful and calm. I must say that you have a mind-blowing blog here and some great pictures and videos too!