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Where to Stay in Prague

It is no wonder Prague has become one of the most popular destinations in Europe during the last couple of years. A city where you can enjoy beautiful architecture, delicious food, one of the best beers and most importantly – cheap prices even during the most touristic season; July-August.

Prague’s beauty comes from that it wasn’t severely damaged during World War II. Therefore many of its historic buildings still remain intact today. Its buildings were also relatively untouched during the 17th and 18th century, which nowadays make Prague one of the most breathtaking cities with an unusual mix of Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture that is hard to find anywhere else in the world.

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View from the Astronomical Tower in Prague

Here is where to stay in Prague in order to make the best out of your trip without breaking your bank!

1) Residence U Černého Orla
Located right in the heart of Prague’s old town, just 100 meters away from the historic Charles Bridge, Residence U Černého Orla is set in an elegant Baroque house. If you are looking for a vintage styled, centrally-located and budget-friendly hotel, you should definitely check out Residence U Černého Orla.
One of the best things about the hotel is the breakfast, which is served every morning during the weekdays from 7 – 11 a.m. and during the weekend from 8 – 11 a.m. at the Residence U Černého Orla Restaurant. It includes not only Czech but also international cuisine. You can have a fresh start of the day with a French or English breakfast alongside a lot of other options in their menu.
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The comfort about Residence U Černého Orla is that you can basically walk to anywhere in Prague’s old town and discover every little street by foot.
The iconic John Lenon Wall is just a two-minute walk from the hotel.
Also, if you’ll take my advice, leave your windows a bit open while you sleep, trust me, you will wake up to the most delicious Czech Chimney Cake smell, which is every dessert lover’s dream to find.

 

Another good thing about the hotel is that every day from 3 – 5 p.m. you can enjoy free snacks like fruit, club sandwiches and cookies.

If you need any help or advice from their friendly staff working there regarding entertainment in Prague, they will help you out at any time by arranging tickets to theatre performances and more.

 

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2) MeetMe 23
Another budget-friendly and super modern option you have while staying in Prague is MeetMe23. Located right in front of the Central Station and around 400 meters away from the National Museum of Prague, Meetme23 will give you a really comfortable vacation experience, with 24 hours reception desk. They even have a fun game called Escape-Game, which is your chance to win free drinks in the hotel’s restaurant.
Breakfast is served every morning from 7 – 10 a.m.
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You will also meet those cute blue figures at MeetMe23, where you will be able to create your own little figure right next to the reception desk, which will be a nice memory from your Czech trip.
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Now that you have an idea about where to stay in Prague, let me tell you about the Vegan-friendly places in the city. Because, as a pescatarian who is on her way to be vegan, it can be tricky for me to find good food on the go. While I love vegetarian food and am always ready to try something new, it’s next to impossible to find a meat-free dish in some areas.
If you’re a pescatarian, vegetarian, or vegan, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.
As locals told me if you went to Prague ten years ago and said you were vegetarian, you might get a few raised eyebrows.
But thankfully things have totally changed since then. Places like Vegan’s Prague, Beas Vegetarian Dhaba, or Veget Bistro Café will blow your mind away with their super delicious Vegetarian and Vegan cuisine.

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Vegan Sushi in Prague

Stay tuned for my amazing weekend trip I took to Vienna while visiting Prague. Coming your way super soon!

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Astronomical Clock in Prague

Meanwhile, you can follow my journey on Instagram. Make sure to share your travel stories with me!

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Let’s Go Somewhere: Rio de Janeiro

Let’s Go Somewhere is a new project by The Fedora Hat where I will talk about the dreamy destinations I have been to. Of course, I decided to start the series with Rio de Janeiro, since it has always been a dream of mine to visit Brazil at least once in a lifetime.

Being born and raised in the capital of Georgia during the late ’90s, Brazilian culture with Globo telenovelas and Bossa Nova was very popular there, still is. Rio is definitely every Georgian’s dream destination, but if you for a second look at the map and see how far Brazil is from us, you will realize why most of Georgians think that they will never make it to South America. In my case, living in Portugal helped me a lot to achieve my goal since I was way closer to Brazil than ever before. So at the beginning of March, I booked a direct flight to Rio de Janeiro with TAP Airlines and spent the most exhausting 10H on the airplane, but oh boy, it was so worth it!

Here are some tips from me before you head off to Brazil’s most iconic city and discover Rio like a local:

  1. Rio is not THAT scary.
    First things first! Before my trip to Brazil, I read some blog posts about Rio and how dramatically scary it is. Also being friends with a lot of Brazilians in Lisbon, they warned me too about the danger in the city, but after seeing my confused face mixed with a bit of panic, they added: “To be honest, there might not happen a thing, but the CHANCES of happening something horrible are rather high.” I definitely confirm this quote, because literally, nothing happened to me during my stay in Brazil. It’s always better to be on a safe side and not to show off with your expensive cameras or phones. Try to always be and act like a local. One thing I did was keeping my phone always in my fanny pack and not wearing too many accessories or attention-catchy things.

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    Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  2. The iconic touristic places.
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    Pão de Açúcar, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Of course, Rio without Copacabana, Leblon or Ipanema is a Rio wasted, but my tip would be in order to avoid extremely overpriced hotels or Airbnb in these areas, you can simply book a cheaper option somewhere close by and take Metro to anywhere. Metro is the safest transport option in Rio and is newly renovated with air-condition and some Portuguese tiles’ art going on. Unlike Europe, in Rio they don’t have daily/weekly/monthly pass in Metro, so basically you need to charge your card for each use. One way ticket costs 4 Brazilian Reais.

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    Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    While at Copacabana make sure to visit Lala’s Coworking de Beleza & Café , where you can have the most delicious Brigadeiro cake while having your nails/hair done!

    Also, unlike the European city center, the center of Rio (Centro) is pretty dangerous if you visit it after 5 p.m. During the day the neighbourhood is busy with Business centers and working people going on, but after 5 in the afternoon you might be the only one walking there, that’s when it gets a bit scary. From Centro you can walk to either Lapa and check the famous stairs, where you always have at least one Brazilian playing the perfectly out of tuned Bossa Nova

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    Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Or also to take a walk and visit Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) and check what the future holds.

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    Museum of Tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    For swimming forget Copacabana and Ipanema and go to Barra da Tijuca instead, where usually the local people go. The beach and the water there is way cleaner, and the neighbourhood – safer. It was one of the fewest occasions where I could take pictures without my friend shouting at me to keep my phone in the bag.
    Also, you will find a lot of cosy & fancy coffee shops with (finally) free Wi-Fi in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood.

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    Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  3. A taste of the famous Açaí while visiting the Botanical Gardens of Rio.
    When they first warned me not to ever use my phone in the streets of Rio, my first question was “but how am I going to orientate without using GPS?” but Rio turned out to be the easiest place to walk around because basically everything has the same name. For example: for The Botanical Gardens you have the station called “The Botanical Gardens” which is situated on “The Botanical Gardens” avenue, easy-breezy. And on your way there, you have one place called BIBI, where they serve the best Açaí in the whole city!

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    The Botanical Gardens of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  4. Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer.
    Since I had a really bad experience and I almost left Rio without seeing the main attraction (Christo Redentor) I decided to share my tips for you. Being in Rio at the beginning of March it was foggy and cloudy most of the days. And if it’s sunny down on Copacabana, it might be super foggy at Corcovado, so it’s better to check out their website Corcovado ao vivo where you can see live if the Statue of Christ is visible. Because when I first went there, they were not even selling the tickets due to clouds that made the statue disappear.
    My advice would be to take the shuttle bus to Corcovado instead of the Funicular because it’s way cheaper and also it stops at one viewpoint place “Mirante Dona Marta” from where you have the most beautiful view over Rio de Janeiro.

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    Mirante Dona Marta, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    The ticket office usually opens at 8 a.m and it’s always better to go there early because around 10 a.m. there were so many people at the Statue already that you could even barely move, not to talk about how many failures we had during taking a decent picture.

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    Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  5. A day trip from Rio.
    A really cool day trip you can have from Rio de Janeiro is Petrópolis. It takes around 2H to get there and you have buses going almost anytime during the day. The trip is quite cheap and is worth visiting because from a very Brazilian city of Rio you will end up in a German look-a-like, safer and more “European” Petropolis. If you’ll read a bit of history from the early 1800s, Germans immigrated to Brazil and started spreading their culture there. Nowadays, the most “developed” parts of Brazil are exactly the German-influenced parts. Fun fact about Petrópolis is that during his last years, Stefan Zweig was living there with his wife. He ended his life there. You can even watch a movie about his life called “Stefan Zweig, Farewell to Europe” and you will see a lot of Brazil going on there.

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    Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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