Lenka came to Prague in 2018 after a decade of living abroad. A Czech native, she has dedicated equal time to the East and the West, having worked in Moscow and Washington. In a pursuit of equilibrium, she finally returned home to Central Europe. She misses being asked: “Where are you from?”
Where I live:
Podoli, a leafy residential neighborhood on the east side of the river with beautiful vistas, great parks, lots of runners and dogs, and a confusing system of one-way streets.
Best way to get around the city:
Prague’s public transportation system will get you almost anywhere in the city, including on a ferry. Biking is another option, although dedicated bike lanes are not everywhere.
Don’t leave without having:
Walked along the river with a view of the castle or the Old Town, or climbed one of the hills — Vysehrad would be my pick. And of course, a beer. (For nondrinkers, there is a version of every major Czech beer sans alcohol.)
But the local favorite is really:
A beer — there is no escape. The traditional beer hall — “hospoda” in Czech — has been a key part of Czech social life for centuries. Classic pubs are slowly giving way to upscale gastropubs, but there are still some surviving. Try U Jelinku, close to Wenceslas Square, for an authentic hospoda experience.
If I moved, I’d most miss:
Being able to walk almost anywhere. Public transport is efficient, but, if you have time, just walk.