Mala Strana Prague
We are going to Prague for 3 days next week and are staying in the Mala Strana. Wondering if anybody has any good recs for a semi casual dining experience in that neighborhood. We will have my 81 year old mother so I am not talking a noisy pub or the likes. I quite like the idea of a restaurant that is in one of the caves that seem to be all over. We will be at the Mandarin Oriental and would like to be able to walk. Thanks in advance!
I stayed in room 506 of the Residence Mala Strana for 3 nights in late September 2008 on a city break with two friends. I had booked a triple room and was a little apprehensive about the sleeping arrangements in the room we would be given. As it turned out, my apprehension was ill-founded; the room we got was huge and even had a separate bedroom in addition to a bed made up in the main room. The room facilities were great as the main room featured a mini kitchen area with electric cooking hobs, mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities and a seating area.
Breakfast was served in the basement of the hotel and the choice was fantastic! There was an exceptional selection of the usual continental breakfast items such as pastries, meats, salads, bread, juice, cereals and fresh fruit, plus cooked items such as sausages and scrambled egg. There was also a good selection of drinks including coffee, fruit juices and a variety of flavoured teas.
The hotel location is excellent, with most of the main tourist sites within easy walking distance. For sites further a field there are three tram stops (depending on tram route/direction) within close proximity of the hotel, which provide easy connection with all parts of the city. We found the tram a very cheap and great way to explore the city.
There is a great selection of bars and restaurants in the vicinity of the hotel, which offer far better value for money than the establishments in the main tourist areas of the city. For instance, a beer in a restaurant near the Astronomical Clock costs around 90Kc (£3.00). However, in the bars near the hotel, the same drink only cost 24Kc (80p).
The hotel is easy to get to from the airport by public transport. We caught bus 119 to Dejvicka and then tram 20 from Dejvicka to Ujezd tram stop. The journey was seamless and only took around 30-40 minutes.
Overall, a great value hotel, which is ideally located to explore the city. I would definitely stay at this hotel again when I next visit Prague and as such, have no problems in highly recommending it.
I recommend Restaurant David - definitely walking distance, good quality food, both traditional czech and international.
118 00 Praha 1, Praha, Czech Republic
Also, not as close as David but not terribly far:
This only if you are interested in tasting menus for that is all they do.
I recommend them for the same reason - respect for local and traditional food, as well as classic international items.
I wish you a great stay in the most beautiful city I have ever been to.
Please report back - where you went and how you enjoyed it.
We ate at V Zatisi last week based on this recommendation and a few others -- we were very impressed. The description "lighter Czech" in another thread captures this restaurant's menu. Dinner here was a nice break from the heavier traditional Czech meals we had elsewhere. The wine list was also impressive with some good Czech options as well as a nice selection of bottles from France, Italy, and California.
Note that V Zatisi is in the Stare Mesto rather than Mala Strana.