The sweet shop a cutlass above the rest

By Matthew Earth

Prague may be more famous for its beers and meat dishes, but those with a sweet tooth are definitely catered for.

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Dotted around the city are numerous confectionary stores, including multiple branches of Captain Candy, which allow customers to fill up bags with a huge range of different sweets from literal barrels – yes, it’s a pirate-themed sweet shop.

If you arrgghh fond of cola bottles, chocolate fudge or if a flying saucer tickles your fancy, there’s some delicious delights available to plunder. It might be the nicest tasting pick-and-mix you ever go to.

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These may look delicious, but be warned – they will cost you precious loot

For 160 Kzc, I came out with a varied selection of the treats on offer, and they were all sickly sweet. However, I felt I had been charged slightly too much. The sweets were nice, don’t get me wrong, but the total cost equated to more than £5 for a barely full bag. Shiver me timbers.

Scouting for Prague’s best hidden café

By Olly Sullivan

It seems impossible to escape the hustle and bustle of Prague’s Old Town Square during the day, but in the manic centre lies a hidden oasis.

Behind an old brass door, and up a winding flight of stairs is Skautsky Institut – a small café run solely by members of local scout and guide groups.

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Look out for this quirky feature from outside

Offering a range of hot and cold snacks, juices and coffees, the quirky café is the perfect place to unwind after watching the nearby Astronomical Clock strike the hour.

Also on offer are two local beers, as well as a small selection of wines, all without the high city centre price tag.

Jakub Ambrozek, 24, who works for the Skautsky Instut’s public relations department said he loves his job here.

“I’ve been involved with the scouts my whole life, starting when I was around nine-years-old,” he said.

“We were originally only volunteers, but now we have a small group of full-time and part-time staff, all of whom have been involved with the scouts or the guides for most of their lives.”

Although the cafe has mostly been funded by the Skautsky Insitut, a scouts organisation that was founded to preserve the national scout archives, they have also received EU funding.

“We’ve received 100,000 Euro funding from the EU, which has really helped us out,” Jakub explained.

Although the cafe is well tucked away, a series of YouTube videos by the ‘Prague Guide’ has seen the cafe gain lots of attention from tourists.

“Janek [the ‘Prague Guide’] has become a good friend of ours, he’s a regular in here and sometimes helps out behind the bar. It’s nice that it’s brought attention to us.” Jakub said.

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Sit back, relax and enjoy the view of Old Town Square

Once you’ve got your drink, take a seat by the windows and look out onto the historic square with its packed out bars, and for once in Prague – enjoy the peace and quiet.

 

 

 

 

Provaznice: the cursed pub

By Harry Rogers

A haunted pub sits inside Prague’s old town offering fine food and beer for an affordable price.

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The famous portrait of the rope maker’s wife that will heal your suffering for love

Provaznice tells the story of a fair maiden who was lusted over by all the men in Prague, but her heart belonged to her husband, the rope-maker.

Her husband spent many days away crafting rope and promised his wife her very own pub to look after whilst he was away.

As soon as her pub was open, it quickly became a popular spot for all the men in the area to drink.

Rumours spread that, tired of always longing after her husband’s return, the rope-maker’s wife began offering other services as well as food and beer to cure her loneliness

When the rope-maker learned of his wife’s unfaithfulness, he was furious and came home straight away to confront her about the rumours he had heard.

When she confessed, in a moment of rage he strangled his wife with rope, to punish her for her actions.

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It is said that her spirit still dwells in the pub as a curse, and will not rest until she has healed all the souls suffering for love.

At the back of the pub sits a portrait of the rope-maker’s wife and it is said that anyone who is suffering for love should touch the portrait and their problems will be sorted.

The place has such a rustic feel that can rarely be found elsewhere in Prague so if you’re suffering for love, the cursed pub of Provaznice may cure all of your dilemmas.

You can visit Provaznice by taking the metro to Můstek, then a short walk just off of Wenceslas Square.

VIDEO: Prague markets – a great experience

By Alice Warner

Throughout the city of Prague there are small, intriguing and quaint little markets.

Unlike Leicester, they are quiet with a great deal of hand-made Czech goods, produce and gifts.

As you can see, there are many people on the streets of the market, making their produce so you can see the old-fashioned way things were made and produced.

This gentleman is using an old loom to weave cloth into clothing and scarves to sell on his market stall.

Seeing a loom was all very new to us as we had never witnessed one in action.

Most of the stalls were selling items native to Prague, such as sausages, chimney cakes, fruit, flowers, glass and woodwork.

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We could have spent hours walking around the market looking at the wonderful things that the people here craft by hand.

You can also smell all of the incredible food cooking as you walk around, which leads you to all of the food stalls.

The chimney cakes are definitely worth a try if you’ve got a sweet tooth, plain or covered in chocolate or ice cream, these cakes are Prague’s answer to our doughnut.

Just down the road from the stalls selling all of the goods was a fruit market.

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This one had such a nice family friendly feel to it as you were walking around.

All of the stall owners had their dogs, wives and children with them running the stall and you could see that they were genuinely happy, playing games and talking to the public.

Again, all of the produce was local and looked very tasty.

It is such a contrast to Leicester Market and when in Prague they are definitely worth a visit, whether just to walk around or to sit down and have lunch amongst the lovely people, you could spend a whole day just in awe at all of the wonderful things on offer here.

 

VIDEO: Trdelník – the Chimney cakes of Prague

 

By Sophie Sandberg

Czech cuisine doesn’t get any better than the legendary Trdelník.

Also known as a ‘chimney cake’, the Trdelník is a definite favourite among the many tourists in Prague and can be found on every street corner of the city.

This sugar-covered pasty can be eaten plain, filled with custard or with ice cream and is the perfect afternoon snack after a day of strolling around Prague.

Trdelníks have been enjoyed by the Czechs since the 18th century and just seeing the craftsmanship that goes into creating these twirls will definitely make your mouth water.

If you come to Prague without trying a Trdelník, have you really been to Prague?

For 70 CKZ these are really worth the hype!