So this weekend, I decided to pay a visit to a friend living in Prague. I had never been to Prague or the Czech Republic before, so this was a two-in-one-win situation, because I got to discover a new place and cross it off my list of places to visit, and also see a friend that I don't get to see too much because she's such a wanderer that she rarely happens to be in the same place as me.
In a few words, Prague made me think a little bit of Budapest: a lot of beautiful buildings and areas, but yet a place made for "ordinary" people at the same time. One where even with the beautiful architecture, the city doesn't seem to be owned by upper class people rolling in expensive cars. Even in the "fancier" areas, you would have small, local bars and cafes or tiny minimarkets where you could come across anybody, not only the richest people in town. Does that make any sense? The buildings in the city center looked a lot like those in other European capitals, like Vienna, Budapest or Paris, but so much more colourful! Pastel shades from yellows to purples and greens, that gave a very cute and particular look to the city.
Besides the colourful buildings, what struck me was the amount of dogs and tourists. There seems to be more of both of those than local people :P I hadn't realised that Prague is such a popular destination and the city center is full of foreigners and consequently, also a lot of shops, restaurants and activities for tourists. That's a bit of a shame, because everything really local is so much more interesting. But then again, there are other areas outside the most central area that are less touristic and super nice, I always try to look for those when traveling. I was also a bit surprised by the prices. Prague definitely isn't a super cheap destination, compared to many other countries in Central or Eastern Europe. Compared to Finland, the prices are of course lower, but not as much as I thought.
One must-go place while in Prague is Cafefin. It is a Vietnamese style cafe, perfect for a weekend (or weekday, what the hell!) brunch. They have both Vietnamese foods like banh mi sandwiches or bun bo, and also more "Western" brunch food, like avocado toasts and porridges. It's amazing, yummy, and instaworthy. Run.