Miss Sophie's, inexpensive, 011-420-296-303-530. On the
other end of the spectrum from the new Mandarin Oriental is little
Miss Sophie's, a minimalist hotel/hostel in the lovely New Town
district. It may not have all the creature comforts, but it's still
got style, charm, and countless loyal fans. We also love that it's
Radost FX Café, inexpensive to moderate, 011-420-224-254-776.
Don't get us wrong, we love us some beef, but we don't mind going
meatless when the options are as delicious as the ones at this
popular vegetarian restaurant. Radost, which means "joy" in Czech,
was opened by a couple of Americans, but the menu goes global with
selections like the Greek salad, Thai noodle soup, Italian cheese
pita, and Middle Eastern platter, complete with stuffed grape
leaves and hummus.
U Medvídku°, inexpensive, 011-420-224-211-916. Craving an
authentic Czech meal? You can't get much more legit than in this
cavernous beer hall that dates back to the 1400s. From the goulash
with bacon dumplings to the malt-house microbrews, it's the real
Petr?ín Hill. Perhaps the best way to take in all Prague has to
offer is from atop Petr?ín Hill, a beautifully manicured and
gardened park 1,043 feet above the city. Climb even higher via the
observation tower built back in 1891 to resemble a small Eiffel
Tower. To get there, go to Újezd street and take the funicular;
it's just been overhauled and is back in business.