The perfect picnic in Prague guide

The sun is out and so are the residents and tourists of Prague. You’re probably thinking of joining them, and what better way to enjoy a great day than to go for a picnic. To aid you in your quest, we’ve put together this quick guide to get you on our way.

The rules

Some people enjoying a picnic in Prague

Some people enjoying a picnic in Prague

Before we start, the boring stuff! BBQs are fine in certain places., as long as you’re an adult and that you dispose of the ashes afterwards (no leaving of dumping). Portable, disposable grills, for this reason, are probably your best option. Permitted places include Ďáblický háj, Divoká Šárka, Hloubětín, Hostivař, Klukovice, Kunratice and Řepy.

While drinking in public is prohibited, it’s up for debate how much this is enforced and where. Loud tourists drinking in Old Town Square are likely to get in trouble, but enjoying a few beers in a park, so long as you’re of legal drinking age, should be fine. Don’t litter though, that’s also illegal and also stupid!

Where to go

Enjoying a beer in Letná Park

Enjoying a beer in Letná Park

Thanks to Prague’s natural beauty and abundance of great parks and outdoor spots, you’re really spoiled for choice – and your ultimate selection will depend on which part of the city you fancy seeing.

Letná Park, with its sweeping views of the city and great outdoor bar, is an obvious choice, as is Vyšehrad which is rich in historical significance and sights. For those that want to chow down next to the river, you can go wrong on the ever-popular Střelecký Ostrov island.

Further out, Divoká Šárka is an excellent choice if you want to leave behind the hustle bustle of Prague proper and enjoy time relaxing around a lake in a stunning nature reserve.

What to eat and drink

A delicious chimney cake

A delicious chimney cake

If you’re thirsty, then we always recommend Czech beer which, in our opinion, is some of the best in the world, darn cheap, and not too strong on the alcohol side.

Other than the usual favourite picnic foods, if you’re looking to add some local things to your basket, may we recommend bread and potato pancakes, smažený sýr, which is fried cheese, chlebíčky open-faced sandwiches, or trdelník, otherwise known as chimney cakes, if you’ve got a sweet tooth.

Bon appetite!

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