Dining with an Old Town Square View
After some heavy sightseeing, how about something a little more light-hearted, like lunch with a view. Well, Prague can certainly oblige.
They advertise this as one of the most spectacular hotel rooftop views in the world, which might well be true. It is arguably one of the best views in Prague (our other favorite view is from the vineyards and wine bar just below the Castle).
Hotel U Prince is on the edge of Old Town Square in Prague, a square that has seen much of Prague’s and Czech/Bohemian history played out.
The luxury 5-star hotel is in a 12th century building that has been beautifully reconstructed. They have the Restaurant U Prince on the ground floor and a number of small salons for private parties. But, perhaps the most impressive is the Terasa U Prince, because of the view. It faces the famous Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock, and you get a panoramic view of the Old Town Square with the imposing Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, and across the old city.
We were lucky as we were treated to go here: Rod’s colleague Jan Kopecney took us here for lunch after Rod’s talk at the Czech Academy of Science. It’s a rather fancy place that we would probably never have gone to (or even known about) but he assured us it was one of his favorite places in the city. He said it’s also great for a drink at sunset or late at night. (I bet that’s true).
A sleek elevator and a short flight of stairs took us up to the rooftop
terrace. The terrace restaurant has Czech and international cuisine, which you pick from a large menu with photos, making ordering easy if you don’t speak Czech (luckily we were with a local). Rick Steves mentions that sometimes here the waiters add confusing menu charges and cautions visitors to confirm exact prices before ordering—we obviously didn’t have that problem.
Food and service were good, although portions were rather small. We savored the whole experience. Definitely food with a view.
Staromestske Namesti 29. Open 11am-11:30pm. Reservations possible by phone. Outdoor heaters when necessary.