It wasn’t my first time in Prague so I skipped most of all the Imperial and Royal (K+K) sights which are in the city center. If you are interested in those, just take a free walking tour, they cover most of the places or give you tips where you can go. For me, it was more about escaping from the tourist masses.
Have a walk
The park on the northern side of the river in Prague 7 (Letna Gardens) is definitely worth a walk. It is not that crowded and you can also find a lot of locals having a walk or picnic there. Furthermore, you also have a great view over Prague and the river Vitava (e.g. from the Metronome).
Remote working (digital nomad)
I was really impressed by the perfect infrastructure for digital nomads and remote workers. There are several co-working spaces and a lot of cafes which provide power outlets and won’t look at you that angrily if you sip on the same drink for a longer time. I can recommend Pracovna, they offer desks for a really affordable price, also on a daily basis (unfortunately, they were booked out when I was there). You can also stay in their cafe, which is optimized for workers (small tables, power outlets). Another nice working place is the cafe Cafedu, which is close to the main station. Although it’s getting crowded quite quickly as a lot of students like to work and study there. Due to the rain I stumbled over the really cozy and calm Laundry Café, which is ideal for doing some work while having a good cake and coffee. You can also consult the Lassie Marlowe’s blog article about digital nomads in Prague, 2017 to discover more places to work (maybe bit outdated).
Prague has also a very vivid tech community. One evening I went to the PragueJS Meetup (~100 people) and heard two interesting talks about ReasonML and GraphQL by Roman Schejbal and Vít Gottwald. Have a look at Meetup, there are also several other very active and interesting groups.
Bars and Jazz
In the evening there are plenty of (jazz) bars that also have live music. I went to http://malyglen.cz/en/pages, which is a bit touristy but they have good food and usually it is not that crowded due to the entrance fee for the live music in the basement.
Modern art museum
Prague has also several contemporary art museums and exhibitions. A big one is the Veletrzni Palace (Fair Trade Palace https://www.ngprague.cz/en/budova/veletrzni-palac/), which belongs to the National Gallery and presents art of mainly Czech artists on 6 big floors.
After the inspiring museum visit you can enjoy a coffee and great cake in the museum’s cafe https://cafejedna.cz/, which can be also recommended for (remote) working. The museum is also close to the park Stromovka in Prague 7, which literally begs for a nice stroll through nature to digest the art you have seen in the museum.
Luckily there was rain
One day there was heavy rain until the afternoon and I used the opportunity to visit some tourist magnets right after the rain was over. An almost empty area around the palace and Carl’s bridge while having a fresh breeze without the burning sun. I can definitely recommend this if the weather provides you with this opportunity. Otherwise, try to go there in the evening when the palace is closed, usually, it’s less crowded then.
I’ll be back
Even though I have been to Prague several times, I would definitely go there again. It is like Vienna but fewer raunzer1 or at least I don’t understand them :p - and there is always something new to discover in this charming city and you can always enjoy the cheap beer and good food (Sausages in black beer, Gulasch, etc.). In case you do do not like beer, it is always worth the creamy and very tasty cakes, and of course, there are tons of nice people in Prague to meet.
to cite the book “Vienna: A Cultural History by Nicholas Parsons”: Max Mayr remarks in his study of it that the tendancy of language in general to have more expressions for the bad and unpleasant than for the good and agreeable is multiplied in Wienerisch, and often taken to risible extremes. The very intonation frequently sounds like a litany of complaint to the untutored ear, which indeed it may well be, since raunzen (grumbling) and nörgeln (carping) are staples of Viennese intercourse. Many of the Raunzer an Nörgler ingesting beer and sausages at street-corner stands, or sipping their Große Braunen in the coffee houses, have bought the art of abuse to a degree of refinement seldom achieved somewhere else in the civilized world.↩