It’s bound to happen to all of us at some point. It’s Thursday afternoon and you realise all of your friends, roommates, suitemates, classmates, and acquaintances are on their way to Budapest, Vienna, Berlin or Amsterdam (or any other beautiful European destination) and you find yourself all alone in Prague for the weekend. Your first reactions may include sadness, confusion, a feeling of rejection, a dejected look at your bank account, and then the question: what on earth will I do with myself this weekend?
Well, don’t fret! Here you will find 10 affordable, enjoyable solo activities to answer that very question. You-time is the best time!
Sit in a café. Get some work done, people watch, sip on a cappuccino. Try SIGNATURE Store & Cafe right around the corner from Osadni - this place is like a hybrid between Urban Outfitters and a hipster coffee shop in Williamsburg. For those of you who don’t live in Osadni and don’t want to make the trek to Holešovice, check out this article for more cafés close to Slezka and Machova
Check out DOX, the contemporary art museum (again, right next to Osadni). Entry costs 90 czk with a student ID and includes access to the current exhibitions along with “gulliver”, the massive almond-looking structure on the roof of the building. There are also many other art museums with affordable entry fees (like the Mucha museum) if modern art isn’t your thing.
Take a walk in Letna Park. Located on a hill above the Vltava River, the park has great views of the city as well as a restaurant and a few kiosks that sell beer and food. You can also see the famous metronome. It’s a perfect outing for a sunny afternoon with your headphones and a book.
Go thrifting! Miss Buffalo Exchange and L-Train? Check out Genesis, Šatna and Bazar U Kola. All walking distance from each other in Prague 1, you will surely satisfy your New York thrifting withdrawal at these second-hand stores.
Walk along the river from Holešovice to Old Town, or the other way around. There’s no better way to spend a morning or afternoon like a real tourist, taking a beautiful walk along the river, starting (or ending) at Charles Bridge.
Spend far too long in Flying Tiger in Wenceslas Square. This store has everything you could ever want and need, from gloves to stationary to kitchen appliances to candy. Making (multiple) rounds in the store is a cheap and entertaining way to kill a bit of time. It is also conveniently close to Kitchen Ramen Bar, a great ramen restaurant right off of the square, perfect for a cozy bowl of self-sufficient, independent happiness at the end of a long day.
Take a yoga class. At Yogaspace in Prague 1, they conduct yoga classes for all levels in English. You can take a 60 minute class for 200 czk or a 75 minute class for 260 czk. Take a look at the schedule here: https://www.yogaspace.cz/rozvrh/. And for any early risers, upstairs at SIGNATURE Store & Cafe (up the metal stairs outside the building) there is a studio that has free yoga classes every Friday at 7am.
Wander through the Prague Market in Prague 7. This enormous market has vendors selling everything from fruits and vegetables to flowers, clothes, as well as restaurants and many Vietnamese food stalls. Check out their website for more information here.
Go see a movie! Get some popcorn, sit and enjoy a new film (in English, don’t worry). Many movie theaters around the city screen films in English, for example Cinema City in Prague 1. Here you can find their listings: http://www.cinemacity.cz/en/movies.