act like local :)


"Just after the Velvet Revolution, Prague experienced a touristic boom. Maybe the 40 years of communism when we enjoyed Prague with fewer tourists spoiled us. Maybe we just do not want to get used to crowds of tourists, who knows? But one thing is certain. If you want to act like a local, do complain about tourists.

Dress as you are going to partake in some outdoor activity. It might look like half of the people in Prague are just about to leave for a mountain trip, but it is simply because we like sports and practical clothes a bit more than fashion.

Do not block the streets or entrances and let the local “runners” go ahead. On escalators in the metro, stay on the right side, one-by-one and leave the left side free for “the runners”. The best advice? Become “the runner”...

If you want to get somewhere, avoid the main tourist streets. Use “pasáž” (see the dictionary) and always choose a back street. Just one street next to the main one is OK. See? You can walk straight ahead and no need to watch out for pickpockets - what a relief! Avoid the especially popular “Royal way” from The Old Town Square over The Charles Bridge to the Prague Castle.

Normally we leave about 20 CZK as a tip in a typical restaurant. Usually less in a bar or pub, so always round to the nearest 5 or 10 CZK. But if one goes “for one beer” and they want to rob him by requiring 45 CZK for one Pilsen or they are really unfriendly with you, just pay what you have to pay. (No tip is plausible!)

Watch out for dog shit! Some people say it brings money, but... you know...

It is not usual for us to kiss or hug when we meet. It might feel awkward to shake hands also, but sometimes it is weird not to do anything - we are quite difficult about that. We suggest you wait to see what the other person does and then follow.

Let elderly people sit in the tram. It is polite and you avoid the unpleasant arguments with retired grandmas and grandpas of Prague often “armed” with canes.

Drink tea and smoke shisha in a tearoom. If we are broke, but don’t want to sit at home, we enjoy a really long cup of tea and talk and talk for hours. It may seem strange, but Czech people love oriental tearooms. We love them so much that we have even created a sort of “oriental tearoom” that doesn’t exist in the East."