There’s something about Christmas markets in Europe. I can’t quite capture the magic in photos. It’s a feeling. The feeling of Christmas and joy all around… Or could that just be the mulled wine? The truth is I can be a bit of a grinch, but there’s just something about European Christmas markets and everyone gathered around in a piazza that melts the cynic in me.
The cutest stalls roll into Prague for the holidays and make the cobblestoned streets that much more charming. The most stalls are around the Old Town Square, but there are smaller clusters of markets throughout the city and even up to the castle across the river.
My favorite was the one strip of stalls that filled a small street on the other side of Charles Bridge. We sat on the benches and watched as Czech families came out to have a picnic lunch. Local families were out with their stacks of Tupperware and spreads of snack food on Christmas Eve. I feel like I saw more actual Czech families here than over in the touristy Old Town Square.
We eagerly got in a crowded line to try some Czech mulled wine served in the cutest cups. When we got the front of the line with our cash out, the server said, “It’s free…” and in response to our is-this-a-joke expression, he said, “Anything is possible in my country.”
Going hungry would be almost impossible at the Prague Christmas market. There are food stalls everywhere! It seems like every few feet there were pork legs sizzling over a rotisserie or chicken kabobs being barbecued.
Breakfast at Café Savoy is an especially cozy meal during the winter months. Be sure to try the chocolate cappuccino and wear your
goofiest finest Christmas sweater.
Bakeshop is a great place to pop in for a quick bite.
Hergetova Cihelna for a special Christmas dinner.
And at night, the Prague Christmas market literally lights up! Everyone is freezing, but no one seems to mind. It’s simply a joy to be outside listening to live Christmas music, drinking mulled wine and soaking up all the holiday cheer.
Prague, you’ve made Christmastime very merry indeed! Be sure to also check out the full Prague Travel Guide before you visit!
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