ask Hannah about
cocktail bars • viewpoints • art galleries • local design • parks • fine dining • breakfast and brunch
What do you do and why do you do it?
I work as the Creative Director/Brand Manager for The Emblem Hotel, and I also do some freelance copywriting. My background is in writing (hence: the copywriting), but I really love connecting people in a variety of ways. I like connecting travelers to a city and creative communities to each other, and all of this really comes together for me in the hospitality industry. I live for finding partnerships or creating projects that make people think "Damn, that's neat!", and I always look for ways to "spread the love" in this city with both locals and travelers alike.
Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?
I'm all for good food/good drinks/good company. I'd probably start with dinner at one of my favorite restaurants-- Sansho. They have a delicious Asian-inspired tasting menu, and it gets me every time. The atmosphere is casual, but if I wanted something a bit more relaxed, I'd head to Nejen Bistro in Karlín. After dinner, we'd go to either Bokovka for wines OR Hemingway Bar for cocktails (depending on how early I have to get up in the morning). Can't go wrong with either one.
It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?
Get yourself some svařák (hot wine) and head to galleries and museums! If you're looking for art, I recommend Prague City Gallery. They have some of the best galleries showing contemporary and classic exhibitions and are scattered throughout the city center. My favorite locations are the Prague House of Photography and the 2nd Floor of the Municipal Library. If you're looking for culture, try the Museum of Communism or the Franz Kafka Museum--both excellent choices. You should also try to check out some of Prague's independent movie theaters. Head to Bio Oko, Kino Aero, or Kino Svetozor to grab drinks at the bar and watch the latest flicks.
Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?
The one spot I take every single guest who comes to visit me is Riegrovy sady. I live in the Vinohrady neighborhood, and this park is not only a few blocks from my apartment, but also offers one of the best views of the city (in my personal opinion). Grab some beers or a bottle of bubbles. Head to the big hill. Sit back, relax, and enjoy. In the warmer months, it's also an ideal place for a picnic. Go to Gastronomica (part of the La Bottega fam) and get meats and cheeses to take with you!
Your go-to brunch spots:
Eska is my number one brunch spot in the city. The atmosphere is chic, light, and lively, and the food is out-of-this-world delicious. If I'm looking for a cheaper option, I will head to Můj šálek kávy (which is another favorite, but also extremely popular so be prepared to wait) or a Farmers Market. Visiting one of these markets is an amazing option if you're looking to find that local vibe. I suggest the market at Jiřího z Poděbrad Square or the one down on Náplavka. Make sure you also keep an eye out for any food festivals while you're here! They happen a lot on weekends and are another great option to get the best meal of the day.