Written by Paige Carlin, (Elon University) Student Correspondent CET Prague, Fall 2017
Fall has always been my favorite season. When I realized I’d be missing the fall semester at my home university, I was a little disappointed. There’s nothing like walking to class, hot coffee in hand, on a brisk fall morning beneath the changing oak leaves. What would fall be like in Prague? I expected it to be cold and colorless. But I’m happy to say that I could not have been more wrong. Once again, I find myself in awe of all that Prague has to offer.
I’ve discovered that there are tons of farmers’ markets around Prague. These are great places to explore seasonal produce and pick up some fresh fruits and veggies. Juicy apples and plump pumpkins are just two types of seasonal produce that line the stalls of these farmers’ markets. They sit ripe for the picking, even though it might not be apple or pumpkin picking in the traditional sense. These markets are also great places to try some traditional Czech pastries, such as a kremrole, vetrnik or kolache, or even burčák—a warm, sweet wine served during the fall season.
A walk in one of the many parks Prague has to offer is a great way to enjoy the fall weather and marvel at the beautiful foliage. Petřín or Letná are two particularly pretty parks ideal for a late morning or afternoon stroll on a sunny day. From these two locations, there are also great views of the city. Looking out on the skyline of red roofs spattered here and there with yellow-orange treetops, you’ll immediately understand why Prague is nicknamed “The Golden City.”
Fall is also a wonderful time to enjoy traditional Czech food in Prague. Hearty and filling, Czech cuisine is the epitome of comfort food making it a great choice for dinner on a chilly fall night. Soups are very popular and tend to vary by season—creamy pumpkin soup, potato soup and garlic soup are among some of the most notable this time of year. Goulash, a thick beef stew, is another well-known Czech dish typically served with dumplings that will definitely warm you up on a cold night.
Lastly, we all know that the best way to take advantage of a beautiful fall day is to grab hot cup of coffee and wander around taking in the scenery. While there are hundreds, possibly thousands, of great cafes in Prague, it’s pretty tough to find a good cup of coffee on the run. But not impossible. La Boheme Café and Muj Salek Kavy are two options that offer coffee-to-go. You can even satisfy your Pumpkin Spice Latte craving at one of the many Starbucks locations around Prague.
Spending the fall in Prague has given me a new perspective of my favorite season. I’m so fortunate to have been able to experience it through a different culture. I’m falling for Prague!