U Vejvodů is a large and busy pub/restaurant in the center of Prague’s tourist area near Old Town Square. On their home page they write:
“During our operation of this restaurant we have received several pleasant evaluations in the form of letters of thanks from the highest representatives of our government, artists and members of the diplomatic corps and authorities.”
They don’t write that they have been repeatedly fined (the most recent for over $8,000) for charging tips without notifying patrons, for charging for un-ordered bread, for serving short measure beers and other infractions.
Another on the list of heavy fines is the Mystic Cafe at Loretanska 174/3 above Prague Castle. Their reviews are so consistently bad I am surprised they are still in business. Other places recently fined include Bar Nebe(Heaven Bar) on Wenceslas Square, and two restaurants near Charles Bridge Čertovka and V Lázních.
Prague as any large city has problems with pickpockets and scamming taxi drivers and as any popular tourist area has unscrupulous people who take advantage of the naive. Just this week as I was visiting the Easter Market on Old Town Square I decided I wanted something to eat and settled on “Prague Ham 90 Kc” according to the sign on a permanent food stand. I ordered and counted out 90 crowns. Immediately the guy said “No, not 90 crowns. The portion is too small; it needs to be more.” I replied that I only wanted to spend 90. He shrugged. I picked up my money and moved on.
So, as all the travel guides, I repeat this travel advisory: Pay attention to what you order and what you get. Check your bill and ask questions until you understand and agree to everything on it.
Now for the good: Easter in the Czech Republic. We are having trouble choosing how best to celebrate the holiday. The weather is expected to be warm and sunny and our choices are too many. Maybe you can help. Check out this web page from CzechTourism: Celebrate Easter Old and New It lists local festivals all around the country. Let us know which you would choose. 🙂