Of course, newcomers will experience culture shock and a bit of stress in settling in and adjusting, but as Prague is home to a thriving expat community, and more and more Czechs speak English, the transition can be very smooth.
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The Czech Republic is not on the euro, but instead uses the Czech Koruna (‘crown’). Both standalone and bank building ATMs are plentiful throughout the city. You’ll find plenty of private firms offering zero commission exchange, but make sure to check the exchange rates.
Eating and drinking
Eating out in Prague can be a great time, but you have to choose carefully and not expect the same standards, diversity or flexibility in menu options as you might be used to in your home country. But to be fair, Prague is doing well in catching up with its Western European neighbours, and definitely has its own unique touch in creating an interesting fusion dining experience.
If you wish to sample some domestic cuisine, follow the construction workers when they go on lunch break. You will end up in a smoky little neighbourhood pub where none of the dishes are over CZK80 and the beer is ridiculously cheap. As for international cuisine, Prague’s restaurant scene is finally starting to grow in terms of diversity.
It can’t be helped that beer is the first thing you think of when drinking in Prague. The Czech Republic, where pilsner beer was born in the town of Plzen, proudly claims to have the best beer in the world, and once you give it a try, you won’t have much of a choice but to agree.
Czech wine is also decent, but you’ll have to spend some money to get quality wines.
Coffee houses and cafes are found all over Prague, a cafe-culture city to be sure. Most restaurants and cafes serve mineral water and have some kind of bottled juice, and black or herbal tea is also served.
Unfortunately, due to import taxes, buying electronics and clothing in the Czech Republic is probably much more expensive than where you come from. So it’s best to bring at least your smaller and more
portable electronics with you when you move to Prague. That said, most items that you require and desire can still be found in any of Prague’s malls and boutiques.
One of the highlights of Prague’s food scene is the abundance of fruit and veggie markets. Add to this the well-stocked butcher shops, the growing popularity of organic food shops (organic items are known as ‘bio’) and the farmer’s markets held on a regular basis around the city, and you’ve got a complete range of very fresh ingredients for all your cooking needs.