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 with wide variety of international cuisine.
If you wish to sample some domestic cuisine, Lokál, Potrefená Husa or Ambiente group restaurants are a good choice.
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.
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.