Vendula Havlikova Meet the author Prague

Vendula Havlikova
Vendula Havlikova

Vendula Havlikova spent an important part of her life in Prague: it's where she studied journalism. During those years she roamed around the city every weekend, discovering each and every corner. During her walks she always kept her camera in hand, taking pictures of the places she loved. The camera gave her some distance, and allowed her to keep an open mind while exploring. This is how Prague became Vendula's second home. Even after graduation, she has always continued visiting the city as frequently as possible. Vendula calls her stays in Prague 'homecations', devoted to discovering the latest hotspots and rediscovering her favourite haunts. Being in Prague for her is like catching up with a good old friend that never ceases to surprise her. When she's not in Prague, Vendula lives and works in Brussels. She is also an aspiring writer and a freelance journalist contributing to various internet journals about lifestyle, travel and politics.

"In the evening I like having a drink with my friends at Náplavka embankment, watch the sun set over the River and hope for a concert on an old cargo ship."

What Vendula loves most about Prague:

"Its spectacular backdrop of architectural marvels from different centuries: most buildings in Prague were left almost untouched by the two world wars. That, the plentiful lush greenery and the extermely efficient public services is why the Czech capital is such a great place to live, but also to visit."

Vendula’s perfect day in the city might look like this:

"A perfect day has to start with a hearty breakfast. I would go to Café Lounge and order three eggs in a glass, like the main character of the famous pre-war comedy by Martin Frič. Then I'd walk through Seminarska Garden to the Castle or along the River on Kampa Island to see how the peacocks in Vojanovy Sady are doing.

After that, I should certainly treat myself to a Sarah Bernhardt chocolate mousse cake from Mansson’s bakery and eat it while roaming around the forgotten quaint streets of the Old Town leading to Haštalské square.

Then I would head to the DOX Centre for Contemporary art to see an exhibition, or to the Rudolfinum or one of the small galleries in town to discover new talent. In the evening I would have a drink with my friends at Náplavka embankment, watch the sun set over the River and hope for a concert on the (A)void old cargo ship."