[Part of the Five Faves series, wherein locals in the know give quick tips to tourists. Simple as that.]
If you want to see the Sapa market, you want to see it with Marcela - project manager by day, Vietnamese food tour guide by… ehhhh… day, too (but mostly on weekends). Warm, friendly and passionate about food, she is the perfect companion to what at the beginning might seem like an impenetrable maze of warehouses and hole-in-a-wall pho places. (Did we mention she’s beautiful, too?) Heck, she gave us her own tips when we wrote about the market, and they have never failed us on our own visits.
Born in Vietnam yet raised in the Bohemian town of Chomutov (“No-one comes from there,” she claims incorrectly, not knowing that Zuzi was in fact raised there, too.), she has a unique insight into both Vietnamese and Czech food and culture, and isn’t afraid to share it. What started as cooking Vietnamese dishes for her friends (and she has many, often recruited from young fashion and design circles) eventually snowballed into one of the most popular tours to Sapa. She also seems to be travelling all the time, which we often observe on social media with thinly disguised envy. So yes, we like her, and we think you’d like her too. Here’s her five faves for Prague and social media.
FIVE FAVORITE PLACES IN PRAGUE
I have so many favorites in Prague! It's hard to choose, but this is my ideal day in Prague:
Gotta do breakfast there. The bread! Just add butter and salt, and I am happy camper.
Coffee time. They will be opening again. I am stoked! Love the premises! Beautiful and cosy.
Bú cá Hai Phong
Lunch in the Sapa market. My favourite eatery in the market. They just serve one single dish: broth with rice noodles and bits of fried carp with lots of herbs. A great hangover cure that has saved my life a few times already. :)
Hungry for dinner yet? Fantastic Asian food in a casual setting and nice atmosphere. I like sharing plates because you can taste more things in smaller portions. Smart.
Let's have some drinks! Great atmosphere and delicious drinks. I really like the concept. Open 19 hours a day! (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and bar)
FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS
For food and travel tips. I sometimes check out what's Silva up to to get new inspiration for food. :)
For food tips. I follow Marek when I am looking for breakfast ideas. His breads with toppings are awesome!
Adam is currently travelling through Asia, living with the locals etc. I love following his feed and his Instagram stories.
For fashion and travel tips. The girls have just started the @pokojovky project. I am a big fan of that.
The perfect couple who loves to travel and eat. On top of that, David makes beautiful hand-made leather goods!
SECRET TIP FOR PRAGUE
I really like green spots where you can go and have a picnic. So I really like the Stromovka park, Grébovka vineyard, or Riegrovy sady park.