A unique folklore collection
Family restaurant Michal
Restaurant Michal is situated in one of the oldest parts of historical Prague on the right bank of the Vltava river in Náprstkova Street only a few steps from the stone archways of Charles Bridge. The presence of Charles Bridge, after a time spent eating great food and drinking tempts you for a walk to enjoy beautiful views of Prague Castle. The restaurant building was rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style in the second half of the 19th century but the interior suggests that its roots go back to the early Gothic period. The evidence of this is also the fact that the street Boršov, one of the oldest streets in Prague, is adjacent to the restaurant.
On the ground floor premises split into three main rooms you can find our folklore collection. On the walls of the interior there are contemporary paintings and prints by famous Moravian painters – J. Úprka, A. Frolka and others. As well you can see traditional historical hand embroidered national costumes displayed in the exhibition cases. These displayed costumes from Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia are changed every year so we can present different regions to our guests who decide to visit us during their next stay in Prague. Currently you can admire the costumes from the Bohemian regions of Chodsko, Kozácko, Polička and South Bohemian Blata.
The major part of our historical costumes were professionally and sensitively restored by women from Uherský Ostroh at the association of the National Traditions and Crafts, o.p.s. and the current display of costumes was arranged by specialists from the Ethnographic Museum in Prague, Monika Tauberová and Zlata Potyková.
Live folklore show
During the evening hours you can watch a live folklore show in our restaurant, which is performed by the dulcimer band of Alexandr Vrábel and our dancers in national costumes. This artistic company started its activity in 1997 and recruits from the former National Association of Songs and Dances. It pursues the folklore from different regions of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia. They gain their themes from the musical collections of F. Sušil, F. Bartoš, F. Poloczek, L. Janáček and other collectors of national songs. The dulcimer band have travelled through almost the whole of Europe. The musicians use original hand embroidered costumes from the Moravian region of Kyjovsko during their performances. The dancers change the costumes many times during the performance so they are always wearing the costume from the origin of the dance.
Unusual gourmet experience
Our menu features traditional Czech meals as well as international cuisine but we do not forget about the vegetarians or healthy food lovers too. All our meals are cooked using only genuine fresh ingredients and fragrant herbs. We bake our own bread and we also prepare our own confectionery. Ducks and chickens are supplied from the family farm of Tůma. As a perfect accompaniment, we serve a wide range of high quality and carefully selected wines from Moravian vineyards, Czech beer and a variety of aperitifs and top shelf spirits, of course.