Top 10 Hotspots In Czech Republic
The word ‘hipster’ gets thrown around a lot these days. Nobody is really sure what it means, but when applied to neighborhoods we can risk a rough definition: fashionable and cool places, mainly appealing to young people, with a big focus on edgy bars, cafes, and shops.
Prague has always been a cool city in the cultural sense, attracting old-school hipster types such as Franz Kafka and others, who have flocked to the ancient city to take inspiration from the breath-taking architecture and Bohemian (in both senses of the word) vibe.
Today, Prague retains its artsy, hip image, and draws like-minded people from across the globe. One result of this is an impressive collection of cool neighborhoods and districts, filled with all the necessary ingredients for a hipster paradise.
And they’re pretty impressive. Plus, you don’t have to be impeccably dressed in Doc Martens and a beany hat; these places have a lot to offer anyone who appreciates gritty all-night bars, unique coffee shops, and crazy street parties. The hippest districts in Prague are definitely Karlín, Vinohrady, Letná, and Holešovice. Let’s check out some of their best…
Karlín is one of my favorite places in Prague. It’s situated about twenty minutes’ walking distance outside of the center and can be accessed fairly easily by metro (go to Florenc or Křižíkova) and tram. Karlín is also home to regular events and festivals, such as the United Islands of Karlín festival which took place recently. This post contains some cool examples of the activity and excitement that consumes the neighborhood on a regular basis.
When Prague flooded back in 2002, Karlín took a pretty big hit due to its low-lying location on the banks of the Vltava River. However, thanks to a concerted effort by the city of Prague and local residents, it has since risen from the ashes as one of the most modern and promising areas in the city.
Part of this renovation included a springing-up of many new cafes and bars, which appeal to the youth of the city and those with a taste for the cooler things in life. A stroll through the district will reveal to you a seemingly endless procession of these neat little hangouts, but I’ll run you through some of the more notable ones:
1. Poutine Garage
BISTRO Poutine is a Canadian delicacy consisting of fries, cheese, and various kinds of meat in a mouth-watering sauce. Garage, located on the street Křižíkova, serves extremely generously-sized portions of this in boxes at very reasonable prices, allowing visitors to experience a taste of Canada in the streets of Prague.
CAFE BISTRO A stone’s throw away from the Křižíkova metro station, Mama Coffee serves an awesome range of hot drinks, cold drinks, and snacks. It’s laid-back, the hip atmosphere makes it the perfect place to spend an hour or two, and it’s also pretty affordable.
3. Pivovarský Klub
BEER PUB CZECH CUISINE Close to the Florenc metro station, Pivovarský Klub offers a wide selection of craft beers from all over the country. You can partake in a variety of different types, and even purchase bottles to take home. There’s also a range of meals on offer, and the chance to hang out in a relaxed and friendly environment.
4. Přístav 18600
BEER GARDEN Pristav a.k.a. Harbor in English is a community area which is opened only during Spring, Summer, and beginning of Fall. It’s right next to a Vltava river behind the office buildings in Karlin. It’s a perfect place to hang out with our friends, have a couple of beers, and some snacks. You can also book a grill spot or beach volleyball court. On top, there are often events like concerts, debates, open cinemas or open theater. Make sure to check the official program.
We really like the village spirit and vibe which is a great contrast to the expensive office buildings next to it. You certainly don’t feel like you are just a few minutes away from the city center. Our ultimate tip is taking a boat ferry from the Prazska Trznice in Holesovice and arrive on the island on a boat!
Vinohrady & Vrsovice Districts
Vinohrady is close to Prague’s city center and combines old gothic architecture with modern restaurants and nightlife. It covers a wide area, and different parts of it can be reached from the metro stations I. P. Pavlova, Muzeum, Náměstí Míru, and Jiřího z Poděbrad. There are also plenty of tram and bus links.
It’s a popular area with expats, many of whom live here, but it also attracts a lot of locals. Vinohrady is too large and all-encompassing to be considered solely a ‘hipster’ district, but it’s packed with stylish bars and restaurants.
Much of what Vinohrady has to offer costs nothing at all, such as Riegrovy Sady Park and JZP square (Namesti Jiriho z Podebrad). If you really want to immerse yourself in the trendy atmosphere part of the city, however, here are some establishments to check out:
5. Vinohradský Pivovar
BEER PUB CZECH COUSINE This modern and up-market venue consists of a brewery with an on-site bar and restaurant (or maybe it’s the other way around…). Visitors of Vinohradský pivovar can enjoy a home-brewed beer at friendly prices, in a welcoming and spacious environment. Regular events such as improv comedy performances take place here often and are relatively cheap to attend.
6. Thrift Shops
SHOPPING If you enjoy expanding your wardrobe at minimal expense, you’ll be familiar with the concept of the thrift shop. These places – stocking second-hand clothes at low prices – aren’t too common in Prague, but the place to look is Vinohrady.