Prague: A day and night in the Holesovice neighborhood
By Joann Plockova in Prague—
This is the last of a three-post installment giving you a deeper look inside three of Prague’s most interesting neighborhoods. The first took us to the slightly edgy Zizkov neighborhood. The second brought us to a quaint area of the city called Vinohrady.
This final neighborhood post brings us to Prague’s Holesovice district. Located on the other side of the river from Zizkov and Vinohrady, Holesovice is home to two of the city’s best parks (Stromovka and Letna), lots of cafes and tea houses (including one in a tower). Over the past few years it’s been shifting into one of the city’s best art areas, as many of the neighborhood’s old warehouses have been turned into galleries and exhibition spaces.
Here are some specific spots to check out to give you a full day’s worth of activities in Holesovice:
Something to start the day
Ouky Douky café and bookshop
Janovského 1118/14, Prague 7, 170 00
Tel: +420 266 711 531
With great coffee and a relaxing vibe, Ouky Douky will start your day on the right foot. Besides good coffee they offer a full menu of breakfast options (as well as lunch and dinner). And after you’re finished, you can slip into the next room to peruse their equally atmospheric bookshop. Offering second-hand books, you’re sure to find a cheapo deal on their decent selection of English-language books. Internet is available, too.
Something to see
National Technical Museum
Kostelní 1320/42, Prague 7, 17078
Tel: +420 220 399 111
Recently reopened after a four-year renovation, the museum is the Czech Republic’s impressive nod to its proud industrial tradition. The museum includes over 50,000 items in its five permanent exhibitions covering transport, photography, printing, astronomy and architecture.
Something to eat
Smeralova 1, Prague 7, 170 00 Prague 7
Tel: +420 777 794 094
Fraktal serves great food in a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere. The eclectic menu features a variety of sandwiches, burgers (including veggie), quesadillas, chicken and fish, salads, soups and some interesting smaller dishes. They also have lots of great drinks, as Fraktal is one of the area’s best bars. To top it all of, the prices are cheapo friendly.
Something to buy
Dox Centre for Contemporary Art
Poupetova 1, Prague 7, 170 00
Tel: +420 774 145 434
Okay, maybe it’s not the cheapest option, but you can go home with something truly Czech. This excellent shop – housed inside Dox Centre for Contemporary Art – features items designed by the country’s best artists and artisans, both established and emerging. You’ll find glass, porcelain, jewelry and quirky little objects that show off an excellent sense of Czech humor. The Designshop DOX also carries a great selection of design books.
Something to drink
Plynarni 1096/23, Prague 7, 170 00
Tel: +420 736 535 053
Although this club is a bit off the beaten path, you can’t miss it. Outside there is an insane (in a good way) huge metal sculpture that looks like a carnival of hubcaps. Inside is just as visually stirring. The club offers music from around the world on two stages, experimental theater, exhibitions and poetry readings. Grab something to eat or drink at the club’s café or grab pizza on the first floor and enjoy it on the outside seating area for a breather before going back inside for more.