Arcade-style passages started popping up around the center of Prague in the late 1800s. Palac Lucerna (aka “Lantern Palace”) also boasts a strong connection to a famous local name – it was originally owned by the grandfather of Vaclav Havel, the first president of the independent Czech Republic. One of the most photographed sights hangs beneath the domed ceiling – a sculpture of St. Wenceslas riding an upside-down horse, created by local artist and provocateur David Černý – while stained-glass windows add splashes of color to the walls. As the sun starts to fade, families and couples head to Kino Lucerna for independent films while Lucerna Music Bar keeps the party going late into the night with live music and retro dance parties.
Time Out tip: Try Kavarna Lucerna for old-world elegance under chandeliers, or grab a local microbrew at Kávovarna for a grungier pub vibe.
Academia Bookstore: For a selection of English-language books a great balcony
Františkánská zahrada (Franciscan Gardens): For a peaceful escape from Old Town crowds
Oliver’s Coffee Cup: For coffee on a comfy sofa with an ideal people-watching view