This former industrial neighbourhood has followed in the footsteps of so many others of its kind by converting warehouse spaces and factories into gathering places for artists and other creatives. Across the water from the historic city centre and a bend in the Vltava away from Prague Castle, Holešovice shows Prague is looking to the future – while keeping its past very much in sight.
What to do
Dive into the arts scene, from the fine art housed in the National Gallery’s Veletržní Palace to the socially conscious conversation starters at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art. The Jatka 78 performance space embodies this area’s state of flux (the name means ‘slaughterhouse’) and now hosts theatre and circus events.
Where to eat
Sasazu’s Asian fusion menu offers fine dining that’s totally worth the price. For a trendier budget option, stop by hipster haven Vnitroblock for coffee in a design studio environment, then grab a bite at the food-truck-in-a-school-bus outside.
What to drink
Cross Club, a multi-room events space decorated with gears, pipes and metal features, is a dance music hotspot. For a more relaxed evening, head to the massive beer garden overlooking the river and Old Town from neighbouring Letna Park.
Where to stay
Sir Toby’s Hostel is beloved among backpackers for its affordability and thriving social scene. Dorm rooms are limited to ages 18 to 39, but private rooms are open to all.
If you only do one thing...
Buy a cup of coffee using cryptocurrency at Paralelní Polis. The staff at this self-proclaimed Institute of Cryptoanarchy will happily walk you through how to purchase Bitcoin (or the most affordable alternative online currency) from their on-site machine.