Come to Prague and you’ll see beautiful streets everywhere. But if you venture away from Old Town Square and Malá Strana and into the local neighborhoods, you’ll find that there are some pretty cool streets there too filled with restaurants, bars, and vintage shops (Get our city guide Best of Prague Off the Map with all of these places in one handy, downloadable PDF). So without further ado, here are Prague’s coolest streets.
Located in Old Town, Dlouhá Street is the perfect place to walk around if you’re tired of the crowds of tourists at Old Town Square. Also known by some as Prague’s foodie street, there are so many restaurants to grab a snack or a meal at. If you’re in the mood for some classic French pastries and macarons, look no further than Au Gourmand. This boulangerie offers not only pastries but other refreshments as well, such as sandwiches, quiches, salads, and soups. Of course, you can’t visit Dlouhá without checking out two of its most popular places: Naše Maso and Sisters.
Naše Maso may seem like just another butcher shop, but what’s unique about this place is that you can choose from their selection of meat and watch them grill and turn it into a burger right in front of your eyes; the line out the door vouches for their popularity. Right across from Naše Maso is Sisters, which sells the post-modern version of the delicious Czech finger food known as the chlebiček, open faced sandwiches with delicious toppings. Want a traditional Czech meal without the tourist price tag? Stop by Lokál for Czech classics like svíčková and smažený sýr (fried cheese). If you’re looking for nightlife options, Roxy, NoD, and Klubnova 2. Patro are all solid, alternative options.
Americká Street is located in the beautiful neighborhood of Vinohrady. Known for its large expat community and tree-lined streets, Vinohrady is full of hip restaurants and cafes. If you’re craving Mexican food, Las Adelitas will fulfill your cravings with their delicious tacos and margaritas. If you’re craving classic American food, head over to Bad Jeff’s for burgers and BBQ and the ever classic, mac and cheese. Vinohrady is also full of cute cafes, so if you’re looking for something cozy, Cafe Blatouch is the perfect place to catch up with friends and relax. During the street festival Zažít Město Jinak, Americká is one of the liveliest of Prague’s block parties.
After a long day of hitting the popular tourist stops, take a relaxing walk along the river embankment where you’ll be rewarded with views of Prague Castle in the distance. The river embankment known by locals as Náplavka comes alive in the the spring and summer with farmer’s markets, flea markets at the (A)void Floating Gallery boat, theater at Lod Tajemství boat, and tons of other boats and bars for drinking like Bajkazyl or Cargo Gallery for concerts. (Unfortunately the embankment will be under renovation in the summer of 2018: the farmer’s market and most of the boats will still be in operation. Bajkazyl will be closed, although will be organizing events at boat Altenburg 1964 in Prague 7).
And if you’re hungry, there are a lot of good options around. Herbivore is a really cool vegan bistro; they have a buffet style layout and charge you by the weight. If you want traditional Czech food and a seat outside during the summer, Hostinec na Výtoni offers delicious goulash, schnitzel, and svíčková. Cafe Terapie is a quaint little café-bistro with quality wine, coffee, and light meals. If you’re up for dessert after, Puro Gelato is right around the corner.
Bořivojova street is located in the neighborhood of Žižkov. Although slightly run down, this neighborhood definitely has its redeeming qualities: it is said to have to the most bars per capita in all of Europe. That being said, there are lots of local and authentic bars around, so feel free to stumble in and bullshit with the locals. Otherwise don’t miss Bukowski’s with an excellent variety of cocktails; Malkovich Bar, a cozier cocktail bar with a retro vibe; Bohužel Bar for punks and friends of punks; WOODOo Pub for all things foosball. And if you want to be active while having drinks, Boulder V Síti is a bar with several rooms of climbing walls. For a taste of the local gallery scene, make a stop at Hunt Kastner, showcasing up-and-coming artists of the Czech contemporary art scene.
Located in the hip neighborhood of Letná, Veverkova Street has become a hub for young creatives. This street offers a bunch of small, authentic, fun shops and cafes. Page Five is a must if you want to find well-designed books, magazines, and posters. Across from Page Five is Bistro 8. Stop by for the cozy atmosphere and amazing brunch. Right next to that is Garage, a unique combination of a sneakers and records and vintage hi-fi equipment. If you’re looking for vintage clothing, right next to Bistro 8 is Recycle with Love, a vintage shop with an amazing selection of unique, upcycled pieces.
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Krymská Street, located in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Vršovice, has been on the map ever since the New York Times called it one its “Favorite European Streets.” The street itself may have a slightly run-down, funky feel to it, but don’t let the grittiness get in the way of exploring this artsy neighborhood. If you’re into indie music and mismatched retro furniture, cafe V lese might just be the perfect café-bar for you. For queers and their friends, stop by Patra, a community space and bar run by the Mezipatra Queer Film Festival. As for restaurants Jam & Co does Asian fusion right, whereas Plevel is one of the only places in Prague where you can have vegan goulash.
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Café Sladkovsky is another hot spot with local intellectuals and bohemians enjoying a cold beer and a nicely rolled cigarette. If you’re looking for nightclub options, Ankali is newest on the scene with an underground Berlin club vibe. Klub Pilotů is also not to be missed: it’s an independent movie theater from the 1930s with a recently added lively café-bar next door.
By Donna Mo