Hipster Hotspots: The Coolest Places in Prague

Top 10+ Coolest Hipster Hotspots in Prague for 2018

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 District

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.

A sunny afternoon in Karlin
A sunny afternoon in Karlin

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.

Typical Poutine from Garage in Karlin
Typical Poutine from Garage in Karlin

2. mamacoffee

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.

mamacoffee in Karlin offers great coffee, breakfast, lunch or dinner

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.

Pivovarsky Klub offers more than 240 craft beers and serves typical Czech cuisine
Pivovarsky Klub offers more than 240 craft beers and serves typical Czech cuisine

Vinohrady District

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.

Relaxing in Vinohrady
Relaxing in Vinohrady

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:

4. 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.

Vinohradsky Pivovar serves their own craft beer and delicious Czech cuisine
Vinohradsky Pivovar serves their own craft beer and delicious Czech cuisine

5. 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.

Fifty:Fifty second-hand shop in Vinohrady
Fifty:Fifty second-hand shop in Vinohrady

Check out the Prague Thrift Store and Fifty-Fifty Second Hand for a good starting point.

6. Soma Bar

BEER PUB If you’re looking for a bar with a cool vibe, a GREAT soundtrack, and a wide range of extremely reasonably priced beer, then you need look no further than Vinohrady’s very own Soma Bar. Be sure to make it there in time for the happy hour between 5 and 6 PM, when drinks are significantly cheaper than normal.

Soma Bar in Vinohrady
Soma Bar in Vinohrady

Holešovice & Letná Districts

Just across the river from the busiest part of Prague, Holešovice recently featured in a list of the coolest neighborhoods in Europe.

Escape the Crowds of Tourists: What to See and Do in Holesovice, Prague 7
Escape the Crowds of Tourists: What to See and Do in Holesovice, Prague 7

And this reputation is well deserved. Holešovice is home to a culture of art, creativity, and urban cool reflected in the wealth of awesome things to do here.

7. Cross Club

NIGHT CLUB Whether or not Cross Club can be described as a ‘hipster’ joint is perhaps debatable. But that’s only because Cross Club evades all attempts at labeling or description. It’s a bizarre, insane, utterly unique venue that plays host to some of the biggest names in the Drum and Bass, Techno and House genres, along with many more. If you’re even slightly into underground music (or crazy architecture, or unforgettable nights out) it simply can’t be missed.

Cross Club interior and exterior are really unique
Cross Club interior and exterior are really unique

8. Letna Park and Beer Garden

PARK BEER GARDEN Perched on the edge of a steep hill overlooking the Vltava River, Letna Park is a magnet for young, fashionable Praguers and expats. When the weather starts to brighten up, Letna park and beer garden rapidly fill with people looking to enjoy a cold beer with an impressive view.

My friend Amy enjoying the sunshine in Letna beer Garden
My friend Amy enjoying the sunshine in Letna Beer Garden
  • Address: 17000 Prague 7 – Letna
  • Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00 – 23:00; park is open to public non-stop
  • Bookings: Not available (and needed)

9. Bio Oko

CINEMA As hipster hotspots go, it’s tough to beat Bio Oko. This small, independent cinema, located on the Františka Křižka Street, is a popular haunt of film buffs, art students, and anyone with an interest in culture and cinema. Films are reasonably priced at around 120 CZK (definitely beats the IMAX) and are usually in either Czech or English (with relevant subtitles).

Bio Oko is not a typical fancy cinema with popcorn
Bio Oko is not a typical fancy cinema with popcorn

10. Bar Cobra

BAR Located in the heart of Holesovice, Bar Cobra offers a great selection of cocktails, beers, and simple yet delicious food. It used to be a dirty casino, but new owners decided to remake it completely and give the place some vibe. It’s a very friendly place where you are welcome to work or bring your dog (or cat, or tiger).

Bar Cobra used to be a dirty casino, now it's a lively place
Bar Cobra used to be a dirty casino, now it’s a lively place

11. Art and Food ZOOna

FOOD MARKET Not located directly in Holešovice, but next to it in Troja. Art and Food ZOOna is festival of street food, art, and drinks. It takes place every weekend in the areal of former Trojsky brewery next to Prague ZOO. It’s famous for crazy waffles and Asian cuisine. Best way to get there is from Stromovka Park by foot. There is no entrance fee.

Art and Food ZOOna in Troja
Art and Food ZOOna in Troja

Of course, there are many other places in Prague that will appeal to your inner cool kid – these are just a select few. So dig out your finest checked shirt, squeeze into those skinny jeans, and get exploring.

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