Prague 7 is situated on the banks of the Vltava River, just north of the city centre and just across the river from the old town. It used to be a sleepy part of Prague, but has recently become one of the most exciting areas of Prague. Prague’s District 7 is full of great food joints, outstanding bars, and art spaces of all styles and calibers. It’s worth spending a day or so to take them all in.
Prague 7 is a vibrant area that offers a wide range of experiences. The remnants of industrial architecture offer plenty of room and potential for innovation and creativity, and the result is a range of intriguing venues that make a day spent in the area an unforgettable one. If you want to experience the local area or want to get away from the crowded historic centre, this is the place for you. Comprising the districts of Letná, Hole?ovice, Bubny, Bubene?and Troja, as well as part of the Libeň district, Prague 7 is scattered but easily accessible – a short tram ride from the city centre, or an easy walk into the heart of the district via Letná Park.
Prague has an eclectic food scene, from traditional, wholesome Czech cuisine to modern fine dining, and all options in between.
For a delicious brunch in trendy company, head to local favorite The Farm (Korunovacni 17), where it’s no surprise to find dogs wandering around the restaurant space or the pretty café patio. The Farm serves classic weekend fare, from eggs Benedict to American pancakes, along with chai lattes and homemade lemonade. The coffee is roasted locally, the menu changes with the seasons, and the dishes are made from organic Czech produce.
For a chic and creative breakfast or lunch, don’t miss the colorful plates offered at Bistro 8 (Veverkova 8), an intimate restaurant with local charm and beloved by artful Praguers.The chefs at Bistro 8 experiment with a variety of presentations and flavors, and offer fun Homemade dishes, including quiche, burgers, and baked goods.
For a fuller meal, head to Mr. HotDog (Kamenická 24), where classic American sausage rolls can be seasoned with pickles, bacon, banana peppers and more. The friendly staff also offers mini-burgers, salads, and soups, while the lengthy cocktail menu offers irresistible pairings for your meal. The setting is simple and relaxed, with frequent neighborhood events taking place here.
Hidden away in Stromovka Park, Lokal Stromovka (Nad Královskou oborou 31) is a Prague institution serving traditional dishes and full glasses of bubbly beer. You’ll find various branches of Lokal dotted around the city – these are the ultimate places to stop and taste authentic Czech grub in an often smoky environment.
The charming alternative cinema BIO OKO (Franti?ka K?í?ka 15) is located in an old residential building from the 1930s. It’s a unique venue for screenings and a glimpse into Prague’s art scene. From the latest art films to old films, the program here is always varied and unique. The décor here is old-school and classic, but you can choose to enjoy the movies from the comfort of a deck chair on the beach or an old car. There’s also a lively bar that’s well worth staying in, with great music and a fine selection of microbrews.
Cobra Bar (Milady Horákové 8) is one of the newest bars to open in Prague’s District 7. With a never-ending spirits list, creative cocktails and a large beer and wine selection, it’s quickly making a mark on the locals. With bare walls, black tiles and wooden tables, it’s an elegant and affordable place to spend an evening sipping the best booze. There are hearty dishes and platters to enjoy as well.
Praguers can’t get enough of the pop-up club Neone (Bubenská 1), so it’s here to stay. With its heavy-duty sound system and crowd-pleasing electro nights, it has become a key venue in Prague’s nightlife scene, and Neone prides itself on being open to creativity and innovation, constantly blending music with new media and visual experimentation. If you’re keen to dance the night away into the wee hours of the morning, it’s well worth checking out the events here.
The Cross Club (Plynární 23) can be seen from a distance, with its impressive metal structure and protruding sculptures on all sides. This futuristic gem is one of the city’s most famous cultural hubs, hosting shows and club nights including dubstep and techno. You’ll rub shoulders with local party-goers here, and no doubt you’ll be amazed at the many designs in the different rooms. There’s also a bar and restaurant, for those who want to enjoy it without blending in with the crowd.
Opened at the end of 2016, Vnitroblock (Tusarova 31) is an amazing new addition to Prague’s 7 district art scene. Set in a large industrial space, Vnitroblock is more than just creative coffee, it combines a café with a concept store, art exhibitions, DJ performances, a bar, workshops, a mini-cinema, dance classes and even weekly lectures.Vnitroblock’s attitude is one of openness and innovation. It’s the perfect place to experience Prague’s thriving art and culture scene.
Connected to the Pidivadlo Theatre, Letka Café (Letohradská 44) is a quaint café that’s the perfect place to spend time, people-watch or read a book. With just a few tables, it’s a cosy place with tables lined with wildflowers and the room is beautifully decorated in pink, worthy of the rough walls. There’s a selection of fresh cakes and pastries available, as well as professionally brewed coffee.Cafe Letka also serves breakfast and lunch.
Those who pride themselves on their coffee culture shouldn’t miss the espresso bar at Ye’s Kafe/Studio (Letenské náměstí 5), where professional baristas pour filters and grinders in a sleek, minimalist setting. There’s a huge selection of coffee beans and preparations to choose from, and the aroma is irresistible when you walk in. When you’re wandering around Prague’s District 7, this is the perfect place to make a quick coffee purchase.
Located in the Paralelní Polis building, whose name translates to parallel city, Bitcoin Coffee (Dělnická 43) offers an ideology and delicious coffee. The café was created by the art collective Ztohoven as part of the Institute for Cryptographic Anarchy, which aims to denounce the government’s unregulated use of the Internet for surveillance and censorship. The café offers anonymization tools for data sharing, information encryption, and uses Bitcoin exclusively as currency (there’s an exchange ATM inside). The owner believes these are essential to maintaining a free society in the 21st century. Even more interestingly, there is a 3D printing lab in full swing in the basement.
One of the best things about Prague is its pleasant parks, and Prague 7 is one of the best of them. Letná can be seen from a distance: a huge metronome sits on an elevated part of the park, swaying back and forth as if setting the pace for the daily lives of Prague’s people. The metronome marks the location of the world’s largest Stalin monument from 1955-62. Today, skateboarders enjoy the smooth space around it, and in the summer, locals still call the place “Stalin” for outdoor parties. You can take the stairs from the river to get here and stroll through the vast park that extends beyond the monument into the heart of Prague’s District 7.
A short walk out of the eastern end of Letná, along the Vltava River, and you’ll stumble upon the bustling Prague market Pra?ská tr?nice.This market was built in and around a former slaughterhouse built in the 1890s and offers an expansive selection of fruit and vegetable stalls. There are also stalls for clothing, souvenirs and decorations, as well as many restaurants and stalls serving Czech or Asian cuisine.
At the northernmost tip of Prague 7, beyond the historic exhibition hall Vystavi?tě Praha Hole?ovice (Vystavi?tě 67), is the vast Stromovka – the largest park in Prague. Its wide sidewalks are popular with skaters and runners alike. Its lawns are a great place for picnics. If you head west from the entrance, you’ll soon see the popular beer garden? Lektovka (Královská obora). It’s the perfect place to spend a sunny spring or summer afternoon.
Galleries, museums and shops
The Museum of Time (Poupětova 1), Prague’s most striking contemporary art gallery, was established in 2008 on the site of a former machine shop. In this huge space there are many thought-provoking and socially relevant exhibitions, reinforced by debates, events and the exhibition itself: works from different artistic fields and disciplines are brought into the dialogue. The gallery’s design shop, Qubus, is also well worth a visit for unique jewellery, books, magazines and more.
Veletrzni Palac (Dukelskych Hrdin?47) is the modern art collection of the National Gallery in Prague. The National Gallery has the largest art collection in the Czech Republic, located in different buildings in the city. There are masterpieces by Picasso, Cézanne, Klimt, Renoir and Van Gogh, as well as works by famous Czech artists. The gallery was built in 1928 on a functionalist building and was renovated in 1995. Lunch or a coffee at the Museum Cafe is also worth planning.
Forbidden Spot (Bubenska 1) is home to clothing brand ‘Life is a Porno’ and an exhibition space with a focus on street culture. You can admire street art in the paint-splattered gallery or browse the brand’s own cutting-edge streetwear collection, and Forbidden Spot tends to have a lot going on, from tasting workshops to parties, clothing sales and tattoo events.