Czech Republic

Holesovice – a mini guide to Prague’s coolest district

(Last Updated On: 30/08/2019)

I love Prague.

I’ve been visiting the city on regular basis for the past 15 years and it never gets boring to me.

The view of Charles Bridge or Hradcany always takes my breath away, no matter how many times I’ve seen it before.

But to be honest, recently I just skip the major tourist attractions in Prague and focus on regular districts, where the life goes by at its own pace.

And so right now I can’t imagine any visit to Prague without at least a quick stop in Holesovice.

I remember the first time I arrived in Holesovice.

It was a pure accident, I missed my tram stop and ended up at Strossmayerovo Namesti, in the very heart of the district.

I’m not gonna say it was love at first sight (like it was with Prague in general) but there was definitely something intriguing about the place that got me curious.

Now, numerous visits later, I’ve fallen for Holesovice.

Great help with those feelings was definitely Prague Alternative Tour that, among other places, covers Holesovice. I took it a few years ago and it was the first time when I properly saw (and loved!) Holesovice.

The tour itself was great and really helped me to see another face of Prague. Click here to read more about the tour and book it for yourself!

Recently the district was named one of the coolest in Europe and I completely agree with this title.

Holesovice currently goes through the process of gentrification but as a result tourist get the perfect alternative to Prague’s picture perfect tourist attractions.

a mini guide to Holesovice, Prague, Czech Republic

You can spend the whole weekend in Holesovice and still you won’t see all it has to offer!

Here is my mini guide to Holesovice – the heart of hipster Prague.

How to get to Holesovice?

Even if Holesovice is located away from the tourist crowds it’s actually very easy and quick to get there. Just take the metro line C (red) to Vltavska or Nadrazi Holesovice and you’re there.

Alternatively, you can take the tram: no. 6 from Vaclavske Namesti, no. 12 from Mala Strana / Malostranska metro or no. 17 from National Theater / Charles Bridge / Staromestska metro.

Here you can find the map of Prague public transport (click on the picture to open in the new window enlarge it):

Prague public transport map

What to see in Holesovice?

Wandering around, especially in Letna area, is a treat itself and this part of Prague has really beautiful architecture, a mix of tenement houses from the end of 19th / beginning of 20th century I assume and newer, often modernist, buildings.

You can just aimlessly walk around and just enjoy the place. But there are a couple of places worth seeing anyway!

  • Vystaviste – Prague Exhibition Grounds founded in 1981 for the Jubilee Czech Exhibition.

    These days it’s the venue of many cultural events, I myself was there at System of a Down concert in 2013.

    The most distinctive building is the Industrial Palace, a beautiful art nouveau gem made from steel and glass.

    Most tourists visiting Vystaviste come here to see Krizik Fountain – a technical masterpiece at the times when it was created. It gives a wonderful musical show, with light and water synchronized with the songs.

    It’s best to be here in the evening to see the Fountain at its best performance.

  • Strossmayerovo Namesti – the main square in the area and the important transport hub.

    It’s best known for the St.Anthony of Padua Church, built in years 1908-1911.

  • Letna Park offering some of the best views in Prague, especially from the area around the metronome.

    In this very spot the largest monument of Stalin used to stand until its destruction in 1962.

    The panorama of Prague seen from Letna park has been among my favorite places in Prague for years now!

Holesovice Prague

Holesovice Prague

Holesovice Prague

Holesovice Prague

Holesovice Prague

Holesovice Prague

Best art galleries in Holesovice

Holesovice is full of art galleries, some of the best ones in Prague. The area is especially known for modern and contemporary art.

When visiting Holesovice you can’t miss these places:

  • DOX Center for Contemporary Art (Poupetova 1).

    A former factory turned into the art gallery and multi-functional space that hosts some of the best exhibitions you can see in Prague. You can literally spend the whole day there!

    I’ve seen a really good photo exhibition about Israel there, recently I’ve heard lots of good opinions about the exhibition on Vaclav Havel.

    There is always something interesting going on!

  • Veletržní palác (Dukelských Hrdinů 530/47) – part of the National Gallery, hosting the art of 20th and 21st century.

    That’s where I’ve seen paintings of Gustav Klimt or Oskar Kokoschka for the first time in my life (it was pretty mindblowing!)

  • Jatka 78 – the art space located in Prazska Trznice (Prague Market).

    It mostly hosts contemporary circus performance, dance and puppet theater but there are occasional art exhibitions too

  • Trafo Gallery – also located in Prazska Trznice, hall no. 14, connected with artists group “Trafacka”.

    I’ve seen a very disturbing yet interesting exhibition there, with the theme “Life Is Painful and Breeds Disappointment”. Yes, it was just like it sounds.

  • The Chemistry Gallery (Bubenská 1477/1) – focusing on the young, contemporary artists.

    I was rather unlucky with the exhibition I’ve seen there as I didn’t get it at all but I’d definitely give the place another chance.

  • Street art – you can find in Holesovice works by some of the best known European artists like Point, Pasta Oner or Mode 2.

    Best spots are next to the entrance to Vltavska metro station, the building of DOX and Milady Horakove street. Click here to read more on Prague street art!

Holesovice Prague

Holesovice Prague

Holesovice Prague

Oskar Kokoschka

Where to eat in Holesovice?

Since the area is very hip and popular you will find lots of food options to choose from, mostly the modern bistros urban food.

Here is where I ate and can recommend:

  • Lokal (Nad Královskou oborou 232/31). A popular chain restaurant serving typical Czech food.
  • Home Kitchen (Jankovcova 14a).
  • Bistro 8 (Veverkova 1410/8)
  • The Farm (Korunovační 17)
  • Bar Cobra (M. Horákové 688/8)
  • Cross Club (Plynární 1096/23). The epic and well known cafe / pub / club where you can grab something to eat too.

Other places that I haven’t checked yet but have really good ratings include Tràng An Restaurace, Phill’s Twenty7, Naše toustárna, SaSaZu, Hillbilly, Mr.HotDoG, Ristorantino da Matteo, Klub AVU.

Holesovice Prague

Holesovice Prague

Holesovice Prague

Where to go for a coffee in Holesovice?

Holesovice is the cafes’ heaven! You will find some of the best cafes in Prague in that very district!

My favorite was definitely Cafe Jedna – a big bright space located in Veletrzni Palac.

But I bet the majority of cafes you would step in are amazing, that’s how this area is.

The new places are opening on regular basis, during my last visit the newest addition to the area was Barry Higgel’s coffeehouse (pretty great place!).

In Holesovice you will also fine the first bitcoin cafe in the world – Paralelni Polis!

As always my best source of information about cafes was Foursquare app.

Holesovice Prague

Holesovice Prague

Holesovice Prague

Where to shop in Holesovice?

Veverkova street is where the best boutiques can be found, it was also recently praised by The New York Times!

But there are small, interesting shops spread all over the districts so again wandering aimlessly around might be your best way to find true gems.

If you’re interested in the best Czech designers then Vnitroblock is the best place you can visit!

There are also flea markets in the neighborhood, I happened to stumble across one in Tovarna.

Holesovice Prague

Holesovice Prague

Holesovice Prague

Where to relax in Holesovice?

Holesovice is home to two of the most beautiful parks in Prague: Letna and Stromovka. Both are perfect to relax.

Letna offers you amazing views over Prague Old Town (that you can enjoy over a drink in the beer garden) and Stromovka – the largest park in the city – is where mostly locals hang out.

If you decide to spend summer in Prague you just have to visit both places!

If the weather isn’t on your side you can visit one of the above-mentioned galleries or go to the cinema.

Holesovice is home to Bio Oko, one of the best independent cinemas you will ever see!

The selection of the movies is on a very high level here, many of them are in the original version or with the English subtitles.

But Bio Oko isn’t only a cinema, it’s the active cultural institution with numerous events and festivals.

There is also a great bar so you can stop by even without seeing the movie!

Holesovice Prague

Holesovice Prague

Where to stay in Holesovice?

I’ve already stayed a couple of places in Holesovice/Letna area: random hotels, apartments and eventually Sir Toby’s Hostel.

I’ve been to that hostel before, grabbing a beer with friends in the basement bar. That was already a good reason for me to return there the next time I visit Prague.

And now I can’t imagine a better accommodation option in Holesovice!

Sir Toby's Hostel

Sir Toby’s is one of the oldest (celebrating the 18th birthday this year!) and best-known hostels in Prague.

As I’ve mentioned a couple of times before – I love staying at hostels as they are the best way you can meet people when you travel solo but I’m not so fond of dorms anymore.

At Sir Toby’s you can choose between dormitories and private rooms – of course, I went for the second option and I just loved my room!

It was bright, spacious, practical (big thumbs up for tea and coffee provided!) and carefully designed with all the small details that made it so special.

The private rooms at Sir Toby’s are located on the top floor so there is no need to worry about the place being loud!

After a busy day exploring Holesovice it was so good to return there, I enjoyed the place so much!

Sir Toby's Hostel

But the rooms aren’t the only great thing about Sir Toby’s hostel.

As soon as you enter the property you’re in the carefully designed space with all the tiny details that made me fall for the place.

The reception area looks like a cozy living and the basement pub with the brick wall is a perfect place to chill out (and the good selection of best Czech beers definitely helps here!).

I stayed at Sir Toby’s in February so unfortunately, I couldn’t use the outdoor terrace but it is there and I can only imagine how great it must be in the summertime!

Click here to check out more details and book the place at Sir Toby’s Hostel!

Other recommended accommodation in Holesovice / Letna area:

Sir Toby's Hostel

Sir Toby's Hostel

One last word of explanation: I use the name “Holesovice” but the area I’m talking about basically covers Prague 7 – the district that consist of smaller areas – Holesovice and Letna are the cores here!

This really should be your next stop when you are in Prague!


Travel resources

With over 15 years of independent traveling, I’ve learned which websites and services are the best when planning a trip. I always use and trust the following websites:

Money – My number one tip for everyone is to start using Revolut bank card to save money when traveling.

You get the card by mail within a few days and you can use it all over the world. You top up the card in the app on the phone, where you can also have accounts in different currencies and exchange money between them, for no extra fee and at very favorable rates. Everything is super easy and fast, you only need an internet connection to manage your accounts in the app.

Revolut supports over 140 currencies and offers free withdrawal from ATMs all over the world. In the first 6 months I’ve used Revolut card in 12 countries in 3 continents and had no issues at all. And I saved a lot of money in the exchange rates!

Click here to learn more about the service and order your own Revolut card!

Accommodation – I always book my accommodation through Booking.com.

They have really good deals (especially with their “Genius” program that you become a member of after few reservations) and in most of the cases, if your plans change, you can cancel the reservation without any extra costs.

I also value them for a really good customer service that I had to use a few times.

Check the best deals on accommodation in Prague here!

Insurance – I never travel without the insurance as you never know what might happen on the road and better safe than sorry (I’ve learnt my lesson).

I can recommend World Nomads that offer the insurance dedicated to travelers just like you and me.

Click here to get the insurance policy for Czech Republic here.

Day tours – I do go for a day trips when I travel as often they are the most convenient way to see the place that saves you time and money.

I most often use Get Your Guide that offers a variety of tours all over the world. Click here to check all the best tours you can take during your stay in Prague!

Offline maps – For years I’ve been using MAPS.ME app and I can’t recommend it enough!

It’s free, works offline perfectly fine and saved me many times. You can easily transfer Google Maps with all the bookmarks to maps.me and use them offline wherever you are.

Click here to download it to your phone before your next trip!


For the end I left a few announcements that might interest you:

  • Would you like to travel to Central/Eastern Europe or the Balkans? Let me help you with travel planning! Click here for more details!
  • If you don’t want to miss new posts and news from me click here to sign to my newsletter! You can also follow me on Bloglovin!
  • Join my Facebook group about Eastern Europe, the Balkans and former USSR and connect with fellow travellers and enthusiasts of these regions – just click here!
  • I’ve included a few handy links of services and products I personally like and use so you can plan your own trip to Prague too. They are often affiliate links. This means I will get a small commission if you book/purchase anything through my links, at no extra costs for you. If you like what you are reading and seeing here and would like to support me and my blog please consider using those links. It would be like getting me a virtual drink that you don’t have to pay for! Thanks!

LIKED IT? PIN THIS POST FOR LATER!

a mini guide to Holesovice, Prague, Czech Republic       a mini guide to Holesovice, Prague, Czech Republic


Disclaimer: My trip was in partnership with Sir Toby’s Hostel but as always all opinions are 100% mine.

love, kami 2

If you enjoyed that post why don't you share it with your friends? That would mean so much to me! Also be sure to join 27.000+ fellow travelers and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ or Instagram for travel updates and even more pictures! If you don't want to miss new posts sign up to my newsletter or follow on Bloglovin!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
  •  
    315
    Shares
  • 71
  •  
  • 244
  •  

15 Comments

  • Reply
    wonderis
    02/04/2017 at 14:52

    Amazing place! I wish to be there soon! :)

    • Reply
      kami
      17/04/2017 at 19:38

      fingers crossed you will be!

  • Reply
    Lance Mentink
    02/04/2017 at 23:03

    Looks like an interesting area… to bad about your passport… love your blog…
    We will be coming to your part of the world in 2018. We will contact you for some help in travel planning.
    That is quite a list you have for 2017… all the places you plan to visit. Have fun and safe travels… Lance

    • Reply
      kami
      17/04/2017 at 19:39

      Thank you! Definitely get in touch before your trip here, I will be happy to help!

  • Reply
    Stefania
    04/04/2017 at 16:26

    It looks like a super cool neighbourhood, really worth exploring to have a gist of the local life there. Prague is one of the few “big” capitals in Europe that I haven’t bee nto. I’ll make sure to check out Holesovice then!

    • Reply
      kami
      17/04/2017 at 19:43

      I hope you will visit Prague soon because it’s amazing! One of the best cities in the world, at least for me! And Holesovice is so cool, it’s always so much fun to hang out there!

  • Reply
    7 Alternative Prague Insider Tips (with no tourists) - The Crowded Planet
    05/04/2017 at 17:07

    […] For an in-depth account of the distric, read Kami’s guide to Holesovice Prague. […]

  • Reply
    Antonio
    22/08/2017 at 16:54

    I’ve been to prague 2 times,I loved it both times of course :() I hope i’ll come again, and search some not so well known roads, and I’ll definitely use this article, thank you :) Btw, you should check “Honest Prague guide”, 2 guys from Prague making awesome videos about it

    • Reply
      kami
      05/10/2017 at 08:25

      Thank you! I will definitely take a look!

  • Reply
    Eva
    07/03/2018 at 13:11

    Wow, thanks for all your tips!
    We’re visiting Prague in April and have visited the city before but were kinda let down by all tourist traps, so I can’t wait to explore more of the alternative side of the city!
    ps. So glad to have found your blog, will follow you gladly <3

    • Reply
      kami
      29/03/2018 at 21:08

      Thank you! I love Prague but in recent years it became too touristy and crowded for me. That’s why places like Holesovice are amazing. Other areas you should check are Vrsovice (especially around Krymska street), Zizkov, Vinohrady or Karlin!

  • Reply
    Michael
    18/07/2018 at 09:12

    Have lived in Prague for three years but haven’t really ventured much to that part of town – I live on the other side of the river and it has been too easy to get caught in a ‘Zizkov bubble’ (Zizkov is another really interesting, cool area for those reading).
    I’m heading there today to explore and try some of your recommendations however!

    • Reply
      kami
      11/08/2018 at 12:48

      I adore Zizkov too! It’s such an amazing area and my second favorite, after Holesovice! Let me know how you like Praha 7, I’m really curious now! :)

  • Reply
    Minu
    29/08/2018 at 16:03

    Hii
    I will visit prague on 6th september and i will be in sir tobys hostel .i want know how its the nightlife aroud !!

    • Reply
      kami
      14/09/2018 at 13:35

      Sorry for getting back to you that late. I think the great staff at Sir Toby’s told you everything about the area!

Leave a Reply

Let’s become friends!

Join me on Facebook for even more travel updates!