The Guardian rates Prague’s Holešovice as one of Europe’s 10 coolest neighborhoods

The burgeoning Prague 7 district ranks alongside trendy neighborhoods in Berlin and Rome among Europe’s coolest

Jason Pirodsky

Written by Jason Pirodsky Published on 11.02.2020 16:22:00 (updated on 11.03.2021) Reading time: 2 minutes

A list of trendy neighborhoods wouldn’t be complete without a representative from Prague, and burgeoning Prague 7 district Holešovice is the city’s latest district to make an international list of cool ‘hoods.

Last year, Time Out chose Prague’s Nové Město to represent the Czech capital in their list of the world’s coolest neighborhoods. The year before, it was Karlín. Vinohrady, Žižkov, and Vršovice are also frequently cited among Prague’s coolest areas.

Now, Holešovice has become the latest Prague borough cited as an alternative to the city’s more densely-packed tourist areas.

“North of central Prague, on the Vltava’s left bank beyond Letná park, Holešovice was for a long time seen as a bleak district with little to offer locals, let alone visitors,” writes Paul Sullivan for The Guardian.

“Its impressive resurgence over the past decade or so has been largely thanks to creative and commercial entrepreneurs taking advantage of low rents and empty spaces – apartment blocks, factories – to create a vibrant infrastructure of galleries, shops, cafes, clubs and bars.”

“Although not as postcard-pretty as Stare Mesto (the old town) or Mala Strana over the river, Holešovice’s blend of industrial buildings, 19th- and early 20th-century tenements (with some lovely art nouveau blocks) and occasional communist behemoths makes for interesting meanders, and there are cultural treats aplenty too.”

Some of the venues created by those entrepreneurs across the past decade include trendy art studio DOX, fashion market hangout Vnitroblok, and Bitcoin-friendly cafe Paralelní Polis, among many others.

Sullivan cites Cafe Letka, Bistro 8, and Sasazu as some of the Holešovice’s culinary highlights, but we can add a couple of our own picks: popular sushi sandwich takeaway Onigirazu, which recently made the news for its stance on avocados, and SoCal-themed Cali Brothers, which occupies the former site of Bohemia Bagel.

Accommodation options cited in The Guardian include ever-popular backpacker hostel Sir Toby’s, along with a Prague branch of Mama Shelter, located at the refurbished site of the iconic communist-era Parkhotel.

Holešovice also borders two of Prague’s most popular parks: the expansive Stromovka, which has recently undergone some extensive restorations, and hilltop Letná, whose ever-popular beer garden is a must for both locals and tourists alike, and boasts some of the most impressive views of the city.

Looking for some more off-the-beaten track destinations around Europe outside of Prague? These are the top 10 coolest neighborhoods in Europe, according to The Guardian:

1. Järntorget/Långgatorna, Gothenburg
2. University Quarter, Brussels
3. El Cabanyal, Valencia
4. Bonfim, Porto
5. Neukölln, Berlin
6. Powiśle, Warsaw
7. Holešovice, Prague
8. Ostiense, Rome
9. Dorćol, Belgrade
10. Quartier de la Réunion, Paris

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