Venture beyond Prague’s tourist hotspots and you’ll discover a quirkier side to the city. With an abundance of offbeat venues, hip boutiques and trendy eateries, the Czech capital gives Berlin and London a run for its money. Make like the cool crowd and seek out these hipster-friendly places next time you’re in Prague.
BOHO Vintage Concept Store
The minimalist interior at BOHO certainly makes a pleasant change from your average second-hand store. Browse an eclectic assortment of vintage fashion and homeware sourced from flea markets alongside retro-style BOHO brand pieces.
Francouzská 240/76, Vršovice
Bric a Brac Antiques
This discreet pair of stores is each little larger than a closet, but they’re all the more charming for their petite size. Rummage through the vast collection of antiques – marionette dolls, ceramics, vintage perfume bottles, clocks – and you’re sure to find treasure to take home.
Týnská 627/7, Old Town
100CLASS Concept Store
An edgy, high-end boutique, 100CLASS lives by Vivienne Westwood’s motto: “Buy less, choose well.” Meticulously laid out through the bright store is a careful curation of contemporary fashion, homeware and art from leading Czech designers.
Soukenická 30, New Town
Wander down the road from Letná Park to this trendy bookshop. You’ll find beautifully-designed books and magazines on arts subjects by young Czech creatives (plenty published in English), prints and posters, and you might even catch one of their regular exhibitions.
Veverkova 5, Letna
Wine lovers should head to Veltlin, a pretty bar that pays homage to the grape. The proprietor prides himself on serving only organic wines of the highest quality, mostly sourced from small, boutique vineyards.
Křižíkova 488/115, Karlín
With its floral wallpaper, mismatched furniture and jazz music, entering this cosy cocktail bar is like stepping into your grandmother’s lounge…in a good way. The drinks menu, by contrast, offers playful combinations like gin with elderflower liquor, cucumber and chilli tincture.
Bořivojova 623/100, Žižkov
Hidden behind a nondescript exterior down a quiet street, this underground cocktail bar is about as hipster as they get. For starters, there’s no menu. A mixologist whisks up personalised combinations to suit your mood and serves them in vintage crystal glasses.
Krakovská 15, New Town
Lokál is one of Prague’s trendier beer halls, not least because the pints are pulled fresh from silver tanks sitting right under the bar taps. It’s just the thing to wash down their classic Czech cuisine (made with a modern twist, of course).
Dlouhá 33, Old Town
A culture café and fashion/design store with a dance studio upstairs and an intimate underground cinema, Vnitroblock has it all. Sample artisan sandwiches, wholesome cakes and strong coffee in the spacious multi-purpose space, also used for art exhibitions, lectures and regular DJ performances.
Tusarova 791/31, Holešovice
A sleek café with fur-draped chairs and marble tables, Venue works with seasonal ingredients from Czech farms. The juices are fresh, the cakes decadent, and the mains range from fried egg-topped sweet potato hash for brunch, to lunchtime pastas, quiches and salads.
Havelská 4, Old Town
Maso A Kobliha
True to its name – which translates as “Meat and Doughnut” – cake stands of Madagascan vanilla cream doughnuts sit beside an organic butcher shop at this laidback joint. The restaurant menu is more varied, though, and caters for veggies and carnivores alike.
Petrská 1551/23, New Town