Czech Inn – In the Hood
Dating back to the 14th century, our neighborhood was once covered with vineyards. A short walk from Czech Inn brings you to the heart of this history, to a beautiful park still set among the grapevines. The park also has a gazebo restaurant serving the local wine and affording pretty views of Prague. Tip: “vino” is Czech for wine.
A local favorite park and beer garden and a pleasant stroll from Czech Inn. In warm weather, locals gather in the park for picnics and incredible views of the city – sunsets are best watched from here! From April until October you’ll find the beer garden’s tables packed, serving the world’s best beer, grilled food and showing sports on the big screen. If you prefer a more cozy atmosphere, check out the smaller beergarden Mlíkarna right next to the green meadow.
Watch a game at Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden
“Jiřák”, as the locals call the square, is the heart of the Vinohrady district. Whether you like the daring modern architecture of the church or not, you should definitely stop by here. The farmer’s market (Wednesday-Friday 8:00-18:00, Saturday 8:00-14:00) attracts people from all over the city and features not only seasonal & fresh veggies, fruits and dairy products sold directly by the farmers, but also delicious coffee and street food of all sorts (try Podolka’s veggie burger and the freshly squeezed juices!). And there are more hotspots around for foodies and those who appreciate the good life: Pho Vietnam is considered one of the best places for a traditional, hearty bowl of the Vietnamese soup; Mama Coffee is not only a beautiful little gem of a café but also serves only fair trade brews; and Antonínovo pekařství serves the best traditional pastry in town – try Kolač or Buchty. We’ll let you in on a little secret… There is a vinotéka (a wine shop) around that sells a small glass of wine for 10 CZK (0,37 EUR!). We are not going to tell names, but if you promise to invite us for one, we might take you there. It’s the best thing ever.
Jiřího z Poděbrad clockwise 1. Farmer’s Market 2. Vinoteka 3. Farmer’s Market again 4. JZP Church
Another lively square in Czech Inn’s neighborhood. Check it out for a peaceful Christmas market, experience when the holidays are approaching, enjoy watching locals playing chess or the piano in summer or discover all the small shops, cafés and restaurants around it. Among our favorites are the 20 PIP Craft Pub Bar (for beer connaisseurs!), the stunning La Boheme Café, Bistro Zahrada with its beautiful garden and bio food and the second hand shop Fifty-Fifty. A decent Czech meal can be enjoyed in Vinohradský Parlament and Grosseto, just across the street, is one of the best for Italian food in town. The majestic building left of the church is the neighborhood’s theater.
Naměstí Míru clockwise 1. Namesti Muri Church 2. La Boheme Café 3. 20 PIP Craft Pub Bar
Meander through the neighborhoods to one of Prague’s most beautiful places. Perched upon a hill adjacent to the Vltava River, Vyšehrad is a 10th century fortress with a rich history and impressive 360 views. Within the fort, find the Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, the historical cemetery where famous Czechs were laid to rest, plenty of green spaces and a handful of cafes and restaurants including an outdoor grill serving hot and cold drinks. Our Richard went for a photography walk during winter time and we think the scenery is even more picturesque when covered in snow.
Vyšehrad Clockwise 1. & 2. St. Peter & St. Paul Basilica 3. Panoramic view form Vyšehrad
Not directly in our ‘hood’ but reachable by walk or tram. Home of the The National Memorial, a monument connecting 20th century development of Czechoslovak and Czech statehood and the largest equestrian statue in the world. Worthwhile visit for the history and breathtaking views. Second best spots for sunset after Riegrovy Sady! On your way down, by all means visit the legendary pub U vystřelenýho oka. Cigarette smoke can make the air inside a little dense, but the beer garden is great as well.
Vitkov Hill (Image Ondřej Kořínek/Wikimedia)
This old Jewish/Christian cemetery houses the grave of Franz Kafka and is a superb place for wandering. To reach, head in the opposite direction of Old Town by foot or by tram.