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6 great places in Prague's up-and-coming neighborhood Karlín

Prague is a great destination if you’re a fan of great architecture and history. But the hippest place in the Czech capital right now is a part of town where you won’t find high castles or old buildings. In Karlín you’ll find hip new bars and restaurants and a great vibe instead.

 

Pancakes with plums, sour cream and poppy seeds at Můj Šálek Kávy. Photo: Můj Šálek Kávy

Muj Salek Kavy

“My Cup of Coffee” is widely considered to be the city’s premiere destination for third-wave java, which helped put Karlín on the local foodie map. Charming atmosphere, great service and impeccable coffee drinks of all types, prepped via filter, Chemex or on a high-end Kees van der Westen Spirit espresso machine. Owned by Doubleshot, one of the city’s favorite coffee roasters.

Můj Šálek Kávy

Křižíkova 105, Praha 8

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Mon – Sat: 9am – 9pm, Sun: 10am – 6pm

Breakfast at Bistro Proti Proudu. Photo: Bistro Proti Proudu

Bistro Proti Proudu

The “counter-current” café occupies a quiet corner close to Karlín’s most beautiful square, Lyčkovo Náměstí, taking its name and design inspiration from František Křižík’s old electrical works. Great sandwiches, fresh house-made lemonades, lovely cakes and easygoing breakfasts, including many vegetarian options go well with the bistro’s airy, modern atmosphere.

Bistro Proti Proudu

Březinova 22, Praha 8

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Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 10pm, Sat: 9am – 6pm

Eska is both bakery and restaurant. Photo: Eska

Eska

Next to the concert venue Forum Karlín, this bakery and restaurant became an important gourmet destination soon after it launched in 2015, wowing guests with an approach that bridged “old Czech” with the “new Nordic” culinary movement. Evenings bring out to-die-for multi-course tasting menus which often include foraged foods and unusual in-house fermentations.

Eska

Pernerova 49, Prague

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Mon – Fri: 8am – 11:30pm, Sat – Sun: 9am – 11:30pm

Garage

This tiny, four-year-old café serves authentic Canadian poutine – a delicious but gooey mix of fried potatoes, cheese curds, gravy and various optional toppings – in what was once an actual automobile garage on Karlín’s main strip. Pro tip – try the Montreal-style plate, which includes fried onions and shredded beef. Perfect for a quick lunch or a flavorful bite before an evening out.

Garage

Křižíkova 58, Prague

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Mon – Fri: 11am – 2pm, 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Kasárna Karlín

Visit this sprawling former military barracks for a concert, a movie, beach volleyball, ice skating or break-dancing lessons – or just to hang out in the laid-back café, built inside the former army swimming pool and changing rooms. Giant sculptures in the courtyard from artists like František Skála and the on-site Karlín Studios Gallery make this an essential stop for art lovers.

Kasárna Karlín

Prvního pluku 2, Prague

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Mon – Fri: 1pm – 10pm, Sat – Sun: 10am – 10pm

Veltlin is a wine bar that focuses on bottles from around the former Habsburg Empire. Photo: Veltlin

Veltlin

Owned by the poet-vintner Bogdan Trojak, this cozy wine bar focuses on bottles from around the former Habsburg Empire, allowing guests to compare an Austrian Grüner Veltliner, a Hungarian Zöld Veltlini and a Moravian Veltlínské Zelené, among many others. A temple to natural wines, featuring many bottles from the local “Autentisté” natural winemaking movement.

Veltlin

Křižíkova 115, Praha 8

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Mon – Sat: 5pm – 11pm

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