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A guide to local favorites in Holesovice

People talking at Vnitroblock.
  • By Lenka Kabrhelova
  • Photos by Lenka Grabicova
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Holesovice
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This formerly industrial part of Prague used to house a river port and numerous factories in the 19th century. Today it’s one of the fastest-changing neighborhoods in the city. Cafes, restaurants, offices, residential projects and cultural centers are popping up with astonishing speed. Long neglected and run-down plants are turning into galleries and helping Holesovice transform into an arts quarter.

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Lenka came to Prague in 2018 after a decade of living abroad. A Czech native, she has dedicated equal time to the East and the West, having worked in Moscow and Washington. In a pursuit of equilibrium, she finally returned home to Central Europe. She misses being asked: “Where are you from?”

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Holesovice

Dox Center for Contemporary Art
A former factory has been turned into a multipurpose space that hosts exhibitions, theater and music and dance performances. Its design shop and cafe are popular with visitors and locals. Check out the 45-yard-long airship hovering above the building.
Dox Center for Contemporary Art, Poupetova 1, Prague 7, 170 00
Vnitroblock
Another multifunctional space in Holesovice where there are workshops, fashion shows (and Czech designers’ collections), a multimedia studio, a dance studio, a gallery and a cafe. This former factory has the most intimate space for cinema (in a cellar) in the neighborhood.
Vnitroblock, Tusarova 31, Prague 7, 170 00
Holesovice Market
A stone’s throw from the Vltava, this sprawling market that’s short on ambiance but long on selection offers produce and meat from farmers and butchers in a warehouselike area, (surrounded by stalls selling mostly inexpensive goods). Visitors will be able to knock off every ingredient, fresh from the growers, on their shopping list here.
Holesovice Market, Bubenske nabrezi 306/13, Prague 7, 170 00
Prague Planetarium
Soak up a panorama of stars well before dinnertime (or pop in in the evening). If you find yourself strolling the grounds of Stromovka, especially with kids, this small planetarium could be a good stop. Visitors can surf through our galaxy via digital displays of stars projected on a cupola and ride in a moon-buggy simulator via its interactive exhibits.
Prague Planetarium, Kralovska obora 233, Prague 7, 170 21
Veletrzni Palac and its cafe
A must-do for fans of contemporary works, the National Gallery’s showpiece modern-art venue, Veletrzni Palac (or Trade Fair Palace), mixes Klimt, Communist-era Czech art and a bounty of Picassos in one epic Functionalist building. For a light pick-me-up (even if you don’t have time for the culture bath), pop into Cafe Jedna, the minimalist, all-white coffee shop with soaring ceilings that’s attached. By nightfall, it transforms into a hip gathering place for sharing brews.
Veletrzni Palac, Dukelskych Hrdinu 530/47, Prague 7, 170 00
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Lenka Kabrhelova
Lenka came to Prague in 2018 after a decade of living abroad. A Czech native, she has dedicated equal time to the East and the West, having worked in Moscow and Washington. In a pursuit of equilibrium, she finally returned home to Central Europe. She misses being asked: “Where are you from?”
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Lenka Grabicova
Lenka is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in Prague.

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