Peep Prague's Emerging Holesovice Neighborhood

Peep Prague's Emerging Holesovice Neighborhood

An exclusive photo diary of the capital city's newest buzz-worthy hub.

An exclusive photo diary of the capital city's newest buzz-worthy hub.

Text: Brandon Tan

Prague: A city undeniably rich in history, but vaguely dormant in culture, seems to be on the cusp of an awakening. While the city’s most frequented parts boast an impressive attendance of foreigners, it’s an area across the famous Charles Bridge that has conjured up a burgeoning downtown scene.

The district of Holesovice Prague 7, like Williamsburg before the Dunkin' Donuts on Bedford Avenue, is host to a number of buzzing bars, bookstores and vintage shops that draw a cool, local crowd. While already popular amongst young Czech creatives, it has impressively managed to keep tourists at a safe distance. That said, the lines are blurring and the barriers  withdrawn, as more foreigners breach upon the local art district.

There is a distinguishably different vibe to the town than its neighboring parts. Staying at the newly opened and beautifully designed Mama Shelter—a unique hotel to travelers, but a biergarten and terrace restaurant to locals—I was witness to the mixed gathering of patrons. The hotel's founders, the Trigano family, claim that this was part of their mission for the space, acknowledging the neighborhood's unique ethos. Only a few blocks away, lining the cobblestoned streets of Holesovice, are also modern art galleries, cafés offering oat milk lattés and vendors of vintage garments. Notable spots include Bio Oko, a neighborhood cinema showing arthouse and cult films aiming to revive the culture of movie-going, Page Five, a young bookshop and publisher stocking your favorite indie magazines, and Recycle, an edgy vintage boutique which, as its name suggests, revives tired, old garb into fresh, up-cycled clothing.

Peep my photo diary of the city's old and new below.

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Credits: IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRANDON TAN

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