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The Locals' Guide to Prague

Six Prague insiders, including two designers, an Olympic athlete and a tech entrepreneur, guide you to their favourite spots in the city.

Zdeněk Prokeš

The Artistic Director

Zdeněk Prokeš

As artistic director of Laterna Magika, a historic theatre, film and dance ensemble housed at the New Stage within Prague’s prestigious National Theatre, Zdeněk Prokeš is a fixture on the city’s arts scene. But during his time off, the award-winning choreographer and former dancer also likes to escape the crowds. “One of the most peaceful places in Prague is the residential area between the Vršovice and Vinohrady neighbourhoods,” he says. “There are beautiful art nouveau homes and verdant parks that, sometimes, you get to have all to yourself.”


Ponec – The Dance Venue

Photo: Vojtech Brtnicky

Ponec – The Dance Venue

“Having worked in dance for decades, I want to keep up with recent trends in the field, and the Ponec theatre, in an old cinema, is the best venue in the city. The focus is on contemporary dance and movement from around the world, including works by lauded Slovak choreographer Andrej Petrovič and modern flamenco dancer Israel Galván.”

Husitská 24a/899, 420-222-721-531, divadloponec.cz

Café Louvre

Café Louvre

“This place has been an important meeting point of artists and writers, especially before WWII. Franz Kafka was a regular, as was Albert Einstein during his professorship in Prague. The Louvre keeps the spirit of the old days alive – the walls are painted pink – while also offering excellent Czech cuisine, like beef goulash or blueberry cake with vanilla ice cream, at fair prices.”

Národní 22, 420-224-930-949, 420-257-311-562, cafelouvre.cz

Prague Gallery of Czech Glass

Prague Gallery of Czech Glass

“The Czech Republic has always been famous for glassmaking. There are several galleries specializing in glass in the city, but this one also hosts lectures and temporary exhibitions. The permanent collection is also worth a look for pieces ranging from a neon sculpture by recent graduate Kimberly Watters to the limited reissue of the iconic “Stockholm” drinking glasses by famed Czech glass artist Stanislav Libenský.”

Bartoškova 26, 420-272-101-121, prazskagalerie.cz

Jatka78

“This theatre opened about two years ago in a former slaughterhouse complex, but now the expansive whitewashed space with vaulted ceilings serves as a hub for theatre groups and experimental artists – this month, don’t miss the show Finale, with a cast of eight world-class acrobats. It’s also home to the city’s most successful circus company, the poetic Cirk La Putyka, whose performances are more about storytelling and theatre than showing skills.”

Bubenské Nábřeží 306/13, 420-773-217-127, jatka78.cz

Ateliér Josefa Sudka

Ateliér Josefa Sudka

“This intimate photography gallery was once the home and studio of Josef Sudek, known as the ‘Poet of Prague’ and one of the country’s most famous photographers. Inside the historic pavilion, located in a leafy residential courtyard, you can see works from the gallery’s collection of over 1,800 photographs, the majority showing the city from the 1920s to ’70s through Sudek’s lens.”

Újezd 30, atelierjosefasudka.cz

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