Prague’s Karlín District Named One of World’s 50 Coolest Neighborhoods

Prague’s Karlín District Named One of World’s 50 Coolest Neighborhoods

Where are the coolest neighborhoods to visit in the world? Not the familiar tourist locations, but vibrant areas filled with local flavor and that intangible “cool” quality.

Popular travel magazine Time Out turned 50 this year, and to celebrate has put together an extensive list of the 50 coolest neighborhoods in cities around the world to visit.



The Czech capital, of course, is represented on their list. But what’s the coolest neighborhood in Prague? Historic Old Town or Malá Strana? Swanky Vinohrady? Up-and-coming Vršovice?

How about Karlín, which was devastated by floods in 2002 but has rebuilt itself into a center of both business and culture?

“Karlín is different from the fairytale settings and tourist crowds of Prague’s centre or the gritty, industrial scene of many surrounding neighbourhoods,” writes Auburn Scallon for Time Out.

“Revitalization efforts from flooding in 2002 have lined its streets with restaurants, wine bars and young families. And the current wave of experimental spaces – from Manifesto Market’s open-air food stalls in shipping containers to Kasarna Karlin’s summer cinemas and artsy events – are taking the area from residential paradise to destination-worthy neighbourhood.”

Among the district’s top food & drink offerings, Scallon recommends Ambiente’s Eska for dining (a must for Sunday brunch), the Veltlin wine bar for a nightly tipple, and if you’re in the mood, cat café Kavárna Kočičí for some feline company.

The spacious Karlínské Náměstí park, along with the impressive Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius behind it, were recommended sights to see, with the newly-renovated Penta Hotel tapped among the district’s accommodation options.

Prague Karlín district came in at number 38 on the list of the top 50 coolest neighborhoods, although the criteria for ranking was not disclosed.

Embajadores in Madrid, Euljiro in Seoul, and Nueva Villa de Aburrá in Medellín took the top three spots. Five of the top 10 coolest neighborhoods were in Europe, with Metaxourgeio (Athens), Princípe Real (Lisbon), Strasbourg-Saint-Denis (Paris) and Neukölln (Berlin) also ranking high.

These are Time Out’s 50 coolest neighborhoods in the world:

1. Embajadores, Madrid
2. Euljiro, Seoul
3. Nueva Villa de Aburrá, Medellín
4. Metaxourgeio, Athens
5. Princípe Real, Lisbon
6. Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, Paris
7. Neukölln, Berlin
8. Yanaka, Tokyo
9. Highland Park, Los Angeles
10. Fitzroy, Melbourne
11. Peckham, London
12. Noord, Amsterdam
13. Ancoats, Manchester
14. Enmore, Sydney
15. Bandra West, Mumbai
16. Shuk HaPishpeshim, Tel Aviv-Jaffa
17. West Village, New York
18. West Loop, Chicago
19. Tangba Jie, Chengdu
20. Osu, Accra
21. City Bowl District, Cape Town
22. Sant Antoni, Barcelona
23. Monti, Rome
24. Leith, Edinburgh
25. Hornstull, Stockholm
26. Sololaki, Tbilisi
27. Phibsboro, Dublin
28. Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro
29. Former French Concession, Shanghai
30. Roma, Mexico City
31. Cedofeita, Porto
32. Prawirotaman, Yogyakarta
33. Wynwood, Miami
34. Hayes Valley, San Francisco
35. Wan Chai, Hong Kong
36. Ari, Bangkok
37. Petite Italie, Montreal
38. Karlín, Prague
39. Dufferin Grove, Toronto
40. Central District, Seattle
41. Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires
42. Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur
43. Kadıköy, Istanbul
44. Tanjong Pagar, Singapore
45. Kitay-Gorod, Moscow
46. Langstrasse, Zurich
47. Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi
48. South End, Boston
49. Sanlitun, Beijing
50. Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai

Lucas Němec

Prague-based author with two decades experience living in and writing about the Czech Republic for local and international sites and publications. Nakládaný hermelín enthusiast and frequent Club-Mate drinker.

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