The issue with travel guides is lack of inspiration, design orientation and amount of crowd on popular sights. I found out that a successful design trip is a combination of beautiful places with some tech or modern approach to the design of the environment and everyday things. I am looking for technological things which makes the life of citizens better.
To find design kicks I plan where and what I’d like to see. I combined sports, good coffee places and museums.
DOX Museum of Modern art For sure the first place to visit. The building is awesome. There is a huge zeppelin on the top. Exhibitions are usually exciting. The best option to get there by metro and then walk. Adult €8. Quite good coffee place.
Kamppa Museum Located in the city centre. Having contemporary art from Czech artists and designers. Has a nice look out on the river and Charles bridge. Don’t miss the penguins near the river. €12.
Prague City Gallery (GHMP) Gallery with several contemporary art exhibitions. Located in several places: The Stone Bell House, Municipal Library, Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace, House of Photography, Villa Bílek, Troja Château and František Bílek’s House in Chýnov. Pick an exhibition from the website and visit a location. €5 per building.
Národní galerie Also spread across several locations. Has a permanent exhibition of Czech artist and cubists. Also has changing exhibition of contemporary art. €6 per building.
Galerie Rudolfinum Sometimes running exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Also showcasing photography and installations. For now, admission is free.
Metro stations are mostly boring. Worth checking: Náměstí Republiky, Andel, Rajská zahrada and Střížkov.
The one-hour ticket should cover visiting all of them with taking pictures. €1.25
During summer across the Vltava river goes ferries. Can be used with regular transport ticket.
La Bohème Café (Sázavská 2031/32) Big selection of tea. Nice interior and good for relaxing day. Great interior. Bad Wi-Fi and not comfortable for work. Late €2,5.
Cafe Louvre (Národní 1987/22) Touristic but amazingly looking space. Go there for cakes or a good breakfast and lunch. They have a seasonal menu plus lunch menus. No Wi-Fi. In the evening can be noisy. Flat white €2.7
Cafe Savoy (Vítězná 124/5) Classy, expensive French cafe for breakfast and brunch. Good location to the river. Free Wi-Fi. Bad for work. Flat white €3.5
Home Kitchen (Radlická 3185/ 1B & three other locations) Perfect for work or meeting. Free Wi-Fi, delicious soups and sandwiches. Interior in minimalistic industrial style. Have four locations in total. Soup from €2,7. Flat white €2,8.
EMA espresso bar (Na Florenci 1420/3) Small and cosy coffee place. One of the best flat whites in Prague. Created by a graphic designer. Good for meetings. Flat white €2.6
Locations and places
Karlin district — modern office districts, with great architecture, cafes and views. Has bike roads, the museum of post and view on a river.
Letenské sady — the big park with iconic view on a river. Has a statue of the metronome.
Vyšehrad — old castle with church and park. Second iconic view on Prague bridges and red roofs.
Troja bridge — modern looking pridge across the Vltava river.