In recent years it has become more and more popular. It has even got into the rankings of best European districts.
It is popular primarily thanks to its unique atmosphere and creativity. We can find a number of modern bars, stylish coffee shops, restaurants offering the best in global cuisine and many cultural and artistic spaces: the La Fabrika theatre, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, the Paralelni Polis Institute of Cryptoanarchy.
Holešovice (from the merger with Bubny in 1850 until 1960 Holešovice-Bubny) was linked to Prague in 1884 as the first ever municipality that was not a town at the time of the link-up. The main part of Holešovice is in the Vltava’s Prague meander on its left bank, Holešovice includes Bubny and, at the top of a hill, the district of Letná.
The name Holešovice, originally Holišovice, is evidently derived from the word “holý” or “holec” (“bare”). It could be taken to mean also an infertile part of the land that was often flooded and, after the flooding, there were places full of stones and sand.
The first surviving mention of Holešovice dates from 1228. In the last third of the 19th century the original agricultural settlement of Holešovice, where the current Prague-Holešovice railway station is, grew to encompass the whole of the previously unoccupied area and was transformed into one of the most important industrial suburbs of Prague. A central slaughterhouse, Bubny railway station, a gasworks and, in 1891, a site for the Regional Exhibition were built. In 1850 Holešovice was linked to the neighbouring village of Bubny and in 1884 Holešovice-Bubny was joined with Prague as the seventh borough. Libeň Bridge was opened in 1928. The reform of Prague districts in 1960 officially renamed Holešovice-Bubny just Holešovice.
The advantageous position of Holešovice in the wider centre led, in particular after 2000, to the construction of administrative buildings and residential complexes: the modernisation of the PZO Kovo high-rise building by Libeň Bridge and, opposite it, the construction of the Lighthouse Vltava Waterfront Towers complex were the first steps towards development on the site of the port. It was followed by the modernisation of the site of the former city brewery and the construction of apartments on the site of the former dairy. Space by the river was taken by the Prague Marina luxury residential buildings, where your luxury houseboat can be tied up.
Holešovice excels thanks to its luxurious green parks: from one side the quarter is surrounded by the wonderful Stromovka park, which at this time is also undergoing significant revitalisation, on the other side it is Letná, which offers some of the most beautiful views in Prague.
Holešovice is a leading Prague modern residential district supplemented by retail and office buildings, often converted industrial or technical structures that have been declared cultural heritage.
One of the best Asian restaurants in Prague. Chef Andy Tan is a master of his art. The restaurant’s concept is based on the fusion of cuisine using five techniques of Asian cooking—Sambal, Otak Otak, Flame, Roti and Tai-Tai Grill. The restaurant has been in the Michelin guide since 2010; it has a Bib Gourmand for restaurants that offer excellent food for reasonable money.
Tan, a native of Indonesia, became famous primarily thanks to the legendary Vakzuid restaurant in Amsterdam, which he ran for 13 years. He has collected experience and inspiration on journeys around Asia. Andy is well-known for his creativity, he constantly changes the menu, making use of seasonal products. He is a master of combining Asian and European cuisine and has gathered experience from around the world.
The popular SaSaZu music club is also in the building. Its size of 5,000 m² makes it one of the largest entertainment facilities of its type in Prague and it can accommodate up to 2,500 guests. The same as a number of leading clubs in New York, the original space used by Sasazu was a slaughterhouse for cattle. Now the building is used for big concerts and parties. Since its opening in 2009 it has hosted world stars in a wide spectrum of genres, such as Lily Allen, Macy Gray, Kosheen, Paul Van Dyk, Tiesto, Markus Schulz, Morcheeba, Public Enemy, Busta Rhymes and One Republic.
DOX Centre for Contemporary Art
The DOX Centre for Contemporary Art is a multifunctional space that was established thanks to a private initiative to transform a former factory.
The DOX name is derived from the Greek word doxa, one meaning of which is a way of understanding things, an opinion, a conviction. DOX’s programme focus differs from exhibition institutions of a similar format primarily through its art projects, which include critical reflections on current social topics and questions, as well as an overlap into “non-artistic” areas and disciplines such as psychology, philosophy, history, sociology and political science.
The DOX Centre building is an example of top-class contemporary world architecture. The internationally recognised project for the transformation of an old factory into a multifunctional space is the work of the architect Ivan Kroupa. In 2008, DOX was nominated for the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Prize and the prestigious publication The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture places it among the most interesting world architectural projects of the last ten years.
Another and the latest magnet in this district is the creative centre Vnitroblock, which, thanks to its generous industrial space, can be almost everything: here you can find a great coffeeshop and a designer store, there are concerts and dance parties, exhibitions and workshops, films are shown and the best weekend events in Prague are held. If you think you’re interested in alternative culture, you need to get yourself down to Vnitroblock.