Nové Mesto, New Town, east of the Vltava River is sandwiched between Vysehrad in the south and Staré Mesto, Old Town, in the north-west. Nové Mesto is the business and party neighborhood of Prague. It is the district of international hotels, theaters, chain stores, night clubs, cafés, restaurants and fast food.
See & Do
The Dancing House, Tancici Dum, at Rasinovo nabrezi 80, is a dancing office building designed by Frank Gehry. This modern glass construction vaguely resembles a dancing couple. He is the upright column, she is the curved one. The building is home to offices and not open to the public. The only way to see the interior is to have lunch or dinner in Restaurant Celeste on the top floor.
Czech cuisine is rich in meat and famous for beer. Be sure to try pork, sauerkraut and dumplings washed it down with a pitcher of Pilsner Urquell. Sample Prague grilled sausages, sauerkraut and a hunk of crusty bread at one of the stand-up cafes on Wenceslas Square. Vegetarians may have a harder time, but most restaurants have at least one meatless dish on the menu. Mid morning is the best time for a coffee break. Savor Viennese coffee, strong black with a big dollop of whipped cream, or Algerian coffee, espresso with egg liqueur and whipped cream.
Wenceslas Square is one of the most visited and vibrant places in Prague. Locals and tourists flock the pavement during the day, partygoers at night. Shops, restaurants and cafés buzz with activity during the day. Lucerna passage houses interesting shops and restaurants but also a movie theater and Lucerna Music Bar where DJ’s spin music from the 1980s and 1990s accompanied by original videos from this period. Alternatively have a cultural evening out and go to a ballet or opera performance in the National Theater.
Nove Mesto has a plethora of hotels, from luxurious to modest, from family-run to international chains. Prague is a popular destination especially from April to September and over the Christmas and New Year period, when prices are at their highest. February and November are low season and it is easy to pick up low-priced accommodation. You will find many hotels on Wenceslas Square. It is is right in the center of Nove Mesto and one of the best places to stay.
Pedestrian Na Prikope street is lined with international stores and exclusive souvenir shops selling exquisite Bohemian crystal. Wenceslas Square has it fair share of shops, mainly international chain stores like Mark & Spencer, C&A, Debenhams, Zara and H&M. If you are looking for books about Prague, Palac Knih Luxor has more than you can possibly read. Prague is famous for garnet-studded jewelry. Check out Cesky Granat Turnov and ask for a certificate of origin so that you buy genuine Czech gem stones.