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With just a handful of tables, almost no room at the bar and pillars blocking sight lines, this wouldn't seem like a promising spot for a jazz club. Yet it consistently packs out every night as well-known local groups take to the tiny stage. There's also a small CD shop in front. Live music starts from 9p. The club also sponsors the year-round AghaRTA Prague Jazz Festival. Featuring home-grown and foreign talent, there's a fantastic array of events, all listed on their website. Tickets can be purchased online; check website for details.
This has become a favorite of old school blues and jazz types who get their nightly fix of live music and drink. The place has earned a good reputation for offering new acts as well as sponsoring the occasional bit of comic theater and dance. A good sprinkling of jazz and blues-hungry tourists visit, especially in summer. Though a relatively new club, the space is ancient and the owners have done a good job of creating an ambiance that rivals other local music venues in town. This place is definitely not for claustrophobics, as it fills a warren of narrow vaulted chambers below a courtyard and is usually thick with cigarette smoke. Shows start at 9p.
Franciscan Garden (Františkánská zahrada) is a beautiful hidden gem in the city center. This garden was originally larger in size and used by a nearby monastery to grow herbs and vegetables. Today, you'll discover a beautifully landscaped park. Stop by to smell the flowers and enjoy a tranquil moment in the city.
This Prague jazz club played its part in the city's cultural revival of the mid-60s. Much later, a sax player named President Bill Clinton took the stage here while on a state visit to the Czech Republic. The line-up includes newcomers alternating with reliable old favorites, among them pianist Emil Viklicky and songstress Vlasta Pruchova. With this being the most popular jazz club in the city, it is advised that you grab a seat early.
The Letná Park is a huge park that overlooks Old Town. It is instantly recognizable by the high red reverse pendulum (Metronome), which can be seen from a distance. Until 1956, a statue of Stalin occupied this place, but times have changed and it is long gone. The view of Old Town and the Moldau from here is lovely, and one can follow footpaths along the river back to Prague Castle.
Located close to Charles Bridge, Vojanovy Sady is a picturesque park that is the ideal spot to enjoy a sunny afternoon. Originally an orchard, there are still fruit trees among the park's lovely greenery. Keep an eye out for peacocks who often call this park home. Vojanovy Sady is mostly walled in, so many tourists pass by this amazing hidden gem without even knowing it.
A popular hangout, U Maleho Glena's food and service are better than average and a comfortable vibe pervades throughout. Jazz fans take note as the tiny cellar plays host to live local jazz every night of the week. Its small size means that you always have a great seat to watch the band from. Usually frequented by people who like to linger and have conversations, this jazz cafe is open till the wee hours of the morning.
The Garden on the Ramparts (Zahrada Na Valech) is a part of the Royal Castle complex, located to the south side of the castle grounds. It underwent some major changes between the 1920s and 1930s under the watchful eye of the famed architect Jože Plečnik, but was closed to the public soon after. Today, one can easily visit the garden and stroll among the beautiful landscaped grounds and enjoy the stunning views of Lesser Town (Malá Strana).
Riegrovy Sady Park is a short 10 minute walk up the hill from the main train station. This park is the perfect place to watch the sun set behind Prague Castle with a bottle of wine and good company. The park is big enough that you won't hear the sounds of the city once you make your way into its depths. Aside from the spectacular view of the center, this dog-friendly park sports a café, restaurant and a beer garden for all your refreshment needs.