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The Other Naplavka
NOTE: The riverside quay is closed for renovation so any festivals are taking place on the upper embankment (Hořejší nábřeží) in the same location so you can still use the same map below.
If you are coming to Prague and you’ve done a bit of research into things to do on a Saturday then “Naplavka” is probably on your list but be careful because there’s more than one. Let me just point out that Naplavka basically means “riverside” and the Czechs call it a “nábřeží”. Some of these extend down to the riverside itself, others do not.
The most well-known and busiest is the Naplavka Saturday Farmers Market which is also called Rašínovo nábřeží. This page is about the one on the other side of the river called Hořejší nábřeží which is also known as Smichovska Naplavka.
What’s to See and Do?
Smichovska Naplavka is strongly associated with two things, a private beach and food festivals. At least once or twice a month and more in the summer you’ll find a specialised food festivals going on here usually running on Saturdays. I regularly list these events in the “Prague by month” posts.
How to Get There?
Your Naplavka decision usually starts at Palackého náměsti. By public transport take the yellow metro line and at “Karlovo náměsti” exit the station in the direction of Palackého náměsti. If you want the closest Naplavka i.e. the Naplavka Farmers Market then you just cross the road and go down onto the riverside. If you want the Smichovska Naplavka then you go across the bridge and at the end go down onto the riverside to your left. Walk upriver along the quayside past the Admiral Botel and if there is an event on you’ll find it along here. Here’s a map:
Or if you are already on that side of the river then get off at the Anděl tram/metro stop and take any road heading towards the river.
If you are attending a food festival then I’ve put the link below in the Photo Credits but note that the page is currently Czech-only so use Google Translator to get an idea of what’s on.
Photo Credit: http://foodevent.cz/nase-festivaly/