Around Národní třída and the National Theatre
It’s not Wenceslas Square, but the area around Spálená street and Národní třída (National Avenue) is a great area for shopping, or eating and drinking with friends.
Don’t be surprised if you don’t see any old medieval buildings in Spálená street: The name means "Burned Street", thanks to the country's fiery history.
Today, the street is filled with the smell of kebabs, pizzerias, and snack stands. Spálená and Národní are the place to go for both affordable as well as top quality clothing, shoes, music and bookstores, all to the sound of the city's red-and-white trams rumbling by. The area near the Tesco store around the "Národní třída" metro station has turned into a “homeless central” but the area is nevertheless safe to visit.
You will find some architectural jewel here, after all. On Spálena street, for instance, is the baroque church of the Holy Trinity. Right next door nearby is the cubist "Diamant" building. If you want a quiet spot, don’t hesitate to amble towards Ostrovní and Opatovická street where there is a small charming church dedicated to St. Michael that is sure to catch your attention.
Follow Národní třída all the way down and you will find yourself at the river, right by the National Theatre, which was opened in 1881 with the premiere of Bedřich Smetana's Libuše.