If you happen to live close to Vinohrady and the sun breaks during these harsh Winter months then head to this well positioned playground in Havlickovy Sady. This is a south facing playground that receives full sun (there are only a few shady trees around the edge of the playground) - handy in the cooler months but quite hellish and thus worth avoiding on a hot summers day.
The playground is within the lovely hillside park of Havlickovy Sady which the locals often refer to as Grabovka (the name of the villa within the park). Parents push their prams about underneath the old trees, tourists take in the views of neighboring Vrsovice valley and those keen for food and drink can head to the wooden open air wine pavilion built into the side of the hill and surrounded by the last of what was once Prague’s royal vineyards (Vinohrady roughly translates as castle vineyards).
The playground is quite large in area and contain several sandpits, climbing frames for older and younger kids, an impressive large jeep that kids can climb over and all the usual playground equipment. There is also a basketball court that older kids can use at their leisure.
If you’re keen for a coffee, lunch or the weather turns sour then take a short walk towards Namesti Miru along Americka Street which will lead you to the excellent kids cafe, Kafe Kakao. Alternatively, down at the bottom right corner of Havlickovy Sady (by the Botic river) you will find Park Cafe, a great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner in the warmer months.
Another couple of tips for this part of Vinohrady:
1. If you love cooking Asian food, head to Thais Asian Food Shop in nearby Francouzka Street, it stocks a range of Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and Korean ingredients.
2. One street back from Thais in Krymska Street is Shakespere’s Bookstore which stocks a few shelves of English kids books (and also has a nice cafe out front).
OPEN: Every day. In Summer from 8am till 9pm. In Winter from 8am till 7pm.
ADDRESS: Corner of U Havlickovych Sadu and Rybalkova Streets, Prague 1
DIRECTIONS: Take trams 4 or 22 to Jana Masaryka tram stop and walk into Machova St, take the first street on your left and follow it down to the park entrance. Catch the Green line A to Namesti Miru and walk down Americka Street which becomes Kopernikova Street, this leads right to Havlickovy Sady.