Some eighteen years ago, the probably most well known Czech cartoonist died. His name was Jaroslav Foglar and he was famous for his comic books “Rychlé šípy“, about a group of honest and genuine boy-scouts. Their adventures took place in a city quarter which never really existed. However, it is said that the so-called “Stínadla” (“shadow-city”) were, among others, inspired by the narrow and dark lanes in the area between Národní třída and Národní divadlo.
This is also an area where many of my favourite bars, pubs and cafés are located. One can imagine that a hundred years ago there were lots of backyard passages. Almost all of these have been closed since, though. Luckily, one of them remains open, at least most of the time.
It is a true shortcut, if you want to get to the tram stop “Lazarská” from inside this area. However, I walk there just about any time I have the chance. It leads from the lane “Opatovická” to “Spálená” street. You will be walking through a backyard which feels as if time has frozen for decades past. Of course, it is a bit filthy and smelly, but that helps build its character. If you have the chance, see for yourself!
Plus, just recently a hip small café has opened up right in the courtyard. You can check it out on Facebook: Supertramp.