Josefov – Prague's old Jewish Quarter – is encircled entirely by the Old Town but, considering its history, architecture and thriving present, is very much a neighborhood all of its very own. The cobbled streets and courtyards might look the same, but many of the buildings markedly do not. That's because Josefov is home to Europe's most complete collection of historic Jewish monuments, including six synagogues, the Old Jewish Cemetary and the Jewish Town Hall. You can visit all of these during your stay or visit to Josefov, and the alleyways and lanes that connect each of them are as atmospheric as you're likely to find in Prague.
The novelist Franz Kafka was born in Josefov, which you'll no doubt notice by way of the book shops and trendy bistros named in his honor. These are indicative of the fact that this open-air museum of historic buildings is also something of an entertainment and shopping hotspot too, particularly Pariszka Street. You'll find prohibition-style cocktail bars, restaurants with beer sommeliers and Prague's most exclusive retail opportunities all along this leafy avenue and its connecting streets.