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Prague

Bistro Proti Proudu
A design-conscious cafe in Prague’s trendy Karlín district, Bistro Proti Proudu serves great coffee and light bites, like soup and sandwiches.
Gran Fierro
Found in Prague’s New Town, Gran Fierro is an Argentinian steakhouse and cocktail bar decorated with light industrial flair.
Nejen Bistro
Offering delicious bistro fare in Prague’s Karlin district, Nejen Bistro is a chic, minimalist restaurant with a fresh, seasonal approach to its menu.
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Kampa Museum
Set on the river bank with exquisite views is a stunningly designed space housing a thorough collection of much of the region's best modern art. The wonderful ground-floor cafe is an excellent reason to visit, even if the art of Kupka and Gutfreund i
U Cervene Boty
With only four suites to its name, the Red Shoe is one of Prague's charming boutique townhouse hotel collection. Located on the Royal Way between the Old Town Square and the Charles Bridge, the street outside is constantly awash with camera-happy tou
Karlovy Lazne
The self-proclaimed 'largest club in Middle Europe' provides five floors of like-minded early 20 somethings. Occasional name DJs make appearances - otherwise it's a good, old-fashioned night on the tiles.
Neruda
One of our favourite hotels in Prague the 20 rooms reflect a modern ethic on an otherwise typically Czech design. the rooms look out over the busy tourist track of the Royal Way or up towards the imperial splendour of the Castle.
Ultramarin
Though more an afternoon than an evening option food-wise, Ultramarin still boasts a good wide selection of dishes and is worth revisiting as a bar and nightclub come the night time.
David
The richness of the food is something remarkable at David, where the Czech Republic's larder of readily available game is combined with the French love of sauces to create a menu so intense belts need to be loosened before meals have actually begun.
Parizska
Prague's shopping is somewhat limited, the centre is high-street, the outskirts are suburban, and Josefov is chi-chi. Parizska is the city's premier shopping mecca, with designer labels from Dunhill and Hermes to Vuitton and Ferragamo.
Akropolis
If you're over about 30 you might begin to feel a little old here. Akropolis has that young studenty, slightly alternative edge to it. The drinks are cheap, so's the dope and the music decidedly cool. Check listings to see what's on here.
Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel
One of the highlights of the Radisson Blu is the food - the eponymous Alcron is undoubtedly Prague's finest fish and seafood restaurant; while just across the way is the lavishly Art Deco La Rotonde, which offers a more balanced menu.
Zelezna
Zelezna is one of Prague's better shopping streets. Running between the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, past the Estates Theatre, is a little amalgam of some respected international designers and sophisticated stores.
Darling Cabaret
Darling Cabaret's expansive size and themed decor will make you feel like you've walked into a world of erotic entertainment to suit most tastes...
Radost FX Cafe
Radost's front of house vegetarian café is worth a trip in its own right, or just pop in halfway through a night in the club downstairs to recharge with some pulses and a beer. The largely a predominantly Czech clientele.
Boheme Bourgeoise
Boasting its Czech credentials is what this restaurant is all about. Its selection of traditional food is all created using ingredients bought from Czech farms and small organic producers. The cavernous yet pared down interior adds to the authentic f
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U Maliru
The oldest restaurant in the city, U Maliru offers fine French cuisine and a beautiful romantic setting.
James Joyce
The oldest of the Irish pubs in Prague, James Joyce (also known as Molly Malone's) is as close as you can get to the Green Isle itself, offering Guinness and pub grub for all.
Domus Henrici
The older sibling of the Domus family, Henrici has taken a different design approach from Balthasar. The clean lines are present but the furniture is less modern and more Czech. The room sizes are enormous and boast stunning views over the Petrin Hil
K.U. Cafe
Run by the same people as Cafe-Cafe opposite, KU is one of the busiest and hippest bars in Prague. Czech celebs pout and toss their hair at each other (both male and female) as eager passers-by press their less fortunate noses to the large glass wind
Bombay Cocktail Bar
Bombay is one of the slightly more low-rent establishments on the edge of Josefov. Surrounded by the relative sophistication of Ocean Drive, Bombay has survived by appealing to drinkers looking for an altogether cheesier experience.
Universal
Enjoy good French food in albeit slightly surreal surroundings. Out of the way but worth the visit.
Jalta
Looking out over the busy square of the New Town, the Jalta sets you up for a total immersion into modern Czech living.
Sahara Cafe
The atmosphere is the main attraction to this Middle Eastern themed restaurant. The candles and lanterns combine with the comfy sofas and seats to create the impression of a chilled out casbah.
Yami
Our choice from the many sushi restaurants that have cropped up in Prague of recent years, Yami combines a friendly atmosphere with stylish interior and your staple sushi dishes.
Duende
'Learn to talk to your friends' is an apt motto for one of Prague's more artistically shabby-chic bars. The art of conversation may be dying, but here you can share stories with friends over a drink, or maybe even make some new ones at the bar.
Broadway Shopping Centre
A few shops worth looking in, but overall this small shopping centre has nothing you'll miss seeing. Use your precious shopping time more productively and try out one of the grander malls.
Noodles
ChRome globes and scarlet red furnishings abound in this jazzy noodle bar. Pasta haters/ those whose despise their reflections may want to avoid this chRome covered establishment.
Shooting & Hunting
Something different for a weekend away: try a day stalking deer and wild boar, or have them driven at you. There is always some element of risk involved, so it's not really recommended for those who have never handled a rifle or shotgun.
Dobra Cajovna
The Czech's have really discovered the tea room and the zen-like relaxation qualities that can be associated with it. Dobra is all about the tea, how it should be prepared and how it should be served. This is the art of tea.
Flying
One way to really understand the lay of the land is from the air, either take an hour to glide gracefully in a hot-air balloon over the still countryside or take a whistle-stop tour in a twin-prop plane. Relatively cheap for the experience.
K+K Hotel Fenix
K+K bases itself around a central tenet of simplicity and comfort. This manifests itself through the spacious lobby, the near monotone room schemes and the almost Puritan attention to functionality.
Lucerna Passage
If it wasn't for the wonderful statue of St Wenceslas sitting astride an upside down horse, hanging from the ceiling, not many people would visit the Lucerna Passage. However, a lack of decent shops, lighting or even bargains is a bit down-heartening
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House of the Black Madonna
This cubist masterpiece said goodbye to its days as a store in 1994 when it opened its first art exhibition, and has never looked back, making the full transition to museum-come-gallery in 2003.
Rudolfinum
Situated on the eastern bank of the Vltava is the home of the Czech Philharmonic and associated music schools. Gallery exhibitions of contemporary artists and a charming cafe make up the rest of the building sitting on Jana Palacha Square.
Caldi & Freddi
Grown-up design, civilised food and exquisite hot chocolate has finally hit Prague's café scene. Its position on the city's principle tourist track is a haven for those in search of a decent cup of coffee and something sticky.

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