Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Prague

U Maliru
The oldest restaurant in the city, U Maliru offers fine French cuisine and a beautiful romantic setting.
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.
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.
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.
Grand Cafe Orient
Light and airy this cafe and its balcony can provide you with a much needed rest after a shopping spree. Don't miss out on the large selection of delicious Czech pancakes that the menu has to offer.
Narodni Divadlo
Undoubtedly one of the city's most impressive buildings, the National Theatre's splendour adorns the river bank as the golden roof shimmers in the evening sun. A programme of traditional and avant-garde shows are hosted in the splendid interior.
Savic Hotel
Set in a Medieval building, hidden away from the bustle of the Old Town, the Savic Hotel is dreamy, Gothic place to stay.
Reduta
Reduta is the establishment jazz club of Prague, seasoned aficionados sit in silence as top international jazz musicians drop in on their European tour. The music is great, but being a check box on every tourist's trip to Prague can be slightly tryin
Tretters
Tretter's is a New York-style bar from a bygone era - dark panelled wood, green leather seating and barmen in white coats mix sophisticated cocktails for an elegant crowd. The bar can get quite full so get a table and tip a waiter.
Cerny Slon
Across the alley from the Tyn church and a small child's stone throw from the Old Town Square, the basic but elegant Cerny Slon is one of the best located hotels in town. The right choice for those who want something charmingly authentic.
Charles Bridge
Bridging the fast-flowing waters of the Vltava, the 14th Century construct has been the scene of many of the most famous films shot in Prague. Best visited at night or very early in the morning when the tourists and tat-peddlars haven't descended.
AghaRTA Jazz Centrum
Your best bet for swinging jazz, steaming coffee and cool cocktails.
Old Town Square
The wonderful Baroque townhouse facades are mixed with the impossibly sharp, pointing towers of the Gothic Tyn and the sprawling mass of the Jan Husa Monument in the centre of the cobbles. A magical place, but beware the tourist hordes.
U Prince
U Prince's roof terrace has some of the most beautiful views across the Old Town, it beats the pavement cafe that draws crowds for coffee waiting for the astronomical clock to chime and the morality play to begin.
Blue Light
Although not the height of sophistication, the graffiti covered walls, comfy sofas and cavernous ceilings give Blue light bar an atmosphere all of its own.
Klementinum
Part of the National Library, concerts are held in the Mirror Chapel on a daily basis. Built in 1720, the chapels marble, gilded stucco and wall-to-floor and ceiling mirrors make this a memorably romantic candlelit concert venue.
Royal Way
If any of Bohemia's great monarchs could see what has become of the once Royal Way today, they would surely rise from their mausoleums and restore some national pride into this mawkish tourist track.
U Medvidku
An authentic traditional Czech beer Hall in the centre of town. As yet not too touristy, but enjoy the relaxed atmosphere while it lasts.
Pariz
Like much of the world in the late 19th Century everything French, in particular Parisian was seen as the height of the civilized world. Therefore it's not surprising one of Prague's grande dame hotels has the look, name and feel of a Parisian hotel.
Ungelt Jazz & Blues Club
Situated in a subterranean vault from the 11th century Ungelt certainly has character. The intimate surroundings of this jazz cellar make the music sound all that much better in our opinion.
Marionette Theatre
One of Prague's longest-running shows, this incredibly energetic and eccentric performance with traditional marionettes is not to be missed.
Bar and Books
If the candlelight doesn't lure you in then the fabulous cocktails certainly will!
Stavovske Divadlo
You'll soon begin to realise the greatest event to hit the city was Mozart's premiere of Don Giovanni. Every year they have a Don Giovanni season for a month. If this is too high-brow you can go and see a puppet version around the corner.
Prague Castle
Prague Castle enormous structure, dominating the hill above the Old Town is a seemingly endless complex of museums, galleries, stables and a cathedral. It is the cathedral which so imposes on the skyline and is illuminated so wonderfully at night.
Boscolo Prague
The Boscolo Prague is a wonderfully elegant converted bank in the centre of town, with a chic interior complimented by a stylised bar and restaurant.
Elite
Virtually the only hotel in the SoNa neighbourhood, the Elite is a modern take on Prague's traditional design and architecture. Comfortable and quiet with a lively little bar/grill, it's one of our favourite hotels.
Statni Opera Praha
The State Opera's Italian summer season incorporates the likes of Puccini, Rossini, and Verdi. The likes of Mahler, Wagner, Richard Strauss and Enrico Caruso have all performed here since the opera's opening performance in 1888.
Palffy Palac
Hiding in a small street in the Lesser Quarter is one of Prague's classic restaurants, and a favourite with most visitors to the city. Two dining rooms and a charming terrace provide succour for those having descended from a visit to the castle above
Casinos in Prague
Savarin is set in a beautiful old palace on the busy shopping street of Na Prikope. The neo-Baroque architecture enhances the feeling of exclusivity and a reasonable door policy and higher minimum bets keeps some of the more unwanted clientele out.
Ungelt
Traditional in the extreme, the Ungelt is essentially a collection of apartments in a building that dates back to the 12th Century. Each apartment contains its own kitchenette and gives residents a self-contained visit to the city.
Pachtuv Palác
Antique wooden beams, frescos and sculptures proclaim this buildings venerable ancestry. Formerly a family palace, sensitive restoration and decoration gives you an insight into how the other half used to live.
Café Savoy
Savoy was a rather smart restaurant which rather surprisingly was closed down and brought back to basics incorporating the original features while discarding the modern touches. Charming little spot to for lunch before a stroll around the Petrin Hill
Café Slavia
Prague's best known café is a monument to the Art Deco splendour that engulfed much of the city in the early twentieth century. Everything is beautifully preserved, and despite a few modern touches, the café keeps the feel of its original i
Café Montmartre
The worn sofas feel like old friends, the scratched chairs seem to have been rescued from a skip, but this is Prague's shabby-chic at its finest. The local customers kick back, order wine and read the papers- the perfect way to spend a winter's after
CottoCrudo
A new Italian 'raw' bar concept that has opened at the Four Seasons...
Alcron
A debate rages over which is Prague's finest fish restaurant - here or Rybi Trh. Our vote lies with the Alcron, the limited menu is, quite simply, superb and the fish beautifully cooked. If only they could do something about the rather rarified atmos
Hemingway Bar
Trading on the famous writer's name, this bar serves Hemingway's three favourite drinks: absinthe, rum and Champagne.

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