Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Prague

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.
Lary Fary
Part of a new breed of restaurants trying to appeal to all and sundry. From Brazilian-style churascos to Greek meze Japanese sushi and Italian pastas the feel is truly international. An upmarket clientele come for the surprisingly good global fare.
Essensia
The Chef's ambition for Essentia was that it be part of a movement to return Prague to its glory days as a centre for culinary excellence. With its wide selection of Eastern dishes cooked to gormet perfection, it certainly achieves its goal.
Francouzska
This is all about turning back the clock. As waiters glide across the floor in Prague's most elegant restaurant, attention to detail seems imperative from the table settings and service to the design and architecture. An excellent menu rounds things
Lehka Hlava
An amazingly jazzy interior compliments the bright colours that the completely veggie menu has to offer in this funky eating spot. Situated on 'the shortest street in Prague' you will feel like you've stumbled upon a hidden wonder.
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.
Phenix Cafe
For a cocktail overlooking Prague Castle by the Vltava river – as well as a selection of global gastronomic delights – look no further.  
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
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.
Soho+
A trendy eatery in a lightly out of the way location, Soho + will fulfil any of your culinary desires with its range of French, Greek, Italian and Japanese food. The chic-est place to eat brunch in all of Prague.
DOX Centre for Contemp. Art
One of the newer galleries in Prague, the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art has proved popular.
Bilkova 13
An eclectic feel of Italian traditions intermingle with Warhol-esque portraits in this famed “cognac point” multi-functioning venue.
Brasserie Ullmann
Courting couples and illicit lovers meet in the relative seclusion of this charmingly smart restaurant, set on the ground floor of a redeveloped Chateau in the middle of one of Prague's parks.
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.
U Maleho Glena
U Maleho Glena has become an institution, known for its booking of promising young Central European talent. The tiny basement club is so intimate and small that the music positively flows through anyone who can fit into the small room by the stage.
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.
Smetana Hall
An ideal night out for classical music and opera fans or anybody else looking for a relaxed and classy evening out. Book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
987 Prague Hotel
A welcome addition to the city's hotel scene 987 is an elegant amalgam of old and new. From the Phillipe Starck furniture and interactive light displays in the guest's rooms the hotel has looked to spice up its image in recent years.
AghaRTA Jazz Centrum
Your best bet for swinging jazz, steaming coffee and cool cocktails.
La Fabrique
La Fabrique is deep underground, unfortunately not in a warehouse party sense, just more subterranean. Always busy, the club draws in a local, expat and tourist crowd wooed by cheap drinks and bass-heavy chart and hip-hop classics.
Aromi
An atmospheric and stylish Italian, Aromi will ensure that your joint desires for fresh well prepared food and atmospheric dining are met to a high standard. A classy experience that shouldn't be missed.
Andels
Decidedly futuristic hotel in the Prague scheme of things, Andels' modern design has really helped to regenerate Smichov. The only downside is the hotel is just a little too far from the centre to walk all the sights, however, local transport is reli
Ventana
Despite being situated in the Old Town an area in which shops and restaurants will purposely play the 'traditional' card to attract sightseers The Hotel Ventana provides a truly unique experience.
Mecca
Mecca is where the cool Czechs go to play. A good 20 minutes in a taxi from the Old Town Square, Mecca is the hipper, more full-on version of Radost. A reasonably eclectic music policy draws in Prague's brighter young things.
Yasmin
With a jasmine flower motif and natural colour scheme the Yasmin hotel brings a touch of the wild to the centre of Prague.
Wenceslas Square
Wenceslas Square is surrounded by rather anonymous concrete buildings, occasionally interspersed with Art Deco/Art Nouveau wonders, housing department stores and five storey electrical shops, bookshops, shoe shops and general mid-market fashion.
Maitrea
If you are on the path of personal development, and in search of some positive energy, Maitrea, one of the new vegetarian restaurants in Prague, is the place for you.
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.
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.
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.
U Pava
U Pava has an old fashioned opulence ingrained into its dark wood panelling, painted ceilings, antique furniture and rich, dark textiles. A subdued lighting scheme adds a romantic ambience to proceedings and the clientele reflect this.
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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.
Kozicka
Kosicka has been around for years, and has maintained a loyal and local clientele who know and love the place. Great place to have a drink or two and introduce yourself to a local, perfect for those wanting to perfect their pidgin-Czech.
Le Patio
Le Patio's lifestyle shops are full of interesting little pieces for the garden, the dining room, and the home. Everything is for sale and one is not too disturbed by browsers. A lovely place to rest one's overly walked feet and enjoy a strong coffee
Praha Karlstejn Golf Klub
Na Prikope
High-Street is how we would describe the shopping here
Alchymist Grand
Located within Mala Strana's charming cobbled streets this stunning newish hotel has jumped straight to the top of Hg2's list of favourites. Opulent to the core decent sized well appointed rooms provide marvelous respite from the tourist hordes.
Iron Gate
A wonderful piece of history, this lovely hotel has charm and style in abundance. Located near Old Town Square, you are on the doorstep of the wonderful U Modre Kachnicky restaurant if you are craving a fix of hearty Czech cuisine.

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