Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Prague

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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.
Bukowski’s
With a loyal crowd of boozy locals, Bukowski's has easily slotted into the Beat, low-life ways of the bar's namesake. Settle in, down some cans and take a bet on the horses...
Paintballing
Ideal for stag dos and other groups, these places cater ideally to those looking for a fun, if slightly painful, way to spend an afternoon. Book ahead to make sure your numbers are accommodated.
Marionette Theatre
One of Prague's longest-running shows, this incredibly energetic and eccentric performance with traditional marionettes is not to be missed.
Monarch
If wine is your thing then make sure you don't miss this well stocked 'vinny sklep'.
Bakeshop
If your Czech experience has left you craving the comforts of the West, this New York-style bakery and deli is the place for you - none of the other cafes in Prague can compete with the delights that Bakeshop wheels out of its kitchen.
Jungmannova Namesti
Being around the corner from Wenceslas Square could be seen as both a boon and a curse, here it's definitely a boon. Jungmannova, a small square, has a few upmarket shops, and is a far more pleasant experience than the retail behemoth around the corn
Bar and Books
If the candlelight doesn't lure you in then the fabulous cocktails certainly will!
Metropol Hotel
The floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms of this slick new hotel, offer fabulous views over the red roof tops of this Gothic, Kafkaesque city.
Kavarna Obecni Dum
The Kavarna is housed in the Municipal House, one of Prague's finest Art Nouveau buildings, consequently it draws crowds of tourists rightly wowed by the architecture and design. This makes it expensive and creates a slightly sterile atmosphere.
Myslbek
With a slew of slightly more upmarket shops, from the likes of Guess and Calvin Klein Jeans, and a few more 'high-street' names (Mothercare, Tie Rack and Next), Myslbek appeals to the mid-market crowd who shop Na Prikope.
U Zlate Studne
U Zlate Studne's French/International cuisine is well thought of in Prague, however, the restaurant's real selling point is the spectacular panorama from the terrace over the Old Town. This is coupled with a tranquil location and a sophisticated clie
Rybi Trh
We're always surprised by the quality of restaurants one finds if you stray slightly off the beaten track. The selection of fish and seafood at Rybí Trh especially impressive for a small land-locked country.
Cukr Kava Limonada
Less than a minute's walk from the Charles Bridge, Cukr Kava Limonada is a wonderful little cafe. The food is delicious, the service is attentive, the location quiet and the atmosphere charming. What Prague proper should be about.
Lobkowicz Palace
Part of the Prague Castle complex, this cafe offers gorgeous views over the whole of Prague. Despite its prime tourist location the prices are not too high, and even if they were, the view would more than make up for it.
Au Gourmand
One of Prague's best cafes, Au Gourmand is a wonderfully charming patisserie / deli with a selection of mouth-wateringly appealing quiches, tarts and deliciously rich cakes. The deep leather banquettes in the back room allow hours of unnecessary gorg
Atlas
Let's not beat around the bush (so to speak), nightclub in Czech means brothel. These mass-market stag-party enticing establishments are all about a quick turnover, good service and attractive girls.
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.
Residence Retezova
Why stay at the Retezova? No bleary-eyed breakfasts, no frowning front desk staff pointedly looking at their watches as we crawl home at four in the morning and, best of all, so much space in the apartments you'll think you've rented a suite.
Grosseto Marina
Grosseto Marina, the newest branch of the chain of restaurants in Prague, offers a reliable and affordable Italian meal.
Buddha-Bar Hotel
There's nothing we don't like about Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague; found in the Czech capital's Old Town Square, the plush property - which opened in late 2009 - has gained a loyal following of regular guests, thanks in large part to its inspiring interior
ON Club
This is Prague’s most up-to-date and most stylish gay venue. Three-floors have been reinvigorated by new management and in turn has attracted an equally energetic crowd.
Zlata Hvezda
Part of a mini-Czech chain specializing in 'traditional' accommodation, the Golden Star is the most upmarket of their hotels. An imposing position on the Royal Way gives the louder front rooms unbeatable views.
Kampa Park
Prague's first truly modern gourmet restaurant has moved with the times, keeping up with changing tastes for food. Set in an idyllic spot on the banks of the Vltava, this is highly recommended for all visitors to Prague for that blow-out meal.
Khajuraho
Offering luxury dining in the heart of Prague, Khajuraho provides a venue for lovers of Indian food who are willing to pay a little more for the pleasure.
Mlynec
Mlynec's great selling point is its position, next to the Charles Bridge with a terrace over looking the river and up to the Castle. Marek Purkart's cooking stands head and shoulders above the remarkably uninspiring decor.
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.
Parnas
Parnas has many things going for it, a wood panneled Art Deco room, breathtaking evening views, proximity ot the National Theatre, and last, but not least, a gourmet Czech menu. Glamourous, elegant and definitely worth a visit.
U Zlateho Kola
Close to its stylish companion the Neruda, the Golden Wheel is a seamless blend of the old and the new. Sophisticated simple modern furnishings sit under painted ceilings and quadripartite vaults.
Manes Gallery
Since its construction in 1930, the Manes Gallery has become one of the most photographed sights in Prague.
Le Clan
This sizable club has everything you need to keep you partying in to the early hours. For those who don't feel like dancing, the comfy sofas will provide you with ample space to spread out and enjoy a drink.
U Prasne Brany
One would barely imagine that hiding a few steps into the tourist-orientated Royal Way is the exclusive collection of high-end international shops. If this is the end of your trek you'll thank the Lord not to be faced with more crystal and amber bout
Mucha Museum
With over 100 pieces of art, from drawings and posters to paintings, the Mucha Museum is a valuable insight, not only to the Art Nouveau movement, but also to the prodigious talent of one of Prague's favourite sons.
Barock
Barock sits on the busy shopping street of Pariszka, where models looks down at diners from the walls while the real life versions waft by outside. The pavement life is a great draw on a warm summer's evening or extended afternoon lunch.
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.
Le Palais
At the far end of Vinohrady is the quietly sequestered Le Palais. The overwhelming feeling of serenity pervades and visitors are treated to one of the city's few in-hotel spas, delicious dining and attentive service.
Solidni Nejistota
Solidni has lost some of the cred it had in the early noughties, back then it was the hang-out of choice for the Czech B-lister. Today the club is still busy, full of a party crowd intent on getting drunk and shaking their unbelievably pert booty.
Sovov’y Mlyny
Hidden in the basement of Prague's Kampa Museum, the restaurant/cafe benefits from a lovely summer river terrace. Upstairs is an impressive space filled with leading contemporary and modern artists of the area.
U Zlateho Stromu
Not all that it seems, this bar wants to be all things to all people, providing both a restaurant and a pole dancing club. Slightly seedy but conveniently placed for a fun night out.
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.

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