Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Prague

La Veranda
Café La Veranda's sleek interior sits beneath street level, viewed through long windows set at ankle height. The menu (innovative, for Prague) fuses foods, spices and cuisines from East and West into a simple and healthy cuisine.
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.
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.
Cowboys
Having revamped one of Prague's more famous name restaurants, Bazaar, the Kampa Group have created a super stylish steak house, complete with bar and summer terrace from which Prague's bright young things and green-eyed tourists can enjoy the view.
La Bodeguita Del Medio
One of the livelier bars in Prague is La Bodeguita Del Medio. Drink, dance and be merry -- with expertly-crafted mojito in-hand, of course.
Lucerna Music Bar
Lucerna is set in the bowels of a shopping centre, not far from Wenceslas Square. During the week live music is the draw, but at weekends the cheesy club nights bring in a young, drunk crowd. Suitably hidden to keep most stags and tour groups away.
Franz Kafka Museum
For literary ignoramuses and fans alike, the museum dedicated to the Czech Republic's most famous writer is well worth a visit. The curators have tried to bring the surrealism of Kafka's novels to life. We think he would thoroughly approve.
Zvonarka
The summer terrace makes this place worth a visit, the views over the Nusle Valley below, and the sprawl of the city's suburbs, are panoramic, if not exactly breathtaking. Worth a look in if you're staying nearby, but probably not worth a special tri
Hotel U Zlaté Studne
Hotel U Zlaté Studne is a charmingly romantic hotel set up on the hill with a fabulous panorama stretching out over the city of Prague.
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.
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.
Bar and Books
If the candlelight doesn't lure you in then the fabulous cocktails certainly will!
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.
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
Metropol Hotel Prague
The floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms of the Metropol Hotel Prague offer fabulous views over the red roof tops of this Gothic, Kafkaesque city.
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...
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.
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.
Mlynec
Mlýnec has one of the best riverfront locations in Prague, the stunning views are complimented by equally accomplished cooking.
Kampa Park
Prague's first truly modern gourmet restaurant has kept standards high since it opened, and with an unbeatable riverfront location, it's a truly must visit!
U Zlateho Kola
Close to its stylish companion the Neruda, U Zlateho Kola or the Golden Wheel is a seamless blend of the old and the new.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grosseto Marina
Grosseto Marina, the newest branch of the chain of restaurants in Prague, offers a reliable and affordable Italian meal.
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.
Buddha Bar Hotel Prague
There's something formulaic and flashy about the Buddha Bar Hotel Prague, opened in 2009 the opulent, oriental-themed interior is an acquired taste...
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
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.
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.
Manes Gallery
Since its construction in 1930, the Manes Gallery has become one of the most photographed sights in Prague.
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.
Elite Hotel Prague
Virtually the only hotel in the SoNa neighbourhood, the Elite Hotel Prague is a modern take on the city's traditional design and architecture.
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

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