Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…


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.
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...
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.
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.
If wine is your thing then make sure you don't miss this well stocked 'vinny sklep'.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
U Zeleneho Caje
Charming, one room tea room off the Royal Way - the perfect place to grab a copy of the Prague Post and sit down with a cup of Mongolian Smoked and relax for an hour or two, while plotting where to find supper tonight.
Klub Lavka
The problem with Lavka is the fact that the crowd is made up predominantly of men. The river bank location would be ideal, but any 24 hour club has to be a little suspect and the tourists and businessmen it caters to make it just a little depressing.
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.
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.
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.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
Hotel U Raka
The elegantly simple Hotel U Raka is a revelation, the country farmhouse-style building has a warm glow that makes you want to stay longer.
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
Cerna Ruze
Modern three storey shopping mall hidden behind a 19th century facade, Cerna Ruze is making an effort to improve the quality of stores away from the high-street level, although quality isn't much above it.

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