Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Prague

Luka Lu
Whimsical Balkan-themed restaurant in Mala Strana.
Melantrichova Street
Melantrichova promises much, but delivers little of real quality. Manufaktura, a wooden toy shop will appeal to those with a 1950s nostalgia, while the vegetarian delights of Country Life has a growing fan base.
Zapa Bar
Refined is probably the best way of describing Zapa Bar. The customers don't tend to be beered up stag parties or drunken tourists, more sophisticated businessmen trying to impress their clients with expensive cigars and aged single malts.
Bugsy’s
The impossibly long bar sometimes acts as a home away from home for local girls with impossibly long legs. They pout sweetly over the delicious cocktails while courting the charms of the well connected and the well dressed.
Ice Skating
Kayaking & Canoeing
The country's numerous rivers and steep hills make it ideal for this adventure sport. Try whatever level you wish: paddling down a flat stream or shooting the rapids. Cheap to hire a canoe for the day, often best to take a guide if you're inexperienc
M1
M1 is for the seriously hip young Czechs who flounce seductively on the deep red banquettes. Glamorous bar staff and overly-loud DJs control the proceedings and keep the bright young things jumping until dawn.
V Zatisi
V Zátisí is split between a pastoral fantasy in one room and a high dining experience in the other. Tucked away in the quiet streets of the Old Town the restaurant is within walking distance of most of the tourist sights.
K+K Hotel Central
This Art Nouveau style hotel has been so carefully and self-consciously orchestrated that it is almost unnerving in its cold, slick presentation. If you want to experience a real modern Czech aesthetic then move on in.
Le Cafe Colonial
Le Cafe Colonial is one of Prague's better and livelier restaurants. Found in Josefov, not far from the river and the Old Town Square, the restaurant attracts a vibrant mix of tourists and local professionals.
Divinis
Out of all the Italian restaurants in Prague, Divinis stands out: the excellent and authentic cuisine, the delectable wines and the classy-but-cosy atmosphere combine to create a truly authentic experience.
Hergetova Cihelna
Just one of the highlights is the superb terrace overlooking the Charles Bridge. Another is the excellent and eclectic menu. The atmosphere always seems to be buzzing and the service is always friendly. We absolutely love it!
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.
Lemon Leaf
A rare gem and a haven for Thai food lovers. Watch out for the level of spiciness though, as the Czechs like their Pad Thai hot!
Alchymist Nosticova
The film star's favourite, a quietly secluded and romantically indulgent hotel in Prague. With a reputation for style, service, indulgence and discretion its not surprising Nosticova has become the hotel de choix of major 'A' listers.
St Nicholas Church
The nightly recitals provide a charming counter to the banging house tunes or meandering jazz mixes that are going on in other parts of town. The beautiful interior of the church makes for a lovely setting.
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.
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.
Cloud 9
High up on the Hilton’s roof is Cloud 9 – the place to go for a spectacular view, a seductive cocktail (or two) and bit of a nibble (food or otherwise).
Cafe Indigo
Around the corner from one of the schools at the Charles University, Indigo is a favourite of slightly avant-garde students and their professors. With a 'too-cool-for-school' attitude, thankfully it is spurned by the fannypack, camera clutching briga
Golf
Bad news for golfing widows - being in Stockholm won't necessarily reclaim your lost partner with over 50 courses to choose from.
Horse Racing
Argentina sends prize horses to competitions around the world, but the best are to be seen on the local race tracks.
Horse-Riding
Taking a break from the bustling city streets is never a bad idea and what better way to see the beautiful Czech countryside than on horse back. The stables listed here provide excellent service and will make sure you have all you need for a great da
Nostress Café
Putting itself forward as a haven for relaxation, the Nostress Cafe tries its best to give you a stress-free time. The broad menu has something to suit every taste, although the prices may exclude some visitors from the relaxation its name promises.
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.
U Staré Pani
With a busy schedule of gigs lined up, the committed jazz head should not miss out on visiting 'At the old women's'.
Modrý zub
Aromatic and spicey dishes abound in this tres chic Thai restaurant. Following the blue theme of so many other restaurants in Prague it sets itself apart with it's striking indoor furniture and friendly efficient service.
Lemon Café
After a trip around the extraordinary castle (don't miss the preserved DoDo in the Library) head for Lemon and tuck into their spread of delicious homemade cakes.
Café-Café
Café-Café is one of Prague's more exclusive cafes filled with business men and ladies-who-lunch, all backed up by the occasional celebrity appearance. Located between the Old Town and Wenceslas Squares, it's a great meeting point.
Café Orange
Sweet little Italian cafe overlooking leafy Pushkin Square.
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 Louvre
Café Louvre, on paper, should be one of Prague's best cafés. The architectural details are interesting, the location (by the National Theatre) ideal, the food half-decent; however, it can't quite shake that canteen feel so many large caf
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
Potrefená Husa
This Vinohrady establishment is the original of the PotrefenÌÁ Husa chain of pubs in Prague.
Letná Beer Garden
Beautiful beer garden with one of the best views in Prague.
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Tonino Lamborghini
Owned by the same people as the Caf̩ Savoy, Tonino Lamborghini Pastacaffe is one of the few cafes in Prague where you can feed your caffeine addiction with a truly spectacular blend.

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