Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Prague

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.
U Raka
The elgantly simple U Raka is a revelation, the country farmhouse style main building could be miles away from Prague. On entering the main building the warm glow that infuses it spreads through you and keeps you wanting to stay longer.
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.
Ice Skating
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.
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
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.
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.
Luka Lu
Whimsical Balkan-themed restaurant in Mala Strana.
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.
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.
NoD Gallery
Located directly above the Roxy club is NoD, classed among the more modern galleries in Prague,
Inn Ox Bar
Adam Tihany's bars are legendary throughout Europe, gracing some of the smartest hotels from Miami to London and, now, Prague. Inn Ox is all about refinement, service and crafted cocktails. A civilised start, or end, to a grown-up night on the town.
Dolce Vita
The older sibling of the Old Town Square's Caffe Nuovo, Dolce Vita is an elegantly smart society cafe. The chic clientele glide in and out clutching expensive shopping bags. Coffee, cake and an ice cream for the children is the order of the day.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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!
Mozaika
Vinohrady is becoming the home to Prague's middle classes. The relative increase in wealth has seen the opening of new bars restaurants and clubs. Mozaika is one of those atmospheric and inexpensive restaurants springing up to serve the local needs.
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
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'.
Sahara Café
Popular with locals (always a good sign) the Sarahara cafe oozes with Moroccan cool. Great food and great service this cafe will provide you with just the break from sight seeing you need.
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.

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