Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Prague

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.
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
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.
NoD Gallery
Located directly above the Roxy club is NoD, classed among the more modern galleries in Prague,
Luka Lu
Whimsical Balkan-themed restaurant in Mala Strana.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alchymist Nosticova Prague
The film star's favourite, Alchymist Nosticova Prague is a quietly secluded and romantically indulgent hotel with a reputation for style and service.
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!
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.
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!
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).
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.
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
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
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.
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.

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