Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Prague

Bistro Proti Proudu
A design-conscious cafe in Prague’s trendy Karlín district, Bistro Proti Proudu serves great coffee and light bites, like soup and sandwiches.
Nejen Bistro
Offering delicious bistro fare in Prague’s Karlin district, Nejen Bistro is a chic, minimalist restaurant with a fresh, seasonal approach to its menu.
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U Cervene Boty
With only four suites to its name, the Red Shoe is one of Prague's charming boutique townhouse hotel collection. Located on the Royal Way between the Old Town Square and the Charles Bridge, the street outside is constantly awash with camera-happy tou
Kampa Museum
Set on the river bank with exquisite views is a stunningly designed space housing a thorough collection of much of the region's best modern art. The wonderful ground-floor cafe is an excellent reason to visit, even if the art of Kupka and Gutfreund i
Akropolis
If you're over about 30 you might begin to feel a little old here. Akropolis has that young studenty, slightly alternative edge to it. The drinks are cheap, so's the dope and the music decidedly cool. Check listings to see what's on here.
Duende
'Learn to talk to your friends' is an apt motto for one of Prague's more artistically shabby-chic bars. The art of conversation may be dying, but here you can share stories with friends over a drink, or maybe even make some new ones at the bar.
Rudolfinum
Situated on the eastern bank of the Vltava is the home of the Czech Philharmonic and associated music schools. Gallery exhibitions of contemporary artists and a charming cafe make up the rest of the building sitting on Jana Palacha Square.
DOX Centre for Contemp. Art
One of the newer galleries in Prague, the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art has proved popular.
Lary Fary
Part of a new breed of restaurants trying to appeal to all and sundry. From Brazilian-style churascos to Greek meze Japanese sushi and Italian pastas the feel is truly international. An upmarket clientele come for the surprisingly good global fare.
House of the Black Madonna
This cubist masterpiece said goodbye to its days as a store in 1994 when it opened its first art exhibition, and has never looked back, making the full transition to museum-come-gallery in 2003.
Lehka Hlava
An amazingly jazzy interior compliments the bright colours that the completely veggie menu has to offer in this funky eating spot. Situated on 'the shortest street in Prague' you will feel like you've stumbled upon a hidden wonder.
Old Town Square
The wonderful Baroque townhouse facades are mixed with the impossibly sharp, pointing towers of the Gothic Tyn and the sprawling mass of the Jan Husa Monument in the centre of the cobbles. A magical place, but beware the tourist hordes.
987 Prague Hotel
A welcome addition to the city's hotel scene 987 is an elegant amalgam of old and new. From the Phillipe Starck furniture and interactive light displays in the guest's rooms the hotel has looked to spice up its image in recent years.
U Pava
U Pava has an old fashioned opulence ingrained into its dark wood panelling, painted ceilings, antique furniture and rich, dark textiles. A subdued lighting scheme adds a romantic ambience to proceedings and the clientele reflect this.
Charles Bridge
Bridging the fast-flowing waters of the Vltava, the 14th Century construct has been the scene of many of the most famous films shot in Prague. Best visited at night or very early in the morning when the tourists and tat-peddlars haven't descended.
La Fabrique
La Fabrique is deep underground, unfortunately not in a warehouse party sense, just more subterranean. Always busy, the club draws in a local, expat and tourist crowd wooed by cheap drinks and bass-heavy chart and hip-hop classics.
Sarah Bernhardt
An Art-Deco beauty, this restaurant opens doors to a classier kind of dining.
Royal Way
If any of Bohemia's great monarchs could see what has become of the once Royal Way today, they would surely rise from their mausoleums and restore some national pride into this mawkish tourist track.
Culinaria
For a gourmet snack there is no place better. Sit back and watch the people mill around the square or take your food away with you to enjoy as you wander down the city's picturesque streets.
Globe
Globe offers a New American style menu with an Italian spirit....all very very late at night.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Rybi Trh
We're always surprised by the quality of restaurants one finds if you stray slightly off the beaten track. The selection of fish and seafood at Rybí Trh especially impressive for a small land-locked country.
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.
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.
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.
Manes Gallery
Since its construction in 1930, the Manes Gallery has become one of the most photographed sights in Prague.
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.
NoD Gallery
Located directly above the Roxy club is NoD, classed among the more modern galleries in Prague,
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.
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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
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.
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.
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!
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.

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