Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Prague

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U Maliru
The oldest restaurant in the city, U Maliru offers fine French cuisine and a beautiful romantic setting - one of the best restaurants in Prague
La Degustation Boheme Bourgeoise
Boasting its Czech credentials is what this restaurant is all about. Its selection of traditional food is all created using ingredients bought from Czech farms and small organic producers. The cavernous yet pared down interior adds to the authentic f
Parizska
Prague's shopping is somewhat limited, the centre is high-street, the outskirts are suburban, and Josefov is chi-chi. Parizska is the city's premier shopping mecca, with designer labels from Dunhill and Hermes to Vuitton and Ferragamo.
Zelezna
Zelezna is one of Prague's better shopping streets. Running between the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, past the Estates Theatre, is a little amalgam of some respected international designers and sophisticated stores.
Lucerna Passage
If it wasn't for the wonderful statue of St Wenceslas sitting astride an upside down horse, hanging from the ceiling, not many people would visit the Lucerna Passage. However, a lack of decent shops, lighting or even bargains is a bit down-heartening
Yami
Our choice from the many sushi restaurants that have cropped up in Prague of recent years, Yami combines a friendly atmosphere with stylish interior and your staple sushi dishes.
Broadway Shopping Centre
A few shops worth looking in, but overall this small shopping centre has nothing you'll miss seeing. Use your precious shopping time more productively and try out one of the grander malls.
Flying
One way to really understand the lay of the land is from the air, either take an hour to glide gracefully in a hot-air balloon over the still countryside or take a whistle-stop tour in a twin-prop plane. Relatively cheap for the experience.
Soho+
A trendy eatery in a lightly out of the way location, Soho + will fulfil any of your culinary desires with its range of French, Greek, Italian and Japanese food. The chic-est place to eat brunch in all of Prague.
Brasserie Ullmann
Courting couples and illicit lovers meet in the relative seclusion of this charmingly smart restaurant, set on the ground floor of a redeveloped Chateau in the middle of one of Prague's parks.
Francouzská
Francouzská is the most beautiful Art Nouveau restaurant in Prague, set in the old Town Hall building, serving delicious seasonal Czech cooking
Caldi & Freddi
Grown-up design, civilised food and exquisite hot chocolate has finally hit Prague's café scene. Its position on the city's principle tourist track is a haven for those in search of a decent cup of coffee and something sticky.
Phenix Cafe
For a cocktail overlooking Prague Castle by the Vltava river – as well as a selection of global gastronomic delights – look no further.  
Narodni Divadlo
Undoubtedly one of the city's most impressive buildings, the National Theatre's splendour adorns the river bank as the golden roof shimmers in the evening sun. A programme of traditional and avant-garde shows are hosted in the splendid interior.
Bilkova 13
An eclectic feel of Italian traditions intermingle with Warhol-esque portraits in this famed “cognac point” multi-functioning venue.
Tretters
Tretter's is a New York-style bar from a bygone era - dark panelled wood, green leather seating and barmen in white coats mix sophisticated cocktails for an elegant crowd. The bar can get quite full so get a table and tip a waiter.
Wenceslas Square
Wenceslas Square is surrounded by rather anonymous concrete buildings, occasionally interspersed with Art Deco/Art Nouveau wonders, housing department stores and five storey electrical shops, bookshops, shoe shops and general mid-market fashion.
Ventana
Ventana Prague is situated in the Old Town and is a great modern space in a neighbourhood that plays on its heritage and in the centre of the city.
Aromi
An atmospheric and stylish Italian, Aromi Prague is known for its beautifully prepared food and buzzing dining room all kept to a high standard...
Alchymist Grand
Located within Mala Strana's charming cobbled streets the Alchymist Grand is opulent to the core decent-sized and well-appointed rooms
Na Prikope
High-Street is how we would describe the shopping here
Iron Gate
A wonderful piece of history, Iron Gate Prague has old world charm and style in abundance with a central location near the Old Town Square
Parachuting
There's little to beat the feeling of hurling yourself out of an airplane. As the 'chute opens and you drift gently towards the earth in the silence, it is a truly orgasmic experience. Alternatively, strap yourself to an instructor and let him do the
Koruna Palace
What could be reminiscent of the Gallerie Vittorio Emanuele in Milan, is instead a low-rent jumble of shops with impressive sounding Italian names selling second-rate products.
Go-Karts
Go-karting is incredibly fun and a great way to spend a rainy afternoon if you've expended all other options or have been worn out by more cultural pursuits. If going with the family be aware that the other drivers may be boisterous young men on stag
U Modré Kachničky II
The Blue Duck or U Modré Kachničky II is one of Prague's more charming Czech restaurants set in the cobbled streets of the Old Town
U Patrona
U Patrona is almost the perfect restaurant in Prague for an intimate evening, especially if you can secure the balcony table on a warm summer's evening. Sophisticated and elegant with attentive service and refined cooking.
U Zlaté studně
U Zlaté studně has one of the most panoramic views in Prague, set high up in Mala Strana the terrace views across the city are almost with parallel.
Mirellie
The second in this chain of Mediterranean restaurants in Prague, Mirellie in Vinohrady is similar to its counterpart in Dekvice, serving up a pleasant meal for very reasonable prices.
Bellevue
Bellevue's accomplished international menu draws in a grown-up crowd who take advantage of the terrace with views across the river and Charles Bridge
Zvonarka
The summer terrace makes this place worth a visit, the views over the Nusle Valley below, and the sprawl of the city's suburbs, are panoramic, if not exactly breathtaking. Worth a look in if you're staying nearby, but probably not worth a special tri
Slovansky Dum
Slovansky Dum is trying to up the ante on 'high-street' Na Prikope, the presence of some more fashion-conscious labels, a high-end cinema and the constantly buzzing Italian restaurant and courtyard garden, make it a pleasant place to shop.
Hotel Paris
In the late 19th Century everything French was seen as the height of civilisation, which is why the Hotel Paris Prague is one of the city's finest.
Sansho
This Asian fusion restaurant, created by acclaimed former-Nobu chef, Paul Day, is rather unique in its offering...
Duplex
This club has two floors of high designed porn chic interiors, with amazing views over the square below. International name DJs play and Duplex is now styling itself as the in-town in-club, taking away customers from the likes of Radost and Mecca.
Myslbek
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.
Monarch
If wine is your thing then make sure you don't miss this well stocked 'vinny sklep'.
Paintballing
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.
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.

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