Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Prague

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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.
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
U Maliru
The oldest restaurant in the city, U Maliru offers fine French cuisine and a beautiful romantic setting.
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.
Sahara Cafe
The atmosphere is the main attraction to this Middle Eastern themed restaurant. The candles and lanterns combine with the comfy sofas and seats to create the impression of a chilled out casbah.
K+K Hotel Fenix
K+K bases itself around a central tenet of simplicity and comfort. This manifests itself through the spacious lobby, the near monotone room schemes and the almost Puritan attention to functionality.
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.
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.
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.
Phenix Cafe
For a cocktail overlooking Prague Castle by the Vltava river – as well as a selection of global gastronomic delights – look no further.  
Bilkova 13
An eclectic feel of Italian traditions intermingle with Warhol-esque portraits in this famed “cognac point” multi-functioning venue.
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.
Essensia
The Chef's ambition for Essentia was that it be part of a movement to return Prague to its glory days as a centre for culinary excellence. With its wide selection of Eastern dishes cooked to gormet perfection, it certainly achieves its goal.
Francouzska
This is all about turning back the clock. As waiters glide across the floor in Prague's most elegant restaurant, attention to detail seems imperative from the table settings and service to the design and architecture. An excellent menu rounds things
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.
Aromi
An atmospheric and stylish Italian, Aromi will ensure that your joint desires for fresh well prepared food and atmospheric dining are met to a high standard. A classy experience that shouldn't be missed.
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.
Andels
Decidedly futuristic hotel in the Prague scheme of things, Andels' modern design has really helped to regenerate Smichov. The only downside is the hotel is just a little too far from the centre to walk all the sights, however, local transport is reli
Ventana
Despite being situated in the Old Town an area in which shops and restaurants will purposely play the 'traditional' card to attract sightseers The Hotel Ventana provides a truly unique experience.
Yasmin
With a jasmine flower motif and natural colour scheme the Yasmin hotel brings a touch of the wild to the centre of Prague.
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.
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
Maximilian
A relatively recent renovation has left the Maximilian with a host of contemporary charms, blending Art Deco, Modernism and contemporary design. A great option for a weekend break.
Na Prikope
High-Street is how we would describe the shopping here
Alchymist Grand
Located within Mala Strana's charming cobbled streets this stunning newish hotel has jumped straight to the top of Hg2's list of favourites. Opulent to the core decent sized well appointed rooms provide marvelous respite from the tourist hordes.
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
Iron Gate
A wonderful piece of history, this lovely hotel has charm and style in abundance. Located near Old Town Square, you are on the doorstep of the wonderful U Modre Kachnicky restaurant if you are craving a fix of hearty Czech cuisine.
U Modre Kachnicky 2
The Blue Duck is one of Prague's more charming Czech restaurants. Set in the Old Town, a few minutes from the main square and in the heart of the tourist mass, it is somewhat surprising to find a local restaurant of this quality.
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 Zlate Studne
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 to sample some of the city's best cooking, although at times the atmosphere can be slightly rarified. A summer terrace has views across the Charles Bridge and towards Mala Strana be
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.
Pariz
Like much of the world in the late 19th Century everything French, in particular Parisian was seen as the height of the civilized world. Therefore it's not surprising one of Prague's grande dame hotels has the look, name and feel of a Parisian hotel.

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