Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Prague

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.
AghaRTA Jazz Centrum
Your best bet for swinging jazz, steaming coffee and cool cocktails.
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.
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.
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.
Alcron
A debate rages over which is Prague's finest fish restaurant - here or Rybi Trh. Our vote lies with the Alcron, the limited menu is, quite simply, superb and the fish beautifully cooked. If only they could do something about the rather rarified atmos
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
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...
Atlas
Let's not beat around the bush (so to speak), nightclub in Czech means brothel. These mass-market stag-party enticing establishments are all about a quick turnover, good service and attractive girls.
Au Gourmand
One of Prague's best cafes, Au Gourmand is a wonderfully charming patisserie / deli with a selection of mouth-wateringly appealing quiches, tarts and deliciously rich cakes. The deep leather banquettes in the back room allow hours of unnecessary gorg
Aureole
Bakeshop
If your Czech experience has left you craving the comforts of the West, this New York-style bakery and deli is the place for you - none of the other cafes in Prague can compete with the delights that Bakeshop wheels out of its kitchen.
Bar and Books
If the candlelight doesn't lure you in then the fabulous cocktails certainly will!
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
Bilkova 13
An eclectic feel of Italian traditions intermingle with Warhol-esque portraits in this famed “cognac point” multi-functioning venue.
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.
Black Angel’s Bar
Prohibition-style cellar speakeasy on Old Town Square that offers better value than most bars in the vicinity.
Blue Light
Although not the height of sophistication, the graffiti covered walls, comfy sofas and cavernous ceilings give Blue light bar an atmosphere all of its own.
Bombay Cocktail Bar
Bombay is one of the slightly more low-rent establishments on the edge of Josefov. Surrounded by the relative sophistication of Ocean Drive, Bombay has survived by appealing to drinkers looking for an altogether cheesier experience.
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.
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.
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.
Buddha-Bar Hotel
There's nothing we don't like about Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague; found in the Czech capital's Old Town Square, the plush property - which opened in late 2009 - has gained a loyal following of regular guests, thanks in large part to its inspiring interior
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.
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...
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
Café Louvre
Café Louvre, on paper, should be one of Prague's best cafés. The architectural details are interesting, the location (by the National Theatre) ideal, the food half-decent; however, it can't quite shake that canteen feel so many large caf
Café Montmartre
The worn sofas feel like old friends, the scratched chairs seem to have been rescued from a skip, but this is Prague's shabby-chic at its finest. The local customers kick back, order wine and read the papers- the perfect way to spend a winter's after
Café Orange
Sweet little Italian cafe overlooking leafy Pushkin Square.
Café Savoy
Savoy was a rather smart restaurant which rather surprisingly was closed down and brought back to basics incorporating the original features while discarding the modern touches. Charming little spot to for lunch before a stroll around the Petrin Hill
Café Slavia
Prague's best known café is a monument to the Art Deco splendour that engulfed much of the city in the early twentieth century. Everything is beautifully preserved, and despite a few modern touches, the café keeps the feel of its original i
Café-Café
Café-Café is one of Prague's more exclusive cafes filled with business men and ladies-who-lunch, all backed up by the occasional celebrity appearance. Located between the Old Town and Wenceslas Squares, it's a great meeting point.
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.
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.
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.
Cerny Slon
Across the alley from the Tyn church and a small child's stone throw from the Old Town Square, the basic but elegant Cerny Slon is one of the best located hotels in town. The right choice for those who want something charmingly authentic.
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.
Checking in at the Budda-Bar Hotel Prague
Budda-Bar Hotel Prague is situated on the capital's Old Town Square. Opened in 2009, it already has a fabulous guest list, and a host of loyal visitors.
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).
CottoCrudo
A new Italian 'raw' bar concept that has opened at the Four Seasons...

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