Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Prague

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
Zlata Hvezda
Part of a mini-Czech chain specializing in 'traditional' accommodation, the Golden Star is the most upmarket of their hotels. An imposing position on the Royal Way gives the louder front rooms unbeatable views.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Universal
Enjoy good French food in albeit slightly surreal surroundings. Out of the way but worth the visit.
Ungelt Jazz & Blues Club
Situated in a subterranean vault from the 11th century Ungelt certainly has character. The intimate surroundings of this jazz cellar make the music sound all that much better in our opinion.
Ultramarin
Though more an afternoon than an evening option food-wise, Ultramarin still boasts a good wide selection of dishes and is worth revisiting as a bar and nightclub come the night time.
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 Zlateho Kola
Close to its stylish companion the Neruda, U Zlateho Kola or the Golden Wheel is a seamless blend of the old and the new.
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.
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.
U Zavoje
Upmarket and stylish, the location of U Zajove alone would make it worth a visit. As it is, the food, wine and ambiance are all pretty good too.
U Staré Pani
With a busy schedule of gigs lined up, the committed jazz head should not miss out on visiting 'At the old women's'.
U Prince
U Prince's roof terrace has some of the most beautiful views across the Old Town stretching from the castle to the gothic splendour of the square
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
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.
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 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 Medvidku
An authentic traditional Czech beer Hall in the centre of town. As yet not too touristy, but enjoy the relaxed atmosphere while it lasts.
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
U Maleho Glena
U Maleho Glena has become an institution, known for its booking of promising young Central European talent. The tiny basement club is so intimate and small that the music positively flows through anyone who can fit into the small room by the stage.
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.
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Tonino Lamborghini
Owned by the same people as the Caf̩ Savoy, Tonino Lamborghini Pastacaffe is one of the few cafes in Prague where you can feed your caffeine addiction with a truly spectacular blend.
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Techtle Mechtle
A favourite among young party animals, 'Hanky Panky' provides a saucy night out for those who like to drink and dance in style.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smetana Hotel
The Smetana Hotel with its antique wooden beams, frescos and sculptures was formerly a family palace that has been sensitively restored and decorated
Smetana Hall
An ideal night out for classical music and opera fans or anybody else looking for a relaxed and classy evening out. Book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
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.

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