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Issue 08 Winter 2012-2013 FREE

The best of the best that Prague has to offer. Attractions Eating Out History Key Areas Nightlife City Map

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WELCOME

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Welcome to Prague

elcome to the winter edition of 'Prague Night and Day', the newest and most essential guide for fashionable visitors to the Czech capital. The Heart Of Europe. The City Of 100 Spires. The Golden City - Just some of the nicknames Prague has acquired over the ages, but one thing remains constant - This truly is one of the world’s unique cities and very few other destinations provide such beauty and diversity. Whether you are 18 or 80, Prague has something for everyone. And our aim is to help them find it. The concept of our magazine is simple. We want you to get the most out of your trip to the Czech capital, and our hope is that this publication will help in some way to make your visit more memorable. We will try to inform you about everything you need to know and everywhere you need to 2

go. If something inside our magazine assists, surprises, raises an eyebrow, or creates a smile, then our job has been done. As many of you are probably aware, ‘Prague Night & Day’ is only one of many guides and maps you will find in the city, but unlike many others, we have only featured places that we have actually visited and we have tried to list all the venues which made a positive impact on our team. Our magazine is available in over 130 venues including more than 100 hotels (3-star+), bars, clubs and information bureaus, so it shouldn't be hard to find us We sincerely hope that you enjoy your stay in Prague this winter and we also hope that you will in some way enjoy reading Prague Night & Day. Stay safe and play safe and never hesitate to contact us about any aspect of the magazine.

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Contents

Prague Night & Day -

CONTENTS

Winter 2012-2013

Lifestyle Facts & info

4 Essential Information What you need to know 32 Map A useful city map

Places

9 Prague Castle The biggest castle in the world! 12 Buildings & Monuments Prague’s stunning architecture

16 Fancy A Flutter Prague’s best casinos 18 Eating Out Restaurants we have visited 38 Health & Wellness Get pampered in Prague 42 Shopping Winter shopping in the city

Entertainment

8 Attractions What to see and do in the city 34 Christmas The festive season in Prague 46 Cafes & Bars The venues we have visited 58 Naughty Prague Only for the adults!

About Us:

Prague Night & Day is published by DW Publishing s.r.o; Staroměstské náměstí 10, Prague 1. The magazine is produced four times per year.

Crew:

Directors: Carlo Divito & Neil Wilson. Company Manager: Jitka Wilson. Office Manager: Maria Gulitskaya

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Tel.: +420 222 311 001 . Mobile: +420 732 268 881; Email: info@dwpublishing.eu.

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25.000 copies of the magazine are printed every three months, and when we say 25.000 – we mean 25.000. Our magazine can be found in the bedrooms and lobbies of more than 130 hotels in Prague’s City Centre. If your hotel wishes to distribute our magazine, please contact us. Prague Night & Day is a registered trade name and publication. Neither the trading name, nor the format or the content may be reproduced. All rights reserved.

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Essential Information

Currency The main currency in Czech Republic is Czech Crown (Ceska Koruna) which is represented by the Czech symbol ‘Kc’ and the international symbol ‘CZK’. The currency is made up of coins with values of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 CZK; and bank notes with values of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 CZK. At the time of print, one Euro was worth just over 24 CZK. Foreign Currency In some of the bigger and more touristic bars, restaurants and shops, payment in Euro, British Pounds or Dollars is accepted. Language The official language is of course Czech, a very beautiful, yet quite difficult to learn Slavic language. Telephone Country code: +420. There is no area code, because it is already included in every local telephone number.

TourisT Traps Like every other city in the world, there are certain things which visitors must look out for, and also certain things that prove to be very annoying. Check out the text below: Exchanging Money - Never exchange money from people on the streets. These people are constantly trying to con travellers with outrageous rates and counterfeit money. Also be careful when changing your money in exchange offices and find out exactly how much you are getting before you pass your money over. Some can be rip-offs. We thoroughly recommend that you use the Alfa Exchange Office and you can see more details about their service on the next page. Taxis – Some taxis have a terrible reputation for ripping people off. Don’t go 4

post The Main Post Office is located at Jindřišká 14, Prague 1 and is open every day from 02.00-24.00.Web: www.cpost.cz. Tipping The general consensus, and indeed it has also been our strategy since we have been here is to leave a 10% tip. Emergency free phone numbers 150 - Fire Department 155 - Medical Emergency 156 - City Police 158 - Police Operators speak mostly Czech, so better to ask someone to explain your problem instead of you talking to them directly. pharmacy A pharmacy, which is available around the clock, can be found by calling: +420 224 946 982. Address: Palackého 720/5, Praha 1. with private cabs. To be safe, go with the AAA cabs. (+420 222 333 222). They are a reputable company and have ranks in most of the main tourist areas. pickpocketing: This is one of Prague's most common crimes. Don't underestimate Prague pickpockets and don't think you can outsmart them. Many of them are highly skilled "professionals". Never leave your wallet lying free on a table or anywhere else. Best to keep it in a closed pocket. over-priced bills: Some places view foreign customers as easy prey for a rip-off. They may add a 20% commission on your bill for no reason at all, or can also add a service charge which they invent themselves and it can be as high as 40%. Always check your bill and ask if you have a question about it. In association with:


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Make Your Money Go Further

One of the biggest concerns for visitors to Prague is how and where to change their money and these concerns are justified, as there are many exchange offices which are nothing short of being ripoff merchants. Thankfully, there is also an exchange office which offers fairness, good value and reliability. Alfa Prague is without doubt the city’s best exchange office and we urge all readers of this magazine to change their money with Alfa. Their offices are located on Na Příkopě Street 23 (inside the Panska Passage between T-Mobile and Salamander) and they have a second office which can be found outside Palladium Shopping Center. Machen Sie etwas aus ihrem Geld Einer der größten Sorgen von PragBesuchern gehört der Frage, wie und wo Geld umgetauscht werden kann, und diese Sorge ist auch gerechtfertigt, da viele Betreiber von Wechselstuben Abzocker sind. Glücklicherweise gibt es auch faire, preiswerte und zuverlässige Wechselstuben. Alfa Prag ist ohne Zweifel die beste Wechselstube der Stadt. Daher

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empfehlen wir allen Lesern dieses Magazins ihr Geld mit Alfa zu wechseln. Die Filialen befinden sich in der Straße Na Příkopě 23 (innerhalb der Panska Passage zwischen TMobile und Salamander) sowie außerhalb des Palladium Shopping Centers.

Одной из самых больших проблем для туристов в Праге где и как менять деньги, и эти опасения оправданы, так как есть много обменных пунктов, которые являются не чем иным, как грабежом покупателя. К счастью, в городе есть пункт обмена валюты, который предлагает хорошее и справедливое соотношение цены и надежности. Альфа-Прага, без сомнения, лучший обменный пункт в городе, и мы настоятельно рекомендуем всем читателям этого журнала менять свои деньги с Alfa. Их офисы расположены на улице Na Příkopě 23 (внутри пассажа Panska между TMobile и Salamander), так же у них есть второй офис, который можно найти снаружи торгового центра Palladium.


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ne of the greatest attractions of this unique city is in fact the entire city. You are probably asking yourself, what do we

mean by that? Well, simply take a stroll around the Old and New Towns and Josefov, and you will see exactly what we mean, because attractions can be found around every corner of this visually stunning city, and one of the greatest pleasures a visitor can have is to walk aimlessly around and admire the continuous beauty. There are of course various individual and special attractions which are essential to see and experience and with winter in the air, they become even more memorable. Prague Castle and Charles Bridge are musts, as is the famous Astronomical Clock – Add in the famous monuments, churches, architectural wonders, gardens and parks and you 8

Seeing & Doing

have a sightseeing extravaganza. Trust us - a camera is an essential tool, and an organised tour can also be an essential attraction, and we recommend the Prague All-Inclusive Tour and you can find more details on this tour on page 12. Prague is also a cultural paradise brimming with theatres offering drama, ballet opera, musicals, black light productions and much more. Add in the countless museums and exhibitions along with other attractions like Prague’s vastly improved zoo and some wonderful casinos, and there is absolutely no reason for boredom in this wonderful city. In this section of the magazine, we look at some of the city’s biggest and best attractions, as well as some of the hidden gems which can also increase knowledge and awareness. Enjoy the sights! In association with:


The Castle Of All Castles Prague castle

Hradčany, 119 08 Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 373 368 Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) is the most visited attraction in the city. The Castle was most likely founded around 880 by Prince Bořivoj of the Premyslid Dynasty (Přemyslovci). According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 m². A UNESCO World Heritage site, it consists of a large-scale composition of palaces and ecclesiastical buildings of various architectural styles, from Roman-style buildings from the 10th century through to Gothic modifications in the 14th century. The castle has three courtyards and really is huge, so allow yourself at least a few hours when visiting and if you want to explore it in depth, a couple of days may be needed. Since its creation, the castle transformed itself from a wooden fortress surrounded by earthen bulwarks to the imposing form it has today. It is the castle where the Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic have had their offices. The Bohemian Crown Jewels are kept there. Buildings and gardens inside the palace include: The Chapel of the Holy Cross (Kaple sv. Kříže); The Spanish Hall (Španělský sál); St Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Víta); Old Royal Palace (Starý Královský Palác); Mihulka Powder Tower (Prašná věž); Convent of St George (Klášter Sv. Jiří); Basilika of St George (Bazilika Sv. Jiří); Lobkowicz Palace (Lobkovický palác); Schwarzenberg Palace (Švancenberský palác); Archbishp's Palace (Arcibiskupský palác); Dalibor Tower (Daliborka), Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička); Sternberg Palace (Šternberský palác); Černín Palace (Černínský palác); The Loreta (Loreta); The Royal Garden (Královská zahrada); Paradise Garden (Rajská zahrada).

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OPENING TIMES & PRICES: The Castle is open daily from 5.00 - 24.00 in the summer season (April 1 - October 31) and from 6.00 - 23.00 in the winter season (November 1 March 31). Historical monuments are open daily from 9.00 - 17.00 in the summer season and from 9.00 - 16.00 in the winter season. The Changing of the Guard ceremony by the Castle gates takes place every hour. At noon it also includes a fanfare and the flag ceremony in the First Courtyard. A long visit ticket is 350 CZK and 700 CZK for families. A short visit is 250 CZK and 500 CZK for families.

GETTING THERE: Option 1: Take tram No. 22 to stop Pražský hrad, turn left and in 5 minutes you reach the 2nd Courtyard of Prague Castle. Option 2: Take metro-line A(green) to station Malostranská, then follow the tram No. 22, after 100 metres turn left to the Old Castle Stairs and climb the steps up to the gate Na Opyši. In association with:

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beautiful 40-minute boat trip which offers different perspectives to attractions like Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. Refreshments are served on board. In total, there are almost 40 sites which are visited during the tour and these sights are split into four geographical sections which are: The Prague Castle Complex, The Lesser Town Area, The Old Town Area and The Jewish Quarter. Included among the sights you will visit are: Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Lobkowitz Palace, Prague Castle Gardens, Nerudova Street, St. Nicholas Church, Infant Jesus Prague, Lennon's Wall, Kampa Island, Charles Bridge, Old Town Bridge Tower, The Astronomical Clock, The Powder Gate, Tyn Church,The Old Jewish Cemetery, Former Jewish Town Hall and the Spanish Synagogue The tour is conducted in three different languages on a daily basis, English at DAiLY in EnGLisH AT 10:00, 11;00 & 13:00 HRS 10.00 am, 11:00 am and 13:00 *The 1pm tour runs until November 1st. hrs, Spanish at 10:00 am and German at 11:00 am. You DAiLY in sPAnisH AT 10:00 HRS can order this tour by calling DAiLY in GErMAn AT 11:00 HRS + 420 777 070 783 and they will pick you up at your hotel DAiLY in itALiAn AT 11:00 HRS or if you are staying close to BOAT TRIP-36MAJOR SIGHTS-MEDIEVAL RESTAURANT Old Town Square and you would like to take a short HOTEL PICK-UP walk, you can join the tour ALL For JUst 1.200 cZK directly at the Meeting Point, which is at the Astronomical BOOKINGS & PICK UP SERVICE: + 420 777 070 783 Clock on Old Town Square. MEEtinG Point: ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK ON OLD TOWN SQUARE. The entire package including all the previously mentioned perks costs only 1.200 CZK and truly is great value The tour itself lasts six hours and includes for money. pick-up at your hotel; transfer to Prague Castle by an air-conditioned mini-bus; lunch at a medieval They also offer other tours on booking basis restaurant; a 40-minute boat trip with refreshments like the Prague Castle & Cathedral Tour; The on board; a map of the city; a photo-CD; and 50% Jewish Synagogues & Cemetery Tour; The Nazism discount in Prague’s finest ghost tour, ‘Cloak and & Holocaust In Prague Tour; The Old Town & Dagger’. Jewish Quarter Tour; The Communism In Prague Tour; Cloak and Dagger Ghost Tour; and the The afore mentioned medieval restaurant Prague Venice Boat Tour. For more details on all of dates from the 15th century and is a one-off these tours, visit their website at: www.pragueexperience that you won’t forget. Vegetarians are walkingtours.com also catered for. After lunch you are invited to take a stroll through Lesser Town and then enjoy a One of the biggest complaints we hear from visitors to Prague is that they didn’t have enough time to take in all the sights, and with so much to see, it’s understandable. For those of you who don’t want to fall into the same category as the afore mentioned visitors, the solution is simple – Take your place on the Prague All-Inclusive Tour and see it all! The city had long been crying out for a tour like this, provided it was organised in the right way, and we can safely say that the hard work, professionalism and enthusiasm of the organisers ensure that the Prague All-Inclusive Tours is ran exactly how it should be. All of their guides are licensed, ensuring that guests get precise and accurate information.

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Buildings, Monuments & structures

Charles Bridge The Charles Bridge (Karlův most) is a famous, historic and beautiful bridge that crosses the Vltava River. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. The bridge is 516 meters long and nearly 10 meters wide, resting on 16 arches shielded by ice guards. It is protected by three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter side and the third one on the Old Town side. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700 but now all replaced by replicas. They depict various saints and patron saints venerated at that time.

The Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj) is mounted on the southern wall of Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square and is a popular tourist attraction. The Clock is made up of of three main components: the astronomical dial; "The Walk of the Apostles"( a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures); and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months. The oldest part of the Clock, dates back to 1410. The four figures flanking the clock are set in motion every hour and are usually greeted by hundreds of camera-armed tourists. The figures represent four things that were despised at the time of the clock's making – among them vanity, greed and death.

Petrin Tower

Astronomical Clock Old Town Square The Petřín Lookout Tower which can be found on top of Petrin Hill is a 60-metre high steel framework tower which strongly resembles the Eiffel Tower. It was built in 1891. Today it is a major tourist attraction. If you go up the hard way, the hill is roughly a half-hour walk. However, the hill is also served by a frequent funicular (cable car) and the tower has an elevator for disabled persons. On clear days, the tower offers a good view of the Prague skyline. It is open from 9am until 11pm every day. 12

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Indoor Go-Kart Arena Toužimská 51 , Prague 9 – Letňany. Tel.: + 420 777 311 856. www.praguekartingarena.com PGA's indoor raceway at Letnany, North Prague, is an excellent venue for individual drivers, private groups and corporate events. With its superb racing facilities and catering services, state-of-the-art race computer systems, and fleet of expertly prepared karts, you can be assured of the thrills of wheel to wheel action that Karting in PGA provides PGA is widely recognised as the founder of modern go kart racing for children & adults in Prague and have been at the forefront of indoor go Karting since 1999, developing the sport into one of the most exciting and

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accessible forms of motor racing today. Indoor go Karting is not only a thrilling experience, but also great fun, and whether you are a novice or a potential Formula 1 driver, you will find that PGA's fast and furious go Karting race sessions are geared up to give you an adrenalin-filled event to remember! The track is open from Monday to Friday from 14.00 to midnight and from 10.00am until midnight on Saturdays and Sundays. They can be found on  Toužimská st. 51 in Prague 9 – Letňany. You can use bus number: 151, 158, or Tesco BUS from terminal station of Metro (underground) line "C" to station "Stare Letnany" it takes four minutes. For reservations call: + 420 777 311 856.

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Image Black Light Theatre Pařížská 4, Prague 1 Tel : +420 222 329 191. www.imagetheatre.cz Not all theatres are the same. Black theatre is different; the light is different and the dark is different. The intense darkness of black theatre is full of fantasy. Image theatre takes you into the world of imagination without limits. Poetic pictures are approaching you from the mysterious and almost indefinite depth of a black cabinet. Performances have been taking place in The Image Theatre since 1990 not only in Prague, but it is also well known in many countries all over the world. The Image Theatre is combining black theatre principles, contemporary dancing, pantomime, visual projections and interactive entries of spectators and auditorium. Welcome to the unbelievable space of ultraviolet light! Manchmal ist es schwierig, am richtigen Ort richtigen zur Zeit zu sein. Falls Sie jedoch im 14

Zuschauerraum des IMAGE - Theaters sitzen, dann ist es Ihnen gelungen. Seien Sie uns willkommen. Es ist nicht jedoch going gleich Theater. Das schwarze Theater ist anders, anders ist das Licht und die Dunkelheit ist anders. Die schwarze Dunkelheit des schwarzen Theaters ist fantasievoll. Aus einer geheimnisvollen, quasi endlosen Depth des schwarzen Kabinetts kommen poetische Bilder auf Sie zu. Einige schauspieler können Sie nicht sehen, weil sie sind unsichtbar. Andere schauspieler dagegen sehen Sie und gut aus gefährlicher Nähe. Der Tanz drückt Unausgesprochene das aus, reizt die Emotionen siegt und über die physikalischen Gesetze. Die Musik schafft es, das zu Nichtlebendige beleben. Das Tragische verwandelt in sich das Komische, das wird Unglaubliche möglich. Und noch mehr etwas, Fantasie ist Ihre vollkommen geweckt. Wenn Sie sich mit uns auf die Suche begeben wollen, in können Sie sich das Ungeahnte Explore Manage. Не все театры одинаковы. Черный театр отличается, там свет другой и темнота другая. Интенсивная темнота черного театра фантастичная. Изображение театра перенесет вас в мир воображения без границ. Поэтические картинки приближается к вам с таинственной и почти неопределенной глубиной в черном кабинете. Выступления начались в Изобразительном Театре с 1990 года не только в Праге, но он также хорошо известна во многих странах по всему миру. Театр Изображения - это сочетания принципиально черного театра, контемпорари танца, пантомимы, визуальные проекции и интерактивные элементы зрителей и аудитории. Добро пожаловать в невероятное пространство ультрафиолетовых лучей.


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Na Příkopě 27, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 221 967 371. www.banco-casino.cz Grandly situated in the heart of Prague, Banco Casino offers something for everyone whether you have travelled to the city for pleasure and are looking for a place to relax and enjoy some of the more traditional table games, or wish to impress your clients and business associates with a taste of extravagance and luxury. The Casino can be found at the heart of the famous Na Příkopě Street. The building that houses Banco Casino is located on the historically significant border between the Old and New Towns and is located on the 18th most expensive street in the world today.

Hotel Kings Court, U Obecniho Domu 3, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 267 177. www.vegas-casino.cz One of the city´s newest casinos and its rapidly gaining a reputation for being one of the best, thanks to an excellent selection of traditional table games and some of the most high-tech slots which you will find anywhere. Another thing which separates Casino Vegas from the rest is the friendly and helpful service. Too many times, casino staff can make guests feel uncomfortable and wary, but this is not the case at Casino Vegas, as the hand-picked employees know exactly how to cater for your needs.

Grossartig gelegen im Herzen von Prag bietet BANCO CASINO etwas fuer Jederman - ob Sie nur zum Vergnuegen in die Stadt gereist sind und einen Platz zum enspannen mit traditionellen Tischspielen suchen, oder aber Ihre Klienten und Geschaefftspartner mit dem Geschmack des extravaganten und luxurioesem beeindrucken wollen. Das Casino findet man im Herzen der beruehmten Na Prikope Strasse.

Eines der neuesten Casinos. Den schnell gewonnenen Ruf, eines der Besten zu sein, verdankt es der excellenten Auswahl an traditionellen Tischspielen und einigen der modernsten SlotMaschinen die Sie nirgendwo sonst finden. Eine weitere Sache die VEGAS CASINO von anderen unterscheidet ist der freundliche und hilfsbereite Service.

Великолепно расположенное в сердце Праги, Казино «Банко» найдет что предложить каждому и тому, кто приехал ради удовольствия и ищет место, где можно отдохнуть и насладиться традиционными карточными играми, и тому, кто хочет произвести впечатление на клиентов или деловых партнеров со вкусом экстравагантности и роскоши. Казино находится на знаменитой улице На Пршикопе. 16

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Одно из недавно открывшихся казино, но уже быстро завоевывающее себе репутацию лучшего, благодаря превосходному выбору традиционных настольных игр и новейших игровых автоматов, которые Вы не найдете больше нигде. Еще одна черта, которая отличает Казино «Вегас» от остальных – это дружелюбное и предупредительное обслуживание. In association with:


AttrActions ZÁMECKÝ RESORT DĚTENICE Detenice 1 Detenice 50724 Tel.: 00420493596132. www.detenice.cz If you fancy visitng a real Bohemian paradise, then we recommend a trip to Zámecký resort Detenice, which can be found near Mladá Boleslav, 69 km from Prague. The Dětenice Château Resort consists of a château in the Late Baroque style, a Medieval Tavern, a Château Brewery, the Rustikal Hotel, a Medieval Hotel, and the Malá Morava wine cellar. This resort is opened all year round and its rich history and historic buildings ensure that your visit will be a memorable experience. You can also enjoy a stunning medieval show which includes: live historical music, a fire show, belly

dancers and swordsmen. The show takes place daily (except Mondays) from 19:00 – 22:00. During winter, they also offer a Knight tournament with mulled wine and baked chestnuts. We highly recommend a visit to this remarkable place.

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raditional Czech food is not exactly what one would call healthy or dietary, however it goes perfectly with Czech beer and there some really delicious dishes. The cuisine has been influenced by the cuisines of surrounding countries, and is marked by a strong emphasis on meat dishes. Pork is probably the most popular meat, while beef and chicken are also common. Goose, duck, rabbit and wild game are also served in several restaurants. Fish isn’t so popular with the locals, with the exception of fresh trout and carp, which is traditionally served at Christmas. As a side-dish, boiled and sliced dumplings are one of the mainstays of Czech cuisine and are quite often served with meals. Among the most popular Czech dishes are: Roast pork with dumplings and Sauerkraut (pečené vepřové s knedlíky a se zelím); 18

Marinated beef sirloin (svíčková na smetaně) which comrpises of pickled roast beef, served with a cream topping and a teaspoon of cranberry compote; traditional beef goulash, even though it basically belongs to traditional Hungarian cuisine. There are countless traditional Czech restaurants in Prague and many of them are ran and sponsored by some of the large beer breweries. Some are excellent and some only average. Visitors should also keep an eye out for the lunch specials (normally served between 12 and 3pm) provided by such restaurants as they tend to be much cheaper. If the Czech dishes don’t tickle your fancy, there is no need to worry, because Prague boasts some top quality international restaurants, some of which have been featured in the pages which follow. Every restaurant featured has been visited by us at least twice to ensure you get reliable information. In association with:


EATING OUT SaSaZu Bubenské nábřeží 13 Holešovice, Prague 7. Tel.: +420 284 097 455 www.sasazu.com

One of our absolute favourites – everything about Duplex oozes class. It is designed as a huge glass cube, built on the roof of a building on Wenceslas square and offering unforgettable views of the magic Prague city from the terrace balcony. The restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine with Middle and Far East influences. It is an ideal place for a delicious lunch or dinner during the day. At night, Duplex changes to one of Prague‘s most exclusive clubs. Member of The World‘s Finest Clubs and Clubs of the World

Lal Qila SaSaZu, the creation of Chef Shahaf Shabtay is the alchemy of tastes, colours, sounds, passion and design brought together to create an enchanting experience. The chef ’s inspiration comes from his years of cooking and travelling in Asia, his recollections of the streets of Southeast Asia, local life, food, culture and customs. SaSaZu, the award winning restaurant is based on various techniques and elements of Asian cooking - Sambal, Otak Otak, Flame, Roti, and Tai Tai Grill, all based on the freshest ingredients.

Italská 30, Prague 2,Vinohrady Tel.: +420 774 310 774

Duplex Restaurant Václavské náměstí 21, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 732 221 111 www.duplex.cz

Lal Qila is newly opened Indian restaurant situated in the Vinohrady area of the city, and it has been gaining rave reviews in the short space of time since it opened. Their chefs are all from India and are highly regarded in their home country. The menu is excellent and the afore mentioned chefs use only the finest and freshest ingredients to create some remarkable dishes. It’s a taste for a lifetime which will keep you coming back for more.

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Noodles From Around The World! EATING OUT

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Politických vězňů 12. Prague 1. Inside Hotel Yasmin Tel.: +420 234 100 879. www.noodles.cz In the heart of Prague, just few steps away from the famous Wenceslas Square, you can find an oasis that will fully satisfy your gourmet demands. Restaurant Café Bar Noodles offers a wide variety of noodles from all around the world, and their top class chefs ensure they are cooked to perfection. You can choose from fantastic Italian, Chinese, Thai or Mongolian pastas, which are served with the freshest meats and vegetables. They also offer a superb local and international menu. The service is among the best you will find anywhere in Prague, as the multilingual staff go out of their way to ensure that your visit is both pleasant and memorable. The restaurant is housed inside the stunning Yasmin Design Hotel, and also offers smoking and non-smoking sections. Im Herzen Prags, nur einige Schritte vom Wenzelzplatz, finden Sie eine Oase, die Ihren Gourmeanspruechen vollstaendig befriedigt. Das Restaurant Cafe Bar Noodles, welches eine weite Variante von Nudeln aus der ganzen Welt anbietet. Sie koennen aus fabelhaften italienischen, chinesischen, thailaendischen oder mongolischen Nudeln, oder etwas aus schmackhaften heimischen Kueche waehlen. В сердце Праги, всего в нескольких шагах от знаменитой Вацлавской площади, находится оазис, который удовлетворит самый изысканный вкус. Ресторан Кафе Бар «Нудлс» готов предложить широкий ассортимент лапши из самых разных уголков мира. Вы можете выбрать что-то из фантастических видов итальянской, китайской, тайской или монгольской пасты или великолепные блюда из местного и международного меню.

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EATING OUT Medieval Tavern - U krále Brabantského Thunovská 15, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 602 524 725. www. krcmabrabant.cz Open Daily since the year 1375 One of the oldest taverns in Prague set in the most attractive part of the "Royal Way", directly under Prague Castle. Many myths and legends are related to the venue, from the time when kings used to go there and fill their stomachs with pints of beer. Many famous people also used to visit and included among them were: Rudolf ’s alchemists, the executioner Mydlář, W.A. Mozart and Jaroslav Hašek . The spooky venue offers a unique medieval dinner show, which takes you back to the Middle

Ages and allows you to escape from reality and enjoy an unforgettable night. You will feast on excellent food, experience live historical music, belly dancers, swordsmen and a big fire show and all the time you will be served by waiters who are dressed in authentic clothes. The show takes place from Tuesday to Saturday 19:00 - 22:00 There are other companies offering dinner shows in the city, but take our word for it – they don’t come close to bettering the Medieval Tavern on Thunovská.

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Unique In Every Way! EATING OUT

Na Příkopě 22, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 221 451 771. www.sushimillhouse.com Unique to Prague, Millhouse Sushi is a modern Japanese Sushi bar, complete with conveyor belt. Be amazed, as mouth-watering varieties of Sushi, salads and drinks pass before your eyes allowing you to choose freely from whatever tempts you. The restaurant also offers a selection of hot dishes such as tempura, noodles and grill, all of which are delicious. Prices are extremely competitive considering the quality on offer, while the restaurant itself boasts a modern and chic interior. It can be found in the Slovanský dům Centre on the famous Na Příkopě Street.

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warmen Gerichten, wie Tempura, Nudeln und gegrilltes, welche alle koestlich sind. Единственное в своем роде заведение в Праге, «Миллхаус Суши» – современный японский суши-бар, оснащенный суши-конвейером. Вы придете в восторг, когда аппетитные, всевозможные суши, салаты и напитки будут представать перед вашими глазами, давая вам возможность свободно выбрать то, что вам понравилось. Ресторан также предлагает варианты из деликатесных горячих блюд, таких как темпура, лапша и гриль.

Einzigartig in Prag ist MILLHOUSE SUSHI, eine moderne japanische Sushi Bar mit Fliesband. Seien Sie erstaunt, wenn koestliche Varianten von Sushi, Salaten und getraenken vor Ihren Augen passieren, und Sie die freie Wahl haben, auszusuchen, was immer Sie moegen. Das Restaurant bietet ebenso eine grosse Auswahl an 22

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Nádražní 110, Prague 5. Tel.:+420 257 286 261 Na Příkopě 2, Prague 1. Tel.:+420 221 967 228 Karlova 20, Prague 1. Tel.:+420 222 221 419 www.tgifridays.cz We all know the name, we all love what they offer. Thank God it is available every day in Prague! T.G.I. Friday's mission has always been to combine casual dining with a fun atmosphere. They are committed to restaurants featuring delicious food, original drinks, and unique flair. With T.G.I. it's always Friday! Visits to foreign countries can always hold certain fears and anxieties and sometimes it's just comforting to know exactly what you are getting. Sometimes a familiar sight can be a relief. Sometimes, it’s just good to know that there is a T.G.I. Friday’s closeby. Having visited several T.G.I. Friday´s throughout Europe, we can safely say that all have left different impressions on us - and we can safely say that the impression made by the three Prague outlets was positive and memorable. 24

In Prague they offer something different, whether it be through their wonderful theme nights and parties, or through the quality of the food and service, or through the various special offers they present. Trust us, you won't be disappointed. And please keep an eye out for the previously mentioned theme nights. In the past we have attended events such as Ladies Night and Mojito Madness, both of which were funfilled and exciting. The credo of T.G.I. Friday's is to treat every customer as they would an honoured guest in their home, and it's no different in the Czech capital as the hand-picked staff go out of their way to ensure your visit is a memorable one. They offer all the renowned favourites such as dishes from the Jack Daniels grill, legendary burgers and scrumptious appetizers. The cocktails in the Prague branches are also superb! In association with:


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Old Town Square 20, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 221 421 160 www.bilykonicek.cz Jazz clubs and restaurants are numerous in Prague. Unfortunately, in both cases, quantity does not equal quality, but thankfully, we have found a place which offers both superb music and wonderful dining under one roof and the combination is an absolute joy to behold. The place in question is Jazz & Blues Restaurant Bílý Koníček which can be found in the heart of Old Town Square (almost opposite the Astronomical Clock). The restaurant and jazz/blues club are housed in the medieval cellars of one of Prague’s oldest buildings ‘U zlatého jednorožce’, which in the past has hosted names such as Frank Zappa and Barbra Streisand. The 12th century building is the perfect setting for this unique musical and gastronomical experience.

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Under the guidance of renowned head chef Martin Opršal, the restaurant serves mouthwatering Czech and international cuisine with a seasonal theme. All meals prepared from high quality ingredients. The wine list also boasts a local and international theme and is impressive to say the least. On the musical side of things, the Jazz & Blues Lounge is one of the main stages in Prague and attracts the best Czech and foreign artists, all of whom produce extraordinary performances. In short, this is a must-go venue. Highly recommended. In Prag gibt es unzählige Jazz Klubs und Restaurants. Leider ist Quantität nicht mit Qualität gleichzusetzen, aber zum Glück haben wir einen Ort gefunden, an dem man beides unter einem Dach bekommt hervorragende Musik und ausgezeichnetes Essen, eine Kombination die das Herz erfreut. Der Ort über den wir reden nennt sich Jazz In association with:


EATING OUT & Blues Restaurant Bílý Koníček. Er befindet sich im Herzen des Altstadtrings (fast gegenüber der Altstädter Astronomischen Uhr). Das Restaurant und der Jazz/Blues Klub befinden sich in den mittelalterlichen Kellern eines der ältesten Gebäude Prags „U zlatého jednorožce“, und hat in der Vergangenheit Größen wie Frank Zappa und Barbra Streisand bewirtet. Unter der Leitung des renommierten Küchenchefs Martin Opršal serviert das Restaurant köstliche tschechische und internationale Küche mit einem saisonalen Angebot. Alle Gerichte sind aus hochwertigen Zutaten zubereitet. Die beeindruckende Weinkarte bietet auch lokale und internationale Weine. На сегодняшний день в Праге существует огромное количество джаз клубов и ресторанов. К сожалению, в обоих случаях, количество не всегда

соответствует качеству, но, к счастью, мы нашли место, которое совмещает под одной крышей превосходную музыку и восхитительную кухню, и эта комбинация позволяет Вам насладиться вечером в полной мере. Находится Jazz & Blues Restaurant Bílý Koníček прямо в центре Староместской площади (почти напротив астрономических часов). Ресторане и джаз / блюз-клуб расположен в средневековых подвалах одного из старейших пражских зданий ‘U Zlatého jednorožce’, которое в прошлом принимало в своих стенах таких людей, как Фрэнк Заппа и Барбра Стрейзанд. Под руководством известного шеф-повара Мартина Опршала, в ресторане подают невероятно аппетитные блюда чешской и международной кухни. Все готовят из высококачественных ингредиентов. Винная карта предлагает Вам выбор местных и международных, которые, мягко говоря, впечатляют своим разнообразием.

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Miscellaneous Restaurants

Restaurant Peklo Strahovské nádvoří 1, Prague 1 Hradčany Tel.: +420 220 516 652. www.peklo.com A unique restaurant in the remarkable setting of a 12th century grotto, Peklo (translated as Inferno) will win you over with delicious meals, fine service and an environment which is unique to the city. The delicious cuisine

period of the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy. The service is excellent, as the staff really go out of their way to ensure your visit is a memorable one. We really recommend the marinated pork ribs and the goose.

Le Patio

and professional service are complimented at weekends with the performance of a live jazz band. The restaurant also offers an excellent collection of French, Italian, South American and Moravian wines. The restaurant is ideal for occasions such as: a romantic dinner for two, company parties, dinner parties, weddings and banquets.

Národní 22, Praha 1 Tel.: +420 607 658 184. www.lepatio.cz Le Patio is a refreshing oasis in the midst of a busy city centre The friendly staff speak English and French and will go out of their way to ensure your visit is a memorable one. You can choose easily from a menu which is displayed in six languages. The biggest reason to visit is the food and that’s because they have Sofia Smith as the executive chef. She is widely recognized for her Oriental specialties and modern take on Asian cuisine.

Švejk Restaurant U Karla, Křemencova 7, Prague 1, Tel.: +420 222 515 889. www.svejkrestaurant.cz Švejk Restaurant is raising the bar to a higher level when it comes to traditional Czech cuisine, as they have also introduced a glutenfree version of their menu. The style of the entire restaurant including furniture, decorations and the waiters’ outfits are conceived from the 28

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Las Adelitas EATING OUT

Malé náměstí 13, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 222 233 247 einzigartigen Rezepturen die Basis der Speisekarte darstellen. Es liegt im Zentrum der Stadt (Male Namesti 13) Das Las Adelitas ist auch ein Zentrum des kulturellen Austausches für viele Einheimische und Menschen von aller Herren Länder. Es ist der perfekte Ort, um Tequila und auf Mezcal basierende Cocktails zu genießen. Es wird auch eine große Auswahl an hochwertigen Tequilas angeboten.

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as Adelitas Restaurante and Tequila Bar is owned and managed by a group of Mexicans and can be found inside the passage of an UNESCO heritage building - Zlata koruna. It’s style is reminiscent of many contemporary restaurants in Mexico City, where a combination of traditional and unique recipes are the base of the menu. Located in the centre of the city (Male Namesti 13) Las Adelitas is also a centre of cultural exchange for many locals and expatriates from all around the world. Its the perfect place to enjoy Tequila and mezcal based cocktails. There is also a wide selection of quality tequilas.

Ресторан и Текила Бар Лас Аделитас принадлежит и находится под руководством группы мексиканцев. По своему стилю ресторан напоминает многие современные рестораны в Мехико, где сочетание традиционных и уникальных рецептов лежат в основе меню. Расположенный в центре города (Малая Площадь 13) Лас Аделитас также является центром культурного обмена многих местных жителей и иностранцев со всего мира. Это идеальное место, чтобы насладиться коктейлями на основе текилы и мескаля. В наличии также имеется широкий выбор качественной текилы

Las Adelitas Restaurante und Tequila Bar ist im Besitz einer mexikanischen Gruppe und kann in der Passage eines UNESCO-Erbe Gebäude gefunden werden - nämlich im Zlata Koruna. Es erinnert im Stil an viele zeitgenössische Restaurants in Mexiko-City, wo eine Kombination aus traditionellen und 30

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Christmas in Prague

Old Town Square is transformed into a winter Wonderland.

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ou are probably all familiar with the song “Walking In A Winter Wonderland”. The tune comes to life during Christmas in Prague, as the city transforms into a festive fairytale unlike most others. If you can’t get into the Christmas spirit in Prague, then a visit to your family doctor is the first thing you should consider when you return home. Fairy lights, glistening trees, decorated shop windows, festive markets, seasonal parties – the city has them all in abundance. The only thing missing at the time of print was the customary December snow, but that may arrive with Santa Claus on December 24th. The biggest of the afore mentioned markets can be found on Old Town Square. The area is brimming with decorated wooden cabins, 34

some of which sell local and festive souvenirs, while others offer traditional Christmas cuisine or hot beverages such as mulled wine and hot chocolate which help to eradicate the chilly weather conditions. Old Town Square is also the home of the city’s biggest and brightest Christmas tree. It was brought from the Krkonose Mountains in the north of the country and is swathed in a blanket of lights. With Tyn Castle in the background, it makes for a spectacular sight, so make sure you have cameras at the ready. Just beside the tree, a podium has been erected and every night locals and foreigners, as well as many school children take to the stage and deliver some wonderful national and international Christmas carols. If ever Mr. Claus needed to move away from the North Pole, he would have to consider Old Town Square as his In association with:


Party the bottom of Wenceslas Square where you will once again see the wooden huts offering traditional and festive handcrafts and culinary delights. When it comes to Christmas dining, the options are plentiful. Many of Prague’s bars and restaurants stay open throughout the festive season. Some keep their regular menus, while others concoct some special culinary delights for the season. The Czechs themselves celebrate Christmas on December 24th. Many families choose this day to decorate their tree and this is also the day when they enjoy their Christmas dinner. Don’t expect to be treated to turkey and ham if you are at a traditional Czech Christmas dinner – Carp and potato is their seasonal main course.. next place of residence! Another impressive market can be found at

Christmas markets can be found all over the city during the festive season.

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New Year’s Eve in Prague

Alongside the River Vltava is the place to be for New Year’s Eve fireworks.

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ike almost everywhere else on the planet, Prague goes into party overdrive on New Year’s Eve, as the city pulls out all the stops to ensure that locals and visitors have a time to remember. Many hotels and restaurants offer allinclusive nights which include food, drinks, live music and dancing. Prices vary according to class and prestige, but there is always something for everyone. The bars and clubs also offer special parties for those who like to live life in the fast lane. Some venues also require advance ticket payments, but these can often still be purchased during daytime of December 31st. New Year’s Eve wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without midnight fireworks and Prague doesn’t disappoint, as different parts of the city 36

offer stunning fireworks displays. The skies are illuminated and the ear-drums pound on the countdown to 2013. One of the biggest displays takes place alongside the river and thousands of people congregate on either side of the Vltava to watch the displays. We recommend that you find a spot close to Charles Bridge to catch the best views. Another huge fireworks display takes place on Old Town Square and the area also plays host to various live entertainment acts and a big screen which keeps you up to date with the time. We at Prague Night & Day would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers, advertisers, contributors and distributors a peaceful and prosperous 2013.

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Health & Wellness

ith so much to see and do, and so many routes to walk, Prague is a city that can be draining both physically and mentally, so its fitting that the Czech capital has an excellent health and wellness scene. You will no doubt notice the huge number of Massage parlours in the city centre. Quantity does not always equal quality and we are happy to reccomend the Nam Jai Massage salon for those who are in need of losing their aches and pains or hold a need to feel relaxed. The city also offers various health spas where guests can comfort themselves with jacuzzi-whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas and various other devices. The city and indeed the country is also famed for its professional but extremely cheap dental services, and countless English-speaking 38

dentists can be found online. The ladies may also be interested in manicures and pedicures and once again, the standard in Prague is at a high level, and the prices are most likely cheaper than what you would find at home. The same can be said for hair-dressers. If total relaxation is what you are after, then a trip outside Prague may be what you need, because the country is renowned for its natural spring wells and healing waters. The most famous of these places outside the capital is Karlova Vary which lies in West Bohemia at the confluence of the Teplå River and the Ohře River. It boasts centuries-proven thermal baths and drinking cures as well as modern methods of cryotherapy, floating, laser therapy, etc.

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WELLNESS Step into a little piece of Paris for a day. Enjoy everything from perfumes to make up to

The Augustine Letenská 12/33. Tel.: + 420 266 112 233 www.theaugustine.com Situated in the historical area of Prague, Rocco Forte Spa will provide you with a feeling of relaxation. Trained staff and beautiful surroundings create an unforgettable experience.

Ecsotica Spa

Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa Tržiště 19. Prague 1. Tel.: +420 257 086 011 ww.alchymisthotel.com The Ecsotica Spa includes five intimately furnished treatment rooms, one of which is designed for couples wishing to share a romantic experience. Guests can enjoy a variety of Indonesian-inspired signature treatments.

Guerlain Institute Dlouhá 16. Prague 1. Tel.: +420 227 195 330-1 www.guerlain-linstitut.cz

cosmetic treatments. The staff are confident, polite and always advise the clients on what is best for them.

Esthe Na Příkopě 17. Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 423 151, www.esthe.cz If you are looking for a quick nip and tuck, or a Botox fill, Esthe Clinique is the place to visit. Divided into three parts (Plastic Surgery,

Laser surgery and Dental), they have been offering top services for more than 10 years.

Nam Jai Massage Studio Na Příkopě 11, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 222 328 747. www.namjai.cz Visitors are invited to gather new energy at the Nam Jai Massage Studio in the heart of Prague. They offer an extremely wide selection of oriental massages and treatments, with their experienced staff hailing from countries where massages first began. In association with:

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Hairstyling Has Never Been So Hot! hier von sexy bekleideten Hairstylisten stylen und verwöhnen lassen können. Der Salon in der Nähe des Nationaltheaters ist ein modernes und elegantes Studio mit modernsten Produkten und super Ausstattung. Alle Stylisten sind vollständig zertifizierte Fachleute, die den neuesten weltweiten Trends der Haar-Styling-Geschäfte folgen. Hier bekommt man mehr als nur einen Haarschnitt. Das bezaubernde Hot Crew Personal bietet weiteren Luxus, so kann man sich neben Kopfund Handmassagen, Rasuren und AugenbrauenGestaltungen u.A. mit einem Paraffin Hand-WachsUmschlag verwöhnen lassen.

V Jirchářích 12, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 725 972 484. www.hotcrew.cz For most men, a visit to the hairdresser is nothing to get very excited about. In fact many guys view it as a monotonous chore. That isn’t the case at the unique Hot Crew salon in Prague, where gentlemen can get styled and pampered by sexy lingerie-clad hair stylists. Situated close to the National Theatre at, the modern and chic studio boasts state of the art products and equipment. All the stylists are fully certified professionals who follow the latest world trends in the hair-styling business. Their objective is to give the modern man a professional performance which oozes intimacy and enchantment. It’s much more than just a hair-cut as the beautiful staff at Hot Crew also offer luxuries such as head and hand massages, shaving, eyebrow contour and a paraffin hand-waxing among other things. They also offer a high-speed WiFi connection to satisfy your e-needs and your palate is also catered for with a selction of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. In short, it’s an experience to remember, so go on, give your hair the heavenly touch. Für die meisten Männer ist ein Besuch beim Friseur nicht besonders aufregend. In der Tat sehen es viele Männer eher als eine lästige Pflicht an. Im Falle des wohl einzigartigen Hot Crew Salons in Prag ist das jedoch anders, da sich die Herren

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Для большинства мужчин, визит к парикмахеру не представляет из себя ничего особенного. Более того, большинство из них и вовсе считают это монотонной рутиной. Уникальный салон в Праге Hot Crew - не тот случай. Это место, где мужчины получат потрясающую стрижку и рекомендации стилистов, одетых в невероятно сексуальное женское нижнее белье. Расположен салон рядом с Национальным театром, а шикарная современная студия может похвастаться лучшим оборудованием и продуктами стайлинга. Все стилисты салона являются сертифицированными специалистами, которые постоянно следят за последними мировыми тенденциями в парикмахерском бизнесе. Их целью является дать современному человеку возможность насладиться работой профессионалов, полной завораживающей интимности и очарования. Это намного больше, чем просто стрижка, так как прекрасный персонал салона Hot Crew предлагаeт роскошные услуги, такие как массаж рук и головы, бритье, формирование контура бровей и депиляция рук парафином и многое другое. В Hot Crew имеется высокоскоростной WiFi, на случай если Вам понадобится интернет. В салоне Вам предоставят широкий выбор как безалкогольных, так и алкогольных напитков на любой вкус. Вкратце - это незабываемый опыт на всю жизнь, так что подарите себе и своим волосам прикосновение рая. In association with:


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Palladium Shopping mall

nám. Republiky 1, Prague 1. www.palladiumpraha.cz PALLADIUM is the largest one-stop shopping destination in the centre of Prague with 180 shops, 20 restaurants, bars and cafés. It offers a wide selection of popular fashion brands (adidas, C&A, Calvin Klein, Esprit, Guess, H&M, Lacoste, Levi’s, Marks & Spencer, Tom Tailor, etc.), a supermarket and many specialty food shops, a bookstore, drugstores and various services including banks, ATM machines and a currency exchange. In PALLADIUM you can find a variety of cuisines from all over the world: over 10 themed restaurants (Asian, Czech, French, Indian or Italian), fast food restaurants (Burger King, KFC, McDonald´s, etc.) and cafés and bars to fulfil your culinary cravings. PALLADIUM is not only a shopping mall, but also a building with a unique architecture that combines the historical with the modern. Impressive architecture and a pleasurable ambiance make shopping here a real experience! 40

PALLADIUM is open 7 days a week from 9 am. PALLADIUM ist das groessteShopping Center - im Stadtztentrum Prags, mit 180 Geschaeften und mehr als 20 Restaurants, Bars und Cafes. PALLADIUM ist aussserdem ein Gebaeude mit einer einzigartigen Architektur, die erhaltene historische Elemente mit modernem Design und neuester Technik kombiniert. Sie finden das PALLADIUM direkt in der Innenstadt am beruehmten. Platz der Repulik. Die Geschaefte sind 7 Tage in der Woche ab 9:00 Uhr geoeffnet. «ПАЛЛАДИУМ» – пункт назначения для любителей шопинга и развлечений в одном месте и в центре города. К вашим услугам 180 магазинов, 20 ресторанов, баров и кафе. Само здание Торгового центра «ПАЛЛАДИУМ» уникально своей архитектурой, в которой сочетаются исторические и современные черты. Вы легко найдете его в деловой части города на знаменитой Площади Республики. Это пражский ответ московскому ГУМу. In association with:


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MOSER Na Příkopě 12, Prague 1 Tel: +420 224 211 293 www.moser.cz The balance of sports and luxury. A

BOTANICUS Tyn 3, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 234 767 446 www.botanicus.cz In peaceful countryside, there are 30 hectares of organic farmland where nearly all of the botanical material used in Botanicus products is grown, harvested, and skillfully turned into the range of Botanicus products which all of them feature original, inspiring, aesthetical and practical style.

PREMIER TAX FREE Maiselova 15, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 222 250 263 www.premiertaxfree.com

commitment to clear, timeless and international design. From sportswear to evening wear; handbags to fragrances. Quality service in a quality location.

Jiri Kalfar Dušní 11. Prague 1. Tel.: +420 777 447 368 A Ready to Wear Collection of Timeless Quality Jiri Kalfar is a fresh new designer on the Prague fashion scene. He has recently opened a boutique in Prague’s fashionable Josefov district, at Dušní 11, close to the designer outlets of the famous Pařížská street. His ready-to-wear collection is unique, luxurious and sublimely feminine, incorporating clean lines and using only the very best fabrics available. Clothes that look sharp yet comfortable, bringing a unique and sophisticated character to any wardrobe.

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esidents of non-EU countries can save large amounts on their shopping purchases by claiming back a tax refund. This refund ensures that a bargain can be found in almost every shop in Prague. In order to be eligible for a VAT refund you must reside outside the country in which you are making your purchases. You are only eligible for a VAT refund if you spend a minimum amount in one store on the same day. Be sure to ask inside the store for details about how much the minimum amount is. The following steps must be followed: Step 1: Ask the shop assistant for a Tax Free refund voucher and complete this form in the store. Step 2: Upon leaving Czech Republic, present your purchased goods, passport, shopping receipt and the tax free form you filled out whilst purchasing your product. Make sure you have this form stamped by Customs. 42

Step 3: Claiming your refund. Ways of claiming your refund vary from company to company, but most tax free companies suggest that you post your stamped form to them and you should subsequently receive a refund direct to your credit card or bank account. There is also the possibility of presenting your stamped form to a tax free company’s cash refund location (normally anywhere in the world) for an instant cash refund. The questions is often asked: what goods are eligible for a tax refund scheme and the simplest way to answer this is by stating that the tax free schemes can be used for any taxable goods that are exported for personal use. Calculating your refund is quite simple. The VAT rate in Czech Republic is 20%, so if a dress is displayed at €100, including VAT, then the VAT amounts to €16.50. (Dress price: €83.5 + 20% VAT = €100.) The refund amount will thus be €16.50, minus a small handling fee. In association with:


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The City’s Best Cafes & Bars

s there another country in the world which is more fond of beer ? If there is, we have yet to visit it! Beer to the Czechs is like milk to a baby – They simply love it, and the country boasts the highest beer consumption per capita in the world This love affair has its advantages for tourists to Prague, because visitors can choose from a huge number of different beers, most of which are delicious, and most of which are extremely friendly on the wallet. Some of the most popular beers include: Pilsner Urquell, Krusovice, Bernard, Staropramen, Budweiser Budvar and Velvet. Beer in the Czech Republic (Czech: pivo) has a long and important history. The first brewery is known to have existed in 1118. The city of Brno had the right to brew beer from the 12th century, and the two cities most associated with Czech beer, Plzeň and České Budějovice had breweries in the 13th century. Much of the brewing history in Prague is connected to the various monasteries in the city, with brewing first recorded at the Benedictine 46

Břevnov Monastery in 993AD. Today the Prague brewing scene is dominated by Staropramen, although there are several smaller breweries, the oldest being U Fleků, which was founded in 1499. Since the 1990s various brewpubs have been established in the city. However, beer is not the only drink which is renowned in The Czech Republic. Becherovka is their most popular liquor. It has been around since the 19th century and is made of forty types of herbs since 19th century. It can be drunk on its own, but is also often used for cocktails, Slivovice is a plum brandy (also comes in other flavours), and is quite strong, so be careful how much you drink. The country also produces some excellent wines from the south Moravia region. Since the tourism boom in Prague, there is no shortage of places to try out these beverages, and in the pages which follow, we look at some of our favourite cafes and bars. Trust us, there is something for everyone. In association with:


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Coyotes Prague Malé náměstí 2, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 216 000. www.coyotesprague.cz Every night is a party night at Coyotes, as the stunning waitresses serve you with style and also join the party with a series of excellent dance routines. The bar boasts an extensive drinks menu and its legendary cocktail menu.

Hemingway bar prides itself on first class cocktails which are made with premium. Also home to one of Czech republic’s largest absinthe collections.

Bar & Books Týnská 19, Prague 1.

Hemingway Bar Karolíny Světlé 26, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 773 974 764. www.hemingwaybar.cz The perfect place for those looking for a quiet dignified night. The award winning Tel.: +420 224 815 066. www.barandbooks.cz Founded in 2004, the intimate venue Bar & Books can be found in the historic heart of Prague. It boasts one of the largest whisky and cigar portfolios in Central Europe and excellent signature cocktails. The atmosphere is always relaxed in this chic and stylish establishment.

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Cafes & Bars Štěpánská 32, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 222 231 060. www.rockyoreillys.cz The management describe this place as ‘Prague’s Biggest & best Irish Pub and they are not far wrong. Situated just off the famous Wenceslas Square at Štěpánská 32, Rocky O’Reilly’s is a spacious venue, which prides itself on quality beverages, good food, an excellent atmosphere and most importantly, friendly service. The bar is actually ran by an Irish guy and the multinational staff all speak excellent English and are extremely friendly and hospitable. Now that we think about it, it is unfair to describe the food as ‘good’, because it is much better than that. Choose from set dishes such as spare ribs, traditional fish & chips, chilli con carne and sirloin steak and also keep an eye out for the numerous daily specials which are always excellent. Unusually for bars in Prague, Rocky O’Reilly’s has a completely separate bar for non-smokers, and this area is also equipped with its own plasma screens etc. The 48

Rocky O’Reilly’s drinks menu is extensive with favourites such as draft Guinness and draft Magners available. Visitors can also avail of daily Happy Hours. Satellite television can be viewed via an excellent big screen or the numerous plasma screens and their hi-tech satellite system ensures that they screen all the big games from around Europe and the world. The atmosphere during matches is always electric. The venue is also perfect for groups. Party menus and platters are available upon request. Rocky O’Reilly’s is also a great place to visit during the festive and New Year periods.

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The Dubliner Irish Pub Tyn 1 – Ungelt, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 895 404. www.aulddubliner.cz Question.: What is one of the most irritating aspects of Prague bars? Answer.: The service.....just ask any of the city’s expats! Too many times, the simple words like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ are swapped for a rude grunt or a look of disapproval and after a while, it becomes extremely annoying. Thankfully, some bars understand the importance of customer service and The Dubliner Irish Pub puts it top of their list. Situated in Tyn Courtyard, just 100m from Old Town Square their welcoming approach combined with a non-stop search for perfection has ensured their status is secure among the elite of Prague’s cafes and bars. Once you sample their delights, you will almost certainly return for more. The homemade food is simply delicious and there is something to tickle everyone’s fancy on the extensive menu. Visitors can choose from international dishes like gourmet hamburgers, chicken wings and nachos or they can also go for traditional favourites such as fish & chips, bangers and mash or Irish stew. Full Irish breakfast is also served daily. The spacious venue also hosts live music from Thursday to Sunday, when

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a selection of excellent international artists and bands take to the stage. The Dubliner is also a landmark pub to watch the best live sporting action. There are two big screens, multiple plasma screens and they have all the necessary satellite equipment to ensure your game is screened. Other perks include a pool table, table football and Happy Hours. The venue also caters for groups and parties. All in all, The Dubliner is a superb place to go, day or night.

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Miscellaneous Cafes & Bars Caffrey’s Irish Bar Old Town Square 10. Tel. +420 224 828 031. www.caffreys.cz The management of Caffrey's believe the first basic ingredient to a great Irish bar is great service from friendly, helpful staff and this venue definitely has that ingredient. The bar offers a great selection of drinks (local and imported), and their food menu has been reviewed as rivalling the best restaurants in the city, and their Irish breakfast is among the best you will find anywhere. We also recommend their Beer & Burgers special which is excellent value for money. Caffrey’s is also a great spot to watch the live sporting action, and an extra perk is that they have a separate private room which is available to rent for mini-conferences or sales meetings etc. The bar can be found on the famous Old Town Square and also hosts live music on Thursday nights and often on Sunday afternoons. The venue will remain open during the Christmas period and offers traditional Christmas dinner on December 24th and 25th. For more information check out their facebook page(Caffreys Irish Bar Prague).

James Joyce Irish Pub U Obecniho dvora 4, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 818 851 www.jamesjoyceprague.cz The James Joyce is one of Prague's little gems, delicately tucked away in the Old Town area of the city. It’s Prague's oldest Irish pub and is the place where the city’s first pint of Guinness was poured. As such, it's no surprise this cosy pub is the favourite watering hole of many who have taken up residence in this golden city sipping alongside Czech "locals". Guinness aside, they pride themselves on excellent food and are proud to boast one of the best menus in Prague. The door is always open and there's a warm Dublin welcome awaiting. 50

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George and Dragon

Staroměstské Náměstí 11. Tel.: +420 222 326 137 www.georgeanddragonprague.com The George And Dragon was founded in September 2003 and since that time it has grown to be the no. 1 British Bar in Prague. The venue can be found on the famous Old Town Square. They pride themselves on delicious food, a great selection of drinks, superb sports coverage, friendly service and wonderful live music which can be heard seven nights per week. The bar boasts an excellent selection of international beers and spirits, as well as a large selection of cocktails. Some of the drinks on offer include Strongbow Cider, Draft Heineken, Fosters, Stella, Guinness, Grolsch, Magners and Corona. The food menu is also impressive and includes English, Czech and international recipes to suit everyone’s taste. Goodies such as Prague's Biggest Full English Breakfast, a world famous steak and mushroom pie, juicy tender steaks, home-made 100% Ground Beef Burgers and other renowned dishes can be enjoyed. Sports lovers will enjoy watching the big game on their two giant screens and six plasma screens. Other perks include, Live music 7 nights a week with acts from all over Europe. Das GEORGE AND DRAGON wurde im September 2003 gegruendet und hat sich 52

seitdem als Prags britische Bar Nr. Eins etabliert. Die Bar kann am beruehmten Altstaedter Ring Altem Marktplatz gefunden werden. Dort ist man stolz auf das leckere Essen, der grossen Auswahl an Getraenken, der excellenten Sportuebertragungen, dem freundlichem Service und der wundervollen Live-Musik, die sieben Abende in der Woche gehoert werden kann. Es wird eine grosse Auswahl an internationalen Bieren und Spirituosen angeboten und die Speisekarte enthaelteine Reihe von lokalen wie internationalen Klassikern. Джордж энд Дрэгон» был основан в сентябре 2003 года и с тех пор завоевал звание Британского бара номер 1 в Праге. Бар находится на знаменитой Староместской площади. Заведение гордится очень вкусной едой, огромным разнообразием напитков, трансляциями большого количества спортивных мероприятий, всегда готовым помочь персоналом и прекрасной живой музыкой. Бар может похвастаться широчайшим выбором пив и спиртных напитков из самых разных стран, а меню включает в себя классические блюда местной и международной кухни.

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Ice Pub Prague & The 5-Story Club Tel.: +420 739 054 641. www.karlovylazne.cz

ICEPUB PRAGUE Smetanovo nábřeží 198/1, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 739 054 641. www.icepubprague.com ICEPUB PRAGUE offers the ultimate ice experience as visitors are invited to sip some of the finest cocktails in a stunning visual setting. As the name already suggests, almost everything is made out of ice (even your glass) and to embrace the cold, every visitor receives special thermal clothing before entering the Ice Bar. The temperature is kept at -7 degrees all year round. ICEPUB PRAGUE is situated in the largest music club in central Europe – KARLOVY LÁZNĚ, so aftert a visit to the Ice bar, you can also enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of the most visited music club in Czech Republic! ICEPUB PRAGUE opens daily from midday until 5am. Be cool and don’t miss this unforgettable experience!

Karlovy Lazne is the largest facility of its kind in Central Europe, thanks to its five music clubs on five floors. It is also one of the best technically equipped clubs in the world. It is also unique in that the historical interiors of the 15th century building have been preserved. Different clubs housed inside Karlovy Lazne include: THE MUSIC CAFE which is dominated by the video floor, which serves as a dance floor. THE DISCOTHEQUE: This floor is dedicated to dance music and its light and sound effects have also been adapted to this style. KALEIDOSCOPE: This floor is devoted to the ageless oldies. PARADOGS: R’N’B and hip hop can be enjoyed on this floor. CHILL OUT: Dedicated to chill-out music and relaxation. ALL INCLUSIVE AREA: a separate area, where you can treat yourself to genuine high standards.

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Cafes & Bars SaSaZu Bubenské nábřeží 13, Prague 7. Tel.: +420 284 097 455. www.sasazu.com

bar-lounge greatly enhances Prague’s going-out scene. The venue is situated in the heart of Old Town and boasts two massive floors, but despite its vast size, there are still plenty of intimate places to lounge, dine and be seen. Buddha Bar concept is a mixture of the present invention, the pan-Asian cuisine, rich interiors, elegant staff and exotic world music. Live DJs play worldknown Buddha Bar compilations from 21.00 every night.

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Thanks to its variability, cutting-edge technical and audio equipment, accessibility, and total capacity of 2500, Club SaSaZu has hosted a wide range of public events performed by domestic and international stars such as Tiësto, Kosheen, Cool&Gang, Lily Allen, Paul Van Dyk and One Republic. There is always something special going on for party people, so check out their website for details of events taking place during your stay.

Václavské náměstí 21, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 732 221 111 www.duplex.cz

Buddha Bar Jakubská 8, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 221 776 400. www.buddhabarprague.cz. Buddha Bar, the world-famous restaurant-

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One of our absolute favourites – everything about Duplex oozes class. It is designed as a huge glass cube, built on the roof of a building on Wenceslas square and offering unforgettable views of the magic Prague city from the terrace balcony. The restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine with Middle and Far East influences. It is an ideal place for a delicious lunch or dinner during the day. At night, Duplex changes to one of Prague‘s most exclusive clubs. Member of The World‘s Finest Clubs and Clubs of the World.

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hot Peppers

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Wenceslas Square 21,Prague 1 Tel.: +420 724 134 011 or +420 608 730 646, www.hotpeppers.cz Hot Peppers Club is an exclusive cabaret in the centre of Prague (heart of Wenceslas Square), which in its luxurious interior offers extraordinary entertainment and unforgettable experiences for men, women and couples. The club's reputation is based on combining a professional presentation of cabaret dancers and drinking the best champagne in the VIP Champagne Lounges. Brands such as Dom Pérignon, Cristal and Krug are served. The original pole-dance/striptease performances will definitely captivate you. The programme includes exotic dancers, a comedy performances and a lesbian shows, to name but a few. Two of the undisputable advantages for guests is that Hot Peppers do not have a fixed closing time, and can adapt to their guests´ wishes. The second advantage is that admission is absolutely free. Don’t be persuaded or drawn to other adult-themed clubs in Prague, because Hot Peppers is definitely Number One. 58

Der HOT PEPPERS Klub ist ein exklusiver Nachtklub im Zentrum Prags, im Herzen vom Wenzelsplatz, welcher mit seinem luxurioesem Interior eine extraordinaere Unterhaltung und unvergessliche Erfahrung fuer Mann, Frau und Paare bietet. Der Ruf des Klubs beruht auf die Kombination von sich professionel presentierenden Cabaret Taenzern mit dem Trinken des besten Champagners in den VIP-Logen. Die originelle Poledance-Striptease Darbietung wird Sie definitiv fesseln. Der Eintritt ist frei. Хот Пеперс – эксклюзивный ночной клуб в самом центре Праги, на Вацлавской площади, который в своих роскошных интерьерах предлагает исключительные развлечения и незабываемые впечатления для мужчин, женщин и пар. Репутация клуба основана на сочетании профессиональных выступлений танцовщиц и лучшего шампанского, которое вы можете потягивать в специально предназначенных лаундж-зонах. Вас несомненно пленят оригинальный стриптиз и танец на шесте. Вход бесплатный. In association with:


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Nightclub Neon

various private rooms or just have a drink in the attractive bar and watch the excellent pole dancing shows.

Balbínova 21. Tel.: +420 222 250 105 One of the city’s best nightclubs, Neon prides itself on the motto: Entrance fee is only required in places where they know you have reasons to run away. So, as you have probably guessed, entrance at Neon is free, and that’s quite remarkable when you consider the pleasure on offer inside. The prices are also exceptional, when you consider the quality of the ladies, and the quality of the club itself – In fact, your drinks will set you back almost the same as they would in a regular Czech bar. The atmosphere is extremely relaxing and guests will always feel safe and comfortable at Club Neon. You can have fun with the ladies in

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Einer der besten Nachtclubs der Stadt rühmt sich Neon selbst nach dem Motto: “Eintritt wird nur verlangt, wenn man Grund hat wegzulaufen“. Die Preise in diesem Club sind außergewöhnlich, besonders wenn man die Qualität betrachtet. Die Atmosphäre ist sehr entspannend und die Gäste haben immer ein sicheres und komfortables Gefühl. Sie können Spaß mit den Damen in verschiedenen privaten Zimmern haben oder einfach nur einen Drink an der ansprechenden Bar nehmen während Sie die ausgezeichneten Pole Dance Shows genießen. Wie bereits erwähnt, ist der Eintritt frei, und die Preise für Getränke sind vergleichbar mit einer normalen tschechischen Bar. Один из лучших ночных клубов города успешно работает под лозунгом : плату за вход берут только те заведения, где знают, что у вас есть причины быстро уйти. Здесь же цены исключительные, если принять во внимание качество девушек и качество самого клуба. Царящая атмосфера очень расслабляет, и гости клуба «Неон» всегда чувствуют себя комфортно и безопасно. Вы можете повеселиться с девушками в разных приватных комнатах или просто выпить за красивым баром, наслаждаясь первоклассным шоу танца на шесте. Как уже было упомянуто выше, вход бесплатный, и цены на напитки абсолютно такие же, как и в обычном чешском пабе.

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Simix Motors Revoluční 25 Prague 1 Tel.:+420 221864216 or +420 606 232 811 Simix is one of Europe’s leading luxury car dealers and auto lovers will adore their

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Travel In Style showroom which can be found in the heart of the city centre at Revoluční 25. The company imports and sells vehicles and motorcycles from the USA, Canada and the EU . They also import all spare parts for American and Japanese cars sold in the U.S. and Canada. In their showroom, you can feast your eyes over models such as: . Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, Chevrolet, Infiniti, Cadillac, Mercedes, BMW, Hummer, Maserati, Bentley, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ford. They also vehicle financing and insurance for those interested in buying and an additional bonus is that they supply spare parts throughout the country with next-day delivery. The delivery of parts to locations outside Prague is free of charge. They also provide a rental service for a stunning limo HUMMER H200. The magnificent white coloured vehicle comes complete with your own personal driver and is the perfect way to view Prague in style in white with a driver. For further information on all their services, give them a call, send them an email, or log onto their website at: www.simix.cz.

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