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Prague's New Classics

Touring Dlouhá street.

Photo: Monika Hoefler

A group of pioneers is reclaiming the city’s traditions and channeling them—in surprisingly modern ways—into innovative hotels, restaurants, shops, and galleries.

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Destinations: Prague

Inspired by: Prague's Traditional Reinvention — by Maria Shollenbarger, Published Jan. 2010

Hotels (4)

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    Hotel Kings Court

    A 1904 neo-Renaissance-style building has been meticulously transformed into the modern, luxury Hotel Kings Court, situated on Republic Square acro

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    The Augustine

    Located in Prague's Baroque-style Malá Strana district, this 13th-century monastery turned 101-room hotel is grounded in its own ecclesiastical his

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    Mandarin Oriental, Prague

    The youthful staff is helpful to the point of exuberance. The spa is set in a former Cistercian monastery (with a transparent floor revealing Gothi

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    Four Seasons Hotel Prague

    Four buildings from different architectural eras (Baroque; Neoclassical; Neo-Renaissance; Modernista-revival), on the east bank of the Vltava River

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Restaurants (5)

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    Grand Café Orient

    The café is on the second floor of the House of the Black Madonna, originally constructed in 1912 as a department store by the Czech Cubist archite

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    La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise

    La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise (or Degustation, as it is known), was a revelation for Czechs as well as visitors to the city when it opened in Ol

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    Céleste

    Sleek new bar and restaurant in Frank Gehry’s Dancing Building.

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    Angel, Prague

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    Prague’s best Southeast Asian food could compete anywhere in the world for freshness and execution.

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    Allegro

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    In 2008, Allegro, at the Four Seasons Hotel Prague, earned the first Michelin star in the former Soviet Bloc.

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Activities (8)

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    Qubus

    The warmly lit and cheery space stocks traditional craft techniques made thought-provoking with healthy doses of irony.

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    Prague Castle

    Prague Castle dominates the city skyline as it has since the year 880. The national symbol is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the largest castle comp

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    Modernista, Prague

    Janek Jaros has,  for almost a decade, been championing Czech Cubism from his downtown gallery Modernista. Set somewhat incongruously among the tre

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    Dox

    The buzzy contemporary-arts center that opened in October 2008. One of the first exhibits in this sprawling 1920’s metal factory (redesigned by the

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    Artěl Glass

    Selling Bohemian glass, ARTĚL is a luxury crystal design shop in Old Town. The crystal creations in the vaulted ceilinged showroom are mouth-blown

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    House of the Black Madonna (Museum of Czech Cubism)

    The first Cubist building in Europe, the House of the Black Madonna is located in Old Town, its stark façade and geometric windows contrasting with

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    Lobkowicz Palace Museum

    The 16th-century Lobkowicz Palace underwent a multimillion-dollar restoration ending in 2007, returning the palace's 60 rooms, including a handsome

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    Villa Müller

    One of the world’s most significant examples of functionalist architecture, Villa Müller is a severe, white cubic structure located in the village-

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