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Farid Eslam: My Prague


Filmmaker and documentary maker Farid Eslam is the co-founder of blinkr.eu, a webzine dedicated to Czech urban culture. He shares his favourite Prague places with SHOP

Elizabeth Haas ,

Where were you born?
Mainz, Germany.

Where do you live?
In Prague, in Letná.

What’s best about your neighbourhood?
Old buildings, parks and young, arty residents.

If money were no object, where would you live?
I’m where I want to be.

What’s your favourite Prague neighbourhood?
Lovely Letná. It’s surrounded by parks and low on tourists, although it’s close to Old Town.

What are your favourite stores in the city?
I like the selection of books at Globe on Pštrossova.

Where do you like to eat out?
Pastacaffé Tonino Lamborghini on Vodičkova for coffee and pasta; Hergetova Cihelna on Cihelná for delicious continental food and a stylish ambiance; and Ariana on Rámová, which has the best Afghan food in town and probably in central Europe.

Do you have a favourite local café or pub?
Several: Bukowski’s bar on Bořivojova, 2.Patro on Dlouhá for its DJs, and Fraktal pub on Šmeralova, which is a good Letná hang-out.

Where do you take out-of-town friends?
The beer garden at Letná Park for a great view over the city and Cross Club on Plynární for its special interior design.

Where do you like to celebrate?
SaSaZu club at Bubenské nábřeží.

Do you have a favourite walk?
Old Town and Charles Bridge by night, Stromovka and Letná parks by day.

How do you like to travel around Prague?
Tram.

What’s the best city landmark or attraction?
The castle and Old Town.

What do you think is Prague’s best museum?
Národní Galerie at Veletržní Palác.

Which person from Prague do you most admire?
Václav Havel and Miloš Forman.

Where are the best bargains to be found?
Any Vietnamese bazaar.

Any advice for visitors?
Don’t stop taxis on the street, call a company – and don’t pay more than 50CZK for a beer.

Anywhere you’d recommend visitors avoid?
Wenceslas Square at night – too many hustlers.

Can you recommend any good hotels in Prague?
Hotel Josef on Rybná.

What can’t you live without?
Being a filmmaker I’d have to say creativity and inspiring friends.

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