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My Prague: Vladimír Staněk

Vladimír Staněk is menswear designer at Pietro Filipi, a Czech fashion brand known for its elegant clothing for both men and women. Staněk gives his recommendations for exploring Prague, from the best cakes in the city to the chicest boutiques

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Hannah Lewis,

‘I love Sweet & Pepper Days. Customers will find an extremely friendly atmosphere and, above all, honest home cooking – breakfast dishes, soups, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, pastries and many other sweet and savoury delicacies.

Café-Café has an amazing atmosphere and it does the best cakes in Prague. There’s also Café Savoy, which evokes the atmosphere of the cafés of the First Czechoslovak Republic. Its remarkable interior is dominated by a listed neo-Renaissance ceiling dating back to 1893.

‘If you love fashion, don’t miss out on a visit to Pařížská. The street is home to the boutiques of many world-famous brands, such as Dior, Prada and Tiffany.

‘Remember to visit the flagship store of Pietro Filipi, the only Czech fashion brand which has boutiques in eight countries with both menswear and womenswear.

‘If you care about looking your best, Bello Salon is an exclusive cosmetic and hairstyling studio where only men take care of you. With its state-of-the-art design, top-range professionals and relaxing atmosphere, it offers the full range of services in the very heart of Prague.

Gate is a new cultural space in the centre of town on the route between the main square in the Old Town and Charles Bridge. During the year, you will find a variety of art exhibitions here.

‘Another superb place is Galerie Rudolfinum, where contemporary art meets the historic neo-renaissance architecture of the Rudolfinum building. The combination of visual arts with music and other art disciplines offers the possibility of extraordinary cultural experiences.

‘Prague is the only place in the world where cubism penetrated into the architecture. Look out for the earliest cubist house in Prague, the Dům U Černé Matky Boží (house of the black Madonna), which was built for wholesaler František Josef Herbst by architect Joseph Gočár between 1911 and 1912.

‘Charles Bridge is the oldest surviving bridge across the Vltava river in Prague and you get the most beautiful view of the castle from it.’



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