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The Locals' Guide to Prague

Six Prague insiders, including two designers, an Olympic athlete and a tech entrepreneur, guide you to their favourite spots in the city.

Vladimír Žák and Roman Vrtiška

The Designers

Vladimír Žák and Roman Vrtiška

Vladimír Žák and Roman Vrtiška met while studying product design in Prague. Following a stint interning at the Aalto University in Helsinki, they returned home to set up Vrtiška Žák. The multidisciplinary design studio, whose clients include Adidas and Heineken, is known for clean lines and whimsical designs, like the award-winning wooden Woo toys, shaped like sailboats, bulldozers and airplanes. “What I love about Prague is the contrast between new and old,” says Vrtiška. “Take the controversial New Stage of the National Theatre, designed by Karel Prager and located next to the historical theatre from 1883. Most Czechs hate it, but I like it: In it, I can feel the architect’s innovative and radical, yet sophisticated and sensitive, wave of thinking.”


Dox Centre for Contemporary Art

Dox Centre for Contemporary Art

“One of our favourite galleries in the city, Dox is in a renovated industrial building with original windows that let in lots of nat-ural light. After you take in an art, design or architecture exhibit – all presented within the context of a contemporary social issue – head to the outdoor terrace and grab a seat at one of the oversize chairs or sofas to enjoy a Pilsner Urquell or a lemonade.”

Poupètova 1, 420-295-568-1230, dox.cz

Forum Karlín

“We love the scale of this music venue: It can host concerts for 3,000 people, but the atmosphere still feels intimate and welcoming. The space is done in concrete and steel, with a bright yellow staircase that really pops. You can see everything from Mika to a performance of Mendelssohn.”

Pernerova 51, forumkarlin.cz

Cihelna

Cihelna

“Located in the historic district near the Vltava River, this cool concept store carries only Czech designers, some of whom produce limited runs, like the internationally renowned sculptor and jeweller Eva Eisler. When you enter, you immediately get a good sense of the country’s contemporary creations, whether glassware, lighting, furniture or small objects, like our Woo toys. Everything is carefully selected and the collection is very cohesive.”

Cihelna 2b, 420-257-317-318, cihelnaprague.com

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