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Word of Mouth: Prague

Local gallery owner Yasmin Keshmiri Hejduk shares six picks in the Gothic city

by Perrin Drumm in Travel on 09 March 2012

On a recent tour of Prague's experiential retail and gallery space Gallery by Minty Concept Club we had the chance to speak with the boutique's owner Yasmin Keshmiri Hejduk, who suggested a handful of stops to make in the city she calls home. Here, Hejduk describes what she loves about her six picks.

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Cafe Savoy

It's always busy, serving great French and Czech food. During lunch it's almost impossible to get a table at Cafe Savoy, but into the evening the lights are dimmed and the white table cloths come out, creating a really lovely vibe. It's in a beautiful historic building with original ceilings and wonderful decorations and chandeliers. The price is a little higher than local restaurants but it's worth it. I love their soups, duck in honey, Svickova, oysters and soft boiled eggs in a glass to name a few. You can say I spend a lot of time there. Book a table especially for weekend brunch.

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Jazz Dock

It's just on the dock, a modern building on the water with great jazz and a cocktail bar with a light installation. With views of the river and boats passing by in the summer, Jazz Dock is a far cry from Prague's underground jazz dens.

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DOX

DOX is a contemporary gallery in the cool area of Holosovic. The gallery itself is an old reconstructed factory that brings really diverse exhibitions to Prague. The space, shop and the area are worth a visit as this is an up-and-coming part of Prague with some cool happenings.

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Krehky

Just around the corner from DOX is design shop-gallery hybrid Krehky, run by the agency behind Czech Grand Design and Design Blok. I love the space and the collections they have are always inspiring. The space is a real hidden gem, but it's best to check opening times and exhibitions before popping in.

POXXOXO

These are three local female DJs Hana (Minty's curator), Veronika and Marketa. They alway play at alternative locations and I love their music. They have almost become the resident Minty DJs and play at all our events in one way or another.

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Sansho

Sansho is a relatively new restaurant opened by Chef Paul Day. Here you find a whole mash-up of Asian fusion cuisine that is farm fresh, personally butchered and served in an informal canteen setting. Dinner is a seven course meal around 750 cz (about $40), but I like lunches best when the light fills the room and the crowd is more laid back. My tip would be to inquire about the specials, as there is always a secret offering that is not on the menu.

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