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Prague: ARTĚL Style

Expert recommendations and insider tips for first-time visitors and locals alike from ARTĚL’s founder, Karen Feldman, who has lived in Prague since 1994. Click on the links below for detailed reviews – from Feldman’s own unique perspective – of all the best that Prague has to offer...

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Koh-i-Noor and the History of the No. 2 Pencil

Published on May 26th, 2016 in Shopping

The Czech company Koh-i-Noor Hartdmuth is a world leader in the manufacture of high-quality art supplies – charcoal, pastels, crayons, chalk, oil and water colors, and, their specialty, first-rate pencils.

Koh-i-Noor has been in the local media quite a bit lately. In August 2015, they moved operations back to České Budějovice after 11 years of outsourcing their production to China...

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The Real Meat Society

Published on April 21th, 2016 in Shopping

This fantastic butcher shop was founded in 2012 by Paul Day, the owner of Sansho Restaurant, and I’m a regular patron. If you are curious to see (and sample) the best fresh meat in town, look no further. All of the meat is raised humanely, and they take a nose-to-tail approach in butchering whole animals and selling interesting cuts...

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Retro Week: Yes, Czech Milk Once Came in a Bag!

Published on April 14th, 2016 in Shopping

The European discount supermarket chain Lidl has been cashing in on the Czech nostalgia for ’70s and ’80s Socialist-era design for a few years now with their popular Retro Week (Retro Týden) promotion. The third annual Retro Week took place from March 29 thru April 4, and as I was sadly out of town and had to miss it I sent a Czech friend to see what all the fuss was about...

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6 Great Spots for Toys in Prague

Published on November 26th, 2015 in Shopping

Earlier this year it was announced that UK toy giant Hamleys would open a flagship on Prague’s Na Příkopě street in the first half of 2016. In the meantime, holiday shoppers are still spoiled for choice when it comes to buying toys in the Czech Republic, a country with a wonderful toy-making tradition...

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