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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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Edible Curiosity: Carp Jerky

Published on February 27th, 2014 in Shopping

The holidays have long since come and gone, but if you missed out on trying the traditional Czech Christmas carp, don’t fret. Recently spotted while shopping in Prague: carp jerky! A kinder, gentler way to experience the unique flavor of this celebrated river fish – no clubbing, scaling, or deep frying required – the all-natural, gourmet jerky is made by the Jihočeské Jerky Company...

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MY Tesco - Národní

Published on February 20th, 2014 in Shopping

MY Tesco is the largest department store in downtown Prague and my personal favorite, as its layout is more logical and better labeled than Kotva’s. Here you will find an excellent selection of office and school supplies, as well as cosmetics, clothing, shoes, sporting goods, household items and electronics. In the basement is a Tesco supermarket...

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Hats Off to the Viper

Published on January 30th, 2014 in Shopping

The French have their berets, the Austrians their tyrolean hats, the Russians their furry ushankas. The Czech contribution to this parade of cold weather head fashion? The viper (zmijovka) a knit wool skull cap so called for the zig-zag pattern that snakes around its brim. Originating in the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the viper, also called the snake (hadovka)...

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Czechoslovak Net Bags Make a Comeback

Published on December 05th, 2013 in Shopping

Once a fashionable accessory for many Czechs, these days plastic bags are a pariah among the eco-conscious. One Prague-based company has actually made it its personal mission to eradicate them from existence entirely by bringing back the original síťovka, a reusable net bag that was ubiquitous in communist Czechoslovakia...

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