The Afro-Bailar Prague Festival, which runs from 1 to 4 November, celebrates different styles of dance and music at the Latino Dance Club in the Kotva department store. The programme includes live performances, dance workshops and fashion shows.
Pasta Fresca is one of the capital’s best Italian spots. The gnocchi is exceptional, as is the extensive wine list.
For dessert, head up the street to the Grand Café Orient, which has a fabulous Art Deco interior and delicious cakes and coffees.
Pivovarsky dum serves Czech cuisine, including the chef’s specialities of stuffed potato dumplings and roast pork. It’s also making a name for itself as a microbrewery, whose creations include coffee-, sour cherry- and banana-infused beers.
Tex-Mex devotees will enjoy the spice of Banditos, serving classic tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas and burritos, and lunchtime burgers and wraps.
Attracting a loyal local following, Café Savoy has a lot of character and a great breakfast menu.
Potrefena husa is another reliable bet. Part of a chain run by Staropramen, whose brewery is just up the street, it serves traditional Czech dishes.
Prague’s historic main post office is open daily from 2am to midnight, for round-the-clock postcard-sending.
The Savic Hotel (rooms from €94/CZK2,342) has romantic beamed rooms and a stellar breakfast buffet, with pancakes cooked to order.
Also in the thick of the action is the Jewel Hotel (rooms from €101/CZK2,511), which offers goodvalue winter discounts and special holiday packages.
Hotel Ambassador-Zlata Husa (rooms from €108/CZK2,689) is a five-star fixture on Wenceslas Square, with one of the best locations in the city.
Hotel Julian (rooms from €89/CZK2,215) has reasonably priced standard rooms, family suites and cosy attic hideaways, a few blocks from the Vltava River.
Havelske Trziste is a good place to start your Christmas shopping – a popular outdoor market that sells everything from fruits and vegetables to magnets, wooden toys and other souvenirs.
The Globe Bookstore & Cafe is the city’s oldest English-language bookshop, and regularly hosts literary readings, movie nights and live music.
M1 Lounge attracts a young, twenty-something crowd with DJs spinning house, indie, hip-hop, dance and R&B.
Perched on the waterfront, Jazz Dock is the place to catch live music from a selection of international acts. The bar dispenses some inventive cocktails, and there’s a simple menu consisting of burgers, steaks and the like.