Prague: Artěl Style

This insider guide to the Czech capital (252 pages) was published in May of 2013 by ARTEL Books. The book takes you to Prague. Melissa read Prague: Artěl Style and loved it; it wouldn't be on our site if she didn't recommend it.


Prague: Artěl Style

Karen Feldman

This book is like having a super-cool friend tell you her favorite places in town… if that friend has impeccable taste, a winning sense of humor, and an awareness that most of us are on some kind of budget.

Author Karen Feldman moved to Prague from the U.S. in 1994. These were the early days after the fall of communism, and her adventurous spirit is to the benefit of us all. She’s ferreted out the best places to eat, sightsee, shop, sleep, and drink Czech beer — and she has an eye for the elegant and the eclectic.

We’ve read this book cover-to-cover at least twice on vacations to Prague. Now that we’re Prague residents, we use it all the time to do fun, new stuff and to find the best recommendations for life-maintenance services like mani-pedis, haircuts, and dry cleaning. The book also includes a very detailed itinerary that answers the question ‘I only have one day in Prague, so what should I do?!’ The book was updated in 2013 and is still very relevant to Prague right now.

The snappy, scrapbook-inspired design is punctuated with charming vintage illustrations and photos of Prague, as well as the standard (stunning) beauty shots. Colorful sidebars and interviews with experts give you the inside scoop on Czech culture and history, beer and food, the challenging Czech language, and more.

This handy guide is equal parts insight, humor, affection, and practicality.

Look, everyone has a certain skill set, and mine includes locating fabulous items around the globe. Few things give me more pleasure than finding the perfect special something — be it a small trinket that I know a friend will absolutely love, or a vintage design item that has been on my own ‘must find’ list for months… — Karen Feldman

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