Welcome to a site that should give you a basic overview of your possibilities of shopping in Prague. Of course shopping is not your main objective while visiting Prague (and if it is, you should probably reconsider; there are many better destinations, like Berlin or Paris) - but even though you came primarily for sightseeing or clubbing, why not get something to remember the stay by?
We have prepared a few examples of shopping possibilities for you and we sincerely hope you will find this site useful.
There are several large shopping malls in Prague; the typical layout is a hypermarket with food on the ground floor, with several (sometimes as much as hundreds) other shops selling clothes, sports equipment, electronics... Of course there are also fastfood restaurants, cafes, sometimes multiplex cinemas, gyms or solaria; Simply put, the malls are engineered to keep you inside for as long as possible, to make you spend as much as possible. :o)
|The malls in central Prague:|
|Marks & Spencer department store - right in the Wenceslas Square, underground station Mustek|
|Bila Labut - tram stop of the same name, near underground station Florenc|
|Kotva - tram stop Dlouha trida, near underground station Namesti Republiky|
|Slovansky Dum- just down the street "Na Prikope" from Wenceslas Square, near underground station "Mustek"|
|Cerna Ruze (The Black Rose) - just down the street "Na Prikope" from Wenceslas Square, near underground station "Mustek"|
|Myslbek shopping mall - just down the street "Na Prikope" from Wenceslas Square, near underground station "Mustek"|
|Palac Flora - underground station Flora|
|Novy Smichov - tram and bus stops, underground station, all caled Andel|
Younger shopping centres are usually located outside the centre of Prague, sometimes truly on the outskirts of the city:
(the list is not complete, these are just the best-known shopping centres and malls)
If you are looking for souvenir shops, you will find them in the city's historical centre - mostly around the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and the Castle (and especially on the way from the Old Town square to the Charles Bridge); many of those shops can also be found in the picturesque alleys of the Lesser Quarter.
The selection of souvenirs is rich, even though most of it would pass for kietch to be honest. Wooden toys, porcelaine figurines and models of famous Prague sights, postcards, and of course many items that have nothing to do with Prague at all, like rubber masks, costume jewellery, caps, flags... Also, many artists selling their works (some are quite nice, some are of very low quality) can be usually found on the Charles Bridge - mostly drawings or photos of Prague views, your own portrait, etc.
There really is not a renowned, distinct, or especially large souvenir shop we could recommend visiting - just take a look in the centre, you are bound to find lots of smaller shops that look really alike (and the selection does not differ too much either).
We went ahead and took a few pictures of the typical souvenir shops for you:
|Souvenir shops in central Prague:|
A souvenir shop in the Wenceslas Square
A souvenir shop in Celetna street
Another souvenir shop in Celetna street
Traditional toyshop U Zlateho lva in Celetna street
The Czech Republic is renowned for its high quality cut crystal and glass items and such items are relatively cheap to obtain here (compared to London, Paris or New York). If you wish the truly traditional Bohemia crystal glass, you should look for items with one of these stamps:
This indicates that the glass contains at least 24% of PbO (Lead oxide) that makes the glass extra shiny.
|Some of the largest crystal and glass stores in Prague:|
|Moser Glass - Na Prikope 12 (down the street from Wenceslas Square, metro station Mustek)|
|Celetna Crystal - Celetna 15 (a few steps from the Old Town Square)|
|Erpet Bohemia Crystal - Staromestske namesti 27 (right in the Old Town Square)|
|Preciosa Glass Porcelain - Jindrisska 19 (tram stop Jindrisska)|
There are many other shops offering Bohemian crystal - especially in the centre near the lower end of Wenceslas square (near underground station Mustek) there are virtually on every step and some items are also available in almost any souvenir shop; but in the above listed stores the selection is really wide and it would be worthwile to just visit the shop and take a look - even if you do not intend to buy anything, the crystal is beautiful to behold.
The other typical (if rather expensive) Czech goods is the garnet jewellery - typical czech garnet stones (gathered neart the town of Turnov) are dark red and nowadays are produced by a single company - Granat Turnov - and if you buy genuine traditional Czech garnet, you should get a certificate of authenticity (if you do not, the jewel is either antique or, in worse case, a fake). The company owns two shops in Prague - in Dlouha and Panska streets - but a great (if not even greater) selection of garnet jewellery is also available in a shop in Celetna street. Antique garnet jewels are available in most antiquities shops in the centre.
|Some Prague jewelleries:|
|typical Czech garnet jewellery|
|Czech garnet jewellery in Celetna street|
|A jewellery in Parizska street|
If you are the sort of customer demanding high quality and renowned brand (and willing to pay for it), you should start your shopping trip at the "lower end" of Wenceslas square (underground station "Mustek") - from there you should take the "Na Prikope" street - the 18th most expensive street in the world (measured by the price of property), with famous shopping arcades "Cerna ruze" (Black rose) and "Palac Myslbek" and many shops. The street will take you to "Namesti republiky" (Republic square), where you can turn left and proceed through "Celetna" street (with small souvenir shops, crystal glass stores and jewelleries) to the Old Town Square, which is filled with cafes and restaurants rather than shops, but the "Parizska" street goes from the square towards the river - and there are some of the most luxurious (and expensive) boutiques in Prague there.
|Shops in "Na Prikope" (location map) street:|
|New Yorker clothes shop|
|Kenvelo clothes shop|
|United Colors of Benetton clothes shop|
|Leiser shoes shop|
|Jackpot & Cottonfield clothes shop|
|Mango ladies clothes shop|
|Lacoste clothes shop|
|Shops in "Parizska" (location map) street:|
|Carollinum watches and jewellery|
|C. P. Company Italian clothing|
|Alberto Guardiani shoes|
|Michal Negrin jewellery|
|Hermes Paris boutique|
|Louis Vuitton luxury leather luggage|
|La Boutique Suisse jewellery|
|Hugo Boss clothes shop|
|Salvatore Ferragamo boutique|
|Chez Parisienne boutique|
|Christian Dior boutique|
|Swarovski crystal and jewellery|
Apart from the seasonal markets around Christmas or Easter holiday (traditionally located on Wenceslas and Old Town square and near Andel shopping centre), there are not many marketplaces. The largest ones are Holesovicka trznice - tram station Prazska Trznice and Havelske trziste - just between Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square. You can find some really good deals there, but, well... You can never be sure that the T-Shirt wearing Adidas brand insignia is genuine or that the incredibly cheap set of knives made of Swedish steel will not break when slicing bread...
|A market in the Old Town Square|
Czech commercial inspection
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Last modified: 2007-03-30
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