Na Prikope - shopping strip: Na Prikope
Na Prikope is a part pedestrian street lined with clothing stores, arcades and restaurants. If you want to do some shopping in some of the usual chain stores this is the place to come.
We took a little time to pop into a few shops....plenty to choose from, but had no success...
What to buy: You may also find yourself wandering along Na Prikope if you are walking from Namesti Republiky to Wenceslas Square....perhaps you can do some window shopping on your way to discover more of Prague's attractions.
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Flea Market Kolbenova: Famous Prague Flea Market
Looking for flea market? To get anything for nice price? Just visit flea market in Kolbenova. Its industry area of Prague and market takes place in old factory court.
Just in front of the market is metro stop KOLBENOVA line B so its very easy to find this place.
Its very popular among Czech people and tourists too. Every saterday you will see line of cars waiting for car park place...
You can get there anything! Cloth, music, tv, old paintings, furniture, old silverwear...
But again watch your bags and pockets...pickpockets may be there too...
Every Saterday, Sunday...6am - 1pm
Entrance fee 10czk
What to buy: You can get there anything! Cloth, music, tv, old paintings, furniture, old silverwear...
So great suvenire what you will not get for sure in gift shops in Old Town...
What to pay: 1czk - 10000czk
Art Deco Galerie: Art Deco Galerie
The Art Deco Galerie is a fabulous cluttered treasure trove of a shop filled with antique furnishings, clothing, jewellery and other bits and pieces from the 1920's and 30's.
The overcrowded displays just add to the appeal of this shop where you will want to spend more time browsing than your husband/partner/friend will have the patience for.
What to buy: I saw a fabulous handbag and some interesting jewellery….but Alex bustled me out before I had time to buy anything!
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Shop like the locals - Prague's open air market
Prague has a wonderful large open air market in the area of Holesovice, it's great for buying, well everything!
Note: the area can look a bit run-down (see picture) but truly it is not a problem, happy shopping (cash only)
What to buy: There are stalls selling watches, clothing, shoes and boots, handbags, rather doggy knives and swords, perfume, jewellery ect, you will not have too much difficulty finding what you want.
And if you start to feel hungry there are several sit-in stalls making the most wonderful Chinese take-away foods at incredibly low prices (65 CZK).
What to pay: It is a MUST that you barter the price, take for instance a watch, the starting price will be about 950 CZK, just laugh and walk away, the stall holder will bring out a calculator and start to drop the price down, keep saying no until you are offered the calculator, you then offer 400 CZK, keep at it and you will get that price.
Or if you want to buy more than one item at a stall bargain hard for a good price based on the fact that you are buying more than one.
Wrought Iron: Ask for something special
Most shops in the center of Prague will have some kind of wrought iron object for sale.
Around the Old Town square you can actually see the blacksmiths at work.
Most of the items that they have for sale are not, in my opinion, hand-made. No problem, they are still nice to look at.
However, should you want something really hand-made and special, just ask for it.
We had seen a very small candle holder at a blacksmith, but his prices were quite high, so we went looking for other places (TIP: if you have the time, just look around as the prices very greatly from one place to another, even in the same street).
We found this other blacksmith close to the old town square and we asked him if he could make those candle holders that we had seen before.
No problem! was the answer, so we waited for about 20 minutes to see him create them from a piece of metal. Now we are sure to have a unique, hand-made piece.
I will soon add a travelogue with some more pictures.
What to buy: All kinds of objects in wrought iron, from candle holders, to coat-hangers.
What to pay: Depending on the product, from 5 to 500 Eur...
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What to buy: I love Czech crystal. It's cheap and if you shop around you'll find some amazing pieces. It's best get off the main shopping streets (Paris & Celetna). I have found that the Jewish District is probably the best bet for your crystal needs. I have also found that leaving Prague altogether is not such a bad idea, either. I have found some great buys in Cesky Krumlov.
As a tip, I always travel with bubble wrap to safely bring my purchases back home with me.
What to pay: You can buy small pieces for as little as $5 per item. Or you can pay up into the hundreds. Bargain with them!
Galerie U bileho jednorozce: Best Czech Handcrafts
Located in Old Town Square (Starmoetske Nam. 15), this shop had the highest quality Czech handcrafts, and some really unusual items. Two years in a row I fell in love with Czech textiles...I purchased two purses and a backpack, so unusual and beautiful, and well priced (between $30 - $40.) There are also gorgeous silk-screened scarves, jewelry, paintings, more.
What to buy: In the Gallery (English translation: "The Gallery at the White Unicorn"), best buys include hats and bags, scarves, and jewelry.
What to pay: Jewelry was priced from $4 up, bags from $6 up.
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Tax Free Shopping
You pay 15,97% VAT on most purchases you make, the VAT rate is depending on what kind of goods you are buying and the VAT is included in the price. All foreign tourists outside th EU are entitled to claim back the tax, if they spend over 2.000 CZK in one shop in one day.
After deduction of the handling expense, you will receive a refund up to 14% of the purchase price. You can cash your refund cheque at the airport in Prague and Karlovy Vary, inland or abroad at one of more than 200 international cash refund offices.
Global Refund offers you several possibillities of receiving your VAT-refund:
Cash at a nearby Global Refund Office
Cash refund when you return home.
Direct crediting of a chosen credit card or bank account.
Bank cheque sent to a chosen address.
What to pay: How to Claim
- When paying for your goods at the check out, ask the store for a Tax Free shopping voucher.
- Present the voucher to a Czech customs official within 30 days of the date of purchase to get a stamp. At the airport this is located BEFORE passport control.
- Hand the Cheque in AFTER passport control to one of the Duty Free Shops. They will then refund your VAT, minus their commission.
~ Debenhams ~: ~ Englands Favourite Departmentstore in Prague ~
Debenhams is a favourite department store in Britain and it was great to see one in Prague. The shop looks very similar to the Debenhams i have been to at home. Its a big store with lots of items including mens, womens and childrens clothes.
The opening times are monday to saturday 9am till 8pm & sunday 10am till 6pm.
What to buy: Mens, womens and childrens clothes, electricals, things for the home, furniture, underwear, jewellery, handbags and gifts. They also do the Wedding service as they do in the stores in England too. The store is famous for its clothes with a range of designer clothes for all.
Its a great place to go for all your family and home needs.
What to pay: Similar prices to in England.
Art Galery G (Hana Entlickerova, owner): Marionettes & Fine Art in the Castle District
Down an alley in the Prague Castle and Hradcany area, this shop was a treasure. There were marionettes all over Prague, but this shop, although it had fewer to choose from, had some of the nicest ones we saw. I purchased a non-Disney Pinocchio marionette, absolutely lovely, for about $25 U.S. The shop also had lots of nice local artwork and crafts.
What to buy: Look for well-made marionettes, ceramics (keramika), fine art.
What to pay: High-end marionettes were about $25 and up.
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Tesco: Groceries and Sundries - All Roads Lead to TESCO
An essential place to know if you are staying in an apartment, but also useful if you are in a hotel and need snacks, toothpaste, a hairbrush, whatever. Smack in the middle of town, between Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square, Tesco is a several-story high store. In the basement (entered from the outside) is a very large grocery store, with terrific cheese, meat, chocolate and beer selections. Also great bread baked on the premises. Upstairs on different floors are housewares, electronics, cosmetics, and anything else you need. There is even a pizza place and a quick food section. Best prices on postcards in all of Prague, too! One night we decided to stay in, picked up a variety of cheeses, fruit, olives, still-warm bread and local beers and had a feast. This is the place to go!
What to buy: Try Tesco for all grocery and sundry needs, cheapest postcards, European bath stuff (I brought home all kinds of herbal bath stuff), etc.
What to pay: Much better prices than in smaller shops.
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Diamit: Czech Crystal and Glassware (2 photos)
Czech crystal and glassware are world - renowned. Every block in the area around the Old Town Square had at least one store with windows and aisles filled with good crystal and colorful glassware both functional and decorative. As in the images, these displays can be striking. Although logic would dictate otherwise, we found the prices to be pretty much similar in and out of the tourist areas. Extensive shopping for the best price really doesn't seem necessary.
Diamit is a chain of 5 stores in the Old Town. We found the branch at Celetna' 9 right off the square itself to be among the largest, with a huge selection. And they were extremely helpful in packing our purchases for suitcase travel - no damages.
several supermarkets: Oplatky hazelnut waffles (sold in Czech Republic)
When you are in Prague, you definitely have to buy these round hazelnut waffles. Don't know the exact name of it, but it's a rather big waffle (diameter 20 centimer), they are packed with 8 together in rectangular cardboard little boxes in the colours blue (hazelnut), green (other taste) and brown (chocolat). You can buy them in the supermarket near the Charles Bridge. The street is called Mostecka, the name of the supermarket is BIO MARKET and you can recognize it by the cash dispenser BETWEEN the two entrances.
But you can also buy them in other supermarkets, for example the bigger one which is located in metrostation Mustek.
Everyone in my neighbourhood who tried the waffles found them delicious!
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Prague Souvenirs: It's Crystal Clear
What to buy: Something to remember Prague by? Whatever you buy, don't buy it on the main tourist drag. If you go into a department store where ordinary Czechs do their shopping, you will find all the same merchandise at considerably lower prices. Downtown Prague is lined with dozens of souvenir stores selling EXACTLY the same thing - mainly crystalware, but also puppets and dolls.
The workshops under the bridge sell fabulous marionettes. These are prohibitively expensive, but you can get simpler puppets on strings for a reasonable price. What can you do with these things? Not much. Hang them on the wall, I guess.
I bought a few sets of crystal wine glasses - I’m the practical type - and they have since graced our table many times. Just make sure to have everything wrapped in bubble wrap so they arrive home in one piece. My husband – not the practical type - fell in love with a porcelain doll (see photo). He saw it in a marketplace near the cathedral and just had to have it.
Tiny crystal animals are extremely popular souvenirs. See the little glass rabbit sitting on the doll’s lap? They tend to be horribly overpriced. You can get them for less on the back streets - the farther away from the tourist sites, the better. Also, they are just bits of glass and fall apart rather quickly. This little fella here has been glued back together on numerous occasions since joining our household.
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Andel Novy Smichov: Largest Mall in Prague, Easy to Reach, Very Nice
This mall is the largest in Prague and very easy and quick to reach, just around the corner from the Andel metro station on the yellow line, not far from the tourist centre of the city (trams were outside too). It has all the usual stores you'll find on Wenceslas Square (minus the touristy stuff), as well as a fantastic cinema (saw the new Bond film - it was in English with Czech subtitles - I think that is normal in the Czech Republic) and a big Tesco. Restauraunts too. All of the shop assistants I spoke to, spoke English. I was impressed with the place. I also didn't see any tourists, but it was in November. They were in the process of setting up Christmas booths by the Andel station and those may be interesting. A very nice place to shop and get out of the cold.
What to pay: Normal prices and our coffees at a cafe were much cheaper (normally priced) than the touristic areas of the city. Got some bargains on nice clothes.
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