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.
Popular buys include BOHEMIAN GLASS AND CRYSTAL, ceramics, lace, jewellery and a wide variety of hand-made craft and art objects such as hand-made toys, wooden puppets, pottery and hand-embroidered clothing. Value Added Tax ( VAT ) in the amount of 5% (products ) and 22% ( services ) is usually included in the price. There are currently no VAT refunds available to non-residents.
Most shops open at 900 and close at 1800 on weekdays. Some shops, especially those in the country close during the lunch break 1200 - 1300. Only large department stores and shops catering to tourists are open throughout the weekend.
Most every country must have puppets and marionettes (puppets 27+ inches) but in very few is the culture of the country more related than the Czech Republic. Introduced perhaps as early as the 16th Century from Italy, puppetry played a prominent role in maintaining Czech language and culture during the various subjugations and revivals over the last few centuries. Particularly at the end of the 18th C and beginning of the 19th, Czech patriotism and tradition were emphasized by travelling puppeteers, most notably the Maizner family. In the 20th Century, itinerants were replaced by fixed theatres, but the themes remained unchanged. The Nazi regime brought puppetry to a basic halt, but after the war professional troupes and theaters were revived.
What to buy: Puppets and marionettes come in all sizes and costs. At Pinocchio, beautiful and very expensive works of art are for sale. Along other streets in the Old Town, more mass-produced and cheaper figures are for sale. Celetna' street has several stores with large collections, pictured here. We bought several for perhaps $30 apiece, thrilling the grandchildren.
What to pay: As much as you want
Need a souvenir but on a shoestring budget? Tesco is your place.
They have everything you can imagine and it won't break the bank to bring a little goodie home.
They also have a nice little food area where you can buy cheeses, nuts, fruit, etc. and make yourself a picnic.
We were there over New Years Eve and bought some very cheap champagne flutes (like $2 ea or something like that) to drink our champagne from and then toss onto the ground in the square (something that everyone does) It was great fun.
What to buy: Housewares, tea cups, vases, crystal, clothes, etc. You name it and you can buy it!
What to pay: Very inexpensive.
If you are looking for souvenirs or clothes, the flea market near the Vltavska metro stop is a better option than the one at Kolbenova. The stalls appeared to be run mostly by Vietnamese (or so a fellow on the tram told us), you can find a variety of new goods here, clothes, shoes, electronics, souvenirs and a few food booths. There is plenty of room to bargain, just walk away and the prices start to fall.
According to a website I found it is open Monday to Friday 7:00 - 19:00; Saturday 7:00 - 14:00
What to buy: KRTEK is the famous Czech animate mole. It is animated in a series of cartoons created by Czech animator Zdenek Miler. It is one of the most wanted souvenirs in Prague. My soon loves to watch its cartoons. The first episode was narrated, but author wanted the cartoon to be understood in every country of the world and used his daughter as voice actors only for short exclamations in order to express the moles feeling. When I bought one my soon was elated with gift.
If you are looking to spend money, Parizka is your street. This is where most the leading fashion brands have their stores. The street is quite and feels like Paris.
It leads from the Old Town Square, to the river, northbound. Here you can spend your money on Polo, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Dunhill, Lacost, Hugo Boss etc.
Nardoni Trida is mostly a pedestrian shopping street that starts at the Powder Gate and goes to the river. You will find some small mini-malls here, and stores like Gant, Umbro, and Marks and Spencers department store.
Wencelas Square has a wide variety of stores. Most are open until 8 or 9 PM.
What to buy: Moser is the most famous brand, and is only sold in two stores in Prague. One of them is on the Old Town Square.
What to pay: Top brand fashions costs more than in the US
Scattered throughout Prague are your typical SOUVENIR SHOPS. I have to say many carried very tacky souvenirs like plastic replicas of Prague buildings. One shop carried a nice assortment of T-shirts. My favourite was the one that read "CZECH IT OUT".
What to buy: Since I like to buy souvenirs that are practical and useful, I found a lovely Prague "2006" Calendar for 99CZK or $5.00 CDN. It had all the favourite sites in Prague on sturdy cardboard pages which can be used later as a post-card and it had coil bindings to easily turn to the new month. Anyway --- I liked it!!
This fabulous, reasonable priced chocolate store is located in the old town and is a must for a chocoholic like me. All handmade Belgian chocolate, so beautiful and oooh so yummy. This is an excellent place to buy gifts home and of course to treat yourself. Go on, you know you deserve it =).
I have never in my whole life, and that's a looooong time, seen so many book stores as there was in Prague. Every street, every neighbourhood, contained a Book Store. Everywhere I went --- people sitting on a park bench reading --- people waiting for the tram reading --- People riding on the tram reading --- People relaxing on a Terrace reading. What's up with that!!!! So I figured --- mmm --- not much to watch on TV -- not everyone can afford a computer. Hey, I think it's great.
What to buy: Since a good friend of ours requested a Franz Kafka book, written in the original Czech language, we checked out a number of book stores. We found a Kafka book at ACADEMIA which carried new and used books.
this street - havelska ulice - is between your walk from wenceslas square to old town square.
it's a small street with vendors set up every day from around 8 - 5ish.
they sell everything from fruits and veggies to lace tablecloths to wooden toys to artwork to whatever...
it's visited by locals and tourists alike.
best thing is during spring when strawberries (or any other fav fruit) are in season, you buy them then wash them off at the water fountain nearby, find a bench and enjoy!
What to buy: depends on what you're looking for
What to pay: anywhere from 8kc for a small selection of cz glass beads to over 7000 kc for an oil painting.
PALLADIUM is a large shopping gallery located in the center of Prague, across the way from the Obecní dùm (Municipal House). The five story building holds 170 shops and 30 restaurants and cafes. It is an easy location to get to using public transportation, but in case you are driving, there are 900 underground parking spaces. Some stores and restaurants you'll find there are au Gourmand, Benetton, C&A, dm drogerie markt, ECCO, H&M, L'Occitane, Marks & Spencer, Mothercare, Sparkys, Starbucks, and Villeroy & Boch.
Address: námìstí Republiky 1, Prague 1
Getting there: Metro B to námìstí Republiky
Hours: Supermarket - Mon-Fri 7.00 - 22.00, Sat 8.00 - 22.00, Sun 8.00 - 21.00
Shopping Gallery - Mon-Fri 9.00 - 22.00, Sat 9.00 - 22.00, Sun 9.00 - 21.00
Restaurants - Mon-Fri 11.00 - 24.00, Sat 11.00 - 24.00, Sun 11.00 - 23.00
What to buy: every thing
These open air stalls are situated in the Old Town square right off of St. Nicholas's Church.
What to buy: There are many local artists who are selling their wares here. From delicately painted eggs, to watercolors, to brass and iron works. You can also find some cheap cold weather gear if you didn't bring some with you.
This is a small shop off the back of the Tyn Cathedral plaza. It is crammed from floor to ceiling with lots of pictures antique vases, typerwriters and even some Communist Era signs and uniforms.
What to buy: They have lots of vintage watercolors and pub and street signs. If you are into that. There are also old techno pieces.
What to pay: Things in this store tend to be quite expensive but you can find some great deals if you look around a bit.
When we went to Prague, I must admit I was a little disappointed in the glass and crystal business going on there. It was SO over-priced.
I originally intended on buying a nice vase or something to bring home but between their prices and the current exchange rate, the prices were about the same price as at home!
Luckily, I happened upon this little antique shop down a side street and was able to purchase a beautiful vanity/perfume set for only $55US. And, it's vintage, which gives it much more character and history than a crystal vase that just rolled off the assembly line yesterday. And yes, I'm sure it's authentic! I know my glass ;)
I highly recommend looking for this (and other) antique shops so you can bring home a truly unique souvenir.
It's located off of Na Perstyne (the street we walked down to get to Tesco from our hotel) and not far from the Narodni Trida metro stop.
If you were at Tesco, standing in front of the store looking at it, you would walk to your left to the corner and then turn right and start walking up that road. A few blocks down there will be a side street to the rigtht with this antique store on it. (as of Dec. 2002 at least)
I'm so sorry I don't have the address! Hopefully the picture will help. :)