Souveniers in Olomouc
In general there is not much in the way of souvenirs available.
Postcards- at the small general stores around the main square. Not a huge selection
T-shirts- The only place I saw any was the Tourist office on the main square.
Calendar of Olomouc- they smiled when i asked and said it would be a good idea.
Books- there are some very nice books about Olomouc in the many bookstores in town.
In Olomouc you will not find row after row of stores hawking cheap souvenirs (thankfully!) Oddly, the Tourist Office on the main square might be the place to look. But you won't find places that sell cups, shot glasses etc.
One thing I did find, which makes a nice Christmas gift,,,is a souvenir book from Olomouc that shows the main sights of the city. You can find a few in most of the bookstores (and there are LOTS) in town at reasonable cost.
You will not be able to find a hockey jersey of the local team (HC Olomouc) or the football team (Sigma Olomouc) in any of the clothing or sports stores downtown. If you want those you will have to go out to the stadium and you can buy them there.
Craft shops: Pottery figures for the Christmas tree
This charming family group of glazed pottery figures were my contribution to our family Christmas tree from Olomouc.
Are they typical of Olomouc? Are they meant to be hung on the Christmas tree? Who knows? Who cares? In our house, EVERYTHING we acquire on our travels ends up on the Christmas tree sooner or later, so it's immaterial!
There are several shopping malls in Olomouc:
address: Olomoucka 90, Velky Tynec 2
free bus nr. 60, timetable here
opened: Mon - Fri 10:00 - 21:00, weekends 09:00 - 21:00
address: Prazska 255/41
free bus, timetable here
opened: Mon - Fri: 10:00 - 21:00, weekends 09:00 - 21:00
including cinema center
address: Kafkova 8
opened: 09:00 - 21:00
including Tesco store
Fruit and Vegies from the Farmers' market
If you're bored with eating out every meal, and your accommodation has a kitchen, the outdoor market is the place to go for the best fruit, veggies and eggs in Olomouc. The best, freshest fruits and vegetables are to be had in the mornings, and you purchase directly from the growers (or their family members) .
Nobody will speak English here; be prepared for plenty of mime work or take a phrasebook.
What to buy: I always try to find local crafts to buy when I am on a trip and I was afraid that while in the Czech Republic I would be limited to crystal and amber. Luckily, I stumbled across some great ceramics in Olomouc. There were lots of little stores around the square and the hardest part was trying to make up my mind as to which one I wanted to buy from. I ended up buying a tea set for my mother. The woman that I bought it from actually threw it on the pottery wheel herself. It was difficult toting it around in my backpack for the duration of my trip, but worth it when I got it home and out of the box.
What to pay: I paid about $13 for a five piece hand thrown tea set. Shop around for the best prices.
Carrefour: Modern shopping centre
Carrefour Hypermarket Olomouc is very attractive and modern. There are few other shops around in this mall as well.
It is few miles away from city centre but recently built this shopping centre offers everything under one roof.
There is food court as well in the middle of shopping centre where you can find different kind of foods.
7:30 am to 22:00
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