Market Square: Authentic Czech you won't find in Prague
Everything from glass flasks to hand made leather shoes. Every weekend the open square in front of Sv. Bartolomeje's church turns into a bazaar. Local craftsmen, as well as Plzen retailers, put up tents full of glass, ceramic, wood and leather goods. Some of it is kitchy/touristy/souveniery, but you can get your hands on a good find. It's also a great place to peaple watch.
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Olympia: Mall, Movies, Restaurants
Located in Cernice, southeast Plzen, Olympia is easily accessible by both bus and trolley bus. (Trolley 13, Bus 32 to Cernice Nakupni Zona).
There are two floors with a KFC, Czech fast food, asian fast food, a sports bar, and two cafes in the restaurant section upstairs. There is a play area for children. There is also a multi cinema with 8 movie halls. They show all movies in the original language with Czech subtitles with the exception of children's movies dubbed into Czech.
Downstairs you can find such shops as Hypernova (primarily groceries), H&M, Quicksilver, specialty chocolate, Shirts and ties, a pet shop, an ice cream shop, various clothes shops, jewelry, toys, etc.
What to buy: Whatever you want.
Globus: Super Groceries and More
Are you looking for something with a Wal-mart feel but Tesco just doesn't do it for you? A bit off the beaten path in the north of Plzen you can find Globus. (Bus #30, 33, or 39 to either Kosutka Krasovska or directly to Globus, either next to last or last stop).
You can find literally everything you need there. There is a small pharmacy, bakery, meat shop, tobacco shop, pet store, furniture store, cobbler, cafe, and dress shop, as well as a cafeteria with good cheap Czech food.
What to buy: From chains for the tires to fresh baked bread to new socks and undies.
What to pay: Less than small private shops.