This is the season to talk about shopping, obviously. When it comes to shopping for Christmas gifts, especially when you shop abroad, it isn’t always easy.
So, in an attempt to help you a bit, we put together tips for some of our favorite Christmas gift ideas and places where to get them. We tried to pick something we thought really represents the Czech Republic. We hope you find our tips helpful and enjoy shopping in Prague.
The most amazing English bookstore: Shakespeare & Sons
This beautiful bookstore is located right in the city center. You will appreciate wide selections of new and second-hand books. If you are looking for a real Czech present, check out the section called "Czech authors" - you will find there all the well known Czech writers such as Kafka, Kundera, Hrabal or many more.
- Address: U Lužického semináře 10, 118 00 Praha 1 - Malá Strana
- Opening hours: 11am - 7pm
Superlative Souvenirs: Pragtique
Pragtique is full of the original design and handwork of local creatives. Forget about "I love Prague" T-shirts or matryoshka dolls or any other fake stuff. If you really want to buy original present, you should avoid the overpriced souvenir shops along all the main touristy routes! Pragtique is a little store, more like a small gallery that is hidden in the atrium of the Platýz palace. You will find Prague focused designs there from the hands of local artists.
- Address: PASÁŽ PLATÝZ, NÁRODNÍ 37, PRAHA 1
- Opening hours: MON - FRI: 10am - 7pm, SAT: 11am - 6pm, SUN: CLOSED
Real Czech souvenirs: Blue shop
If you are looking to buy original Czech souvenirs and products made by local craftsmen and designers, you should head to one of four “Blue shops” located in the center of Prague. Be aware of other souvenir shops that have Russian owners and offer Russian products like matryoshkas. At Blue shop, you can choose from a wide range of beautiful hand-made glass products, all crafted and blown according to traditional Czech methods. Are you worried about the fragility of these beautiful products? Then consider some nicely decorated metal or wooden products, or check out their beautiful books about Prague instead.
- Blue Praha, Malé náměstí 14, Praha 1 - Staré Město
- Melentrichova 6, Praha 1
- Mostecká 24, Praha 1
- Celetná 2, Praha 1
Biggest Prague Toy Store: Hamleys
This AMAZING store is not in Prague for long and we were thrilled when they opened. Hamleys bring join to yound and old already since 1760, when the first store opened in London! The store is not only about toys, but also about attractions and a lot of playing time! During Christmas kids can also write a letter to Ježíšek ("Little Jesus" who brings gifts to Czech kids on Christmas). If you are looking for some Czech toy - ask for Krteček (little mole), or crayons from KOH-I-NOOR. Our customers get awesome map of Prague for kids by Hamleys!
- Address: Hamleys, Na Příkopě 14, Prague 1
- Opening hours: MON - SUN 10am - 8 pm
Best quality Czech Crystal: Dana Bohemia
We can’t forget about one of the biggest sellers of Czech crystal and ceramics in Prague, where you can definitely buy impressive gifts. Dana Bohemia offers a wide range of beautiful products. Beautiful, high quality vases and plates at affordable prices, (you can get a crystal glass for only 15 EUR). Get inspired by local products. Their staff is so helpful, they will be happy to pack your gift for you to survive the journey home.
- Address: DANA BOHEMIA, Národní 43, Prague 1
- Opening hours: MON - SAT 9am - 7:30pm, SUN: 10am - 6pm
Popular shopping streets and squares in Prague
The longest square in Prague is a vibrant area jammed with hotels, apartments, shops, restaurants, bars, clubs and crowds of people. The equestrian statue of Saint Wenceslas at the top of the square near the National Museum is a popular meeting point for Praguers, who might tell you to meet them “under the tail”.
If you are looking for something fancy, Pařížská Street is the place for you. This street is considered the most luxurious street in Prague, and is lined with many Art Noveau buildings, most of which were built in the first decade of the 20th century.
There would hardly be more exclusive place in Prague with a higher concentration of exclusive and expensive shops than Prague's “Champs-Élysées”. Rent is said to be around 300 EUR per square foot per month!
You will find jewellery, cosmetics, Bohemian glass, and above all the latest clothing fashions! If a very expensive and elegant piece of jewellery, watch, evening dress or pair of shoes is what you want, then this Street is the place you are looking for.
Not far from the Old Town Square, and just one metro stop from Florenc, the main bus station, is the shopping mall, Palladium. In this five floor modern shopping center set in a historical building you will find around 200 shops and 20 cafés and restaurants. No one wants to spend a whole day at the mall, but in case you need to buy something you need, you might find it useful to come here. (Grocery, bookstore, fashion shops, footwear, jewellery, ATM´s...)
Opening hours: 9am - 21pm (shops), 7am - 22pm (supermarket), 8am - 23pm (restaurants)
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