Prague Shopping Guide

Whilst a great deal of Prague shopping is characterized by imported Chinese goods stamped with the word "Prague", the city nonetheless offers a great selection of authentic goods for the discerning traveler.

Prague is full of shops and markets that allow the visitors to Prague to stroll for hours, either just window shopping or in search of that ideal gift.

SHOPPING TIP - Before you buy overpriced Chinese imports, you should cross over the Charles Bridge going towards the castle, and turn left on Karmelitska street. A few shops up on the left is a quaint and extremely cheap store full of knick knacks and antiques. This is a great place to purchase a large number of gifts for the whole family. ( Whilst in the neighborhood, a few doors further up is an authentic Prague tea room. Try the marzipan works of art available at the entrance.)  

Local products include crystal, hand painted eggs, handicrafts, folk art, puppets ( see above ), wooden toys, babushkas and the familiar trinkets left over from the Communist era. In the Old Town Square, there are stalls selling a variety of metal artifacts, that can be crafted to your specifications within the hour. Zizkov is an area full of second-hand shops where bargain hunters and antique collectors will find a choice of dusty Communist-era regalia, interesting used clothing and other odds and ends.

Prague is of course famous for its out door markets, especially at Christmas time. Typical are little wooden stalls set up around the Old Town Square. Other outdoor markets can be found in various locations throughout the city.
The most popular central Prague market -  (Havel's  market ) is located on a short street that runs at right angles to Melantrichova Street, the main route connecting the Old Town and Wenceslas Squares. Items such as souvenirs, seasonal food and drink and wooden toys can be found here..
Czech glass is is considered high quality around the world. Many shops will ship items anywhere. I The Charle's Bridge offers a variety of crafts, jewellery, paintings and other hand-made goods. Some of the artists here will paint your portrait ( see right ) .

prague shopping guide