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Shopping, Fashion

Prague was never going to be on a par with London or New York for shopping, but even though the centre of Prague is now full of new, shiny shopping malls full of international high street chains. But there are still some local shops worth searching out.

Where to Shop? The majority of shops are situated directly in the centre of Prague in Wenceslas Square, Národní třída, Vinohradská and Pařížská Street in close vicinity to the Old Town Square. Prague also has several big markets where you can buy practically everything and much cheaper.

What souvenir to buy? The Czech Republic is traditionally known worldwide for its production of glass and porcelain. These can make very nice gifts at reasonable prices. Other suggestions for what to buy include Czech handicrafts, ceramics, Czech garnets and antiques. Prague has dozens of antiquarian book shops that can yield some excellent finds. Many second-hand shops have interesting supplies of brooches, mirrors, brooches etc.

Christmas Markets in Prague 2013

Christmas markets in 2013 will start on Saturday, November 30th, 2013 and end on January 6th, 2014. Christmas celebrations in the city centre are always the typical folk Christmas. Dozens of stalls and shops with Christmas items are open on the squares. You can buy here, for example, Christmas ornaments …

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Czech Garnet

The blood-red garnet is the official Czech national gem, rated among the world’s finest. The Czech garnet is a popular urban accessory, and is even considered as the best tourist purchase if you are jewellery-shopping in Prague. Garnets aren’t necessarily deep red. There are at least five specific kinds; some …

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Shopping for Clothes in Prague

Shopping for clothes is heavily discussed among female tourists to Prague and for a good reason: although several overseas retail outlets (Next, Mango, Mexx, Zara, H&M, Top Shop and Benetton) have appeared in Prague’s ever-present shopping arcades, much of the items sold in mall shops are still expensive, badly made, …

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Parizska Street

Pařížská Street, the ultimate bourgeois avenue, thanks to its location, has always belonged to the streets with a high concentration of luxurious shops, swanky cafés, restaurants and bars. This street runs off the Old Town Square to the Vltava River, it bisects the Jewish quarter and is an easy walk …

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Book Shops, Literature

Prague has a rich literary heritage, including such names as, for example, Franz Kafka, the magic realism of Milan Kundera and the theatre of the absurd of its playwright-president, Václav Havel. Authors and poets such as Frantisek Palacky, Karel Hynek Macha, Jan Neruda, Bozena Nemcova and even the first leader …

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Grocery Stores and Self-Catering

It is possible to find almost everything you could possibly want in the supermarkets of Prague, ranging from Japanese to Indian food, and from Arabic through to local produce. You’ll also be able to find the most popular European products, such as Heinz beans, Italian cured ham and Spanish chorizo …

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Czech Glass and Czech Crystal

You’ll find a lot of Bohemian glass, china and crystal shops spread all around the city centre. The most popular place to start looking is around Wenceslas Square, Na Prikope and Celetna and close to the Charles Bridge. The two top producers are Moser and Egermann, for more contemporary styles, …

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Tax-free shopping in Prague

Non-EU visitors are eligible for tax-free shopping at selected shops and department stores in Prague. Look out for “Tax-Free Shopping” signs and you can save up to 14% Value Added Tax on purchases. To qualify, your total purchases in one day in one store must exceed 2000 CZK. You need …

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