Shopping in Prague
Prague’s firmly established tourist popularity, coupled with a developed consumer economy, means that boutiques and western luxury brand outlets are a common sight around the city. You’ll also find souvenir shops by the hundred, particularly in and around the Old Town, with a good number of quality specialist vendors in among the knick-knack stores.
You’ll find a myriad of shops in the winding lanes surrounding Old Town Square selling ornate crystal and glassware, a Czech speciality and part of the Bohemian tradition. Moser, which has a store at 12 Na Přikopĕ, is consistently talked about as one of the best outlets. If labels are your thing, Parizska Street is generally seen as the most elegant and exclusive shopping stretch in town. Other good buys here include garnets (the national gemstone) as those mined here are among the world’s finest. There are also numerous antiquarian bookshops, and plenty of interesting independent art galleries dotted throughout the city.
Prague’s spectacular annual Christmas Market, which occupies the Old Town Square for the whole of December, has an international reputation (there’s also one at Easter). During the rest of the year the best market for handicrafts is the Havelske Trziste (literally “Havel’s Market”) held daily on Havelska Street, Prague 1. It also sells fresh produce.
Prague’s main shopping hub is centred on the top end of Wenceslas Square, extending along to Na Přikopĕ. Here you’ll find several shopping gallerias in a half-mile radius, along with the Myslbek Shopping Gallery, a modern multi-level covered arcade, which plays host to popular names such as Calvin Klein, Gant and TM Lewin.
Prague's centrally located shops rely on tourist business and most are open Monday to Friday 0900-1900 and Saturday 0900-1300. Many shops open later than this, and at their discretion on Sundays.
As well as all manner of mass-produced keepsakes, Prague’s gift shops also sell some appealing handmade crafts. If you’re looking for something particular, such as the omnipresent wooden Czech puppets, it’s worth trying a few shops to compare prices and quality. Bohemian glass and porcelain items remain the souvenirs for which the city is best known.
Only non-EU members can claim a tax refund (up to 21%). This must be made within 21 days of purchase.