General Information about shopping in Prague
Shopping is not the primary reason to come to Prague. In general, the quality of shopping (according to American standards) is fairly low, and it is often difficult to locate any specific item. On the other hand, there are a lot of shops which offer necessities: food, alcohol, clothing, shoes.
In terms of specialty items, Prague and the Czech Republic in general, is famous for its amber, garnets, crystal, and alcohol (particularly the indigenous Bechorovka and “real” absinthe). There are also some fairly high quality antique shops.
The two main shopping areas in Prague are located around Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square (Stare Mesto).
Wenceslas Square and Na Prikope Street form to create a large, mainly carless, pedestrian shopping area. Along these streets, one can find large shops, such as Kenvelo (the Gap of Prague), Bata its larges shoe store, and Bon Ton its largest CD/DVD store. In addition, in this area are most of the large shopping malls, which sell a variety (although often random) of goods.
Another main shopping area runs between Old Town Square and the Charles Bridge. Around the square are a variety of small stores that sell Czech specialty goods; namesly jewellery, puppets, and various souvenirs.
Along Parizka Street, which runs from Old Town Square towards the Old Jewish Quarter, are more high-end stores. This is where most of the designer stores in Prague, such as Hermes, or Louis Vuitton, are located.
Between Old Town Square and Namesti Republiky are a variety of small shops, ending in Kotva, one of the largest department stores in Prague which has a large amount of products (but quality remains negotiable).
In all other areas of Prague, most basic items can be fairly easily found.
Monday – Friday, 10am – 7pm
Saturday—10am – 3pm
Sunday – Most stores, except for the largest most touristy, are closed
Note: Most stores in Prague do not accept American Express Cards