Shopping in Prague
The main Prague shopping area is in the New Town. A line of shops, department stores and malls runs down Wenceslas Square, along Na Příkopě street, and into Republic Square.
In the Old Town and Lesser Town, small shops sell art, crystal and tourist souvenirs.
Pařížská street, meanwhile, is home to luxury boutique stores like Cartier and Hermes.
In and around the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí), small shops sell a range of tourist-oriented wares and souvenirs, including Bohemia Crystal and other glass products, and arts and crafts. There are also some international boutique stores.|
Market stalls appear on the Old Town Square at various times in the year (at Christmas, Easter, and for Czech national festivals), selling hand-crafted and seasonal products.
Karlova street is busy day and night with tourists winding their way between the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge. Small shops line the route, selling crystal products, arts and crafts, tourist souvenirs and refreshments - most prominent of which are candy stores and trdelník (a sweet pastry) vendors. There are also several cafés to stop off at.
Charles Bridge (Karlův most) has open-air stalls selling paintings and other arts and crafts, which visitors can browse whilst enjoying the tunes of the street musicians.
In the Lesser Town (Malá Strana), shops centre around Mostecké street, the Lesser Town Square (Malostranské náměstí) and Nerudova street (which leads up to Prague Castle). This area has a pleasant, relaxed feel, where boutique stores sell glass, ceramics, paintings and other handicrafts, interspersed with cafés and restaurants.
Opening hours for shops in Prague
All shops in Prague are open Monday to Saturday.
Most shops, including shopping centres and department stores, also open on Sunday.
Shopping centres and department stores are open from 07:00-09:00 to 20:00-22:00.
Small shops open from 07:00-08:00 to 18:00-19:00, convenience stores stay open until 22:00-23:00 or even later.
Banks in Prague are open Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:00.
Currency exchange offices are open a variety of hours, 7 days a week.