Staré Město Souvenir Shopping, Prague

Staré Město Souvenir Shopping, Prague
Image Courtesy of Frank Kuznik Jr
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It would be a pity to leave Prague without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Prague, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Staré Město Souvenir Shopping - Route Map

Guide Name: Staré Město Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: Czech Republic » Prague
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Author: Daniel
Lavmi

1) Lavmi

What to buy here: Designer Fabric Accessories by Ondrová.

Pragueʼs vibrant arts community includes an impressive number of homegrown designers who have turned their talents to creating bright, bold departures from the usual gift shop fare. One of them is Babeta Ondrová, winner of an Elle Décor International Design Award for her imaginative use of colors and creative designs in a variety of accessories and household products. Her specialty is wallpaper, especially for childrenʼs rooms –...   view more
Image Courtesy of Frank Kuznik Jr
Obecní dům (Municipal house)

2) Obecní dům (Municipal house)

What to buy here: Art Nouveau Jewelry and Accessories.

At the turn of the 20th century, the city fathers of Prague summoned all the countryʼs best architects and artists to the capital to help create a monumental municipal center. Built over seven years, Obecní dům (Municipal house) is now one of the most beautiful buildings in the Czech Republic, a lavishly decorated art nouveau palace that houses a 2,000-seat concert hall, salons, offices and restaurants, and features stunning decorative...   view more
Image Courtesy of Frank Kuznik Jr
Artel Glass

3) Artel Glass

What to buy here: Personalized Objects D'Art.

If you are around the Artěl gift shop in Old Town for any length of time, you will see a familiar sight: Visitors who do a double-take as they walk in and realize that the life-size dog standing by the door is not real, then try to puzzle out exactly what it is. No one is prepared for the shop assistant to open a carefully concealed door on its back and show plenty of room inside a very clever suitcase. Or, if you prefer, a handbag. Local...   view more
Image Courtesy of Tomáš Souček
Kubista

4) Kubista

What to buy here: Cubism style cup and saucer sets, ceramic and porcelain boxes, glassware and vases.

In every other country in the world, cubism was a style of painting. In Czechoslovakia, it went far beyond that, providing inspiration for architects and designers who adapted its principles to create everything from signature buildings to distinctive kitchenware. Tourists and architecture buffs come from around the world to see sights like the cubist lamppost on Jungmannovo náměstí and...   view more
Image Courtesy of Frank Kuznik Jr
Pohádka

5) Pohádka

What to buy here: Marionettes

Puppet-making is more than a pastime in the Czech Republic. Itʼs a craft that dates back to the Middle Ages, first making a recorded appearance around the time of the Thirty Yearsʼ War. Czech puppeteers toured Europe in the 18th century, while at home puppet theater become a highly evolved art form, often with a political subtext during the turmoil of the 20th century. The National Marionette Theater in Prague stages a puppet production of Mozartʼs Don...   view more
Image Courtesy of Frank Kuznik Jr
Botanicus

6) Botanicus

What to buy here: Botanicus Bohemian lavender.

Botanicus is a rarity in the Czech Republic, a company that puts traditional material and practices to use to create refreshingly modern products. Founded in 1992 along the lines of an old-fashioned apothecary, Botanicus maintains large organic gardens where it grows a variety of herbs, fruits and vegetables that are used to make natural cosmetics and body care products. No less a personage than Prince Charles visited the Botanicus gardens when...   view more
Image Courtesy of Frank Kuznik Jr
Old Town Square Market

7) Old Town Square Market

There is a market in this famous square that attracts the tourists. The place sells different exciting souvenirs, such as wooden toys, porcelain objects of landmarks of Prague, ceramics, crystal and glass items for which Bohemian lands are well known all over the world. Aside from the permanent market, there are also the seasonal Christmas and Easter...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Hynek Moravec
Bohemia Paper

8) Bohemia Paper

What to buy here: Bohemia Paper products.

This unobtrusive shop tucked in a corner of Kinsky Palace on the east side of Old Town Square is where Czech President Václav Klaus orders his personal stationery, invitations and greeting cards. When you walk in, you will immediately know why. Bohemia Paper embodies a long history of papermaking, engraving and bookbinding in the Czech Republic, revived in 1991 by master printer Jan Petr Obr. Drawing on an extensive library of historic engravings,...   view more
Image Courtesy of Frank Kuznik Jr
Absintherie

9) Absintherie

What to buy here: Absinthe.

Banned throughout much of the Western world for decades, absinthe never fell out of favor or legal production in the Czech Republic, where it has been manufactured and sold for almost 150 years. In fact, some reviewers date the modern revival of interest in absinthe to 1989, when the Velvet Revolution opened the country to Western tourists who were free to sample the spiritʼs intoxicating effects. Long considered the preferred choice (and inspiration) of painters,...   view more
Image Courtesy of Frank Kuznik Jr
Havelská Market

10) Havelská Market

What to buy here: Czech spa wafers. Two of the most famous spa towns in Central Europe, Karlovy Vary and Mariánské lázně, also mark the birthplaces of Czech spa wafers, one of the few foods in the Czech Republic officially recognized as a protected regional specialty by the European Union. Large, light and sweet, with a consistency similar to altar bread, the wafers were created in the 18th century as a crisp delicacy for spa patients, imprinted with the emblem of their manufacturer. Mass...   view more
Image Courtesy of Frank Kuznik Jr
Tesco

11) Tesco

What to buy here: Czech beer. The Czechs will tell you that their beer is the best in the world, and they ought to know. Per capita, the Czech Republic consumes more beer than any other country. After you taste a Pilsner Urquell or Krušovice fresh from the tap in a pub, you will know why. Crisp and flavorful with a slightly bitter finish, Czech beer goes down easy and packs a kick. Because Czech beer shipped to other countries has to be pasteurized and pumped full of preservatives, itʼs worth...   view more
Image Courtesy of Frank Kuznik Jr
Dana Bohemia

12) Dana Bohemia

What to buy here: Czech porcelain. Compared to other Czech handicrafts, porcelain is relatively new. Thun, the first and best-known Czech porcelain manufacturer, was established in the town of Klášterec in 1794. The company is headquartered now in the village of Nová Role near Karlovy Vary, where large deposits of white clay and other raw materials attracted so many porcelain makers that Karlovy Vary became known as “the capital of porcelain.” While Thun is justifiably famous, there are...   view more
Image Courtesy of Frank Kuznik Jr
Mucha Museum Shop

13) Mucha Museum Shop

What to buy here: Hand Painted Silk Scarves. Alfons Mucha is a national icon in the Czech Republic, where he was born in 1860 and died in 1939, in the wake of the Nazi invasion. By then, he was one of the worldʼs best-known illustrators, launching a thousand imitators with his ornately detailed posters, lithographs and paintings, which came to embody the art nouveau style. Muchaʼs masterpieces are on view throughout Prague – he designed one of the stained glass windows in St. Vitus...   view more
Image Courtesy of Frank Kuznik Jr
Alice Abraham Showroom

14) Alice Abraham Showroom

What to buy here: Designer clothing. If the Czech Republic seems stuck in another era, thatʼs because in many ways it is. The creaking, antiquated trams, crumbling infrastructure and limited selection on most supermarket shelves are testimony to a 40-year period of stagnation under the communists, when the country was closed to the Western world. This is also true of fashions; particularly in the winter, itʼs hard to find anyone on the street who isnʼt dressed in shades of black and grey. But...   view more
Image Courtesy of Alice Abraham

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