Stare Mesto Souvenir Shopping, Prague

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.
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Stare Mesto Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Stare Mesto Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: Czech Republic » Prague (See other walking tours in Prague)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Author: Daniel
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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 – beautiful to look at, though not very practical to take home as a souvenir. But visitors will find a delightful array of other products at her Lavmi shop, not far from the Palladium mall. Ondrová has applied her custom silkscreens to shirts, tote bags, place mats, bed linens, oven mittens, clock faces, fabric paintings and the covers of notebooks and diaries. Her aprons are particularly striking, done in modern, eye-catching patterns. “We try to be different,” says Ondrováʼs partner and sometime shopkeeper Jan Slovák. One look around the shop will show you how well theyʼve succeeded. Located at Trhlářská 18, open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Aprons are 350 crowns, tote bags 450 crowns.
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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 work throughout. Two shops in the complex offer high-quality collectibles. The gift shop at the rear of the ground floor (to the left of the grand staircase) offers a lovely collection of jewelry – pins, necklaces and rings done in sumptuous art nouveau motifs. Eye-catching and original, they come in a variety of styles, colors and prices. Obecní dům, náměstí Republiky 5, gift shop and information center open daily 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Jewelry, 695 – 12,600 crowns; frames, 1,400 – 2,500 crowns.
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ARTĚL Glass

3) ARTĚL Glass (must see)

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 artists Lucie Mares and Marie Silondi turn out these highly original pieces, usually as custom orders. Give them a picture of your dog, and they will create an identical bag or suitcase. Another local artist, Janja Prokič, does something similar on a smaller scale, creating mesmerizingly lifelike bird pins. She is also happy to do custom orders, though there are far fewer avian pet owners – and the pins on display are usually captivating enough. While youʼre at Artěl, be sure to check out the original line of glassware designed by shop owner Karen Feldman, an American expat. Located at Celetná 29 (entrance around the corner on Rybná). Bird pins range from 4,700 – 6,700 crowns, depending on the size; dog bags are 25,000 crowns, midsized suitcase 75,000 crowns, full-size suitcase 100,000 crowns.

Why You Should Visit:
The store is an eclectic mix of jewelry, novelties and curiosities; there is something for everyone here.

Opening Hours:
10am-7pm
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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 the House of the Black Madonna in Old Town, which houses the Museum of Czech Cubism. Attached to the museum is Kubista, an upscale gift shop that allows you to take a classy piece of cubist design home with you. The selection ranges from large lamps and chandeliers to small picture frames, but the gems of the collection are the everyday items like cup and saucer sets, ceramic and porcelain boxes, glassware and vases. Done in bold patterns and striking shapes, they are both stylish and functional. Even among museum shops, Kubista is unique, an organic extension of an historic art movement. Located at Ovocní trh 19, open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Individual pieces start at 395 crowns, sets at 1,495 crowns.
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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 Giovanni that has been packing in crowds of tourists for years. What all this means for visitors is an astonishing variety of marionettes that make great gifts for kids, from small kitchen witches to whopping winged three-headed dragons. You will find one of the best selections at Pohádka in Old Town, which is not shy about attracting the tourist trade – there are plenty of commercial marionette characters like Popeye, Charlie Chaplain and the popular Czech icon Good Soldier Švejk. But alongside those are a charming selection of devils, angels, princesses and brides, dwarves, sprites and other fairy-tale characters in sizes well-suited for small hands. Located at Celetná 32, open daily 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Prices vary by size, starting at 295 crowns for small figures and up to 4,995 for large ones.
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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 he toured the Czech Republic in 2002, where he talked organic farming and planted two trees. The centerpiece of the Botanicus product line is Bohemian lavender, a combination of strains selected and developed to thrive in local climactic conditions and yield a fragrant aromatic oil. On the shelves in the store you will find lavender lotion, oils, skin cream and shower gel, among other products. And if lavender isnʼt your favorite, just follow your nose to the dozens of other creams, oils, soap, candles and fragrances. Just watch for Chinese tourists, who regularly overrun the shop and stock up on items to sell back home. Located at Týn 3 in the Ungelt courtyard in Old Town, open daily 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Individual items start at 125 crowns, gift packages at 350 crowns.
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Old Town Square Market

7) Old Town Square Market (must see)

This market in Prague's famous Old Town Square usually attracts tourists. The place sells different 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 Markets.
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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, antique maps, botanical drawings and art nouveau designs, Orb has produced a handsome line of stationery, announcement and greeting cards and other specialized paper products. Many of the cards are hand-colored, and the engraving, embossing and letterpress printing techniques are exquisite. You will find a richly detailed collection of cards, stationery and gift box sets on display. Or if you are feeling really extravagant, one of the accommodating staff will help you order personalized correspondence paper, business cards, invitations or announcements. Located at Staroměstské náměstí 12, open Monday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wednesday 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Cards start at 50 crowns, paper sets at 395 crowns.
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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, writers and the artistic demimonde, absinthe is now commonly available in almost every liquor store, potraviny (grocery store) and supermarket in Prague, sprawled across the shelves in a dizzying array of varieties and colors. Generally speaking, the brighter the color, the lower the quality – you definitely donʼt want anything that looks like red or green antifreeze. Top of the line, and the most expensive, is King of Spirits, made in Prádlo, a small village in west

Bohemia. A good place to sample some of the better varieties is the Absintherie, where you will also find a vintage collection of bottled absinthe and, for the really daring, mixed drinks like an absinthe martini. Located at Jilská 7, open daily 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Prices for a good bottle of absinthe range from 695 – 1,495 crowns.
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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 production started in the 1850s, and took off on a large scale in the 1920s with the invention of a custom baking pan. Recent variations have become more elaborate, with chocolate and hazelnut filling. They are perfect for a tasty and emblematic souvenir of the Czech Republic, packaged in sturdy, lightweight boxes that travel well. You can find Czech spa wafers in most grocery stores. A more charming place to pick them up is the outdoor Havelská Market in Old Town, where you will find other local food and craft items available at more than 50 booths. Located on Havelská between Melantrichova Street and Uhelný trh, open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Spa wafers are 40 – 50 crowns/box.
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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 picking up some of the real thing to share with friends and relatives back home. Pilsner Urquell, the worldʼs first pilsner beer, is top of the line; Gambrinus, made at the same brewery, is also good. The dark Krušovice has a surprisingly light quality; Budvar is the original budweiser; and Staropramen is the Czech Republicʼs proud working-class brew. Small brewery labels like Bernard and Lobkowicz are also worth trying. Czech beer is rated by degrees – 10 degree, 11 degree, 12 degree – with the alcohol content increasing as the numbers rise. Most people can handle a 10 or 11 with no problem; 12 is for professional drinkers, and approach the occasional 13 at your own risk. A good place to find a complete selection of Czech beer is at the supermarket on the lower level of Tesco, Narodní 26, open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Single bottles of beer start at 16 crowns; expect to pay 23 crowns or more for Pilsner Urquell.
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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 many other quality labels available in Prague shops. What you buy is a matter of taste, budget and intent – do you want collectibles, or durable kitchenware for everyday use? You will find plenty of both at Dana Bohemia, which carries the noted pink line of Thun products, as well as a large selection of pieces from Leander and Concordia, known for its Bernadotte relief set. Dana Bohemia is at Narodní 43, open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Individual pieces start at 200 crowns, larger pieces at 1,000 crowns, and full sets typically range from 6,000 – 13,000 crowns.
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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 Cathedral. A representative collection of his works is on display at the Mucha Museum near Wenceslas Square, which has a gift shop with the artistʼs most popular images emblazoned on everything from t-shirts and mugs to cards, books, pins, tin boxes and jewelry. Many of the items are standard tourist fare, but there are a few standouts, including a handsome collection of hand-painted silk scarves decorated with motifs from Muchaʼs paintings. They offer a fresh, stylish take on some familiar themes. Mucha Museum, Panská 7, open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Scarves range from 1,500 – 1,900 crowns.
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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 a few progressive designers are brightening the scene, none more than Alice Abraham, whose shop in the Lucerna shopping complex near Wenceslas Square is a pastel and neon wonderland. Abraham spends a lot of time abroad, tracking down fabrics, materials and manufacturers to realize her colorful visions. As a result, the dresses, blouses, jackets, jewelry and accessories in her shop are unique – she designs all the clothing, and has everything else custom-made to her specifications. Little wonder that TV stars and other local luminaries can often be found in her shop, looking for a new gown for the upcoming awards dinner or ball. Located at Kaprova 14/13, Staré Město, open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Blouses and jackets, 7,700 – 15,000 crowns; jewelry, purses and other accessories, 1,200 – 5,400 crowns; dresses, 16,700 – 91,000 crowns.

Walking Tours in Prague, Czech Republic

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Stare Mesto Orientation Walk

Stare Mesto Orientation Walk

Old Town (Czech: Staré Město) is a medieval settlement of Prague, once separated from the outside by a semi-circular moat and wall, connected to the Vltava at both of its ends. The moat is now covered up by the streets, which remain the official boundary of the cadastral district of Old Town. Notable places in the Old Town include the Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, Kinsky Palace and many others. Take this orientation walk to explore the Prague Old Town at its best.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
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Josefov Nightlife

Prague offers fascinating night entertainment. It has a lot of clubs and discos. Check out the most popular nightlife spots in Central Prague in the following self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
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Holesovice Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Josefov Walking Tour

Josefov Walking Tour

Josefov, formerly the Jewish ghetto of the town, is completely surrounded by Prague Staré Město. Here you can find beautiful and historically important synagogues, as well as art galleries and museums. This tour will help you to explore the most interesting sites of the Jewish quarter.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Prague Nightlife

Prague Nightlife

Prague offers fascinating night entertainment. It has a lot of clubs and discos. Check out the most popular nightlife spots in Central Prague in the following self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Stare Mesto Museums Tour

Stare Mesto Museums Tour

There are many renowned historical and contemporary museums in Prague. They are usually located in old palaces that are monuments themselves. You can get the feel of the past and present of the Czech Republic while visiting some of the following museums in Staré Město area of Prague.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Prague for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Prague has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Prague's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Prague City Pass (by Ticketbar), Prague City Pass (by Musement), or Prague City Pass (by Viator).

A city pass combines all or multiple Prague's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few Prague hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Hotel Lippert, Old Town Square Hotel, Grand Hotel Praha.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Prague, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Prague typically costs somewhere between US$25+ and US$85+ per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to admire Prague's best-known landmarks in comfort from the open top of the bus listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able to get on and off at any of the stops along the three interconnecting routes (the ticket is valid for all three). For extra fun, enhance the experience with a complementary walking tour of the Jewish Quarter or Prague Castle!

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour of Prague – this usually lasts about 2 hours and allows visitors to get a real sense of the Czech capital. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise could have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Prague on a 2-hour bike tour exploring the city's exceptional architecture and spectacular landmarks, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the Czech capital from an informative group leader, making halfway through a 30 minute refreshment stop at the Vltava riverside pub.

- Acquaint yourself with the secrets and wicked stories of the magical Golden Lane of Prague and gain insight into one of Europe's largest medieval castles on a 3.5-hour historical walk to the renowned Prague Castle and other gems of the Czech capital!

- Take a 3-hour walk to discover Prague’s Old Town and other downtown highlights including the Jewish quarter for a chance to learn about the centuries-long fascinating and complicated history of Prague and the Prague Jews in particular. In addition to the beautiful historic architecture, enjoy a free drink during a break!

- Discover Prague with the taste of beer on a relaxing 1.5-hour tasting session sampling some of the best brews the city has to offer! Learn some secrets of professional beer tasting and brewing traditions of the Czech Republic. A truly insightful introduction to the city's beer culture renowned for its pilsners, porters and other brews!

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in Prague, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Terezin, Kutna Hora, Cesky Krumlov, or Karlstejn Castle. For as little as circa US$45+ to US$80+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites including medieval city with hundreds of historic buildings, see the «Pearl of the Renaissance» castle - one of the most important historic sites in Central Europe, explore the picturesque south Bohemian countryside, visit a 13th century silver mine town - once the rich and powerful seat of the royal mint, embark on an educational journey into a former Jewish ghetto for some chilling insights into the grim World War II period, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up straight from your hotel in Prague and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or private vehicle to the destination of your choice and back again.