Art & Antiques
Jewellery, Accessories & Department Stores
Food & Drink
Ideas for Gifts
Prague is most famous for Bohemia Crystal, and it's surprising how reasonable the prices can be. Wooden toys and puppets are
not only popular with children but make nice ornaments for teenage bedrooms and around the home. On Old Town Square you'll
be able to pick up jester's hats, logo T-shirts and trinkets. You will find Kafka memorabilia all over the place, but the
best selection is at the exhibition in U Radnice.
Shopping A-Z Prague's shops are concentrated in three main areas: the honeycomb of arcades around Václavské náměstí, Národní třída and Na příkopě - a particularly useful street with tourist information, change shops and banks. For antiques, antiquarian bookshops and craft shops, try Karlova, near the Charles Bridge. Staroměstské náměstí and the neighbouring streets are useful for gifts, postcards, guide books, T-shirts, novelties etc. Paříská is known for its boutiques and clothing stores, and the Pavilon on Vinhoradská is also worth a browse.
Czech Gem The Czech national gemstone is the garnet, mostly mined in the vicinity of Teplica, about 50km northwest of Prague. Take note that fakes are common, so shop at the more reputable outlets, which include Ametyst zlatnictví Address: Vodičkova 31, Praha 1 or Duák Zlatnictví Address: Na příkopě 17, Praha 1.
Czech Them Out 'Hello Boys!' Everyone remembers Eva Herzigova and the Wonderbra advert, but now the celebrity model is no longer a lone Czech on the international catwalk. Most of the new generation of models, including Simona Krajinova and Tereza Maxova, were discovered by the thrusting owner of the Czechoslavk Models agency, Milada Karaová. Most successful to date is Daniela Petová, currently making $12,000 a day working for L'Oreal - she already has her own page on the Internet.
Ready to Eat Several restaurants offer takeaway and/or delivery services which may come in handy, especially if you're living in private accommodation. You can pick up a grilled chicken at Grill Bono Address: Spálená 43, Praha 1, or something healthier, including sandwiches and soups, at Cornucopia Address: Jungmannova 10, Praha 1 Phone: 2422 7742. Food Taxi Phone: 2251 6732, operates a takeaway and delivery service, drawing on 9 restaurants and featuring Italian, Chinese and Czech dishes.
Kafka's Store Franz Kafka's father, Hermann, ran a haberdashery business which fascinated his young son. He was notoriously rude to staff and abrupt with customers but that didn't seem to affect his business, which prospered over the years. In 1886 the store moved from Old Town Square to larger premises in Celetná 3, then 12.