- By Kevin
- On Dec 14, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
If you're cheduling a Prague shopping travel,our Prague travel guides,which about shopping in Prague may help you.In the past decade or so,Prague's shopping scene has changed beyond recognition.An influx of global brand names and glitzy new malls has left the city’s main shopping streets looking very much like those of any other European capital,while a new generation of young Czechs have created their own fashion and design boutiques in the backstreets of Stáre Město.
Glass and Crystal
One of the Czech Republic's favourite buys is Bohemian crystal(sklo)–anything from simple glassware to stupendous works of art,sold at some three-dozen upmarket places in the shopping zone.Prices aren't radically different from shop to shop,though they are highest in Prague's city centre.
Karlovy Vary is the spiritual home of Bohemian crystal–the famous Moser glass-making company opened its first shop there in 1857,and still operates a glass-making factory in the town.
In the tourist areas of Prague,many shops–notably Manufaktura–stock quality craft items made of wood,ceramic,straw,textiles and other materials,handmade in traditional styles.Things to look for include painted Easter eggs,wooden utensils,ceramics with traditional designs,linen with traditional stitching,and Bohemian lacework.Notably popular are figures of Krtek(Little Mole),a Czech cartoon character dating from the 1950s.
Traditional wooden marionettes(and more delicate and lifelike ones made of plaster)are also available in many shops.