Shopping in Prague
Prague may not be able to outrank New York, London or Paris in terms of the scale of its designer shopping, but there is a wide variety of outlets serving everything from big-name fashion to exquisite hand-made souvenirs and flea-market curios.
Republic Square and Wenceslas Square offer well-known international brand names and indigenous department store shopping, while authentic artefacts from the Communist era - Russian army surplus hats, knives and badges et al – are on sale at Lesser Town (Mala Strana) and Old Town Square. Around the Old Town Square and in the Lesser Town small stores sell art, crystal and tourist souvenirs. Pařížská street has luxury international boutique shops.
Throughout the city, world-famous Bohemian crystal jostles with hand-made wooden puppets, hand-painted eggs and all manner of handicrafts and folk art and when in doubt, a bottle of Slivovitz, commonly referred to as plum brandy, makes a good souvenir.
Corinthia Hotel Prague is only 2 metro stations (approximately 5 minutes) from brand new shopping mall, Arkady, which is full of well-known brands. The biggest shopping mall Chodov, is approximately 10 minutes away by metro. Shopping centres and department stores in Prague generally open from 8/9am - 7/8pm. Small shops generally close 6/7pm. Convenience stores stay open until 10pm/midnight.
All stores are open from Monday to Saturday with many open on Sunday as well.