By the author of Prague Superguide, Míra Valeš
Coming to Prague or any Czech town for that matter, you could wonder where to buy some local souvenir for yourself or as a present for family or friends back home. And here it becomes little complicated! If you stick to the very centre of Prague, you may end up thinking Czechs love babushkas, Russian wooden dolls, or they are incredibly fond of crystal toys. But frankly, we are not! These are not local souvenirs, nor they are popular among the locals and you will almost never find them in local’s homes. I swear!
So where to get something genuinely local? Here are few spots which offer some goodies you might want to get back from your Prague stay:
A concept store dedicated to popular 60s trainers which were recently revamped and are now offered in variety of eye-popping colours. Not only you can find the trainers in their shop, they also sell bright shoelaces, small design pieces of other Czech designers, some classic 60s designs that are still in production or B magazine, a local mag dedicated to running. The brand has two shops – one in the city centre, other in more local laid-back neighbourhood of Žižkov.
Skořepka 4, Praha 1 & Křížkovského 18, Praha 3
Czech designers are particularly good at two things, the first is ceramics and glass, the second is jewelry. And there is not more central place where you can get either than this little shopping gallery only steps away from Old Town Square. But not only that; Debut also sells accessories, some clothes or glasses. All that in quite delightful minimal settings.
Malé náměstí 12, Praha 1
Hugo chodí bos
Little centrally located shop sells good selection of locally made toys, books and accessories for children. Here, in the compact shop near Karlovo náměstí, you can find old 60s toys from an iconic toy designer Libuše Niklová as well as illustrated books from Czech popular publishers Baobab or Meander.
Řeznická 12, Praha 1
The increasing popularity of modern 50s to 80s vintage furniture and home accessories lead two young guys to focus on finding and renovating hidden gems of Czechoslovakian furniture design. They recently relocated to a compact shop in the city centre. Some of their products can however also be find on their website. Have a sneak peak when you are around Dlouhá street!
Týnská ulička 8, Praha 1
Locally crafted notebooks, diaries and cute paper-based products can be found in a little shop nearby Prague’s National Theatre. Papelote, an original brand which was originally established by two friends as their art college project, prospers and offers slightly nostalgic return to the times when people were hand writing and drawing in their sketchbooks way more often than they do now.
Vojtěšská 9, Praha 1
This shop opened very recently but it has already proved to be super popular. It fills the right gap; it offers the usual suspect – souvenirs such as t-shirts, bags, mugs or posters but originally designed by the talented local graphic designers and illustrators. Souvenirs with a contemporary twist so to speak. The shop is located in
a cute shop nestled next to many others in the yard of Platýz shopping passage.
Pasáž Platýz, Národní 37, Praha 1
The most recent opening goes to the former working-class district of Holešovice. Vnitroblock is a buzzing culture centre set in former factory and offers not only good bar but also community activities such as regular dance or yoga classes. Part of the space is also a shopping gallery offering a generous selection of local products, from accessories, to notebooks, homeware and design pieces. You can always come, have a coffee and a cake and have a look around.
Tusarova 31, Praha 7