If your holiday is not complete without at least one day dedicated to shopping, then Prague is the place you want to be. The good news is that you can go sightseeing during the day and then indulge in shopping in the evening. The bad news is that you will need an extra suitcase to take your loot home.
If you enjoy walking around in supermarkets to see what Czech people eat every day, then Tesco Supermarkets located in both Letnany Shopping Center and Eden Shopping Center are open non-stop. The Tesco Hypermarket on Skandinavska in Prague 5 is also 24 hours open. Getting there is no problem, since the Prague metro runs until midnight and starts again at 5 a.m. Night buses fill up the gap in between.
Prague offers a variety of shopping atmospheres — Photo courtesy of Marianne Crone
The shops in Mala Strana, Nove Mesto, Stare Mesto and Josefov districts are open from ten in the morning until eight in the evening, but on Sundays only until seven. If you want to go shopping outside these hours, then hop on the metro and go to one of the gigantic shopping malls in the suburbs.
These shops are open until 9 p.m. every day. Other facilities on the top floor of the malls like restaurants, IMAX movie theaters, casinos and gyms are open until midnight.
Pankrac Shopping Center is close to Pankrac Metro Station. The mall is home to 125 shops from global brand names like Mango, Pierre Cardin and Rituals to lesser-known shops like Bersha - famous for trendy women’s fashion - and Blazak - Czech fashion for men.
If you would like to stay closer to the center and want to see an upside down horse, go to Art Nouveau's shopping arcade Lucerna, which not only offers shopping pleasure, but also entertainment. Catch live bands in Lucerna Music Club or listen to DJs playing music from the 1980s and 1990s. Join the partygoers and dance until the wee hours.
The upside down horse at Lucerna — Photo courtesy of Marianne Crone