Baroque Passages and Modern Shopping Malls, Prague is Made for Shopping

Uninspiring  shops and empty shelves belong to the past. Shopping has become a favorite pastime of all Czech people. It is a culture that is nourished. The generous shopping hours, from 09.00 - 21.00 make shopping an almost round-the-clock pleasure. If you are really desperate at 2 am, Tesco near Zlicin metro station and Tesco in Letnany Shopping Center are open 24/7.

Prague shopping malls are hidden in age-old passages and arcades in the Old Town and New Town. They brim with fashionable boutiques, wine shops, art shops and a plethora of cafes. You will find modern multi-storey shopping malls away from the center in the Vinohrady district and at the end of metro lines.

Centrum Chodov is one of the largest modern malls. Its only drawback is that it is not in the center but with 211 shops to choose from, it is difficult where to start your shopping experience. Equally interesting is Palladium even though this shopping center has only 200 shops. The twenty restaurants make up for this small inconvenience. Palladium is your best choice when shopping in the center of Prague. It is conveniently situated at the end of Na Prikope shopping street.

This list of 10 shopping malls will help you to find the best.




Cerna Ruze
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Cerna Ruze means in the Black Rose and is one of the oldest shopping centers in Prague. Located in a beautiful Baroque building, of which only the front is still intact, it is popular by both locals and visitors. This is where you buy Bohemian crystal, leather jackets or Pierre Cardin bags. Cerna Ruze is a good mix of expensive and less expensive stores, where people come to shop or browse. Model train enthusiast will be happy to find here a large collections of trains and track.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: When you have done enough browsing, go next door to Slovansky Dum another shopping mall.

Marianne's expert tip: The Chinese spring rolls in Restaurant Wang Dong Sheng are irresistible and an excellent light lunch.

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Europark Shopping Center
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Europark has an abundance of shops including fashion, accessories and shoe stores, shops with baby and children's clothes, pet shops, bookshops, cosmetic and perfume stores. You will find here international stores like H&M, Wrangler, Lee, and Marionnaud, but also Kara Trutnov specializing not only in handbags but also in trendy men and women fashion. If you can't find what you looking for here, try Humanic they will have that dress you have been trying to find for ages. Is quilting your hobby? SCANquilt has everything you have been dreaming of.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Europark is very family friendly and has the best playground area of all Prague shopping centers.

Marianne's expert tip: Oriental City serves mouthwatering Asian specialties, if you find these too spicy McDonald will not disappoint you. Stop for a moment at Freshmania for fresh fruit and juices.

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My narodni
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My department store started life in Communist days and was named Maj. It changed hands and the new owner was Kmarkt, but after the end of socialism Prague was not yet ready for western-style shops. British Tesco became the next owner and made it into a flourishing business and named it Tesco. Of late there has been a name change and the department store is now known as 'My', with a wink to its first name. On six floors 'My' offers fashion, shoes, accessories, beauty and electronical products, toys, home textile and kitchenware, souvenirs and groceries all under one roof.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The summer terrace on the fourth floor is the perfect spot for a gourmet lunch of grilled meat and salad.

Marianne's expert tip: Topnotch shopping experience right in the center of Prague very close to the the main shopping streets.

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Arkady Pankrac
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Located in the residential area of Pankrac, Arkady Pankras has become one of the best shopping destinations in Prague. With 125 shops, it is one of the largest shopping malls in the city. You will find here fashion shops, perfume and jewelry boutiques, flower shops, bookshops, electronics and sporting shops and lots of mobile phone operators. Top fashion is well represented; Calvin Klein, Esprit, Mango, Pierre Cardin and many more. Arkady Pankrac also features a bunch of fast fast and sit-down cafes: Segafredo for the best Italian coffee and Gelati Eis caffé for ice-cream lovers. Interspar hypermarket market shopping for groceries a pleasure.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Kids will love to play in the playground surrounded by a jungle full of wild animals.

Marianne's expert tip: Get organic fruit or wine from Moravia from the Famers' Market in front of Arkady Pankrac.

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Novy Smichov Shopping Center
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Novy Smichov Shopping Center is right in the heart of the Smichov district and almost next to metro station Andel. Novy Smichov is bright and airy. Three floors of shops provide shopping fun for an hour, an afternoon or a day, especially when you include seeing a movie in the multiplex cinema or a meal in the food court on the top floor. Novy Smichov offers a convenient mix of stores from H&M to Clinique and from Zara to Sephora. It is child-friendly with a playground, McDonalds and KFC, and lots of shops selling infant's and kid's fashion.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Stock up on Czech groceries in Tesco supermarket while the kids play in the Asterix and Obelix children's playroom.

Marianne's expert tip: When in Prague in Decmeber, be sure to visit the Christmas Market in front of Novy Smichov.

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With over 30 shops, Myselbek shopping Center is paradise for shopaholics. Built in 1996, it was one of the first shopping malls in Prague. This modern glass building blends well with the classical facades of the other houses and shops in Na Prikope street. The shopping center is named after the sculptor Josef V�av Myslbek. You will find in this mall well-known chains such as H&M, Instersport, Calvin Klein and many more. Shopping made you hungry? Umami Sushi will seduce you. If it is only fresh fruit juice you crave, Fruitisimo is the place to be.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: When you have been shopping in Myslbek, you never want to shop anywhere else.

Marianne's expert tip: Be sure to include Bibelot in your shopping spree. You will find here all sorts of pens, from Parker to Mont Blanc.

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Atrium Flora
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When you seen enough souvenir shops all selling the same miniature Charles Bridge, Astronomical Clock magnets and reproductions of Prague Castle, hop on the metro line A and get off at Flora station. Atrium Flora Shopping Mall means shopping where the locals shop. You can buy here anything that will brighten up your day from shoes and lingerie to iPhones and cuddly toy animals. When your shopping is done, go up to the fourth floor for a gourmet dinner, a snack or just a pizza or hamburger. Shopping hours are very generous, seven days a week from 8 am to 22 pm.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Be sure to take the kids to Sparkeys, a Czech toy store chain with shops all over Prague.

Marianne's expert tip: Be sure to have a look in the Bata shop. This international chain of shoe shops is of Czech origin and sells much more than just shoes.

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Five floors brimming with 180 shops and 20 restaurants a true Mecca for shoppers. Palladium is not only a shopping paradise,its architecture is also impressive. The building used to an army barracks which had been neglected. Palladium Shopping Center opened in 2007 retaining its old fa�e. This mall is now very popular because of its 200 shops and central position. Not only will you find here international chain stores including Marks & Spencer, H&M, Estee Lauder but also an Albert supermarket and fast food outlets. At Christmas and Easter you will find the Christmas and Easter market in front of Palladium, selling local food and drinks besides handcrafted goods.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The best shopping mall in the heart of Prague, right at the end of pedestrian Na Prikope Street.

Marianne's expert tip: Shopaholics cannot ignore the 180 shops and 20 restaurants in Palladium Shopping Center.

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Vinohradsky Pavilion
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Vinohradsky Pavilion was the first shopping mall to open after the Velvet Revolution. It offered many exclusive designer brands such as Sergio Tacchini, Tommy Hilfiger and la Perla. Its opening in 1994 may have been slightly premature because Prague was not as yet ready to embrace capitalism. Today only two of the fifty-five shops are still open. The star attraction is the Albert supermarket in the basement and the ATM machine near the entrance. Still, Vinohradsky Pavilion is worth a visit if you like fin de siecle architecture. This terracotta-coloured shopping mall is located in the former Vinohradsky Market Hall and adorned with art nouveau steel details.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Shopping experience without meeting foreign tourists. Be sure to have a look at the façade before you indulge in shopping.

Marianne's expert tip: Albert, the supermarket in the basement, has a fine selection of typically Czech products.

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Centrum Chodov
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If you're the kind of shopper who likes to go shop-hopping far away from the tourist crowd, then head to Centrum Chodov. This huge shopping center is filled with 213 fashionable shops. Browse shop after shop in search of that special find at a very reasonable price. Stores in Chodov Shopping Center include Douglas, Sephora, Zara, H&M, Esprit, Sony, Vodafone, Humanic, O'Neill, Marks & Spencer and another two hundred. Be sure to stop by Albert in the basement. This huge hypermarket stocks typically Czech products like Karlovy Vary Spa wafers and Becherovka a herbal bitter with an acquired taste. Shopping makes hungry. Restaurant Potrafena Husa specializes in Czech cuisine and is one of the ten restaurants in Chodov.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Enjoy kids' free shopping while the children are entertained in the supervised Play Corner.

Marianne's expert tip: Buy an iPad or sexy lingerie then visit 211 more shops, grab a light snack, sweet treat or hearty meal while checking your Facebook updates, WiFi is free.

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