Shopping (in Prague)

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Shopping in the Czech Republic

Shopping in the Czech Republic is easy and you can get here almost everything you want. The bigger shops (supermarkets) are open all days (even at weekends) mostly from 7 till 21 o’clock. Small shops are usually open at working days from 9 till 17 o’clock, on Saturday from 9 till 12 o’clock and closed on Sunday.

The prices are rather cheap in the comparison to the Western Europe. In comparison to the neighboring countries (Austria, Germany), food is cheaper, but clothes are more expensive. After Christmas sales take place in most of the shops, but the Czech people often prefer going to Germany or Austria.

Quite new in the Czech Republic are farmers’s markets. You can buy fresh and seasonal vegetable, fruit, cheese, meat, bakery products and other goods there. Some of them take place only in summer (approximately from May to October). The most famous in Prague are:

  • Anděl – every second Friday (8-18)
  • náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad – every Wednesday (8-18) and Saturday (8-14)
  • Kubánské náměstí – every Tuesday, Thursday (8-18) and Saturday (8-14)
  • Náplavka (on the river bank between Výtoň and Palackého náměstí) – every Thursday (9-18) and Saturday (8-14)

Some farmer’s markets take place also in the shopping centers. You can find many really big shopping centers in Prague. Here is a list of them:

Big shopping centers in the city center:

Palladium – 180 shops, 20 restaurants and cafés (opening hours: Su – We 9-21, Th – Sa 922)

  • food: Albert Supermarket (opening hours: Mo – Fr 7-22, Sa – Su 8-22)
  • how to get there: metro B, tram 5, 8, 14, 26; station Náměstí republiky

Nový Smíchov – 150 shops, cinema (multiplex Palace Cinemas) (opening hours: Mo – Su 9-21)

  • food: Tesco Hypermarket (opening hours: Mo – Su 7-24)
  • how to get there: metro B, tram 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 20; station Anděl

Flóra – 130 shops, restaurants, cinema (opening hours Mo – Sa 9-21, Su 10-21)

  • food: Albert Supermarket (opening hours Mo – Sa 9-21, Su 10-21)
  • how to get there: metro A, tram 5, 10, 11, 16; station Flora)

Pankrác – many shops, restaurants (opening hours Mo – Su 9-21)

  • food: Interspar Supermarket (opening hours Mo – Su 7-21)
  • how to get there: metro C; station Pankrác

Big shopping centers outside the city center:

Chodov – many shops, restaurants (opening hours: Mo – Su 9-21)

  • food: Albert Hypermarket (opening hours: Mo – Su 7-22)
  • how to get there: metro C; station Chodov

Letňany – 150 shops, restaurants, cinema, sport facilities (opening hours: Mo – Su 10-21)

  • food: Tesco Hypermarket (opening hours: NONSTOP)
  • how to get there: metro C; station Letňany + free bus OCL)

Zličín – many shops, restaurants, cinema (opening hours: Mo – Su 10-21)

  • food: Interspar Supermarket (opening hours Mo – Su 9-22)
  • how to get there: metro B; station Zličín

Hostivař – 50 shops, restaurants (opening hours: Mo – Fr 9-21, Sa – Su 10-21)

  • food: Interspar Supermarket (opening hours: Mo – Su 7-22)
  • how to get there: tram 22, 26; station Na Groši

Fénix – 80 shops, restaurants (opening hours: Mo – Su 9-21)

  • food: Billa Supermarket (opening hours: Mo – Su 7-22)
  • how to get there: metro B, tram 15; station Vysočanská

Avion – shops, restaurants (opening hours: Mo – Su 10-21)

  • food: Tesco Hypermarket (opening hours: NONSTOP)
  • IKEA (opening hours: Mo – Su 10-22) - cheap houseware and furniture
  • how to get there: metro B; station Zličín + bus from the platform 4)

Most of the Erasmus students stay in Hostivař. There are two shops (supermarkets) in the vicinity of the dormitory:

  • Albert – Plukovníka Mráze, bus 154, 271 – station Gercenova, opening hours: Mo – Su 7-20
  • Lidl – Vladycká, bus 154, tram 22, 26 – between the stations Hostivařská and Na Groši, opening hours: Mo – Sa 7-21, Su 9-21

More distant are:

  • Tesco Extra – bus 271 – station Michelangelova, opening hours: NONSTOP
  • Interspar – in the shopping centre Park Hostivař (see above)

(by Petra Bromová)

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