Buying Bohemian crystal
Without doubt the most common souvenir people bring home from the country is Bohemian crystal which is famed for its color and beauty and used in everything from decanters to chandeliers. Most royal residences around the world boast Bohemian chandeliers. Another world-famous Czech national gem is garnet so jewellery lovers can find a piece lined with the beautiful red stone.
The Czech Republic is also famous for an ice hockey jersey, wooden folk carvings and marionette puppets. Prague was at the heart of a continent-wide puppetry revolution in the 18th century, so you can watch marionette shows at many theaters here and buy a puppet souvenir.
Where to find souvenir stores?
Most souvenir stores in Prague are centered around the Old Town and Wenceslas Square, but a more relaxed place for purchasing gifts is on the other side of town. Walk the Golden Lane, under Prague Castle, and then visit the unique art and antique stores that line Nerudova Street. For unique fashion, visit designer outlet Boheme or for traditional Czech handicrafts head to the near market in the Old Town Square.
There is also great regional shopping outside of Prague, and it’s often even cheaper. Discover the china ornaments and geyser stone carvings of Karlovy Vary, the delicate lace and needle embroidery of Moravia, and the very distinctive ‘Mrazek-style’ pottery of Western Bohemia.
Center of nightlife
The center of Czech nightlife is Prague which offers an extraordinarily diverse after dark scene, live theaters, ballet and opera, clubs, casinos and much more. There are also lots of cafes, bars and jazz points dotted around the city center and the riverside. The central districts of the Old Town are dotted with pubs, nightclubs and music venues mostly aimed at the tourist market. The area around Wenceslas Square has a concentration of sports bars and strip clubs – stay clear of this part of town if you want to avoid drunken stag parties.