The first shopping centers in Prague started opening in the mid-1990s. These were the smaller Vinohradsky Pavilon and the malls built inside the passageways on Na Prikope Street. Larger, western-style malls started appearing in the early 2000s. Since then Prague has been experiencing a shopping mall boom which lasts till now.
Famous shopping malls in Prague
Here are some of the most famous shopping malls in Prague.
- Palladium. This is a large shopping mall located in the center of Prague, across the way from the Municipal House. The five-story building holds 170 shops and 30 restaurants and cafes. The mall is easy to get to by public transport. You can even enter it directly from inside the subway station. If you drive, the shopping mall offers 900 underground parking spaces. Some stores you’ll find there are Benetton, C&A, dm drogerie markt, ECCO, Esprit, Foot Locker, Guess, H&M, iStyle, L’Occitane, Marks & Spencer, Mothercare, Puma, Sparkys, Starbucks, Villeroy & Boch, and many more.
- Arcady Pankrac. This is a modern mall opened in 2008 with a wide selection of clothing stores, a number of shoe shops and sport clothing shops. There are also a large supermarket, drugstore, bookstore and a food court in the mall making it a good stop for all your shopping needs. The entrance to the shopping mall is directly from inside the Pankrac metro station.
- Novy Smichov. This is a stylish shopping mall and entertainment center that spreads across three floors. It is located near the Andel metro station. There is also a large Tesco supermarket and Datart electronics store on the ground floor as well as 150 different shops, food court and Palace Cinema multiplex on the third floor.
- Palac Flora. This is one of the larger malls opened in 2003. It has four floors filled with 120 shops, a food court, a Cinema City multiplex theatre and IMAX. The environment is bright and airy with an open central lobby. The entrance to the mall is right from the inside the Flora metro station.