Street wear, Czech designers, branch of the English bookstore – Czech capital city can offer something more significant than souvenirs.
Bric a Brac
One of the best vintage shops in Prague: you can find here clothes, jewelry, bags, gloves, various stuff for home and soul. Milos, the owner of the shop, is usually there himself and can consult you on any case concerning authenticity of any article and object. For me the visit to this vintage heaven – is a real historic journey into the past, in which I spend hours, not even minutes. Not a single visit to Prague ends up without shopping in that place.
The website of this design studio looks more impressive than the shop itself, but this is the only place run by two most famous Czech designers - Maxim Velčoský and Jakon Berdych. Among their inventions are “liquid light” (lamps in the form of drops) and crystal wine glasses made in the form of cheap plastic cups.
Shakespeare & Sons
“Shakespeare and sons” – is the largest and oldest store with books in English language in Prague. Here new books are sold as well as used ones. Visitors come here not only to buy books, but also to spend time in a cozy café at the shop. Regular literary meetings, poetry evenings and jazz concerts are held in this café.
Manufaktura — is a Czech brand that specializes on the production of natural cosmetics. There are several shops of this brand in Prague, but the one near Charles Bridge is my favorite. Apart from honey soap and hand cream with cinnamon, you can find here many original things that can capture your attention for a long time – Czech wooden toys, various stuff for sauna, Easter eggs that are colored manually, and many other objects. As for me, the best souvenirs for ladies are to be bought here, in Manufaktura.
Jewelry industry in Czech Republic has its own “specialty’ – Czech or Bohemian garnet. Jewelry with this stone is sold everywhere in Prague, but Granat Turnov – is the largest chain of jewelry stores. The most attractive prices and the wide choice can be found here. Garnet symbolizes friendship, love and gratitude, as well as provides amazing life energy for its owner. Hardly anybody in the world can say he has more than enough of it.
There is a special shop at the Museum of Cubism in Prague where furniture in congruent style and ceramics are sold. Josef Gočár and Pavel Janák — are two designers-cubists, whose works are always presented in that shop. Moreover, those who are interested in antiques can find several interesting items for their collection.
One of the most important elements in interior design is light. Perfectly chosen lamps bring coziness and create the correct image of the whole space. There is an amazing showroom in Prague that is devoted to this concept and for me it is the inexhaustible source of inspiration and ideas. Also it is a really good place to buy a nice lamp for your own home or as a present.