Located in a 14th-century building, this excellent vegetarian restaurant stays packed from all day. The cafeteria-style set-up features a huge salad bar, soups and a selection of main courses which change daily. Popular with students, grandmas, business people and everyone in between, the restaurant also serves a wide range of fruit juices and teas. A large bakery flanks the main restaurant. Perfect for the quick snack or long drawn out afternoon meal, it is only a short walk from both Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square.
This bakery stands two blocks from Staromestske Namesti (Old Town Square). It offers fresh bread, cheesecake, brownies and croissants as well as sandwiches and side dishes. Many consider the desserts on offer here to be among the best in Prague. This could well be because everything is made fresh on the premises and from natural ingredients.
This is an alley of miniature 16th-century cottages in a variety of colors built originally for the Palace Guard. However, by the 19th Century the lane had become home to artists and craftsmen, and then in the early part of the 20th Century, several well-known personalities came to live here. No. 22 is where Franz Kafka's sister lived and for a time in 1917, Kafka himself used the premises to write some of his stories. In 1951, the Communists threw out the residents and turned the lane into a souvenir street for tourists. Running along the roofs above the shops is a gallery containing an exhibition of armor and period costumes (entry from no 24). Chalk this one up as a must see when visiting Prague.
In the heart of the Old Town, around 100 meters from Old Town Square, stands the Havel's Street Market. Here, traders sell art, fruit, vegetables, jewelry, toys and anything else small enough to pack on to their open-air wooden stands. On either side of the street are shops that sell virtually everything else, including a herbal store that sells herbs and teas. If you wish to buy souvenirs for your loved ones back home, you will be presented with a plethora of options at the Havel's Street Market.
The flagship outlet of this international shoe company sells more than just shoes. Umbrellas, suitcases, sandals, or a belt can be found to go with your new shoes. Of course they also stock men's, women's, children's and sports shoes of the latest styles along with a smattering of clothes. As always with a Bata store, the selection is large and contemporary. Whether you are hunting for season shoes or something for your health regime, be sure to find them here.
This tastefully laid-out shop stocks exclusive labels like Windsor, True Religion and Rene Lezard. The clothing, as well as the interior, is refined and designed with impeccable taste. The shoe section at the back of the shop occupies a large space with a single sofa and two armchairs as the centerpiece. Grey and charcoal suits hang beside shirts and coats, providing the perfect mix of business and casual menswear.
In 1847, Louis-François Cartier opened his first goldsmith's workshop and thus laid the foundation for the company. After Napoleon's niece, Princess Mathilde, purchased a piece of jewelry at the Paris store 'Cartier' gained in reputation and became the official jewelry supplier at many aristocratic courts. Today, the brand represents primarily exclusive jewelry and luxury watches. The most popular collections are Panthère de Cartier, Love and Trinity de Cartier.
The Absintherie is a quirky bar offering its guests a staggering selection of over 60 varieties of absinthe, served in its pure form or crafted into sinfully delicious cocktails, chocolates, ice creams and many other delightful incarnations. This mysterious spirit has for a long time remained shrouded in claims being the cause of bizarre hallucinations and odd sensations, leading it to be marginalized from mainstream consumption. Hoping to dispel these myths, the staff at the Absintherie are always open to answering any questions you may have or providing suggestions to ensure the very best experience. The bar is adorned with displays of rare absinthe bottles and instruments associated with the distillation and service of the spirit. You may even purchase bottles of absinthe, souvenirs and other knick knacs to take home with you.
The interior of this shop has a cream and charcoal color scheme with pale walls and dark charcoal fittings setting off the exclusive designer leather goods that are on display. It caters to men and women. Tilted shelves along the back wall display boots, shoes and handbags for women while under the glass of the shop counter you'll find a selection of belts, purses and wallets.
Nespresso is a world-renowned coffee chain and this cafe is located at the intersection of the Pařížská and Kostečná. The place is perfect for a quick caffeine fix in the morning or even for a laid back cup of cappuccino and a muffin during the day. They sell a variety of packaged coffees here, so if you like something you tasted, pick a sample and head home to make some yourself. The place is equipped with WiFi, so be assured of a hot cuppa while you work.
From a saddler to the designer of the century: In 1921 it was still written in the stars that Guccio Gucci would one day be considered one of the greatest fashion designers ever. Back then, the young saddler opened up his first shop in Florence. The first exclusive leather ware with bridle and stirrup design fired peoples enthusiasm and made the designer famous. The designer reached his climax in the 1950s and 1960s, when he clothed the style icons Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. But still today his label stands for pure luxury.