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.
This is an antique shop selling elegant furniture, chandeliers, carpets and paintings. The furniture is of a high quality, and in very good condition. The paintings are predominantly 19th century portraiture, although there are also a few interesting signed prints. The staff here speak both Czech and German.
All on one floor, this store does not have an identical inventory to the one in Prague One. It has a larger meat and fish section but does not, for instance, carry bagels and textiles. The produce section is larger than downtown, and stocks freshly grilled chicken amongst other things. It offers more elbowroom than the more constricted store in Prague One. Because it is all on one floor, items are easier to find in this store. Watch out for the staff on roller-blades.
The interior of this shop uses a simple formula, allow the quality and color of the clothes on sale to create the space's atmosphere and character. The prices are as seductive as the fashion with most items in the mid range bracket. There is a wide choice of blouses, skirts and trousers, with underwear and swimsuits stocked exclusively by Liberti.
This elegant jeweler stocks high-class modern jewelry manufactured in the Kottner studio. The interior has a simple color scheme, and this simplicity is echoed in the jewelry. The designs are contemporary and minimalist, spurning the over-worked feel of more traditional pieces. Some of the rings are thin flat bands of gold, and the diamonds on the jeweled pieces seem to be merely resting on the precious metals rather than bonded to them. The fine craftsmanship of the Kottner studio clearly places these pieces in a class of their own.
On the ground floor of the Grand Hotel Bohemia, the interior of this shop fits in perfectly with the surrounding décor. The Versace logo has been inlaid into a mosaic on the marble floor, and is reminiscent of a painting by the Czech Art Nouveau legend Alfons Mucha. The shop stocks a wide range of Versace products, including perfumes, but the main emphasis is on the casual and formal clothing that is displayed on brass rails against lemon walls.
This shop stocks a wide range of the Italian company's bags in a tall modern interior with steel and wood laminate shelving. The bags come in a range of sizes and styles. There are leather pieces as well as small geometrical denim designs. Most of the interior is free space, the shelves fill the lower half of the walls, which adds to the impact of the display. In addition to bags the company's purses, watches and jewelry are displayed in a pair of steel counters in the center of the room.