Here you’ll find oils and salts for that hot bath your travel-weary feet crave, as well as perfumes, candles, soaps and every natural health and beauty product you can imagine. Branches are scattered around town but the main one (see Botanicus) is off the Old Town Square.
Named after a group of Bohemian artisans established in the early 1900s, Artěl has taken the time-honoured art of glassmaking and, working hand in hand with highly skilled craftspeople, has created a collection of fresh, whimsical yet elegant designs. They have created custom designs for several top luxury brands including Burberry and Gucci.
Set in the famous Old Town Square, this is a one-stop shop for glass and jewellery. Erpet sells Bohemian lead crystal, garnet jewellery, enamel glass and chandeliers, as well as fine goods from the Moser, Goebel and Swarovski manufacturers. Shoppers can ponder the purchases they’re about to make over coffee in the shop’s comfortable lounge area.
Enter this shop (see Art Deco) filled with antique furnishings, vintage clothing and one-of-a-kind knick-knacks and you’ll feel you’ve stepped back into the First Republic. Kit yourself out in Jazz Age style, right down to the spats and cigarette holder, or dress up your parlour with an Art Nouveau clock or cordial set.
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Dorotheum offices throughout the world trace their roots back to the Vienna pawnbroking office, established by Emperor Josef I in 1707. As a registered member of the Association of International Auctioneers, Dorotheum holds large auctions several times a year and maintains a huge sales gallery of paintings and works of art, jewellery, silverware, glassware, fine china and furniture, as well as other collectors’ items. Their regular auctions are popular with local as well as foreign clients.
This popular gift shop chain (see Manufaktura), an original Czech brand, is known for offering a unique range of natural cosmetic products and accessories as well as selling traditional Czech and Moravian souvenirs. Manufaktura’s line of cosmetics, made with natural ingredients, and the attractive accessories including scented candles, porcelain and massage tools are ideal for home spa.
While walking through the “souvenir” Karlova street, set aside the time to stop at this small shop, where every item on display is a testimony to Czech traditional arts and crafts. The unique collection includes handmade pottery and beer cosmetics.
This centrally-located, multi-storey toyshop (see Hračky U zlatého lva) stocks a huge selection of traditional Czech wooden toys, most of them locally produced. There’s a Krtek (Little Mole – the most popular Czech cartoon character) theme throughout which will please travelling tots in search of souvenirs.
Forget the traditional image of dust-collecting glass bowls and stemware. Blue’s bold and quirky designs will light up your home like no old-fashioned glass can. Plus, the prices are low enough that you won’t hesitate to use your purchases every day. You can also buy T-shirts and other gifts here.
Náplavka • 8am–3pm Sat • www.farmarsketrziste.cz
This riverfront food market is the place to be on summer Saturdays when the whole city seems to turn out to buy fresh produce, breads and meats. Even if you’re not shopping, the atmosphere is infectious. Stroll the embankment (see Marionette Don Giovanni) and have a beer or coffee at the pop-up cafés. Follow the Vltava south beyond the National Theatre to find the market.