Shopping in Celetna Street
Shopping in Celetna Street is the perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon. This street is packed with inspiring and exclusive shops, each trying to attract your attention. U Zlateho Iva is your place-to-be if you are looking for wooden toys and puppets. Most shops stock Bohemian crystal; one of the best Prague souvenirs to take home. Architect buffs will have the day of their life because the buildings in Celetna Street are all little gems.
Shopping in Celetna Street
The Art of the Slavonic Matryoska Shop, of Russian origin, but loved in the Czech Republic is at number 23. The price of Matryoshka dolls depends on the number of puppets in the set. At number 32, U Zlateho Iva, a shop full of wooden toys. Krtek or Mole, a character in a series of cartoons created by a Czech animator, sits on all shelves, in all nooks and corners and in all shapes and sizes. The next store is Knihy Dobra, the university bookstore, useful to know when looking for a special book. Pop into La Borsa for exclusive bags at a bargain price. Stock up on very affordable crystal glassware at Bohemian Crystal Souvenirs. Shopping in Celetna is an afternoon well spent!
The House of the Black Madonna
At the entrance of Celetna Street near Republiky Square stands the Gothic Powder Tower dating back to the eleventh century, one of the remaining city gates of Prague. The first part of the street has no shopping in Celtena street delights, but is worth a look because of the beautiful architecture. The House of the Black Madonna, a beautiful example of cubist architecture, stands at the corner of Celetna and Ovocny trh. Shopping in Celetna Street alsoincludes Modernista that has a branch in the Black Madonna House where you can buy beautiful objects d’art in cubist style – tea sets, bowls and vases as well as furniture.
Chocolate and Torture Instruments
At Viva Praha (Celetna 10) you can buy Belgian chocolates, hard rock candy and Belgian beer . Next door you learn all about chocolate in the Chocolate Museum. Fans of the Middle Ages should make a beeline for the Museum of Torture Instruments at number 12. Blue and Moser are two shops that specialize in crystal and porcelain. Both stock the most beautiful crystal dishes, glasses, carafes and all kinds of famous porcelain brands. They don’t come cheap but are of first rate quality. At the end of the street the Tower of the Old Town Hall looms up.
Celetna street runs from Republiky square to Old Town Square. It is pedestrian only and often less crowded than Karlova, another shopping street in the historic center of Prague, also leading to Old Town Square. Pay particular attention to the pavement – white and black cobble stones laid out in patterns
Medieval Arechitecture in Celetna Street
Non-shoppers will marvel at the Medieval architectuur of the buildings in Celtena Street:
* In the White Lion (U bílého Iva); Celetna 6
* In the Black Sun (U černého slunce), Celetna 8
* In the white Peacock (U bílého páva), Celetna 10
* Hrzánský Palais, Celetná 12
* Caretto-Millesimo Palaiss Celetna 13
* Menhart House (Menhartovský dům); Celetna 17
* House of the Black Madonna (Dům U černé Matky Boží) Celetna 34