Shopping in Karlova Street
Karlova Street connects Old Town Square with Charles Bridge. This narrow, winding street in Prague is always bustling with people. Karlova means shop after shop after shop. This is the street to buy Bohemian crystal and sparkling jewelry. Karlova is also one of the best shopping streets for alcoholic souvenirs like Becherovka, a herbal liqueur, or Slivovice, plum brandy.
Karlova: Shoppers’ Delight
Karlova is the main route from Male Namesti, the small square just behind Old Town Square, to the Vltava River. The street is part of the Royal Way, the traditional coronation route of the Bohemian kings. Today Karlova is a paradise for shoppers with shops all along the way. As this street is very central, and the only way to get to Charles Bridge you will walk up and down this shopping street several times during your city trip to Prague. You will find here a plethora of souvenirs from Bohemian crystal to Russian fur hats and from wooden puppets to Prague T-shirts.
Special Shops in Karlova Street
Karlova 24: Crystal Direct, two floors crammed with Bohemian glassware, from wine glasses to fruit bowls and chandeliers. Be sure to attend a glassblowing session. Come back the next day to buy home your artwork.
Karlova 26: one of the many Manufaktura shops that are scattered throughout Prague. Their specialty is wooden toys but you will find here also ceramics, textiles hand-painted eggs.
Karlova 25: Parazit, extravagant and exciting fashion from young Czech designers who follow the latest trends. This boutique specializes in retro, haute-couture and pop-art. It’s not just fashion, Parazit excels in accessories and unconventional presents.
Karlova 12: Djepeto, one of the best shops in Prague for wooden puppets in all sizes. Go to a puppet opera performance Orpheus, Don Giovanni or Don Quichote. You need not be an opera buff to like the show. Just to put your mind at rest: only part of the opera is being performed.
Amble up and down Karlovo Street. It’s one of those shopping street in Prague that will never disappoint.