Wenceslas Square Shopping
Wenceslas Square shopping on the largest square in Prague is shopping for every taste. Virtually every building houses a shop – shoes, books, Bohemian crystal and everything you need or do not need. Add to this a number of department stores and you have shopping pleasure for hours, if not days. Tired of shopping? Relax in one of the cafés, outside in summer and inside in winter. Be sure to explore the shopping arcades oozing with old-fashioned charm. In the 1990s and 2000s the sausage stands on Wenceslas Square were popular. You could buy here a variety of sausages and beer in a plastic mug. They all closed down in 2020. There are several fast-food option on the square as well as food courts. You will never go hungry.
Wenceslas Square Shopping
Wenceslas Square is impressive. Stand on the steps of the National Museum for a sweeping view. The square gently slopes down and swarms with shopping and sightseeing people. With a length of 750 meters and a width of 60 meters, Wenceslas Square is rather a broad avenue than a square – shops, department stores, hotels, restaurants and cafés on all sides. Start you shopping trip at the National Museum end and walk down the gently sloping square. Less fatiguing and you’ll save energy for more shopping.
Wenceslas Square Shopping: Odd Numbered Side
From The National Museum to Na Prikope Street:
* Yves Rocher, for a very affordable beauty treatment or just for beauty products to take home * Jannis shoes, fashionable and very affordable
* Palac Knih, Palace of Books honours its name, four floors full of books, also in English
* Debenhams, British department store
* H&M, Needs no praise, the favourite of all young people
* Van Graaf, five floors of fashion, Boss Orange, Tommy Hilfiger, Esprit, Marc O’Polo, Gerry Weber and another two hundred labels.
* Bohemia Crystal, not only glassware but also a plethora of Prague souvenirs
* C&A, affordable fashion for everybody
* Shopping Centre Koruna at the corner of Wenceslas Square and Na Prikope Street, Bontonland the largest CD shop in Prague.
Even numbered side
Inspiring shops along Wenceslas Square, from Na Prikope to the National Museum
* Bata, flagship store of the Czech shoe industry, six floors with shoes and fashion items
* Marks & Spencer, British fashion and afternoon tea on the third floor
* Dum Mody, five floors of desirable fashion – the only department store that dates back to communist days and feels a bit like old times.
Shopping arcades are located on the even side of Wenceslas Square. They are concealed and you easily overlook them and take them for the entrance to a building. Lucerna passage and Koruna are the most beautiful. Many arcades offer interesting shopping: fashion boutiques, wine shops and also café and restaurants and sometimes fast-food outlets. Most arcades, passages as the Czech call them, were created in the early twentieth century and were and still are perfect places for entertainment. You will find a nostalgic movie theatre in the Lucerna Passage.
Passage Rokoko, Wenceslas Square 38, is an extension of the Lucerna and you Novaku arcades. It is a maze of corridors in the block between Wenceslas Square, Vodickova and Stepanska streets. The Rokoko passage is built in Art Nouveau style. Here you will find shops, fashion boutiques, A3 Sport Store, Costa Coffee and the Rokoko theatre.
Passage Fenix Wenceslas Square 56, was one of the first functionalist-style buildings. Just walk in and taste the atmosphere of the thirties. There are mainly offices and only a few shops here.
Have you done enough shopping on Wenceslas Square, but not yet tired of shopping, continue on Na Prikope and 28 Rijna Streets, or make a stop at Starbucks at number 57 or Bakker Paul at number 42 for French specialties. Shopping on Wenceslas Square is ideal for a relaxing afternoon during your city trip to Prague.
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Wenceslas Square: Crash Course in Architecture
Wenceslas Square is the most crowded pavement in Prague. Brightly-lit souvenir shops rub shoulders with bookshop and cafes. Tourists mingle with office workers. Square is a misnomer because Wenceslas Square is a sloping avenue about 750m long and 60m wide, with a walkway in between. The statue of St Wenceslas on horseback dominates the top. Behind him is the monumental National Museum. Wenceslas Square is a crash course in architectural styles. Neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Socialist Realism and modernist buildings sit side by side. The Art Nouveau-decorated façade of Hotel Evropa faded but is still worth a look. Opposite is Wiehl House adorned with colourful sgraffito. Socialist realist style Hotel Jalta is a Unesco World heritage site and streamlined Bata shoe store is an exquisite example of funcionalist architecture.