Top souvenirs from the Czech Republic, or what to bring home
Gastronomic souvenirs from Prague (beer, Becherovka, cheese, sausages, Slivovica, Platelka, Fernet Stok and chocolate) is easier and cheaper to buy in the hypermarkets Tesco, Billa, Albert.
If you want to buy lots of souvenirs, go to Havel Market: you’ll find magnets and beer mugs, marionettes and Karlovy Vary tokens, miniature Orloj clocks and ceramic Prague houses. But not only things made in the Czech Republic are sold here. You can also find goods from China. The quality is of the same quality.
In the tourist information center on Panská Street (Panská, 6) you can buy cosmetics and jewelry with pomegranate or Vltavín, crystal and bijouterie Preciosa, moles and Koh-i-Noor pencils: all in one place, the consultants speak Russian, but a bit more expensive than in brand stores. In the Palladium Shopping Center. , “Kotva” , “Quadrio” , “New Smihov” and others can also buy all the souvenirs and gifts at once – there are many different departments, from toys to clothing and shoes.
On this map markers are marked shopping centers and market where you can buy various souvenirs in Prague.
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And one more important thing! If you’re going on a tour of castles and cities of the Czech Republic, then do not hurry to buy souvenirs in Prague. In the capital are usually more expensive. In Karlovy Vary take Becherovka, waffles, porcelain “drinkers” with spouts for mineral water, cosmetics Vřídlo, Ryor, Aquila and others with mineral salts and thermal water (it’s cheaper). In Český Krumlov and Turnov buy jewelry with pomegranates and vltavin.
Drinks from the Czech Republic
Beer and beer accessories
Beer is the leader among Czech souvenirs. There is a huge variety of brands of Czech beer. Velkopopovický Kozel, Staropramen, Krušovice, Pilsner Urquell – these beer brands can also be found in Russia, but brewed in the Czech Republic differs in taste from the one made in our country. You can easily buy this beer in a supermarket (see Shops in Prague, their types and location map), for example in Alberta (Albert). It usually costs 25-30 crowns (on specials – from 10 crowns, and if you look, even from 4 crowns). Bernard, Budweiser Budvar, Ferdinand, Gambrinus, Svijany – these beers are found in larger hypermarkets like Tesco, or in breweries, beer museums, beer shops or bars. Try different brands and varieties, choose what you like, and then buy for souvenirs.
Beer paraphernalia such as glasses and volumetric mugs, bottle openers and coasters can be bought in beer houses and breweries: some of them have souvenir shops, for example in the bar “U Medvidku” (the souvenir shop is on the 2nd floor). But in general, these beer souvenirs can be found everywhere, for example, at the oldest market in Havel. But the beer passport is a souvenir for yourself and you should take it at the beginning of the trip. In it you will be able to collect stamps of beer houses that you have visited, and mark what kind of beer you have tasted. You can buy a beer passport in the brewery Strahovskogo monastery (there is definitely one), in souvenir shops and information centers.
Beer mugs at Havel market.
Becherovka – Czech strong liquor (20-40 degrees), infused with herbs. It is produced in Karlovy Vary in the mineral water, and popularly called the “13th source” of the spa.
There are 4 types of Becherovka.
- Original (classic, 38 degrees). The recipe of the original Becherovka is more than 210 years.
- KV 14 (red aperitif, 40 degrees). It includes red wine, and the amount of sugar is much less.
- Cordial (cordial, 35 degrees). Becherovka with white wine and lime blossom.
- Lemond (lemon, 20 degrees). Liqueur with the juice and zest of citrus fruits.
Buy Becherovka in Prague is best in supermarkets: Tesco, Albert and Billa. If you are going to Karlovy Vary, for example with a tour (see Tours of castles and cities of the Czech Republic), then postpone this purchase until your trip. There’s a specialty store next to the Becherovka Museum (address: T.G.Masaryka 57). Here you can buy not only all 4 kinds of liquor, but also gift sets of mini-bottles with different flavors, as well as special stacks for Becherovka. By the way, the museum has a bar, where it is useful to have a tasting first to understand which of the four types of liquor you like best.
Becherovka in Prague.
Czech wine is unknown in Russia. You can try it only in the Czech Republic, because the wine is produced in small quantities here and it is not exported.
Choosing between red and white, choose white. There are more white varieties of grapes in Czech Republic, and high-quality white wine is easier to buy. Among the reds there are simple “sweet compotes” to accompany meat for dinner.
Among the white wines, try:
- Veltlínské Zelené
- Moravsky Muskat
- Ryzlink vlašský
- Ryzlink rynsky
- Rulandské šedé
- Rulandské bílé
Among the reds you can try the following wines. But don’t expect anything special from them.
To buy Czech wine in Prague is cheaper in conventional hypermarkets (Tesco, Billa, Albert), but the choice is often small. If you can not find what you want in the stores, go to the wine shops: there you can first taste the wine in the bar, and then buy a souvenir.
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- Vinárna Bokovka. Address: Dlouha 37 (Stare Mesto).
- Flavours. Address: Zahrebska, 29 (near Wenceslas Square).
- Vinograf. Address: Mishenska 68/8 (Malá Strana District).
- VinVin. Address: Taboritska 23 (Žižkov district).
Absinthe is a strong alcoholic drink (55-85%), mostly green, but also colorless or brown. The most important component of absinthe is the herbs anise, fennel and bitter wormwood (the latter’s essential oils contain large quantities of thujone). It is because of this that absinthe is considered a hallucinogenic drink: however, this has not been scientifically proven.
To buy quality absinthe, you need to be able to distinguish it from the liqueurs and tinctures that are often sold under the guise of this drink in the Czech Republic. The simplest but not the most ironclad rule is: if the label on the bottle says “absinthe” (with an “e” at the end), then it is the right absinthe and you can buy it, but if it says “absinth” (without the letter “e”), then it is a fake and you should not take it.
Good Czech absinthe in the Czech Republic is produced under the brands St. Antoine, La Grenouille, L’Ancienne, Absinthe Toulouse-Lautrec, Oliva Absinthe.
Buy real absinthe in Prague at Absinthe Bar & Shop (Jilska 7, Stare Mesto) and Green Devil’s Absinthe Bar & Shop (Tyn 637/7, behind Tyn Church, Stare Mesto).
Herbal liqueurs and spirits are often sold under the guise of absinthe in Bohemia.
Slivovice – plum brandy with an alcoholic strength of 42 to 72%. The best version of the drink with strength of 52% (this is well matured plum brandy, and it is not diluted with water). It can be clear or have a yellowish tint, which appears during many years of aging in oak barrels.
The most popular brands are R. Jelínek, Žufánek and Božkov.
In addition to plum, from the juice of fruits and berries in the Czech Republic make also Hruškovice (from pears), Jablkovice (from apples), Meruňkovice (from apricots), Kdoule (from quinces) and other drinks.
You can buy Plumovitsa in stores and supermarkets. In addition, there are discounts, and you can buy alcoholic souvenirs at a lower price.
Fernet Stock is another herbal liqueur with an alcoholic strength of 40 degrees. A truly Czech souvenir because it is the most popular strong alcohol in the country. In sales it surpasses even the famous Becherovka. Its composition includes 14 herbs from around the world, which are soaked in alcohol for 2-3 months, and then it matures in oak barrels for more than six months.
In addition to traditional Fernet , Czechs also produce Fernet Stock Citrus. This is a less strong version of the liquor (30 degrees) with the addition of lemon.
The best place to buy Fernet in Prague is in large supermarkets, such as Tesco.
Mugs with the popular Czech Krotik.
Mineral water from Karlovy Vary
The most famous mineral water from Karlovy Vary is called Mattoni. It can be carbonated or still, with the addition of fruit juice (Mattoni Schorle) and with an increased dose of fructose and glucose (Mattoni Active). You can recognize Mattoni on the store shelves by the bright symbol of the brand – a red eagle spreading its wings. And the plant in Karlovy Vary produces magnesium mineral water Magnesia and mineral water Aquila, which is valued for the fact that it is much faster removes harmful toxins from the body (because it has significantly less sodium).
Buy Karlovy Vary mineral water in Prague you can in various large hypermarkets and pharmacies. You can buy it in Karlovy Vary, especially if you are going there on a tour (see Tours of castles and cities of the Czech Republic ). As a gift I would advise to add a beautiful burette – a flat porcelain mug with a spout. The fact is that the acids and minerals in it destroy tooth enamel, giving it a yellow tint. But if you drink water from a spout, it minimizes contact with your teeth.
Cheese is one of the best gastronomic souvenirs from the Czech Republic. There are many different varieties of it.
The only original Czech cheese is olomoucké tvarůžky (olomoucké tvarůžky). This is a soft cheese with a pungent unpleasant smell: it resembles the smell of sweat and worn socks, but it disappears after frying. The traditional form of tvarůžky is rings with holes. By the way, fans of this cheese advise not to eat it right out of the fridge: it needs to rest for an hour or two in the heat, so that it becomes as tender as possible.
Other moldy Czech cheeses are also interesting. Hermelín is similar to the French Camembert. Its most common types: King of Cheeses (Král Sýrů) and Sedlčanský (Sedlčanský). In the Czech Republic hermelin is fried and pickled. There are also Niva, Brie, Plesnivec, Geramont with one type of mold and Vltavín with two types of mold (green inside and white outside). It is true that the smell of moldy cheeses is very specific and may scare away. But if you still decide to try them, they can be a good snack for white wine and beer.
Souvenirs in the Jewish Quarter.
You can buy cheese in the Czech Republic in any supermarket.
How to transport: soft cheeses wrap in an extra layer of foil or pack in an airtight container with a latch (it is better to take it in advance from home). Soft cheeses in the baggage, because in the heat in the hand luggage cheese can melt and go bad, and not too pleasant smell will attract attention.
Specialty meats, Czech sausages, and fish
Meat delicacies in the Czech Republic are many, and all of them are delicious. It is best to carry them in a vacuum pack. Pay special attention to Lovencký salám (Hunting sausage) and Pražská hams (Pražská šunka) – these products for their exceptional quality are included in the European list of Czech delicacies.
You can also buy smoked pork knuckle – a variant of veep’s knee in a vacuum. And hot-smoked mackerel – this fish is also very appetizing. However, it seems that in Czech Republic you can buy any kind of sausages, frankfurters and wieners – everything will please meat gourmets.
It is best to buy meat “souvenirs” in Prague in large hypermarkets. There is a bigger choice and the prices can be lower. Only take into account that you can bring no more than 5 kg of cheese and meat products to Russia.
Oplatky (Oplatky) – thin round wafers with a seal, different diameters and with different fillings. Let me tell you right away: the taste is not everyone’s favorite, so first take one packet for a test and only then, if you like it, buy it as a souvenir. In Czech Republic kleptkas are produced in two spas – in Mariánské Lázeňské oplatky and Karlovarské oplatky. The latter are the most famous and popular.
They are packed in beautiful boxes of 5 to 10 wafers, each in a separate plastic or foil pouch. The cheapest place to buy them is in Karlovy Vary. In Prague or duty-free would be more expensive. But if you do buy them in the capital, look for them in supermarkets, not in souvenir shops.
A souvenir store.
Czech sweets and chocolate
There are plenty of sweets and desserts in the Czech Republic. But the trdelník, strudel and poppy seed cake are best tasted on the spot and then you can take home various chocolate bars and wafers as a souvenir from Prague. They are inexpensive and will delight children and all lovers of sweets. I, for example, brought home a whole bag of Czech goodies for my daughters.
Orion makes chocolate bars and chocolate bars in the Czech Republic. Try Lentilky, the “twin” of the familiar M&M’s, which have been produced here for more than 100 years. Or one of the oldest Czech chocolate bars, Kofila, which is also almost 100 years old. Or the large chocolate bar Studentska Pecet – those who like Alpen Gold will love it. For those who like Bounty, get Koko, and for Milky Way lovers, get Deli.
The delicious Czech wafers are Fidorka and Tatranky. They are produced by the company Opavia. Fidorka are chocolate-coated round wafers, and Tatranky are long rectangular wafers. They are also glazed and come in nut, chocolate or peanut fillings.
You can buy a variety of sweets in any hypermarket: Tesco, Albert, Billa or Lidl.
If you do not care whether the chocolate is Czech or any other, I recommend a visit to the Prague Chocolate Museum (address: Celetná, 15). It is a branch of Belgian museum for sweet-tooth people and has a store with Belgian chocolate. But the prices are touristy!
Candies and sweets are sold in Prague and in beautiful gift boxes.
Natural and hop cosmetics
Cosmetics from the Czech Republic is a high-quality and inexpensive souvenir. It is natural and useful. The two main advantages of Czech cosmetics are as follows.
- Own cosmetic components. Czech Republic has its own hops and beer, its own mineral water and salts, its own grapes (and hence its own grape oils and seeds), medicinal herbs and even its own hemp.
- Lack of advertising. This cosmetics is practically not advertised, so it is cheaper compared to the untwisted Western European brands.
Popular brands: Manufaktura, RYOR, Dermacol, Vřídlo, Aquila, FAON, Beer Spa and others.
You can buy cosmetics in Prague in brand stores of famous brands: For example, Manufaktura is located at Celetná, 12; Mostecká, 17; For example, Manufaktura at Celetná 12; Mostecká, 17; Karlova 26; RIOR at Národní třída 25; Dermakol at Palladium, Palladium, 2nd floor (Náměstí republiky 1, Praha 1), Quadrio (Spálená 2121/22, Praha 1); Chodov, Chodov, ground floor (Roztylská 2321/19, Praha 4).
More Czech cosmetics you can buy in conventional supermarkets (for example Tesco) and in the tourist information center at Panská 6, Praha 1 (it will be a little more expensive, but the choice is sufficient and there are Russian-speaking staff).
Original souvenirs and gifts for guests of Prague
Any trip invariably involves not only cultural sightseeing, but also the purchase of gifts for friends and family. A trip to Prague is no exception. For the fans of shopping there is a paradise, so you can easily buy great souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones.
Top 10 souvenirs and gifts from the Czech Republic
If you are going to visit Prague soon, it is worth thinking about what gifts you will buy on your way back.
Usually all shopping and shopping is put off until the last day of the trip and it is better to make a list of wishes beforehand, so you don’t have to run around thinking on the go, what to buy.
We suggest you pay attention to the ten most popular souvenirs from the Czech Republic:
Bohemian glass and crystal
A real pride of Czech craftsmen. The tradition of this craft has its roots in the deep past and has a very rich history. Today you can buy such things in dozens of specialized stores.
The garnet is regarded as one of the symbols of Bohemia. Ornaments with this beautiful mineral are notable for their exquisite beauty and quite democratic prices.
The making of silver jewelry in Bohemia is a traditional craft, known for many centuries. In Prague, apart from rings, earrings, pendants and bracelets you can buy silver spoons, knives as well as various statuettes.
One of the most popular souvenirs that tourists usually take from Prague. Local beer really deserves attention. The Czech Republic has for centuries been considered one of the best producers of this foamy drink. And today beer is produced on a huge scale, both in large factories and small breweries.
The Czech Republic is a country of high quality pens, pencils, notebooks and other writing utensils. Scattered throughout the capital are dozens of branded office supply stores with an unusually wide selection. Here you can buy products of the well-known manufacturer KOH-I-NOOR, which are famous for their excellent quality.
Souvenirs with a mole
The mole is the hero of an iconic Czech cartoon that is popular worldwide. Czechs love this cute character, so local souvenir shops, stationery departments and gift stores offer a lot of different things: soft toys, magnets, notebooks, puzzles with the image of a mole.
If you are looking for a Czech souvenir for a child, a cute thing with a mole will be a great solution. And adults who grew up in the Soviet era, probably remember their childhood with nostalgia and rejoice at the cartoon character.
Karlovy Vary wafers
Or as they are also called – zaplatki. An amazingly delicious local sweet, the best option for a gift for sweet tooth. There are many variations of different toppings. The average price is 35 kronor a package.
“Alcoholic” souvenir, prepared according to an ancient recipe, fernet tincture based on various herbs. If you want to bring your friends exactly strong drinks, pay attention to Czech liqueur “Plumovica”, as well as the famous absinthe.
Knights’ armor, ancient coins, silver knives and other unique items. They are extremely popular with tourists and convey the unique atmosphere of medieval Bohemia.
Handmade, these items are among the traditional Czech toys. A huge selection of marionettes can be found in local toy stores, as well as in some souvenir shops.
These ten gifts are deservedly in constant demand among tourists coming to Prague. You can use this list when choosing a gift or include your own imagination and buy a truly original thing.
Souvenirs in Prague – where and how much to buy?
There are a huge number of large shopping centers, small stores and stalls where you can find souvenirs for all tastes.
If you’re in search of good gifts, be sure to visit the souvenir markets. They certainly don’t look as chic as the expensive boutiques, but here among the thousands of goods you can find a really rare and very interesting things.
The most famous and oldest is the Havel Market . It is located in the historic part of the city, on Havelská Street. Here you can buy almost everything, from ceramics and wooden toys to jewelry.
Another popular place to buy souvenirs is the Prague market (located at the metro station Vltavska). It is always full of foreign tourists wishing to buy traditional Czech goods. Locals come here mostly for fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers.
This market has a huge selection of various souvenirs at affordable prices. Here you can inexpensively update your closet. Local vendors haggle willingly, so you can buy stylish items for a nominal fee.
Fans of antiques can go in search of souvenirs at the flea market on Kolbenova Street. There is a surprising abundance of rare things from many different eras: glass, ceramics, photo equipment, unique photographs, old paintings, vinyl records, silverware, musical instruments and more.
Popular stores in Prague
Rich choice of souvenirs for all tastes can be found in the famous stores of Prague. For example, many tourists go shopping at the Palladium Shopping Centre on Republic Square. There are more than a hundred stores under a huge roof.
Not only can you buy trendy clothes and shoes, but also find great gifts for loved ones – jewelry, porcelain, glass, crystal.
Opposite the Palladium there is a small but very cozy shopping center Obchodní dům Kotva.
There are dozens of fashionable stores and plenty of small souvenir shops.
Nový Smíchov is another popular mall located in close proximity to the historic part of the city.
It is especially loved by tourists for its wide range of goods and convenient location.
However, if you do not like crowded and crowded stores, it is worth looking for another place to shop. For instance, wander through the small souvenir stores that are scattered throughout the old town.
About the prices of souvenirs
Prices for gifts in Prague can be different. You can buy both quite budgetary goods and expensive exclusive things. In general, the price picture for popular souvenirs is as follows:
- The simplest things made of glass and porcelain (small vases, sugar bowls) are not less than 300-400 crowns. Qualitative handmade porcelain service can be bought for 1000 crowns. The cost of larger and more expensive items can go up to several thousand CZK.
- Czech garnet jewelry sells for very reasonable prices – on average from 1000 crowns. Please note that authentic pieces of jewelry are sold under the “Granát” brand name and can only be bought in company stores.
- The famous “Koch-i-Noor” pencils and pens are a real hallmark of the Czech Republic. They have a very high quality, so their price is appropriate (from 70 crowns and above).
- Prices for beer, Becherovka and other alcoholic beverages in Prague are ridiculous (compared with Russian). On average, one small can of Czech beer costs around 15 crowns.
In short, in Prague, every traveler will find souvenirs to his taste and budget level.
Reviews and tips on buying souvenirs in the Czech Republic
In conclusion, here are some reviews of tourists. They are ready to share their personal experience of buying souvenirs in Prague:
“I recently returned from the Czech Republic. I brought my family and friends the most traditional souvenirs: beer, waffles, beer mugs, magnets. It was quite cheap (all the gifts totaled 1000 crowns). If you want to save money, do not buy souvenirs at the first shop. In the center, where a large flow of tourists, prices are quite high, the farther from the center, the lower the prices.
Czech Republic is a country rich not only in its unique culture and rich history. These beautiful lands are also famous for handicrafts and folk art. Famous Czech glassware, porcelain, crystal, pomegranate, beer, and Carlsbad wafers are all part and parcel of the Czech image.
See souvenirs and jewelry from the Czech Republic:
When you go to Prague, be sure to buy some of these classic souvenirs as keepsakes, and wander the local stores, markets, and malls in search of more interesting gifts.