Some people are mall people – some aren´t. I fall into the latter category – but find them useful when I am desperate or the weather is bad and I am bored. For better or for worse Prague has become a mall mecca – they are everywhere and all seem to be overly popular.
Starting in the center, and working our way out towards the ‘burbs, we will begin with Nový Smíchov (www.novysmichov.eu.) Based on the crowds milling about at all times this Prague 5 mall is quite a hit with many people. There is a Tesco inside as well as a Marks & Spencer for one-stop shopping. Nový Smíchov also has a good range of stores including a Datart for electronics; an Idea Dekor for home decorating; Botonland for music; Gant, Guess, C&A and Zara for clothing and an excellent Lebanese restaurant, Safir in the food court. They also have a movie theater, bowling alley, children´s playground and underground parking lot.
Another city center favorite is Palác Flóra (www.palacflora.com) in Prague 3. This is a quieter, smaller version of Nový Smíchov. They boast a regular movie theater plus the only IMAX theater in the country and their “cool” restaurant is the Thai Orange Moon. No cutting edge shops here, but they offer a Destroy for shoes, L´Occitane en Provence, Marionnaud Parfumerie, and Sephora for cosmetics and a Mothercare for toys. Fashion-wise, there´s a Lacoste, Cottonfield, Jackpot, Tommy Hilfiger, Rock Point and Weekend by Max Mara.
One of the newest additions to the mall scene is the colossal Palladium (www.palladiumpraha.cz) on náměstí Republiky. Positioning themselves as more of an entertainment complex, in addition to 170 shops they also have 30 bars, clubs and restaurants. They offer an Au Gourmand French bakery and a Centrum Delikates meat and cheese shop for the foodies; a Villeroy & Boch, Potten & Pannen and Almidecor for home decorating and 14 shoe stores, including two Domi branches. Fashion plates will be spoilt for choice; you´ve got Daphne, Marks & Spencer, Ann Christine, Reserved, Espirit, pietro filipi and Murphy & Nye.
Down Na Příkopé Street from Palladium you´ll find a string of smaller indoor shopping centers. None of them overwhelm with shopping possibilities, but depending on what you are looking for, you should be able to find what you need.
First up is Slovanský dům (www.slovanskydum.com.) Probably most popular for its cinema, shopping choices are limited. You´ll find a Mexx, Beltissimo, Camper for fun shoes, Riedel glassware for stunning drinking accessories and a Flamant home interiors.
Next you will hit Černá růže (www.cernaruze.cz.) Offering a wider selection than Slovanský dům, you´ll find an Au Pays des Mimis baby shop and home decorators can score with a Moser glassworks shop and the huge furniture and other doo-dads store, Donate. Otherwise, the range is pretty dull – fashionistas will find a shop offering Pierre Cardin, Valentino and Guy Laroche. And support local fashion with a visit to Petra Kociánová´s shop.
A little ways further down and we come to Myslbek (www.ngmyslbek.cz.) This passage shopping mall is home to a couple larger than normal stores, including an H&M, Intersport, NEXT and Mothercare. Fashion-wise, they offer a Henry Cottons, Guess, Gant, Calvin Klein Jeans and a Tie Rack. There´s also a Korres (the only one in Prague) and a Sushi Point here.
Palác Koruna (www.koruna-palace.cz) sits at the corner of Můstek and Václavské náměstí. While elevating it to the category of “Mall” may be a stretch; there is the best Botonland music shop here. A Tonik shop; Czech hat makers and Anna & Victorie to help out the moms-to-be with cool maternity fashion are probably the most unique of the about 15 shops located inside.
Moving outwards from the city is a variety of larger malls. Galerie Butovice (www.galerie-butovice.cz) is a newer shopping center with about 100 shops. There are no real standouts: a Bijou Brigitte, KARA and Montana Swiss Sport may offer bragging rights.
Metropole Zličín (www.metropole.cz/) is an old favorite. They´ve got a couple anchor stores, including ElectroWorld, Interspar and Marks & Spencer. There´s a Clinique, Rituals, Sephora, Orsay and Estée Lauder; H & M, C&A, Mexx, Next, New Yorker and Mango and a Home Art, Villeroy & Boch and Berghoff for those looking for a little something for the home. Basically, if one shop doesn´t have what you are looking for; there´s a string of other similar ones that may.
Centrum Černý Most (www.centrumcernymost.cz) has a Body Basics, C&A, Kenvelo, A3 Sport, Datart, Orsay, Steilmann for stylish men´s fashion and a Globus department/food store.
Centrum Chodov (www.centrumchodov.cz) used to be the new kid in town back in 2005, but it quickly lost that badge with the ever growing stack of indoor shopping outlets. However, it is still worth a stop as its large size offers a good directory of shopping options. Hit Diesel, Blažek, Benetton, Calzedonia or Pierre Cardin for some new threads; Body Shop or Yves Rocher for something soft or La Vecchia Bottega or Manufaktura for something different. There´s also a Marks & Spencer and Hypernova here.
One of the newest malls is Obchodní centrum Letňany (www.oc-letnany.cz.) This could rival Palladium for the “entertainment center” moniker as they offer an ice rink, aquacentrum, sportscentre, movie theater and a 24-hour Tesco. Popular shops include a KIKA furniture store, Zara, Terranova, Sanu Babu (items from Nepal and India,) Humanic shoe store, a dry cleaner and two gift-wrapping services.
Galerie Fénix (www.galeriefenix.eu) is the new Prague 9 mall. Nothing too earth-shattering – except they´ve got a hotel there if all the shopping has worn you out. There´s a Ba´ta, Aura Lingerie, Oresi kitchen studio and a shop cleverly named Office Shoes.