Czech men's fashion designer JOZEF SLOBODA creates trendy and unique clothes, using high-quality fabrics and original style. Jeans, T-shirts, beautiful shirts, sweat-shirts - all is cool and sexy, and wearable! Two locations: Tynska ulicka 4 (one block from the Old Town Square), Na Prikope 12 (Cerna Ruze Shopping Center). Staff is very friendly and helpful. You've got to love it... www.jozefsloboda.cz 

 How about a handmade replica of the drinking glass from the times of Charles IY or a one of a kind scarf designed after a window at St Vitus Cathedral? While in Prague, the best things to purchase are local specialties – glass, Bohemian crystal, porcelain, amber jewelry and ceramics; Czech garnets and costume jewelry; hand-made accessories and tapestries; replicas of Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Cubist and other historical artwork; photography and art books; children’s toys and marionettes.

Many people come to the Czech Republic to buy famous Czech glass. As for Bohemian crystal (cut glass with intricate patterns) as much of it is just tourist kitsch, look for a sign of authenticity ‑ an oval label, which reads “Bohemia Crystal. Made in the Czech Republic”.

There are plenty of glass shops in Prague, but a classic Moser Glass main store (Na Příkopě 12) is worth a visit just to look around. They have another, a smaller store located on Malé Naměsti 12 (just off Old Town Square) which sometimes offers discounts, up to 40% off.

Franz Kafka Bookstore, once owned by Kafka's father, sells editions of the author's works. Here you can also find a broad selection of coffee table books and catalogues (many in English) from local museums and recent exhibitions, and classical music CDs.

An absolutely unique Art Deco Galerie (224-223-076; Michalska 21; Stare Mesto) is filled with vintage clothing, antique furnishings, accessories and exquisite trinkets. From a 1930s and 1940s hats to an Art Nouveau clocks and Art Deco chairs, there are hundreds of items to choose from. Prices range from affordable to high.

If you are interested in design, if you like decorative items and also looking for original gift, you have to visit beautiful stores in the centre of Prague - Pylones! Products are colourful, funny and functional. Address of stores: Karlova 178/22 and 28.října 376/11, Prague 1. More information about products at: www.pylones-eshop.cz

 For those looking for affordable locally designed and produced fashion and accessories, check out Indiva (Karolíny Světlé 9). The street also features a great little gem of a lunch restaurant, Bistro No 19, one of Prague's best cocktail bars, Hemingway's, and for those looking for an eclectic student-type establishment, there's Duende Bar.

 

There is a wonderful shoe store located in the Jewish section of Old Praha near the Spanish synagogue: La Gallery Novesta, Elišky Krásnohorské 9, 110 00 Praha 1; Tel: +420 734 574 868.  This place sells wonderfully stylish shoes and boots from a Slovak design firm.  Here is their website: http://www.novesta.sk/en?lang=en.  Their boots have the unique feature of being made from real rubber, which makes them very soft and pliable.  In-store prices are reasonable.