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prague christmas market shoppingThere's no scarcity of terrific souvenir shopping venues in Prague. Take your pick: You can buy local wares from the street vendors who line St. Charles Bridge or at outdoor markets like Havelske Trziste, the main open-air market in the city center. There are also trinket shops around Old Town Square, which has year-round booths that sell arts and crafts. One noteworthy street runs off of Old Town Square; Celetna, one of Prague's oldest streets, is a great place to find Czech handicrafts and souvenirs.

Shopping Abroad: A Traveler's Guide

Among Prague's prized products are Bohemian hand-cut crystal, handmade wool hats, Czech garnets, wooden marionettes, figurines of World War I soldiers and images of the Bambini of Praha, the infant Jesus.

If you're looking to go beyond souvenir shopping, head to Wenceslas Square and the surrounding streets, where there are a number of department stores, antique stores and boutiques.

If you're visiting during December or early January, don't miss a stop in one of Prague's Christmas markets; the main ones set up shop in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Sample mulled wine and warm pastries as you browse the stalls in search of local handicrafts such as Christmas tree ornaments and wooden puppets.
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