Apoteka is famous for its face mask which is also called 3-minutes mask as it makes your skin moisturized for the whole day after using 3 minutes in the morning. They produce various products for men and women of all ages, and even for babies and kids. They develop organic cosmetics by growing herbs from their own farm. You can choose the product depending on your needs from night cream to moisturizing cream, cleansing water, shaving cream, sun screen, lip balm, and so on.
Founded in 1991, they produce natural cosmetics, and have many branches in Prague. With the concept of home spa, one of the best selling products is bath salt with different fragrances and also in different sizes. There are also shampoos, face creams, body creams, hand creams, and lip balms. Beer shampoos made of enzymes of beer, wine product line, rose product line are popular as well.
Goat's milk is well known to be excellent in moisturizing, and Ziaja is famous for its product line made with goat's milk. Goat's milk creams make your skin clear and soft by delivering moisture and nutritions at a time. The price is very affordable, and it is also perfect as souvenirs to offer to your friends after the trip. There are various choices of products from night creams to shampoos, hair masks, body lotions, and so on.
One of the most famous beauty brands from Czech Republic. The best selling product is rose face oil, which is especially perfect in between seasons and during winter to moisturize your skin. There is a wide choice of essential oils with different fragrances, soaps, face creams, night creams, and so on. As a natural beauty brand, they also produce some ingredients.
The most famous and biggest drugstores in Europe, DM. DM is originally from Germany, but you can find many branches easily in Czech Republic as well. From foods to daily supplies, cosmetics, they have a wide range of products at a low cost. Fizzy vitamin tablets, toothpastes and Camille handcreams are popular and Balea, a low-priced beauty brand with many skin care products, is a hot item as well.
A traditional Czech alcohol, Becherovka also works as a digestive medicine among locals. As the Czech take a big quantity of meat, they have a glass of Becherovka when having meat to help the digestion. You can get them from supermarkets in different sizes, and there is a softer version with lemon flavor.
Czech Republic truly has a long history of beers. Czech Republic is the largest consumer of beer per capita in the world. People say that beer is cheaper than water in Czech Republic, and it is quite true, especially at restaurants. You can buy some cans of beers at a supermarket to enjoy the romantic night with beer, appreciating the view of Prague.
A traditional Czech snack, Kolonada. You can find it easily at any supermarket. In between very light and crispy layers of snacks, sweet and soft cream is filled. There are many types of Kolonada from the big round one with thin layers(the one on the left side in the picture) to the ones that many layers are combined into one and divided into pieces like pizza(the one on the right side in the picture), and also mini sized snacks. There are several tastes with different flavors of cream.
One of the most typical and traditional souvenirs from anywhere, postcards and notebooks. You have a wide range of selections with different designs at many souvenir shops and also at Havel market. When you paste up the postcard with Prague monuments on the wall in your room, it will remind you of your happiest moments in Prague anytime you see it.
If you are looking for more stylish souvenirs, you can visit PRAGTIQUE. They have many souvenirs including postcards, notebooks, t-shirts, caps, tote bags, and mugs with modern and stylish designs.
Marionette puppet show is originally from Czech Republic. Thus, you can see many shops selling marionettes with different designs. From the traditional ones to the ones with some special costumes from movies or animated movies, and the ones with scary laughter sounds of witches, you can find the one you prefer.
One of the representing monuments in Prague is definitely Prague Astronomical Clock. Did you know that you can bring it home as well? Many souvenir shops sell the mini sized astronomical clock with the very similar design to the original one. Not only clocks, but there are other souvenirs with this design like postcards, photo frames, and magnets.
Lastly, Bohemia crystal is also a famous souvenir from Czech Republic. Swarovski, a crystal jewelry brand, also started from a glass atelier in Bohemia region. Just looking at stunning cyrstal glass already makes you happy. There are many shops with crystal glasses, but when you visit BLUE PRAHA, you can have a wide range of choices. Located very near to the Prague old town, there are various crystal glasses from small decorations to wine glasses, vases, and so on.
Words and Photographs by Yuna Lee