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5 Great Shops for Candles in Prague

Published on December 13th, 2012 in Shopping

  • Botanicus's Czech-made beeswax candles

  • Botanicus's Czech-made beeswax candles

  • Cire Trudon Vegetal wax Candles

  • Ingredients - Display of Cire Trudon

  • Simple Concept - Display of Diptyque

  • Diptyque - Holiday Coffret

  • Diptyque - Votive Candleholders

  • Meadows - Gift Collection Cashmere

  • ARTĚL Filled Votive Candleholders in Azure, Black and Purple

  • ARTĚL Filled Votive Candleholder in Fuchsia

  • ToGo Candles - available at ARTĚL

 

Just in time for holiday shopping in Prague, I've noticed that a number of shops have begun stocking scented candles that are sure to make elegant, festive gifts. From traditional Czech beeswax to luxuriously packaged French varieties, these local luminaries will brighten your mantle—and your mood.

 

Beeswax Candles at Botanicus

For the socially conscious and anyone on a budget, Botanicus's Czech-made beeswax candles are a lovely option. This modern-day apothecary—their herbal lotions and potions are made in a village outside of Prague—employs "special needs adults" to craft aromatic candles in an array of natural scents: lavender, rose, cinnamon, and orange among them. The cotton-scented candle has long been a favorite of mine for its gentle freshness.


Botanicus
Ungelt – Týn 3, Prague 1, Staré Město
www.botanicus.cz
tel 234 767 446
hours Daily: 10:00–20:00
metro Náměstí Republiky or Můstek
tram 5, 8, 14, 26 to Náměstí Republiky
Price Range 35–202 CZK

 

Cire Trudon at Ingredients

This beautiful new concept store devoted to skincare products and fragrances for body and home carries a wide range of perfumed candles in deluxe packaging. I could not leave without buying the Abd el Kader (Moroccan Mint Tea) candle from Cire Trudon, a French candle maker established in 1643. The scent is simple perfection! Ingredients doesn't yet sell the company's fabulous Wax Busts—Napoleon is my personal favorite—though I hope they will do so in the near future.


Ingredients
Jáchymova 2, Prague 1, Staré Město
www.ingredients-store.cz
tel 224 239 477
hours Mon–Fri 10:00–19:00, Sat 11:00–18:00
metro Staroměstská
tram 17, 18 to Staroměstská
Price Range 1,550–1,700 CZK

 

Diptyque at Simple Concept

Simple Concept is Prague's answer to the Colette boutique in Paris, a fabulously chic shop that offers designer clothes, housewares, and even serves champagne—in ARTĚL flutes, of course! It's the only place in town where you will find luxury candles from French perfumer Diptyque. Though the full range of classic scents are available here, the limited-edition holiday candles in warming fragrances like spruce and amber or a set of three mini candles in "woodfire" make GREAT holiday gifts.


Simple Concept

Pařížská 20, Prague 1, Staré Město
www.simpleconcept.cz
tel 221 771 667
hours Mon–Fri: 10:00–20:00, Sat: 11:00–19:00, Sun: 12:00–17:00
metro Staroměstská
tram 17, 18 to Staroměstská
Price Range 790–1,950 CZK

 

Meadows Scented Candles

If you prefer to shop online, these small-batch, hand-poured candles, packaged in handsome hand-blown Czech-glass, are a fantastic new option. Eco-friendly soy wax candles in a line-up of sophisticated scents (ginger tea, night fall, and, of course, meadows) come in full size or a box of three votives. I have not personally tested one myself, but I can’t wait to try—I plan to order the Gift Collection Cashmere so I can sample its trio of unique scents.

 

Meadows Scented Candles
http://meadows.cz/en
Price Range 1,090–1,490 CZK

 

Candles by ARTĚL

Choose our signature Verdure motif candle with lavender fill (3,000 CZK) for the gift that keeps on giving—once the candle burns down you can continue to use the hand-engraved, glass votive candleholder with a tea-light candle. Available in a range of vibrant colors. Also available, holiday-themed Candle To Go Tins (250 CZK) are too cute to pass up and their tiny tea-light size makes them the perfect stocking stuffer.


Celetná 29 (entrance on Rybná), Prague 1, Staré Město
tel 224 815 085
hours Daily: 10:00–19:00
metro Náměstí Republiky
tram 5, 8, 14, 26 to Náměstí Republiky

 

U Lužického seminárě 7, Prague 1, Malá Strana
tel 251 554 008
hours Daily: 10:00–19:00
metro Malostranská
tram 12, 18, 20, 22 to Malostranská

 
www.artelglass.com
Price Range  250–3,000 CZK

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