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6 Great Spots for Toys in Prague

Published on November 26th, 2015 in Shopping

  • Children playing, c.1970s (photo courtesy of starehracky.cz, by P. Rathouský)

  • Two happy boys, c.1960s (photo courtesy of starehracky.cz, Pavel Kalina)

  • Chloe's Petit Collins doll enjoying the fall weather

  • Ookidoo (photo courtesy of Ookidoo facebook page)

  • Ookidoo (photo courtesy of Ookidoo facebook page)

  • Hugo Chodí Bos (photo courtesy of Google maps)

  • Rocking Horse Toy Shop (photo courtesy of tripadvisor)

  • Hračkoteka (photo courtesy of Google maps)

  • Hras (photo courtesy of www.hras.cz)

 

Earlier this year it was announced that UK toy giant Hamleys would open a flagship on Prague’s Na Příkopě street in the first half of 2016. In the meantime, holiday shoppers are still spoiled for choice when it comes to buying toys in the Czech Republic, a country with a wonderful toy-making tradition. These are my picks for Prague toy stores based on central location and selection of both traditional and modern Czech-made and imported toys.

 

 

Hugo Chodí Bos

This one is my personal favorite. Opened last year and purely Czech, it’s a tiny shop on a quiet side street offering both delightfully retro and modern-design toys. The owner has a real vision and this is where I would begin my holiday shopping. I reviewed the shop last year, see here for a full report on the wonderful things you will find at Hugo Chodí Bos, which means “Hugo Goes Barefoot” in Czech.

 

Hugo Chodí Bos (photo courtesy of www.hugochodibos.cz

 
Řeznická 1374/12, Prague 1
www.hugochodibos.cz
tel +420 602 834 930
hours Monday–Friday 10:00–19:00; Saturday 13:00–18:00
tram 22 to Štěpánská

 

 

Ookidoo

If you’re looking for Czech toys you won’t find many in this upscale toy boutique—the focus is on imported toys, games, and interior decor, largely of French origin, that are of superior design and quality. Find puzzles by Djeco, craft sets by Mon Petit, and Petit Collins dolls which I have never seen before in the Czech Republic (my daughter has several and they are very charming!).

 

Ookidoo (photo courtesy of Ookidoo facebook page

  

Ostrovní 124/21, Prague 1
www.ookidoo.com/en
tel +420 723 013 012
hours Mon–Friday 10:00–19:00; Saturday 10:00–15:00
metro B to Národní třída

 

 

Rocking Horse Toy Shop

If you are a purist, this store is for you. All manner of hand-made wooden toys from the Czech Republic and Germany—puppets, marionettes, model cars—with a great collection of items featuring that beloved Czech cartoon character Little Mole (Krtek), as well as crayons, pencils, pastels, and more from Koh-i-Noor, a Czech company that is one of the world’s largest producers of art supplies. You can also browse a handful of modern-design toys, but this place is really all about the classics.

 


This photo of Rocking Horse Toy Shop is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Loretánské nám. 109/3, Prague 1
No website
tel +420 603 515 745
hours Daily 11:00–18:00
tram 22 to Prague Castle

 

 

Hračkoteka

While this shop also skews a bit French, with eco-friendly and eye-catching toys from German company Haba thrown into the mix, it does sell some Czech items including Lepeeto wall stickers and a range of toys that are handmade by disabled adults—as part of a larger EU initiative the store also employs physically and mentally handicapped staffers. One very cool item I spotted was a printed linen bag filled with wooden mushrooms that lets kids play at that Czech national pastime, mushroom collecting.

 

Hračkoteka (photo courtesy of Google maps

 
Školská 34, Prague 1
www.hrackoteka.cz
tel +420 222 965 565
hours Monday–Thur 9:00–18:30; Friday 9:00–17:00; Saturday 9:00–15:00
metro A/B Můstek

 

 

NeoLuxor Children’s World

Not a toy store proper, but this Czech answer to Barnes & Noble boasts a Children’s World with a large selection of books—many of them in English—and educational toys. The range of classic Czech board games for the smallest enthusiasts up to teens is particularly impressive, as are the Czech-made wooden toys, blocks, puzzles, and Igráček figurines. Also lots of Little Mole gear and classic orange Tatr dump trucks.

 

Neoluxor Children's World (photo courtesy of Palác Knih Luxor facebook page)

  

Palác Knih Luxor
Václavské náměstí 41, Prague 1
http://neoluxor.cz
tel +420 296 110 384
hours Mon –Fri 8:00–20:00; Sat 9:00–19:00; Sun 10:00–19:00
metro C to Muzeum or A/B Můstek

 

 

Hras

Prague’s historic shopping arcades are often-overlooked by visitors which is a shame because they tend to house some very worthy (and occasionally bizarre) shops, not to mention typically feature some glorious architecture—Lucerna being the most famous example. This emporium of games and toys, tucked into Pasáž Rokoko, specializes in boards games and puzzles from stacking toys and dominoes for the littlest hobbyist to Mucha jigsaw puzzles for the grown enthusiast. Also the best place in town for buying magnet toys and tiles, with an impressive selection of yo-yos to boot!

 

Hras (photo courtesy of www.hras.cz/)

 

Václavské nám. 38, Prague 1
www.hras.cz
tel +420 224 946 506
hours Mon–Fri 10:00–19:00; Saturday–Sunday 12:00–17:00
metro Můstek

 

 

Tip: If you are really into toys and happen to be visiting Prague on December 12-13, New Town Hall is hosting a Czech Toys and Handicraft Advent Market with 40-plus Czech toymakers on hand.

 


 

 

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