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French Skincare at the Czech Pharmacy

Published on November 07th, 2013 in Shopping

  • Lékárna c.1977 (photo courtesy of

  • Lékárna sign (photo courtesy of

  • Lékárna exhibition for 1891 Prague Jubilee (photo courtesy of

  • National Museum’s permanent exhibition of historic pharmacies (photo copyright

  • Vichy Rose Essentielles Facial Cream

  • Bioderma Ultramild Cleanser

  • Roger & Gallet Tea Rose Round Soap


Czech pharmacies (lékárny) are quite different than American ones. They’re more along the lines of an English chemist’s, although I’ve been told that Czech lékárny are even more unique because they are among the few pharmacies left in the EU where the pharmacists still whip up homemade remedies for what ails you. While I certainly hope any visitors reading this won’t have need of prescription drugs while in Prague, I do encourage you to visit a Czech pharmacy for a completely un-Czech reason: the French cosmetics! A fantastic selection of Vichy, Bioderma, Kloran, La Roche Posay, Avene, and, my own personal favorite, Roger & Gallet, are widely available at pharmacies throughout Prague. And while most of these brands can be ordered on-line from anywhere in the world, you will always find a better selection and special deals in stores. Possibly the only impediment to obtaining your luxury face cream will be the fact that skincare products and cosmetics are usually locked up behind a glass case; pointing should get you what you want. A few of my must-haves include Bioderma Ultramild Cleanser with cucumber extract (314 CZK), Vichy Rose Essentielles Facial Cream (250 CZK), and Roger & Gallet Tea Rose Soap (189 CZK). By the way, if pharmacies interest you do not miss the National Museum’s permanent exhibition of historic pharmacies at 32 Nerudova Street.



I recommend this pharmacy for its central location and array of products (it is also fills prescriptions 24/7 in case of emergencies):

Pharmacy U Palackého

Palackého 5, Prague 1, Nové Město
Tel 224 946 982