And if you need coffee, the vicinity of Wenceslas Square won’t let you down. Most of local coffee is brewed around the Franciscan garden – Kavárna truhlárna is located in one of its corners, and Headshot is in another. Goodlok is just a few steps away on Jungmannovo námšstí and in addition to coffee serves cold-pressed juices and small dishes with a focus on fermentation and health. Kavárna Růžová just two blocks away is a cute espresso bar without any proper seats, but well-prepared coffee by Coffee Source, local roasters. Spell Coffee is tucked away in a courtyard and is a combination coffee shop and beauty parlour. Myšák may be a pastry shop, but their coffee is solid, and Cafe Susu has the best bingsu in town.
Finally, let’s talk shopping, because the Wenceslas Square has some retail therapy options.
First, Wenceslas Square is home to not one, but three bookshores. Neo Luxor is the biggest one – it spans four floors and has probably everything you may ever need. Academia is more about non-fiction, and Knihy Dobrovský may have a kitschy front, but a vibe of a small bookstore behind it. One of the coolest shops in the area is Foto Škoda, a true palace of photography that spams three floors and provides comprehensive printing services, too. For used and vintage cameras, check out the camera store in Dům u Nováků.
Two great shops for kids: Hugo chodí bos is a shop that sells Czech toys of our childhoods – we’d buy everything here… for ourselves, while Hračkotéka adds high quality and artisanal toys from Czechia and abroad, modern and old-school. Freshlabels is a fashion store with a focus on street wear and backpacks, while Queens is a great sneaker store. Finally, Les houbeles sells all things mushrooming, which is a Czech obsession, and Fransýr sells great French cheeses.