Bookstores in Prague
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Soon, I will have an opportunity to visit Prague, and I intend to visit bookstores in my free time. I would like to purchase children's books that will help me with my language development. I know I could buy them online, and maybe I will someday, but I like to browse.
Supposedly Amadito & Friends in Vinohrady has lots of children's books, but their online advertising suggests they are mostly not in Czech. I am also aware of the Globe in Nové Měste and Shakespeare & Sons in Malá Strana, but these seem also to be mostly for tourists and expats. I will certainly visit them, but I'm thinking I won't find what I'm looking for.
Does anybody have any bookstore recommendations where I might find Czech books for children and/or for Czech learners in general?
I would also be interested in referrals to restaurants that serve česnečková polévka like my babička used to make!!
You seem to have searched for special English bookstores. I have never heard of those you listed. There are normal bookstores everywhere, you can't miss them. In every department store, at any large square, at the main train station... Large chaines mainly. And then individual bookshops scattered all over the city.
Bookstores with Czech children's books can be found all over Prague. It's a big city. During my last visit to Prague I stayed near Anděl in Smíchov and there is a shopping mall there called Nový Smíchov. I bought some (Czech language learning) books in there, but they also had a selection of children's books (I remember seeing Harry Potter) and even comic books (such as Asterix) in Czech. But really, even in that neighbourhood alone, i saw several more large bookstores, so I doubt you'll have any trouble finding Czech books for children. It seems to me that Czechs like to read books.
There are several bookstore chains - for example Luxor, knihy Dobrovsky, Kanzelsberger or Levné knihy. They all have sections with children's books.
Not your question, but these are some of the most beloved authors/books in the Czech Children's literature: - Josef Čapek: Povídání o pejskovi a kočičce - Karel Čapek: Dášenka - Zdeněk Miller/Eduard Petiška: stories about Krtek (e.g. Krtek a kalhotky) - Jan Werich: Fimfárum - Josef Lada: Kocour Mikeš, O chytré kmotře lišce - Jan Karafiát: Broučci - Miloš Macourek: Mach a Šebestová - Josef Kolář: Z deníku kocoura Modroočka (also a great radio play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aumC42347EI&list=PLC48CE807C321F4CE) - Jaroslav Foglar: series "Rychlé šípy" - Václav Čtvrtek: lots of books about Křemílek a Vochomůrka, Rumcajs, Maková panenka etc. - comic book "Čtyřlístek"
Lots of the books were made into cartoons (e.g. Krtek, Rumcajs, Křemílek a Vochomůrka). Some of them can be found on youtube as audiobooks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJtcBdULZQeywc6U9aH8Iag
Children's books are the best to start learning a language. I know in Greece one of the bookstore in Athens is called Public. A lot of good selections in Greek
i saw levné knihy stores everywhere! i have gotten a few books written in czech language in prague, but mostly from thrift shops and free stores / free libraries like at some metro stops. i live in the US and i have looked up some books and thought about ordering them online before... it's SO expensive to ship them here. not sure where you live but i really think it is worth it to get them in cz :).
"I am also aware of the Globe in Nové Měste and Shakespeare & Sons in Malá Strana, but these seem also to be mostly for tourists and expats." Globe only sells English books, Shakespeare also French and some German. A Czech levne knihy is on Vodickova. You will find a Dobovsky bookstore on Vaclavske namesti, where you can also buy dictionaries in more or less every language. And there is a Oxford book shop at the end of Vinohrady, selling English and Czech books. There is a Polevkarna on Sokolovska..take the B-line to Krizikova and turn right on Sokolovska..it is a two-three minute walk..dont know i they serve your grandmother's soup though...
Jidelní listek at almost any czech restaurant for lunch. It won’t be long before you run across this soup. You can also try Polevku in Výton, Polevkarna in Krymska and Lovely Day bistro by the Tusarova tram stop.