If you live here longer or you will experience our shopping experiences, you will say that the Czech Republic is a shopping and warehouse country. In the Czech Republic you can find local grocery stores, supermarkets or hypermarkets and in every town. Well-known companies like IKEA, Starbucks, Tesco, Kaufland or Makro have their branches here. In shopping malls you can always find stores selling shoes, clothes and other stuff of various global brands or local Czech manufacturers (Baťa, Bohemia Crystal, etc.).
Smaller stores usually open at 8 or 9 AM, close at 6 or 7 PM and may be closed during lunch hours. On Saturdays some stores are open till 12 AM. Most of the stores are closed on Sunday except for large supermarkets and shopping centers which open at 10 AM and close at 10 PM or few of them are usually open 24 hours a day.
You can use international debit/credit cards to make payments in vast majority of shopping centers or supermarkets. Many of them also accept payments in EUR. Some small, local stores (mainly grocery stores) may accept payment in cash only.
Prices & Taxes
The Czech Republic is cheaper (especially compared to North America or Western Europe). The prices in the center of Prague or other tourist places may be a bit higher, but still remain very acceptable.
There are currently three VAT rates: 10% (medication, books), 15% (imbis) and 21% (clothing, electronics, etc.).
VAT rates on alcohol, tobacco, food or gas change almost every year for each category and variety. Nevertheless, z. As cigarettes still half price than in Germany. Gas, food and alcohol is also a bit cheaper than in Western Europe.