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 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.
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
Prices in the Czech Republic may not seem very low as lot of goods is heavily taxed. Grocery is quite affordable but for example clothes is quite expensive (What makes the prices higher? Value-Added Tax (VAT) is a form of sales tax; it is a tax on consumption levied on the sale of goods or services. In 2013 there are 2 rates of VAT – 15% (levies on food or drugs) and 20% (levies on clothes, electronics etc.). Alcohol, tobacco or gas is a subject to another sales tax. No matter what you are buying, the price displayed in a store or at gas station must always incorporate all taxes.