Hidden down the busy street of Karlova right off Old Town square sits Czech design shop Parazit.
Parazit is one of the best shops in Prague to buy Czech designed goods and also happens to sell them at a reasonable mark up that caters more to the Czech wallet than the foreign one. It’s a small, cramped space filled to the brim with both established and emerging design talent.
The store, which brings in new products every month sells its designers, which for Prague, is a rarity. “I have asymmetrical tunics there,” says Czech womenswear designer Zuzana Vesela, “and I am constantly needing to make new ones to sell to the shop. They can’t keep them in stock.” Zuzana Vesela isn’t alone, Eva, the owner of Parazit tells me besides Zuzana Vesela her books and porcelain pieces are constantly being purchased by tourists; mainly from Asia.
There are pieces at the store that are hard to find outside of well-know Etsy-look-a-like, Fler.cz, but Eva does her best to make sure those great artists are stocked. There are over 100 Czech and Slovak designers and students who are here, many of them are exclusive to Parazit and quite a few have been with her since the beginning.
With Christmas around the corner we suggest you skip Old Town Square and its wash of cheap goods and head straight for Parazit instead.