Sights in Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is another historic city with a number of palaces, great museums, parks, vibrant neighborhoods, and memorials. It seems to be a very interesting city worth visiting.

  • Old Town Square—a bustling square surrounded by beautifully designed Baroque buildings, cafes, street entertainers, and craftspeople; 110 00 Praha 1
  • Vitus Cathedral—situated in the Prague Castle, this cathedral is the most significant and largest church in Prague that was the burial site of former Czech kings and home to the Czech Crown Jewels; Prague Castle
  • Prague Zoo—one of the top zoos in the world opened in 1931 with 4,600 animals and 680 species including 12 pavilions and 150 exhibits that include animals such as Asian elephants, giant Chinese salamanders, antelopes, giraffes, gharials, and gorillas; U Trojskeho Zamku 3/120
  • Prague Castle—the largest castle in Europe with over 700 rooms
  • Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum—home to permanent exhibitions that deal with the history of Jews in Bohemian lands from the 1780s to the post-WWII era and important Jewish entrepreneurs, scientists, writers, musicians, and artists along with more than 200 valuable silver artifacts; Vezenska 141/1
  • National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror—a museum that tells the story of Czech paratroopers defeated by 700 Nazi soldiers after killing an SS leader during WWII; Resslova 307/9a
  • National Gallery in Prague—an art museum with works from Czech artists and international masters such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, and Rodin; Staromestske namesti 12
  • Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul—a beautiful cathedral with an amazing view from the top; Rotunde 10, Vysehrad Fortress
  • Waldstein Palace—the home of the Czech Senate that was once a palace for royalty; Valdshtejnske namesti 17/4
  • Botanicka Zahrada—a public garden near Prague Zoo with a path that first takes you through a desert-like environment, through a tunnel under a rain forest, and into a room where there are plants found in tropical mountains; Trojska 196
  • Charles Bridge—Prague’s signature monument where you have amazing views of the towers and domes of the Lesser Quarter and the spires of St. Vitus’s Cathedral
  • Bazilika Svateho Jiri (St. George’s Basilica)—the best-preserved Romanesque church in the Czech Republic with a 12th-century interior that includes stone walls and small arched windows; Nam. U sv. Jiri
  • Clam-Gallas Palac (Clam-Gallas Palace)—designed by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, a Viennese baroque architect, this palace was constructed during a span of sixteen years and is now a state archive with occasional temporary art exhibitions and concerts; Husova 20
  • Franz Kafka Museum—a museum dedicated to the works of Franz Kafka, author of The Metamorphosis, who was a German author that lived in Prague almost his entire life, and the museum features facsimiles of manuscripts, documents, first editions, photographs, and newspaper obituaries displayed in glass vitrines; Hergetova Cihelna
  • Jan Hus Monument—a monument dedicated in 1915 500 years after Hus was burned at the stake in Germany that has been the subject of some controversy because its style clashes with the other styles of the square in which it is situated but still honors his ability to transform doctrinal disagreements into common language; Staromestske nam
  • Prague Jewish Museum—a museum that consists of six Jewish monuments: the Maisel Synagogue, the Pinkas Synagogue, the Spanish Synagogue, the Klaus Synagogue, the Ceremonial Hall, and the Old Jewish Cemetery; Reservation Centre, Maiselova 15
  • Municipal House—a restored home designed in the Art Nouveau style with a restaurant and café as well as richly decorated halls to explore upstairs; the home was the former site of the Royal Court, the seat of Bohemia’s kings from 1383 to 1483, and has a mosaic above the entrance “Homage to Prague” that is situated between sculptures representing the oppression and rebirth of the Czechs; namesti Republiky 5
  • Strahov Library—the largest monastic library in the Czech Republic that has two baroque halls that date from the 17th and 18th centuries but are no longer open to the public and feature floor to ceiling walnut shelving, ceiling frescoes, and ceiling embellishments; Strahovske nadvori 1
  • Loreta—a pilgrimage site founded by Benigna Katerina Lobkowicz in 1626 and designed as a replica of the Santa Casa (Sacred House, the home of Mary, mother of Jesus) in the holy land with the replica situated in the center of a courtyard complex surrounded by arcades, churches, and cathedrals; Loretanske namesti 7
  • National Monument—a large monument-museum dedicated to Klement Gottwald, the country’s first president, with a central hall home to marble sarcophagi that once were home to the remains of notable Communists and a war memorial with sculptures by Jan Stursa that features exhibits recounting the founding of the Czech Republic in 1918, World War II, the 1948 coup, and the Soviet invasion of 1968; U Pamatniku 1900
  • Convent of St. Agnes—located in the northeastern corner of Stare Mesto, this is the former convent of St. Agnes that is Prague’s oldest surviving Gothic building and now home to the National Gallery’s permanent collection of medieval and early Renaissance art from 1200-1550 from Bohemia and Central Europe; U Milosrdnych 17
  • Petrin—one of Prague’s largest green spaces that is a high hill with a lookout tower and mirror maze on top of the hill and also has the Kinsky Garden where the 18th century Church of St. Michael is situated
  • Mucha Museum—an interesting museum home to the art-nouveau posters, paintings, and decorative panels of Alfons Mucha as well as sketches, photographs, and other memorabilia; Panska 7
  • Nicholas Church—one of Central Europe’s finest baroque structures which has a ceiling fresco by Johann Kracker, Apotheosis of St. Nicholas, that is Europe’s largest fresco; the church itself was completed in 1755 and in 1787 Mozart played the pipe organ there and was honored with a requiem mass in 1791; Malostranske namesti 38
  • Prague City Museum—a great museum opened in 1898 that recounts the history of Prague from prehistory to the 20th century with labels in English and Czech and artifacts such as a scale model of the city as it was between 1826 and 1834 and the Astronomical Clock’s original 1866 calendar wheel; Na Porici 52
  • Museum of Decorative Arts—a museum open since 1900 that has four exhibit halls that feature artifacts such as furniture, tapestries, porcelain, and glasswork; 17 listopadu 2
  • Vysehrad Citadel—a complex of buildings and structures situated on the hilltop of Vysehrad Hill that over the span of 1000 years was a royal residence, religious center, and military fortress; information center at V pevnosti 159/5b
  • Apple Museum—a museum devoted to Apple that claims to have the world’s largest collection of Apple products with everything made by Apple between 1976 and 2012 including computers, laptops, iPods, and iPhones; Husova 21
  • National Museum—a museum built in the 1880s by Josef Schulz as a symbol of the Czech National Revival that inside honors the cultural, intellectual, and scientific history of the Czech Republic; Vaclavske namesti 68
  • National Technical Museum—a family-friendly museum that has halls featuring planes, trains, and cars as well as exhibits on astronomy, photography, printing, and architecture; Kostelni 42
  • Lobkowicz Palace—a 16th-century palace home to the Princely Collections that include paintings, furniture, and musical memorabilia with highlights including paintings by Cranach, Breughel the Elder, Canaletto, and Piranesi and musical scores annotated by Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn as well as a great collection of musical instruments; Jirska 3
  • Wallenstein Garden—a huge garden that was created for Duke Albrecht of Wallenstein in the 17th century with a loggia decorated with Trojan War scenes and on one side a fake stalactite grotto and bronze statues of Greek gods; Letenska 10
  • Story of Prague Castle—an impressive collection of artifacts that rivals the one at Lobkowicz Palace and depicts 1000 years of Prague Castle’s history from the building of the first wooden palisade to the present with exhibits including the grave of a 9th-century warrior, the helmet and chain possibly worn by St. Wencelas, and replicas of the Bohemian crown jewels
  • Vitus Treasury—a collection of ecclesiastical artifacts founded by Charles IV in the 14th century that includes gold and silver reliquaries encrusted with diamonds, emeralds, and rubies; nadvori II, Prazsky hrad
  • Troja Chateau—a 17th-century Baroque palace that was built for the Sternberk family and has sculptures and frescoes with a permanent exhibition devoted to the interior furniture of the chateau and rotating exhibitions sponsored by the Prague City Gallery; U Trojskeho Zamku 1
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Shopping in Brussels

Brussels has markets, beautiful shopping arcades, plenty of chocolate shops, and interesting clothing stores. They seem like they would be worth checking out for sure.

  • Place du Chatelain Market—a food market with cheese, charcuterie, fruits, vegetables, seasonal foods, and more to delight foodies
  • Gabriele—a vintage clothing store that exclusively sells original clothing from the 1920s to the 1980s; Rue des Chartreux 27
  • Pierre Marcolini—a high-end chocolatier and baked goods store with rare chocolate beans, teas, and pralines; Rue des Minimes 1
  • Kure—sells affordable clothing, ceramics, scented candles, and local sweets; Avenue Louise 78
  • Stijl—a top department store with current and classic fashion designers for men and women; Rue Antoine Dansaert 74
  • Mary Chocolatier—a fine chocolate store with beautifully packaged chocolates; 73 Royalstreet
  • Planete Chocolat—an artisanal chocolate factory that sells chocolates made from cocoa butter in unique flavors; Rue du Lombard 24
  • Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert—the first covered European shopping arcade that has cafes, theaters, and high-end stores; Galerie du Roi 5
  • Maison Dandoy-Grand Place—a chocolatier who makes fresh biscuits that have rich flavors; Rue au Beurre 31
  • De Biertempel—a beer shop with a great selection of beers; Rue du Marche aux Herbes 56
  • Place du Jeu-de-Balle Flea Market—a crowded flea market with great bargains; Place du Jeu-de-Balle
  • Belge une fois—a concept store that sells creations by a designers’ collective such as accessories, light fixtures, postcards, concrete cacti holders, and large photography prints; Rue Haute 9
  • ICON—an upscale clothing store with clothing by Belgian designers such as Valentine Witmeur Lab, Filles a Papa, and Wehve; Place du Nouveau Marche aux Grains 5
  • Jinzu—a houseware store with handmade Spanish textiles made from recycled cotton including rugs, cushions, and poufs as well as rattan furniture, rocking chairs, and cots; Rue Blaes 122
  • Lulu—a concept store that was once a garage that sells ceramic cacti holders, handmade Italian sunglasses, and Scandinavian furniture; Rue du Page 101
  • Rose—a houseware emporium with everything from pineapple lamps and hand-embroidered pins to leather birthday cards and fragrance sprays; Rue l’Aqueduc 56-58
  • Gare du Midi Market—the largest European market with vendors selling a variety of goods including North African and Mediterranean spices, cheeses, meats, clothing, leather goods, and foods; Gare du Midi
  • Martin Margiela—a designer from Antwerp who sells shoes, accessories, and men’s and women’s clothing; Rue de Flandre 114
  • Crush Wine—a wine cellar selling the most comprehensive selection of Australian wines in Europe with daily tastings, tapas, and wine events; Rue Caroly 39
  • Hoet—a designer eyeglass store with a line of silver filigree glasses; Rue Antoine Dansaert 97
  • Espace Bizarre—a lighting specialist that sells unique lamps and light fixtures; Rue des Charteux 19
  • Passa Porta—a chic bookshop with a small English section; Rue Antoine Dansaert 46
  • Africamali—a community project that sells fair trade and ethical jewelry, accessories, and housewares from sub-Saharan Africa; Chaussee de Wavre 83
  • Brusel—a comic book shop named after a book by Francois Schuiten, one of Belgium’s best-known comic artists, that has a selection of comics with English translations; Boulevard Anspach 100
  • Lowi—a clothing and accessories store that sells unique fashions, ceramics, and porcelain jewelry; Rue de Flandre 124
  • Just in Case—a vintage-inspired clothing store with feminine garments in vintage and colorful shapes; Rue Leon Lepage 63
  • Micro Marche—a handmade craft store that sells affordable and alternative craft products; Quai a la Houille 9
  • Passage du Nord—a vaulted glass arcade with a variety of boutiques; off Rue Neuve
  • Boutique Tintin—a comic shop dedicated to Tintin with albums and merchandise; Rue de la Colline 13
  • Multi-BD—a comic shop with a large selection of comic books including manga as well as figurines and posters; Boulevard Anspach 122-124
  • Sterling Books—an English-language bookstore with comfortable seating areas and a kids’ play area; Rue du Fosse Aux Loups 38
  • Manufacture Belge de Dentelles—a specialty craft store specializing in antique lace; Galerie de la Reine 6-8
  • Outlet Privejoke—an outlet clothing store; Rue Leon Lepage 30
  • City 2—a modern shopping mall with chain stores, electronic gear, great food court, and a post office; Rue Neuve 123

 

Sights in Brussels, Belgium

Brussels like Vienna is another historic city and had the first steam passenger railway in mainland Europe. It is home to great museums, squares, historic structures, and a palace.

  • Grand Place—a medieval square considered one of the most beautiful in Europe with several historic buildings
  • MIM-Musical Instruments Museum—designed in a variety of architectural styles, this museum formerly in the space a department store occupied has 7,000 instruments with 1,500 on display; Rue Montagne de la Cour 2
  • Museum of Natural Sciences—the largest dinosaur gallery in Europe with 30 fossilized Iguanodons and other dinosaurs; Rue Vautier 29
  • Notre Dame du Sablon—a major 14th century Gothic cathedral that highlights the Brabantine Gothic architectural style; Rue de la Regence 3b
  • Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History—located in two historic halls, this museum is home to ten centuries’ worth of military and technological history with suits of armor, antique firearms and swords, and armored vehicles and airplanes along with paintings, sculptures, decorations, and military uniforms; Parc du Cinquantenaire 3
  • Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium—home to a large collection of Flemish School paintings including several by Peter Bruegel; Place Royale 3
  • Atomium—an atom-shaped set of protruding spheres built for the 1958 World’s Fair of Brussels with one sphere that has an exhibit about the history of the building with others devoted to design and architecture exhibits; Avenue de l’Atomium
  • Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinee (Belgian Center for Comic-Strip Art)—the world’s first museum dedicated to comic strips with more than 400 original plates and 25,000 cartoon works and a bookstore that sells graphic novels and comic books in French and Dutch; Rue des Sables 20
  • Mini Europe—a park filled with scale-models of European monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and the bullrings of Granada; Bruparck
  • Musee des Enfants—a children’s museum for ages two to twelve with hands-on educational exhibits and activities such as dressing up in costumes, a hall of mirrors, tunnels, and an oversize camera; Rue de Bourgmestre 15
  • Musee Magritte—opened in 2009, this museum traces Rene Magritte’s life and artwork through letters, sculptures, films, and canvasse; Place Royale 1
  • Oceade—a waterpark with 14 slides, a tropical area, Jacuzzis, geysers, Turkish baths, and an ice bath; Avenue du Football du Championnat 3
  • Cathedrale St-Michel Et Ste-Gudule—the city’s cathedral that pays homage to Saint Michael, the patron saint of Brussels, and Saint Gudule, the daughter of a 7th-century Carolingian noblewoman, whose relics have been preserved at the cathedral for over 1,000 years; inside is a crypt and treasure rooms and painted windows; Parvis Ste-Gudule
  • Hotel de Ville—a 15th-century building that has a belfry topped by a bronze statue of St. Michael crushing the devil and a gateway where statues of the prophets, female figures with lofty virtues, and effigies of dukes and duchesses; inside are Brussels and Mechelen tapestries; Grand’Place
  • Musee Fin-de-Siecle—an art museum dedicated to the innovative period that occurred between 1868 and 1914 when new directions in European art were explored and covers four floors of art from this period; Rue de la Regence 3
  • Musee Horta—the former residence of Victor Horta, one of the major founders of Art Nouveau, who designed the home with this architectural plan and inside are skylights and his studio; Rue Americaine 25
  • Musees du Cinquantenaire—a museum with a wealth of antiquities and treasures from around the world with a great Egyptian and Byzantine section and displays on Belgian archaeology and Brussels tapestries; Parc du Cinquantenaire 10
  • Palais Royal—the official residence of the Belgian royal family that features tapestries, art, and antiques from around the world and a Congo-inspired mirror room; Pl. des Palais
  • Trainworld—a museum that honors the history of Belgium being the first country to establish a steam passenger railway in mainland Europe; this sight is located in the hangars of Belgium’s oldest functioning station and includes 20 full-size locomotives and educational spaces divided according to the history of railroad technology; Pl. Princesse Elisabeth 5

Venturing into Europe…stop 1: Vienna!

The next stop on this tour of the world is the wonderfully diverse Europe. The first place we’ll be exploring is Vienna, the capital of Austria and a very historic and interesting city. There is a wealth of museums, gardens, parks, and tourist attractions to check out in this city. Here is a good handful of the attractions worth checking out.

  • Schonbrunn Palace—a cultural world heritage site and Austria’s most frequently visited tourist attraction with state and residential rooms with traditional furniture and decorations along with a park and gardens surrounding the palace; Schlosstrasse 47
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum—an art museum with works from five millennia from Ancient Egypt to the present day including the world’s largest collection of Bruegel paintings; Maria-Theresien-Platz
  • Zoo Vienna—the oldest existing zoo in the world founded in 1752 and featuring more than 700 species of animals including giant pandas, tigers, orangutans, koalas, and elephants; Vienna 1130
  • Natural History Museum—a natural history museum that includes a large collection of dinosaur skeletons, meteorites, and insects from around the world; Burgring 7
  • Technisches Museum—a museum that depicts Austria’s contributions to the birth of modern technology with multimedia shows and exhibits illustrating our dependence on technology in our daily lives; Mariahilfer Strasse 212
  • Heeresgeschichtliches Museum—a military history museum situated in the center of the Arsenal depicting 500 years of Austrian and European history including the history of the Hapsburg Empire from the 16th century until 1918; Ghegastrasse
  • Austrian Museum of Applied Arts and Contemporary Art—founded in 1863 as the Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry, this museum is considered an important art museum featuring art from around the world and from various fields of art; Stubenring 5
  • Imperial Treasury—an elegant building home to 1,000 years of treasures including the Holy Lance, the Imperial Crown, the sable of Charlemagne, and the Burgundian treasures; Scheweizer Hof
  • 21er Haus—Vienna’s newest museum of modern art housed in a building that was built for the 1958 World Expo that was renovated and reopened in 2011 to highlight Austria’s best modern art including the largest collection and archive of Austrian sculptor Fritz Wotruba; Arsenalstrasse 1
  • Belvedere Palace—a magnificent example of Baroque architecture that was originally the summer palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy and later the home of Archduke Franz Ferdinand with 17th century salons, frescoes, and museums dedicated to Austrian painting with the primary attraction a collection of 19th and 20th century Austrian paintings by early 20th century artists such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka; Prinz-Eugen Strasse 27
  • Freud Haus—Sigmund Freud’s residence from 1891 to 1938 with five rooms of memorabilia including documents, photographs, telegrams, and waiting-room furniture; Berggasse 19
  • Haus der Muzik (House of Music)—a high-tech music museum located on several floors of an early 19th century palace that features rooms dedicated to great Viennese composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Strauss among others as well as exhibits that trace the development of sound and illustrate how the ear works and interactive computer games including one that allows you to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic; Seilerstatte 30
  • Albertina Museum—an art museum home to almost 65,000 paintings and almost a million prints include works by Leonardo Da Vinci, Durer, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Rembrandt; Augustinerstrasse 1
  • Architekturzentrum Wien (Vienna Architecture Center)—an architectural exhibition with exhibits on Austrian architecture in the 20th and 21st centuries; MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1
  • Burggarten—a garden oasis with a statue of Franz Josef and a statue of Mozart as well as a butterfly house with tropical trees, waterfalls, a butterfly nursery, and over 150 species on display; Opernring
  • Collection of Arms and Armor—one of the most extensive arms and armor collections in the world with a triumphal arch entrance; Neue Burg, Heldenplatz
  • Collection of Historical Musical Instruments—a collection of musical instruments such as pianos once owned by Brahms, Schumann, and Mahler; Neue Berg, Heldenplatz
  • Ephesus Museum—a museum in the Neue Berg with Roman antiquities discovered by Austrian archaeologists; Neue Berg, Heldenplatz
  • Falschermuseum (Museum of Art Fakes)—a unique museum with forged pieces including Chagall and Rembrandt paintings and a fake diary written by Adolf Hitler; Lowengasse 28
  • Globe Museum—a museum featuring a collection of over 400 terrestrial and celestial globes with the oldest an earth globe from 1536 and a ground floor level exhibit on the history of Esperanto; Herrengasse 9
  • Hofbibliotek (National Library)—a majestic baroque library with a grand hall featuring treasured books and biannual special exhibits in the hall displaying some of the rare books in German and English; Josefsplatz 1
  • Hofmobiliendepot (Furniture Museum)—a museum that displays the furniture of the royal court and re-created rooms that illustrate the history of furniture making in Vienna; Mariahilferstrasse 88
  • Judenplatz Museum—formerly the Jewish ghetto and the remains of a 13th-century synagogue that is dedicated to Austrian Jews who died during World War II; inside are three exhibition rooms that describe medieval Jewish life and excavations of the synagogue; Judenplatz 8
  • Judisches Museum der Stadt Wien—situated within the former Eskeles Palace is the Jewish Museum of Vienna that features permanent exhibits that illustrate the role Viennese Jews played in their professions from philosophy to music as well as a café and bookstore; Dorotheergasse 11
  • Kaiserappartements (Imperial Apartments)—a suite of eighteen rooms that can be reached by climbing up the marble Emperor’s Staircase that includes the rooms where the ruling family of the Hapsburg Empire conducted their affairs such as the room where Emperor Franz Josef in 1889 was told that his only son, Crown Prince Rudolf, had killed himself and his soulmate; Emperor Franz Josef’s simple iron bed; and Empress Elizabeth’s gymnastics equipment as well as five rooms devoted to Elizabeth’s most valued possessions; Hofburg, Schweizer Hof
  • Karlskirche—a church dedicated to St. Charles Borromeo whose exterior columns portray scenes from Borromeo’s life and the rights of the Hapsburgs to their Spanish territories and interior has fine vault frescoes and a panoramic elevator that takes visitors to the sphere of the dome where they can view the heart of Vienna; Karlsplatz
  • Kunsthaus Wien—an art museum with international exhibitions as well as displays of the artwork of Friedensreich Hundertwasser; Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13
  • Leopold Museum—a museum that features the collection of Rudolf and Elizabeth Leopold including one of the world’s best collections of Austrian painter Egon Schiele’s works and works of art by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoshka, and Richard Gerstl; MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1
  • Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation)—Austria’s collection of 20th century art that has eight floors filled with American pop art, Rene Magritte works, Max Ernst, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and Cy Twombly; MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplat 1
  • Prater—a public park with amusement park rides such as a restored Ferris wheel, a planetarium, and a museum that elaborates on the Prater’s history; Riesenradplatz
  • Romermuseum—a museum with the ruins of a Roman military camp that dates back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries including fragments of buildings, pieces of pottery, children’s toys, statues, idols, and ornaments as well as interactive games for children; Hoher Markt 3
  • Schonbrunn Schlosspark (Palace Park)—on the grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace is this park with a zoo, carriage museum, panoramic views of the city and palace complex, a playground, and maze; Schonbrunner-Schloss-Strasse
  • Uhrenmuseum (Clock Museum)—a clock museum with three floors of clocks and watches dating from the 15th century to the present; Schulhof 2
  • Volksgarten—a park with a rose garden, a Greek temple, and a monument to Empress Elisabeth, Franz Josef’s wife, who was assassinated by an Italian anarchist in 1898; Burgring 1
  • Wien Museums Karlsplatz—a museum with Viennese historical artifacts such as 16th century armor, paintings by Schiele and Klimt, and the preserved façade of Otto Wagner’s Die Zeit offices; Karlsplatz
  • Zoom Kinder Museum (Zoom Children’s Museum)—a children’s museum with a lab where children can explore virtual reality, make screenplays come alive, and play in the imaginary ocean with underwater creatures; MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1

 

Shopping in Mexico City

Mexico City has all sorts of shopping venues from crowded flea and antique markets to shopping malls and unique stores.

  • Mercado de Artesanias la Ciudadela—four blocks of vendors selling foods, Mexican crafts, and other goods; Calle Baldera 6
  • Centro Santa Fe—a shopping mall with famous brands such as H&M, Saks 5th Avenue, and the Apple Store along with a lower level ice rink and food court; Prolongacion Vasco de Quiroga 3800
  • El Bazar Sabado—an indoor and outdoor craft market; Plaza San Jacinto 11-13
  • Antara Fashion Hall—an open-air shopping mall with a variety of stores, large food court, and movie theater as well as special events throughout the year; Avenida Ejercito Nacional Mexicano No. 843
  • Dulceria de Celaya—a traditional Mexican candy store founded in 1874; Cinco de Mayo No. 39
  • Dia de Muertos Store—a store dedicated to the “Day of the Dead”, an historic Mexican tradition; Calle Juarez #2D
  • Ambarte Ciudad de Mexico—a small shop inside a hotel with jewelry and folk art; Calle Liverpool 155
  • Antara Palanco—an outdoor mall with upscale stores such as Carolina Herrera, Zara, Emporio Armani, and Marc Jacobs; Ejercito Nacional 843-B
  • Arte Mexicano Para el Mundo—a crafts store with silver jewelry, textiles, ceramics, and foods as well as a sixth-floor Mexican restaurant; Monte de Piedad 11
  • Carmen Rion—a designer known for linen dresses, skirts, wraps, bodices, and tops; Avenue Michoacan 30-A
  • Dime Tienda—a small gallery shop with designs by young Mexican designers including graphic T-shirts, bags made from plastic tablecloths, and patterned clothing; Alvaro Obregon 185-B
  • El Palacio de Hierro—a high-end department store with clothing by well-known designers; Av. 20 de Noviembre 3
  • Fonart—run by the National Council for Culture and Arts, this store is one of five in the city and surrounding towns with folk art and handmade furnishings; Juarez 89
  • Mob—a store opened by a group of furniture and interior designers who display their work and sell handcrafted furniture made from sustainable materials; Campeche 3222 at Nuevo Leon
  • Pladi—open since 1981, this jewelry store run by a designer sells jewelry made from silver and other natural materials; Francisco Javier Mina 9, Col. Del Carmen
  • Sanborns—a chain department store with ceramics, crafts, and English book departments as well as restaurants, coffee shops, a pharmacy, and ATMs; Av. Insurgentes Sur
  • Sergio Bustamante—a well-known artist’s store that sells his sculptures and jewelry; Hotel Intercontinental Presidente, Campos Eliseos 218, local A-2
  • Tane—a silver store with silver jewelry, flatware, candelabras, reproductions of archaeological finds, and designs by Mexican silversmiths; Av. Presidente Masaryk 430

Switching gears…here’s to Mexico City!

I’ve been writing about Canada for a few weeks or more now so I believe it is time for a change of scenery. The last country in North America to be explored is Mexico. Mexico’s capital is Mexico City and there are some pretty interesting places to check out there. Here’s just a sampling below.

  • Acuario Inbursa—the largest aquarium in Mexico that takes visitors four stories underground to the bottom of the ocean and then upwards to view thousands of species of fish, sharks, eels, rays, jellyfish, and more; Av. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 386
  • Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso—an historic building that once was a Jesuit school for sons of wealthy Mexican citizens that now is home to regional art exhibitions; Calle Justo Sierra 16
  • Catedral Metropolitana—one of the largest and oldest Latin American cathedrals with five altars and fourteen chapels with numerous paintings, altarpieces, and statues; Zocalo
  • El Papalote, Museo del Nino—a children’s discovery museum with five themed sections, workshops, an IMAX theater, a store, and a restaurant; Av. Constituyentes 268, Section Two
  • La Feria de Chapultepec—a children’s amusement park with many games and more than 50 rides including go-karts, spinning teacups, and a roller coaster; Section Two
  • Laboratorio Arte Alameda—a contemporary art museum with modern and experimental art, a display area for video and photographs, and a room for artists whose works are not yet shown in other museums and galleries; Dr. Mora 7
  • National Museum of Anthropology—a comprehensive natural history museum with 23 exhibition halls; Avenida Paseo de la Reforma
  • Palacio de Bellas Artes—the city’s premier performance hall and an art museum; Avenida Juarez y Eje Central
  • Museo Memoria y Tolerancia—illustrates genocides and crimes against humanity and tries to instill respect and tolerance of other peoples; Plaza Juarez
  • Museo Soumaya—explores the ways that art and culture interact and has works by artists and sculptors such as Rodin; Av. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303
  • Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino—an art collection donated by the namesake of the museum set amidst spacious gardens and Mexican plants and features the world’s most important collections of works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo; Calle Avenida Mexico 5843
  • Museo de Cera de la Ciudad de Mexico—an old mansion that houses a museum that depicts the history of Mexico City from its earliest days to the present; Calle Londres 6
  • Dolphin Discovery Six Flags—allows visitors to swim with dolphins and explore the newest Six Flags theme park; 1500 Carretera Picacho-Ajusco
  • Interactive Museum of Economics—the first museum in the world devoted to the communication between economy, finance, and sustainability and tries to allow visitors to learn about economy in everyday life; Calle Tacuba Centro 17

Shopping in Winnipeg

Winnipeg does not have a wealth of shopping destinations but the malls and stores present are unique and seem like they could be worth spending some time and money in.

  • The Forks Market—an indoor food market with delicacies and crafts as well as four restaurants; 1 Forks Market Road
  • CF Polo Park—Manitoba’s largest shopping mall with 200 stores and a sunlit atmosphere; 66Q-1485 Portage Avenue
  • Decadence Chocolates—an artisanal chocolate shop with handmade chocolates, bars, nuts, candied fruits, store-made ice cream, and baked goods; 70 Sherbrook Street
  • Johnston Terminal—a former terminal building converted into a shopping center with shops, restaurants, and food vendors; 25 Forks Market Road
  • Best of Friends Gift Shop—located in the Millennium Library, this shop sells gift items, stationery, tote bags, cards, used books, and jewelry made by local artists; 251 Donald Street
  • The Old House Revival Company—a four-floor antique and vintage shop with antique furniture, lighting, hardware, stained glass, and home accessories; 324 Young Street
  • Selim’s Antiques—an antique store that has existed for 50 years and sells art, jewelry, furniture, collectibles, rugs, tableware, and other items; 801 Corydon Avenue
  • The Neighborhood Bookstore and Café—a bookstore and café with books and games; 898 Westminster Avenue
  • Bayshore Gifts in Glass—a glass shop with glass sculptures such as wedding cake toppers and glass and crystal figurines, necklaces, glass beads, glass jewelry, and custom-made glass pieces; 1 Forks Market Road, Suite 212
  • Tiny Feast—a stationery and gift store that sells letterpress printed greeting cards and work supplies, Scandinavian housewares, and handmade accessories; 217 McDermot Avenue
  • Ram Wools Yarn Co-Op—a 40-year-old business specializing in knitting, crocheting, and fiber arts; 942 Erin Street

 

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