Maybe you run, play tennis or football or like to workout. Maybe you are thinking about doing something sporty. Maybe you just like comfy clothing that doesn´t require ironing. Whichever category you fall into - we´ve got the premier line-up of sports stores in Prague.
For one-stop sport shopping, head to Giga Sport (www.gigasport.cz, Chlumecká 765, Černý Most and Skandinávská 9, Zličín.) From exercise equipment (stationery bicycles, treadmills, weight machines) to footwear to clothing to in-line skates plus protective gear to bikes to backpacking and camping supplies to tennis and squash paraphernalia; really, they´ve got you taken care of. And they have gift certificates for the sportaholics in your life.
Going to a mall only constitutes a sport for very few people, however nearly every indoor shopping center in the city has at least one decent sports store. If the Giga Sport in Zličín didn´t work for you, pop into Metropole (www.metropole.cz, Řevnická 1.) They have a Sportisimo, which is a general sporting goods store and a Balance and Molo Nike Store with smaller selections, mainly shoes and clothes. There´s an Interspar there too if you are really desperate.
The inner city malls have a selection of sports shops as well. Nový Smíchov (www.novysmichov.eu, Plzeňská 8) is one of the busiest malls in town and has a good number of sports shops. A3 Sport is good if you are looking for apparel, while Athlete´s World should have a pair of shoes for you. There´s an Intersport here, which is a general sporting goods store, but their selection isn´t extensive. More specialty shops include Umbro, Rock Point and Skateshop Anděl. And don´t ever forget Tesco.
Palác Flóra (www.palacflora.cz, Vinohradská 151) is a bit quieter shopping experience. They too have an A3 Sport, Rock Point and Intersport. There´s also Adidas, Puma and Champion shops for those looking for specific brands. Palladium (www.palladiumpraha.cz, Náměstí Republiky 1) probably has the worst selection of all the malls. They offer a Sportisimo, Puma store, Alpine Pro and Quiksilver.
With a bit longer ride on the metro you can hit an additional number of malls. Galerie Butovice (www.galerie-butovice.cz, Radlická 117) sports an Intersport, but also an Acron which specializes in outdoor gear and a Montana Swiss Sport which has in-line skates, Nordic walking equipment and skiing supplies. A bonus to Galerie Butovice - there´s an in-line skate park practically on its doorstep. If you can´t wait till you get home to try out all the stuff you bought, you should shop at Letňany (www.oc-letnany.cz/cz, Veselská 663.) They have an aquacentrum, ice rink, fitness lagoon and sportscentre which offers badminton, tennis, volleyball, basketball and fencing. Stores include the usual suspects: A3 Sport, Rock Point, Adidas, Puma and a Sport Station which is a shoe store. At the other end of the red metro line, you´ve got Centrum Chodov (www.centrumchodov.cz, Roztylská 19.) They´ve actually got a bit more varied selection which includes Alpine Pro, Columbia Sportswear Company and Quiksilver. Hervis Sport is a good-sized all purpose sports store and Expedition will help out the hikers. A3 Sport, Umbro, Nike, Puma and Rock Point appear here as well. There´s some recreational activities here; BBC Fitness, Golf Centrum and a bowling alley.
Humi Outdoor (www.humi.cz, Myslíkova 32) has a huge selection of sports clothes and equipment - a lot of it their own brand. You can find here in-line skates, backpacks, bikes, tennis rackets and skis. Their production facility is in Třebíč. Humi is not to be confused with Hudy (www.hudy.cz, nine stores in Prague, including Haclíčkova 1 and Strossmayerovo nám. 10) which focuses more on outdoor, nature equipment like gear for camping and backpacking as well as clothing and shoes.
There are a lot of smaller specialty sports stores around town as well. Skiers and snowboarders may want to check out Harfa Sport (www.harfasport.cz, Českomoravská 41, Prague 9 & Strakonická 81, Prague 5.) They have a large selection with lots of well-known brands, plus bicycles. Similar items, plus boating supplies (rafts, kayaks, etc.) backpacks and camping equipment can be found at ABC-sport (www.abc-sport.cz, Moskevská 74, Prague 10.) Another major winter sports shop is Dodo Sport (www.dodosport.cz, Hněvkovského 2, Prague 4.) Happy Sport (www.happysport.cz) has three locations: Beranových 127, Prague 9; Na Pankráci, Prague 4; Národní obrany 16, Prague 6. Again, they´ve got the skis and such.
If you know what you want, you can purchase online. Huskycz.cz (Czech only) offers men´s and women´s clothing, backpacks, tents and sleeping bags. Bartsport.cz (Czech only) has a much wider selection. Lots of biking accessories, including clothing; footwear; exercise equipment; camping equipment, including tents and cooking apparatuses; and in-line skates, just to name a few.