Diva-scovery: Bric-a-Brac in Prague

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Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>My darling husband surprised me with a trip to Prague so he & I could have a little R&R; and1-on-1 time after I’d been out of town for an extended period during my Antiques Diva tours. We went to Prague to take long walks holding hands, to drink copious quantities of Czech beer (his intent, not mine, as even living in Germany has not converted me to being a beer drinker) and to nibble our way through the winding streets of Prague.

Achieving our goal, we sat for long periods in dark, candlelit cafes discussing Kafka and pondering Bohemian thoughts and, though this trip for once was one planned without intentions of visiting an antique shop one, we stumbled out of a café one late afternoon and into a sensational antiques shop called Bric-a-Brac. And while I considered turning away, not wanting “work” to interfere with our romantic interlude, my husband pulled me inside. For you see, something you might not know about The Wine Guy is that he might as well have been nick-named The Antiques Guy for he shares my passion in European antiquing. This, along with many other traits, makes him a sensational traveling companion as he’s always ready to stop, drop and shop!
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While the alley leading to the shop was tempting, stepping inside the store was even more so…

Won’t you join me on a quick tour?

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Next time you’re in Prague and looking to do a little antique shopping, pop into Bric-a-Brac! You never know what you might find!!!

Bric a Brac
Týnská 7, Prague 1
Phone: (+420) 222 326 484
Metro: Staromĕstská (line A) or Námĕstí Republiky (line B)

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™

(seen right on Charles Bridge in a self-photography attempt with The Wine Guy!)
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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • Hi Antique Diva…I went to that store a few years ago and just LOVED it as well…the owners were so charming and funny plus we left with so many fun things… it’s so hard sometimes to describe the exact kind of vintage treasures/antiques you are looking for…but this store fits the bill exactly… what is this type of shop normally called in Europe, is it a bric-a-brac shop, antique store or both or something else? I and few fellow antique loving friends are traveling to Paris, and maybe a few cities in the Netherlands and Belgium in late May and would love to find some stores or districts like this great shop…any recommendations? We will be there for 2 weeks. This maybe top secret since it’s your business:)…we just found your site today and were also pondering a tour but we weren’t real sure how to describe what we wanted to see…but this bric-a-brac shop is exactly it. We are little treasures and “junk” shoppers more than expensive serious antiques. We’ve been to the clignancourt flea market and just loved it, so we will definitely go back there.


    • Hi Bryan, I’m always happy to give you a quote on a tour – and if you’re interested you can email me toma@antiquesdiva.com. Now – for some recommendations you might want to try to Jeu de Balle market in Brussels for this similiar vibe of inventory or perhaps even the flea market in Waterloo. I like the Klooosterstraat in Antwerp and you’re sure to find some similiar shops to Bric a Brac there in addition to the more upmarket places. Bonne Shopping and Bonne Voyage! Toma (aka The Antiques Diva)

    • PS The term you’re looking for is BROCANTE – that’s sort of bric a brac, not really officially 100 year old antiques, and not necessarily high end, but great vintage and antique finds at accessible price points.

  • I saw your recommendation to visit this wonderful shop while visiting Prague. We LOVED it and found a wonderful watercolor while shopping there. Thanks for the tip – the shop is definitely a treasure.

  • I just came back from Prague. I followed up on your recommendation to find Bric-a-Brac. Guess what? That ring of keys is still there! Sadly, it would have cost a fortune to buy because each key is individually priced. The large keys are very expensive and there are a lot of them. Too bad.


  • I want to go to there! What a great surprise for you! and the Bric-a-Brac store – love the table with crystal and porcelain. Another location for "the list". Great write-up of your Prague getaway!

  • Gracies Cottage,
    I'm still kicking myself for letting that ream of keys get away!!

    We spent ages pouring thru the shop (and we came away with more than a few treasures!

    I think my husband agrees with you… He said he thinks he might prefer Prague to Paris!!! For a die-hard francophone that is a major statement!

    Draffin Bears,
    It was an amazing weekend… Just what the doctor ordered!

    The Antiques Diva

  • How fabulous that you had a trip to Prague and I am glad that you had a good time.
    I would be happy shopping in that wonderful antique shop ~ love all the old keys.

    Happy weekend

  • What a great shop to visit…and buy things in! I could spend a lot of time in there! Love the pic of you and hubby! Very cute! Love the title too, you little divascoverer you!