I like small shops with ceramics, India shops with scented (vonící) sticks, they are usually family shop, and the shop assistant tries to sell you something. When they have time, they talk to you about weather, politics, family, or an old recipe (recept) how to cook a fish..
When you would like to buy some food, you can go either to the supermarket, department store or grocer´s. But the supermarket is bigger and you can buy also goods from the chemist and ironmonger here. A hypermarket is very large and sells all possible kinds of food and other goods.
Big stores, hypermarkets and shopping centres usually operate on the serve-yourself system – you go in, pick up a basket or a troley, walk around the shop and choose what you want.
At the exit there is a cash-desk or a cashier where you pay for all goods together either cash or with your credit card. At present paying with cards is the best, the most comfortable and maybe the safest way . Credit cards are widely accepted and we need not have cash on us.
As for Czech shopping habits, an average Czech family goes shopping every day to a local supermarket for necessary food. Once a week they usually do one bigger purchase for the weekend and from time to time they have to buy clothes, shoes, household utensils and equipment. A real shopping rush happens before Christmas season when people try to buy nice Christmas presents.