Today on Wenceslas Square there are five stalls, four of which will close before the end of this month and the last at the end of the year.
City authorities refused to renew the leases because they think that they do not fit the modern style of the famous Wenceslas Square. Smaller stalls with tobacco, newspapers, and tickets for cultural events will not be removed.
The Prague 1 District Administration believe the stalls create crowds of foreigners and people of Prague drinking alcoholic beverages and being noisy, disturbing the public order. It is possible that food and drinks stalls may return to Wenceslas Square in the future, but only after the reconstruction of the lower part, due to be completed in 2018. Newer stalls would be in a more contemporary style.
Mayor Adriana Krnáčová said: “We do not need dozens of places selling food in the same area, it is necessary to focus on quality rather than quantity.”
According to the architect Jacob Ziegler, engaged with the Wenceslas Square project, there should be no stalls in the center of Prague including sites selling tobacco and newspapers. He said: “I think it’s better to focus on stores located in palaces and buildings on Wenceslas Square, and not to spoil its appearance with stalls. But it’s not for me to decide.”