Hlavná Street as the hearth of Košice used to be recognized for the best shopping opportunities in the city. Today, in the age of big shopping malls, this is only partly correct. Hlavná and broader city center still possess many interesting shops but they are better known for its summer patios and vibrant night life.
The biggest shopping mall in Košice is Optima. Many shops, restaurants, cinemas, banks, phone operators and other services are all available under one roof. A major furniture store Kika Kosice is located right next to it.
Getting there by public transport is possible by bus number 10. This bus stands in front of the Hilton Hotel (Námestie osloboditeľov station). Taxi from the city center is around 5-8 Euros.
You can also visit several other shopping malls like - Galeria (trams #6, #9, bus #71, #72 - Mestsky Magistrat station) - it offers shopping opportunities, many cafes, cinemas, and Cassovia Center - for Carrefour, shops, and Asko furniture house.
Opportunities to shop are going to increase by the end of the year 2011 - Aupark - new shopping mall right next to Hilton Hotel on Hlavna Street will open. Plans for shopping mall Galeria to expand are expected for 2015.
Every shopping mall is open also on Saturday and Sunday. Optima is opened every day until 9pm except for cinema, casino and cafes which stay open longer. Retro Cafe and Vegas Cafe are open until early morning. Hlavna's shops usually close earlier on Saturday and Sunday evening.
Parking by the shopping malls is free (Galeria for 3 hours) and available without any problems. Parking close to Hlavna Street costs 1EUR/hour - but is free on weekends and nights.