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Top 3 Farmers Markets in Prague

Published on July 03rd, 2014 in Shopping

  • Jan Mašek stand - Náplavka, Prague 1 (photo: Pekařství Jan Mašek- Farmářské trhy Praha facebook page)

  • Náplavka, Prague 1 (photo: www.farmarsketrziste.cz)

  • Náplavka, Prague 1 (photo: www.farmarsketrziste.cz)

  • Náplavka, Prague 1 (photo: www.farmarsketrziste.cz)

  • Náplavka, Prague 1 (photo: www.farmarsketrziste.cz)

  • Náplavka, Prague 1 (photo: www.farmarsketrziste.cz)

  • Náplavka, Prague 1 (photo: www.farmarsketrziste.cz)

  • Kulaťák, Prague 6 (photo: www.farmarske-trhy.cz)

  • Kulaťák, Prague 6 (photo: Farmářské trhy facebook page)

  • Kulaťák, Prague 6 (photo: www.farmarske-trhy.cz)

  • Kulaťák, Prague 6 (photo: www.farmarske-trhy.cz)

  • Holešovická tržnice, Prague 7 (photo: Holešovické trhy facebook page)

  • Holešovická tržnice, Prague 7 (photo: Holešovické trhy facebook page)

  • Holešovická tržnice, Prague 7 (photo: Holešovické trhy facebook page)

 

Summer is a time of glorious fruits and vegetables grown right here in the Czech Republic. If you’ve been consuming a lot of traditional Czech food this may surprise Potatoes, tomatoes, onions and garlic are regulars but tis the season to take advantage of the berry bounty – strawberries and raspberries especially but cherries, currents and blueberries are now bursting from baskets at bargain prices. And don’t worry if you think the blueberries look a bit different than what you are used to in North America – these are the European variety known as bilberries, but every bit as sweet and healthy as ever!
 

 

For Breakfast: Náplavka, Prague 1

If you arrive at this riverside market when it opens at 8am, you are already a bit late. Arriving at 9 will see you slowly shuffling along, craning to see what people are selling. To breakfast here is a treat with stands selling coffee and a variety of bread and sweet sellers. For good bread as well as a small selection of Czech pastries, look for Jan Mašek’s stand; for cakes check out Louskáček – but really, each seller has something fresh and lovely so it’s hard to go wrong. A couple other notable stalls include the fresh goat cheese from Pěnčín and the fruit knedlíky from Říčanské.

 

  

Photos: www.farmarsketrziste.cz

 

Rašínovo Nábřeží
Prague 2
metro Karlovo náměstí
tram 3, 10, 16 to Palackého náměstí
hours Saturdays, April-October 8:00-14:00

 

 

For Lunch: Kulaťák, Prague 6

This is a bigger, more friendlier feeling market with picnic tables and benches for sitting, musical entertainment and a children’s corner. You go here for lunch because there are actual restaurants cooking on the spot – hamburgers and sushi are constants while some restaurants have daily specials, like a fresh risotto with peas and asparagus on a recent visit. Some unique vendors to check out include the Bohemia olej stand selling a variety of oils or pick-up a pub favorite to take home - nakládaný hermelín (soft Camembert cheese pickled in oil with spices) or utopenec (basically the same thing, but with sausages.) Even packed, this market has a wonderful atmosphere that encourages lingering.

 

 

Photos: Farmářské trhy facebook page

  

Vítězné náměstí
Prague 6
metro Dejvická
hours Saturdays, April-October 8:00-14:00

 

 

For Browsing Fun - Holešovická tržnice, Prague 7

A more local market with not as much atmosphere is located in the Prague suburb of Holešovice. Find it in Hala 22, a big warehouse in the middle of a fairly uninteresting outdoor market. The vibe here is laidback and local - you don’t need to fight your way through crowds but stroll slowly around, checking out each vendor before returning to make your purchases. The flower blooms and potted herbs here seem fresher and cheaper–the Gerbera daisies are popular now and the gladioli literally seem to last two weeks. I’ve never had a bad pot of basil or parsley – nor have I been able to resist buying one. In addition to a healthy selection of fruits and veggies, you can browse a small shop area filled with Russian goods, pick up Hungarian sausages, Slovak cheese and Czech honey. Here, a mid-morning visit is perfectly fine, although it’s best to get in before 2pm.

 

 

Photos: Holešovické trhy facebook page

 

Holešovická tržnice
Prague 7
metro Vltavská,
tram 1, 25 to Pražské tržnice
hours Monday-Friday, 8:00-16:00, Saturday 8:00-13:00

 

 

 

 

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