If you are determined to explore Prague as a local, farmers’ markets are something not to be missed. There are several scattered all over the city, big and small, each with some unique quality. Be it a riverside quay, a square in a picturesque residential area or halls in formerly industrial buildings – they all bear specific traits that match the air of the district in which they are located, while revealing pieces to the Czech capital. Not sure where to start from? Here are some of our favourites!
If the Old Town is the heart of Prague, the Vltava is its largest vein that sets the undertone for the “flow” of the whole city. One of the nicest spots to enjoy the beauty of this river is from Náplavka quay. When sun comes out, the boardwalk becomes particularly lively and it is difficult to stop an eye on something particular. Beer stalls and floating restaurants, rowing tours and local musicians setting the atmosphere – Náplavka is the concentration of Prague´s spirit in all its vivacity.
On Saturdays, from 8:00 to 14:00 the place gets an extra embellishment – Prague´s most popular farmers´ markets, where local vendors offer fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and meats, sandwiches, jams, wine, lemonades, beer and more. Occasionally, there are also flea markets held on the boats of the quay.
When visiting Náplavka, it is better to come earlier in the morning, before it gets too crowded. From Karlovo náměstí that is only a short walk away from Miss Sophie’s New Town, take tram 2, 3, 14 or 18 to the stop called Vytonˇ and walk along Rašínovo nábřeží – the destination will be difficult not to notice.
This charmingly quaint Farmers´ Market located at Tylovo Náměstí, is less than a ten minutes walk from Sophie´s and definitely wins when it comes to seasonal fruits and vegetables. The choice is plentiful – pumpkins and plums in autumn, melons and berries in summer, root vegetables in the winter – all fresh and delicious.
Apart from greengrocery, pastry, and lemonades, there are also days when Tylák expands it’s stalls with clothes and handmade souvenirs. So, if you find yourself wondering how to spend an hour or two, don’t hesitate to take a short stroll and to visit this market to try something truly Czech. The opening hours of Tylák are pretty flexible – every week from Tuesday to Friday, from 9:00 to 18:00.
Located in the wonderful Vinohrady district, at Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad, Jiřák will give you a feel of what a typical Prague Farmers´ Market is. The atmosphere here is generally relaxed – the green space of the square with grass and benches to sit on makes it a perfect destination for those who want to avoid crowds and to recreate like a local. Occasionally, on Czech holidays, Jiřák becomes a place for cultural events and celebrations to take place. Don’t be surprised to hear some Czech folk singing should you arrive on a holiday.
What to eat here? Try homemade sandwiches and pastry (a great variety of typical Czech rolls – “houskas” and traditional cakes with various fruit fillings – “koláčes”, to choose from), as well as specialty coffee, fresh juices, vegetarian snacks and the usual fruit and vegetables, while enjoying the views of the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord and Žižkov Television Tower!
The market is open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 to 18:00, Saturdays from 8:00 to 14:00 . To get there, just take tram 11 or 13 from I.P. Pavlova to Jiřího z Poděbrad or the Green Metro Line from Náměstí Míru station. If it’s a sunny day, a walk through the elegant neighborhood of Vinohrady might be more ideal – on your way, grab a cone of homemade ice cream in Zmrzlinář or take a minute to enjoy the quietness of Sady Svatopluka Čecha park surrounded by 18th century art nouveau facades.
Kulaťák is one of the biggest farmers´ markets on our list. “Kulatý” translating to circular in Czech, gave the market its name because of the round shape of Vítězné Náměstí – the square on which it is located. Found right next to the greenline station Dejvická, this market is easily accessible by metro. It is also just one stop away from the Prague Castle, so if you are planning to visit this landmark, don’t miss a chance to spend some time at Kulaťák as well.
Kulaťák is perfect for a breakfast or a light lunch, thanks to the wide choice of pastry, organic dairy products, meat, fish, sausages and drinks available. Wine gourmands regularly offer a selection of Czech wines. Lovers of greenery will be also pleasantly surprised by the variety of flowers, plants, and seeds offered here.
The market is open every Saturday from 8:00 to 14:00.
Karlínské trhy – Karlín
Karlín is one of these districts of Prague, where one would never be at loss when it comes to finding a good place to have a drink or a meal. Among locals, this part of the city is famous for its bars, restaurants, stunning art nouveau buildings, Forum Karlín, and the great floods of 2002 which forced the neighborhood into restoration. Apart from that, located at Karlínské Náměstí, right near the Romanesque Church of St Cyril and St Methodius, there is a small Farmers´ Market that embodies the vibe of the district.
Karlínské trhy (trhy is Czech for market) would become your destination if you are looking for a place to have some drinks. The market offers refreshments to suit all tastes – from coffee to Czech “točené” (i.e. draught) beer and from fresh cherry and watermelon juices to Moravian wine. After getting your drinks, take a minute to sit on the grass, soaking in the urban life around, and if you are lucky, listening to the music performed by local artists.
Karlínské trhy is open every Saturday from 8:00 to 14:00. Located close to Florenc metro station, to which you can get by taking Red Metro line from I.P. Pavlova.
Pražská Tržnice or Prague Market is quite a curious place to visit. Located at Bubenské nábřeží, in the revived Holešovice district, this market occupies what once was the meat packing district of Prague. The grounds include a Vietnamese market, where all kind of merchandise can be found, Alza electronic shop and cafe, contemporary theatre Jatka 78, a 5 star restaurant SaSaZu and the famous Hala 22 – the biggest year-round farmers´ market.
Lose yourself in the labyrinth of stalls with seasonal fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and greens, pay a visit Trang An, one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Prague. (Vietnamese have a strong presence in the Czech Republic as the largest minority represented.) Continue your journey by peering through the vendors’ stalls with everyday merchandise or buy some souvenirs. Pražská Tržnice is the Czech capital in miniature, a mix of everything in one place.
The market is open from Monday to Saturday, from 8:00 till 20:00 and is accessible by tram number 1, 6, 12, 14 and 25.