The 5 most interesting markets in Prague
1) Holešovice Market
Check out Hall 22, with a great selection of fruit and vegetables. It has a small stand selling Uzbek specialities, next to the entrance you’ll find a Slovak bakery with cow and sheep dairy products. Hall 28 is where you’ll find the Moravian Wine Bank, which has 800 different bottles on offer.
‘Kính chào qúy khách’ reads the inscription on the gate of SAPA market, which the locals nicknamed Little Hanoi. Its massive grounds are not only for shopping though. This is also the cultural centre of the city’s large Vietnamese community. They even elect their own Miss! Look for Hue Xra to sample the best Bún bò Hue.
3) Farmers' Markets
After two decades of shopping in supermarkets, the Czechs have gone back to basics – buying from local farmers. There are three main market locations: Jiřího z Poděbrad hosts the market on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, on Saturday head to Náplavka or Vítězné náměstí in Dejvice.
4) Kolbenka Bleší Trhy
Prague’s largest flea market is held every weekend (from 6 am till 3 pm) in an industrial district next to a railway. In this 50.000-square metres market you can find anything from tools to musical instruments, as well as crockery and bikes, animal horns and Christmas decorations. All you need is some patience as you rummage through everything.
5) Manifesto Market
A great example of how to revitalise a public space near a busy motorway. Europe’s first cashless cultural and gourmet market consists of 27 containers packed with art, clothes, cafes and entertainment. Open every day and night until 10 pm. Great vibes.
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