The history of modern farmers markets in Prague is relatively new. The first markets started to appear in Prague from around 2009. From just a few stalls offering fresh vegetables, fruit, cheese and meats, most markets have now a selection of different stalls, including local crafts, and you can find practically everything you need for your weekly shop.

Each market has a slightly different feel, but all put emphasis on Czech producers, local food and traditional crafts. You’ll also find stalls with refreshments – street food and coffee stalls. As these markets are aimed at local Prague residents and not necessarily at foreign visitors, you’ll find that most labels and price tags are in the Czech language. Most younger stall holders will understand English, but pointing and hand gestures will also get you far so you don’t need to worry about not being able to buy what you like.

It’s a good idea to bring with you plenty of change and Czech money (Czech crowns). Most stall holders won’t have a means of taking card payments, and they will probably not accept other currencies. If you do forget to take cash will you, most markets are near shopping centres or underground stations, and there are always plenty of ATMs around to withdraw money from.

Another tip is to bring your carrier bags with you as most market organisers are trying to minimise the use of plastics and encourage sellers to use paper bags and other more environmentally friendly packaging.

It’s also worth to get to the market early in the day to get the best selection of fresh fruit, vegetables and bread. Czech people are used to getting up early, with most people’s work starting at 6 or 8 am, so even at the weekend people are out and about early. So, if you want to beat the crowds, arrive at the beginning of the market time. Just because the official ending time is 2, 6 or 8 pm it doesn’t mean that the cheese man will still have your favourite hermelin!

I like to visit different markets depending on which day of the week it is (and where I happen to be at the time), but here is a list of my favourite farmer’s markets in Prague.

Farmers Market ‘Naplavka’

Palackeho Namesti

February – December

Every Saturday

8-2pm

This is one of the biggest farmer’s markets in Prague, currently around 90-100 stalls every Saturday. Apart from the usual fresh vegetables, fruit and organic meats you can also buy bread and cakes from various regions of the Czech Republic.

Farmer’s Market ‘Na Jiraku’

Jiriho z Podebrad (Underground Station or Tram)

February – December

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

8 am – 6 pm

A perfect excuse to visit the neighbouring area of Zizkov as well as the market itself. The market is very close to the Zizkov Transmitting Tower. On a clear day, it’s worth having a coffee in the tower to see the beautiful views of Prague. There are also plenty of new independent coffee places, where the owners and staff know their coffee and it’s a joy to sit there and watch the world go by. The market itself is big enough to supply you with all you need for a great weekend brunch. The stallholders have also given up plastic bags, in favour of paper and customers are encouraged to bring their bags and baskets to carry their goodies home.

My favourite stall is a family run bakery which produces healthy bread as well as gluten-free cakes and bread. I also pick up fresh eggs, courgette and salads from a vegetable stall to make an omelette for lunch.

Farmers Markets ‘Kulatak’

Dejvicka Underground Station

March – December

Saturdays

8 am – 2 pm

The organisers are trying to give a chance to a newly established food business and startups. The focus is on seasonal produce, which is also complimented by stallholders from abroad. Each market also has a children’s corner to entertain your little ones as you shop.

Farmer’s Markets ‘Andel’

Andel Underground Station & Trams

April – November

Fridays

7 am – 7 pm

There are at least 50 stalls with seasonal produce just as you come out from the underground station. The market is surrounded by a modern shopping centre, and there is even a supermarket entrance on one side. None of that takes away from the hustle of the market, which just shows that locals and visitor alike love fresh produce and something little bit different to try. My favourite is a stall with Moravian cakes and ‘frgali’ (blueberry cakes), which are so delicious, that you can’t stop at just one! You need to get up early if you want to have the best choice of all the amazing bread and cakes on offer.

Farmers Markets ‘Tylak’

Tylovo Namesti

April – December

Monday – Friday (all week)

8 am – 8 pm

There are plenty of stalls, including fruit and vegetables, bread and pastries, meat, cheese and other local specialities. The market adds Saturdays during the high season, which has stalls that are themed depending on the season.

And here is a list of all the other major farmer’s markets in Prague:

Farmers Markets ‘Pankrac’

Pankrac Station – close to OC Arkady Pankrac

March – December

Wednesdays

8  am – 6 pm

Farmers Markets ‘Kuban’

Kubanske Square

March – November

Tuesdays and Thursdays – 9 am – 6 pm

Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm

Farmers Market ‘Hezmanak’

Rezacovo Square

January – December

Saturdays

9 am – 2 pm

Farmers Markets ‘Hradcanska’

Hradcanska Underground Station

April – December

Monday – Friday

8 am – 6 pm

Farmers Markets ‘Modrany’

Modrany

March – December

Monday – Friday

8 am – 6 pm

Farmers Markets ‘Haje’

Haje Underground Station

April – December

Mondays & Wednesdays

8 am – 8 pm

Farmers Markets ‘Slunecne Namesti’

Slunecne Square

April – December

Mondays

8 am – 6 pm

Farmers Markets ‘Sporilov’

Sporilov

March – December

Saturdays

8 am – 2 pm