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farmersmarketIt’s that time of year again, when fresh farmer produce is making its way to Prague and other cities across the Czech Republic.  Since 2009, when the Farmers Market craze saw its beginnings (after many years of hibernation), the demand for fresh home-grown produce sky rocketed.  We are finally seeing hypermarket profits dwindle and specialized stores such as bakeries and butcher shops making a come-back. People are simply demanding quality and price is not the only driver when making purchasing decisions anymore.   

The following are the main Farmers’ Markets in and around Prague on a daily basis.  Some have already started, while others have yet to make a debut in 2013.  Check out each individual links to get a better understanding about the vendors and focus of each market:

Mondays 

Tuesdays  

Wednesdays

Thursdays

  • Trziste Holesovice, P7 (ongoing) Mon-Sat, 8.00-16.00
  • Prosek,  P9 (starting 26.2) Tue & Thu, 8.00-15.00
  • Tylak, P2-  (starting 19.3) Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 9.00-16.00

Fridays

Saturdays

I personally attend the Prague 6 Farmers’ Market (Kulatak) which has a large sortiment of just about everything.  My personal treat is getting the [excellent] morning coffee, before my shopping begins and I end my shopping run with fresh flowers ;)

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Happy shopping!

Check out our archived article from 2011 that also covers this topic.

All Natural

November 15th, 2012 | Posted by Karolinad in Household | Karolina | Lifestyle | Shopping - (Comments Off)

It feels as though I have hibernated for most of my adult life and until recently been awaked to discover a whole new world.  It was not until after my firstborn came into this world, that I really started to think about being and staying healthy.  These days it’s more difficult getting your hands on healthy food and products, when there are too many choices on the shelves and the packaging / advertising is often misleading rather than informative.  Although the bio / organic movement has been around for a while, the Czech Republic had to go through its initial bouts of consumerism before people began to question the quality of the products that flooded the stores. 

Initially I thought that being healthy would only require exercising and eating healthy (little junk food -  OK, ok..I do occasionally slip-up on the sweets and junk), which is what I have been doing for the past 15 yrs. However, it didn’t really hit me until recently that the quality of the food I eat and the products I use make a big difference.  Focusing on the products, rather than food for the moment -I started researching cosmetic products trying to figure out what makes some products safer than others, when I came across a few handy websites that highlight the fact that many products contain preservatives and other chemicals that disturb our bodies one way or another (from being carcinogenic to disrupting our natural hormone levels).   

As I continued my research, I learned that there are many companies that produce and offer good quality natural cosmetics which omit the use of harmful chemicals – mainly omitting preservatives (parabens), petroleum products (PEGS), allergens, dyes, etc.  These companies offer products ranging from face/body/hair care to toothpaste, lip balms, deodorants, makeup and so on. 

In the Czech Republic you can purchase natural cosmetics via many different channels, one being the drogerie DM – where you will always find a natural cosmetics section that will offer brands like Weleda, Lavera, Alverde to name a few.  At DM you can also purchase natural/safer cleaning products which tend to be cheaper than your regular brands and better for your health.

Another great way is to check out a store called BIOOO.CZ, which is an online as well as a physical store that is located in the Kotva shopping center.  The benefit of going to the store is the fact that their sales staff is well trained and can help when you are not sure what to choose.  Here you can find a wide range of products from an array of brands that are represented here (even food for your pets!).   

Another good local option for body care is a Czech company Manufaktura that has excellent bath products for adults and children – and they make wonderful presents.

I know that avoiding chemicals in today’s world is simply impossible, but it feels good to make educated choices when purchasing products that we consume or apply onto our bodies.  With natural products it takes a few tries to find what works for you, and some time getting used to a different feel, consistency and smell than what you are used to, but I think it’s worth a try ;)

Happy shopping!

 

Prague’s Christmas markets are known to be some of the best in Europe, as CNN recently ranked Prague in the top 5!   Go visit some of the bigger markets at Vaclavske Namesti, Staromestske Namesti, Havelske Trziste, Namesti Republiky, Namesti Miru,  Palackeho Namesti & Jiriho z Podebrad.   Enjoy some Svarak, czech delicacies and shop for traditional hand-made Christmas ornaments, wooden puppets, Czech crystal, ceramic items etc.

To man bag or not to man bag?

September 29th, 2011 | Posted by Klaraz in Lifestyle | Paul | Shopping - (Comments Off)

Travel, they say, broadens the mind. So when we visit new countries we want new experiences. For tourists or travellers these experiences are but fleeting moments and they may be remembered for some time after but never form the framework of everyday life.

For the expat however these experiences become part of a new tapestry or the very fabric of their everyday life. For example, the experience of riding on trams in Prague for a tourist will provide a pleasant half an hour’s experience and a handy holiday snap. For me as an expat these have become an everyday form of transport. This is not to say I find them mundane form of transport, like buses (which I loathe both in the UK & Czech Republic) Instead what has happened is I have had time to think more in-depth about the trams and whether I favour the ultra-sleek Skoda trams which glide gracefully into the tram stop and where the drivers sit in an cabin which looks more like an aircraft cockpit than  a tram cab. Or do I prefer the venerable clanking trams which have more character, but less comfort?

The expat then faces a more prolonged exposure to the culture, habits and manners of their adopted country. Which brings me to my main point. To manbag or not to manbag? Since I have been here in the Czech Republic. I have been watching the menfolk of Prague carrying their manbags around the city. Should I join them? I must admit they have a certain appeal. As a TEFL teacher I have spent the last few months lugging a hefty backpack around, something I do not relish. Before this in my business career I carried a briefcase. (consequently bought in Prague). The former and the latter are fine for carrying large amounts, but what about the simply intermediate amounts of objects you may need to carry. As a wannabe full-time writer I always like to carry a Moleskine notepad and my diary (also Moleskine) Add to this the everyday effects like wallet and mobile phone and you have a  certain amount of stuff which warrants a carrying capacity beyond the most voluminous of pockets.

Therefore, I think I will bow to peer pressure and get a manbag. The next question is which one and what kind of budget should I apportion to  it? Answers on a postcard please….

My kingdom for a … typewriter!

August 25th, 2011 | Posted by Klaraz in Paul | Shopping - (Comments Off)

I was looking for a typewriter in Prague, something which is not easily come by, or so I thought. I put up a posting on www.expatz.cz  and was pleased to receive a reply from the owner of the Prague Thrift Store.

I paid a visit to the shop and was pleasantly surprised to find a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of items from belts to beds, and most importantly typewriters.

The Prague Thrift Store is a charity driven, classic, Thrift Shop in Prague. The shop is located in Prague 2- Vinohrady on Sumavska 29. The shop stocks a wide range of good quality new and well treated second-hand clothes, accessories, furniture, home decoration, household products, books and many more other interesting items.

The Prague Thrift Store is owned and run by Barbara Szende, who came to Prague in 2005 Having a surplus of furniture she, looked for an organisation to donate it to.  However, she found initial approaches to charities fruitless with the added problem of the language barrier.

Her solution to this was to set up the Thrift Store as a way of linking unwanted items with people who would either benefit from having it donated via links with charities, or buying it in the shop.

If you’re an old Prague hand or just gotten off the plane and are looking to fill a room or apartment, give this place a try before heading off to Ikea! Likewise, if you’ve got stuff that you want to get rid off and want to help make a difference, then why not donate your unwanted stuff to.

Prague Thrift Store on Facebook

Prague Thrift Store on Google maps

 

 

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