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You have several options when it comes to daily things like food. Supermarket chains like Albert can be found throughout Prague with more or less the same selection you would expect everywhere else. There are several wildly popular flavours that show up in everything from tea to yoghurt. A few of these are: apricot ('merunka'), blackcurrant ('cerny rybis'), strawberry ('jahoda') and apple ('jablka').

The outer areas of Prague are now home to 'Hypermarkets' such as Hypernova, InterSpar and Tesco where locals do most of their personal food shopping. The prices are low and there is a better chance of finding imported food. In the city centre you will find small shops that are crammed with goodies and some are so small that the staff behind the counter have to get your things for you. This can be a little frustrating if you don't speak Czech.

The Czech Republic uses the metric system. In many of the shops you are required to use a shopping trolley or basket and the staff may complain if you don't as it can be considered bad manners. Also good to know: unless individually wrapped and priced fruit and vegetables should be weighed, self-service, on the electronic scales provided. Look for them - you'll see other shoppers bringing their things there. Push the button with the picture of the fruit you have, and out comes a label with the weight and price printed on it that you put on the item so they know how much to charge at the checkout.

For fresh, cheap produce go to any of the open-air markets in Prague. The biggest one is the Prazská Trznice in Prague 7 near Vlatavska metro. Here you can find almost everything from apples to furniture and hardware to portable stereos and CDs. The prices are often a lot lower than in the shops though the selection is limited.

Some nice speciality stores have opened up, so if you need something particular it may be an idea to visit some of them. Below are a few that we like:

Fruits de France
Jindrisska 9
Prague 1

Opened by an astute Frenchwoman in 1991 when Prague was pretty much a gastronomic desert, Fruits de France is still an oasis of mouth-watering fruit, vegetables, olives, cheese, chocolate, oil and wine. Deliveries from France arrive once a week but storage is good and everything remains fresh. The shop is quite expensive though. There are a couple of stand-up-and-eat tables at the back of the shop for quick deli snacks with wine.

Námesti Republiky 8
(below Kotva)
Prague 1

This supermarket (which is nice and clean) is well stocked and on 2 levels. They have a good selection of bread baked on the premises and a wide variety of wines as well as the everyday foods you may need.

Jindrisska 7
Prague 1

As well as having top quality French champagnes, cognacs and Bordeaux, this snack bar also sells delicious pastries. Get there early before they get snapped up by French shoppers on their way to Fruit de France.

Dobra Cajovna
Václavské nám. 14
Prague 1

More of a shrine than a teashop, this place sells a daunting array of oriental teas that can be sampled in the cafe. It also stocks all you need for a tea ceremony: tiny ceramic teapots and cups, joss sticks and Japanese tea strainers.

Vzpominky na Afriku
Prague 1

The name of the shop means 'Memories of Africa'. While they specialize in special African beans it's also one of the only places in Prague to buy Costa Rican and Columbian varieties. Beans can be ground before packaging on request, fine or coarse depending how you make your coffee.

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