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You have several possibilities when it comes to daily things like food. A number of supermarkets have shown up recently, with more or less the same selections you would expect every where else. But many things are bought in small shops that are spread over the city. One reason is that the small shops often are cheaper than the supermarkets. The other reason is that when it comes to food, it will mostly be of a better quality than in the supermarkets, as the small shops get daily deliveries. This is true for specialty shops such as bakeries, butchers, and delis, and products like milk, eggs, meat and bread.

The Czech Republic uses the metric system, so if you come from a country that uses another system of measurement, this may be a bit confusing in the beginning. In many of the supermarkets, and shops are you required to pick up a shopping cart, as the clerks may complain if you don't carry things in a shopping cart.

A place to find cheap groceries is the many open-air markets in Prague. The biggest one is the Prazská Trznice in Prague 7 near Vlatavska metro. You can here find almost everything from apples to furniture and hardware to portable stereos and CD's. The prices are often a lot lower than in the stores, but the selection are usually smaller.

A number of speciality stores have shown up recently, so if you need something special it may be an idea to visit some of them. Below do you find a list of those we know.

Metro:  Stop Mustek

Fruits de France
Jindrisska 9,
Prague 1
tel: 2422 0304

Mon - Wed, Fri 8:30 am - 6:30 pm,
Thur, 11:30 am - 6:30 pm
Sat, 9:30 am - 1 pm

Open by an astute Frenchwoman in 1991 when Prague was 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: a block of mozzarella may cost 300 Kc. There are a couple of stand-up-and-eat tables at the back of the shop for quick deli snacks with wine.

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Metro:  Stop Mustek
Tram:  3, 9, 14, 24 - stop Václavské nám.

Kotva
Námestí Republiki 8,
Prague 1
tel: 2480 1111, 2421 1473

Ugly but well stocked. Lots of cosmetics, stationery, bed linen, fashion, sports gear, car accessories, furniture etyc. There’s a reservation service, bureau de change and shoe repairs in the basement, next to a glossy, modern supermarket. Good for gourmet chocolates and French wines - less so for fruits and vegetables.

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Metro:  Stop nám. Republiky
Tram:  3, 5, 14, 24, 26 - stop nám. Republiky.

Paris-Praha
Jindrisska 7,
Prague 1
tel: 2422 2855

Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 7 pm, Sat 8:30 am - 1 pm

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

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Metro:  Stop Mustek
Tram:  3, 9, 14,24 - stop Jindrisská

Dobra Cajovna
Václavské nám. 14
tel: 2423 1480

Daily, 10 am - 10 pm

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

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Metro:  Stop Mustek
Tram:  3, 9, 14, 24 - stop Václavské nám.

Vzpominkí na Afriku
Rybná/Jakubská,
Prague 1
tel: 0603 441 434

Daily, 10 am - 7 pm

The smell of dark, roasted African coffee beans hits you as you step through the doors. If you can’t make up your mind the 30 or so coffee beans from different African countries on offer, you can always sit at the one and only table available and try a cup. Beans can be ground before packaging on request.

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Metro:  Stop nám. Republiky
Tram:  3, 5, 14, 24, 26 - stop nám. Republiky.

Tesco
Národní trída 26,
Prague 1
tel: 2422 7971-9

Mo - We, 8 am - 7 pm,
Th - Fr, 8 am - 8 pm,
Sa, 9 am - 6 pm,
Su, 10 am - 6 pm

Previously Tesco was owned by the American chain K-mart, which spent a lot of money revamping the store only to sell it on to Tesco in 1996. Currently Tesco is a good mix of Czech and Western products and a popular supermarket that stocks American peanut butter, decent baked beans and British biscuits.

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Metro:  Stop Národní trída
Tram:  6, 9, 18, 22, 23 - stop Národní trida


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