Once upon a time, it was very difficult to find anything you remembered from home when you went grocery shopping in Prague. It was very difficult to find anything you’d even heard about, beyond the usual staples that are common to the Czech Republic.
Fortunately, the situation has changed dramatically. Various stores offer goods from all over Europe and all over the world, meeting a distinct need for different tastes. Here are a few such stores and the goods they offer (in no particular order). Given the number and range of stores, this is a two-part article.
This British company has stores across the city, with a food-only store said to be coming soon. In the meantime, the existing stores have a food section, with various UK specialties, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh meat, frozen foods (ice cream, meals, meat, etc.), baking supplies, gluten-free merchandise, snacks, juices, fresh baked goods, and canned food. The website will show you the store locations.
Tucked away in a small courtyard near the Českomoravská metro station, this little store offers a dizzying area of sauces, tortillas, spices, candy, dried chilis, cactus leaves, and various other items for Mexican cuisine. A large board shows the daily specials available at the small café in the back of the store.
Fresh tortillas are sold from a refrigerated case, and this may be the only place in the city where you can get blue corn tortillas without eating at a restaurant or making them yourself. Frozen refried beans are available in one-kilo packages. Another delight: Mexican hot chocolate is one of the items for sale. The website is in Czech and English.
Just as the company name says, Swiss cheese is sold here. The owners (both from Switzerland) opened their store in Jesenice u Prahy in 2010, then moved into the city in 2014. They can often be found at food fairs, selling raclette and other cheesy goodness. Their store sells a huge variety of cheeses, as well as chocolate, wine, sausages, yogurt, and fondue pots. A café is also located on the premises. The website is in Czech only.
If you’ve been searching madly for organic wine, here’s a place that sells it. Not only does the company have wine, it offers liqueur, bitters, cognac, and vodka. Olive oil, sunflower seed oil, and walnut oil are available, among other organic oils. Other products include organic honey (including coriander, wildflower, and sunflower), organic tea, and organic coffee. The products are sourced from around the world. The website is in Czech, Slovak, and English.
This store focuses on Argentinean products. Wine, beef, cheese, spices, and the almost lethally caffeinated yerba mate are sold here (along with the calabazas and bombillas for serving said tea). Buying a wine club membership will get you a monthly delivery of one bottle of wine; the memberships are renewable. Gift sets are available.
Special events are held for companies and for private clients, including a chef who will cook for you at your home, a wine tasting (in English or in Czech), Latin American parties, and an Argentinean barbecue. Goods can be ordered online and picked up at the store’s bricks and mortar location, or shipped anywhere in the Czech Republic or Slovakia. The website is in Czech and English.
…but that’s not all! Click here for some more great specialty food stores in Prague.