Farmers market at Prague's Náplavka to return Saturday, others already underway

Náplavka remained shuttered through the weekend but will open again Saturday after a long closure due to Covid restrictions.

Raymond Johnston

Written by Raymond Johnston
Published on 19.04.2021 13:48 (updated on 19.04.2021)

The farmers market at Prague’s Náplavka will start on April 24, after having been canceled for this past Saturday, market operating association Archetyp announced on its website. Farmers markets have been allowed since the state of emergency ended at midnight on April 11, but only if they met certain conditions.

“The flea market is not allowed to take place, so we agreed with them to hold a farmers market. … On Saturday, April 24, therefore, a farmers market will take place instead of the planned flea market. We look forward to seeing you! We start around 8 a.m. and end before 2 p.m.,” Archetyp said.

They also asked people to follow the “three Rs”: ruce (hands), roušky (face masks), rozestupy (distancing). Over 15 vendors are expected to participate in the market, selling fruits and vegetables, flowers, dairy products, eggs, poultry, baked goods, meat and sausages, and delicacies.

In addition to limiting the number of people to one person per 15 square meters, the stands must be at least two meters apart. It is also forbidden to sell snacks meant to be eaten on the spot, or having tables and seats available.

The Náplavka market scheduled for April 17 was canceled by municipal company Trade Centre Praha (TCP) two days before it was supposed to take place as an agreement could not be reached on how to control the number of visitors.

Archetyp head Jiří Sedláček said the association proposed having two entrances at either end of the market, but that would have meant closing 10 other entrances. Sedláček said other markets were allowed to operate by similarly limiting access.

Prague 3 Town Hall, which operate the farmers market at náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad, urged people to follow the distancing and other rules so that markets could continue to operate from now on.

Markets had been banned since the end of January, and were restricted several times in 2020. They stopped taking place at Náplavka at the end of October after a photo of a crowded embankment appeared on social networks, but reopened again before Christmas.

Several other farmers markets began operating last week. Also the fruit and vegetable market in Hall 22 of the Prague Market (Pražská tržnice) in Holešovice has reopened, with respirators required to shop inside.

Farmers markets:

  • Hall 22 at Prague Market, Prague 7: Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.–2 p.m.; Sun. closed
  • Náplavka (Rašínovo nábřeží), Prague 2: Sat. 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Tylovo náměstí, Prague 2: Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad, Prague 3: Wed.–Fri. 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Arkády Pankrác, Prague 4: Wed. as of April 28, 8 a.m.– 3 p.m.
  • Anděl, Prague 5: tentatively reopening in May
  • Barrandov at Chaplinovo náměstí, Thu. 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Vítězné náměstí, Prague 6: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Řezáčovo náměstí, Prague 7: Sat. 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Ládví, Prague 8: Tue. and Thu., 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Karlínské náměstí, Prague 8: Fri. 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Kubánské náměstí, Prague 10: Thu. 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Háje, at U Modré školy 1, Prague 11; Mon.–Wed. as of April 21, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Sofijské náměstí, Prague 12: Thu. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Černý Most, Prague 14: Fri. 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Rajská zahrada, Prague 14: Wed. 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Spořilov, Prague 4: Sat. as of April 24, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.