Prague in Depth: Shopping - Supermarkets and Hypermarkets
Get to know the Czech retail environment
German discounter Lidl entered the market some years ago. With some great locations, always parking spots available, Lidl is a good place for you day to day shopping. Check out for Lidl’s special offers, from American week to Greek week, XXL week and more... you can get some great deals for your money.
The British retail giant entered the Czech market in 1996 and now has a range of supermarkets, hypermarkets, department stores and Tesco Express convenience stores around the country.
It's a regular enough supermarket, but one that's chock full of marked-down or discontinued items. Great for shopping on a budget.
Marks and Spencer
20 stores in the Czech Republic, ten of which are in Prague. Their largest store is a giant department one in Wenceslas Square that sells food as well as clothes, gifts and beauty products. The food section has a variety of items hard to find elsewhere, such as specific boxes of cereal, pasta sauces and snacks popular in the UK. They also have ready to eat Indian and Thai curries with Indian and Chinese snacks available too, unavailable in nearly all Czech supermarkets.
Since buying Delvita's stores in 2007, German-owned Billa has become one of the Czech Republic's biggest supermarket chains. Its Prague locations are mainly outside the city center.
This Dutch-owned chain was one of the first in Prague to have a Western feel but many Albert supermarkets now seem dark and cluttered compared to the newcomers on the market. In addition to Albert's supermarkets, Hypernova hypermarkets were rebranded under the Albert name in 2009.
Hypermarkets are massive stores that carry almost everything you could ever need or want, all under one enormous roof. In Prague, they're usually well outside the city center, and although it's possible to reach them on public transportation, it's easier by car.
Along with Tesco and Albert (see above), who operate both supermarkets and hypermarkets in Prague, Globus operates a hypermarket only:
Since entering the Czech market in 1996, this German hypermarket chain has opened three stores around Prague, in Zličín, Černý Most and Čakovice. Globus is known as the Supermarket chain with one of the best meat to buy in Prague.... also sells hardware.
In addition to hypermarkets that mainly sell groceries, several chains focus on hardware and gardening. The four biggest -- Bauhaus, bauMax, Hornbach and Obi -- are virtually identical so try the one that's closest to you.
The Swedes may have been stopped at Charles Bridge in 1648 but after more than 350 years, they're back. The Swedish furniture giant IKEA has infiltrated practically every home in Prague with its self-assembly furnishings and affordable accessories. Local rivals Sconto and Asko Nábytek also operate huge furniture stores here, but after looking at their offerings, you may wonder why.
A members-only store catering to business owners, Makro sells food in bulk and also has amazing deals on office furniture, appliances and electronics, plus special seasonal offers on other household and business items. You'll need a živnostenský list (trade license) to join though.
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