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Best Markets in Brno

What are the best markets in Brno? In this article we highlight the best markets in Brno.

Brno, the second-largest city in the Czech Republic, is a vibrant hub that offers a unique blend of traditional Czech culture and modern, cosmopolitan living. For expats and digital nomads who have made Brno their temporary or permanent home, exploring the local markets can be a delightful way to immerse themselves in the local community, find fresh produce, and discover unique artisanal goods. From bustling food markets to serene craft fairs, Brno’s markets are as diverse as they are charming. Here are some of the best markets in Brno that you should not miss.

Zelny trh (Cabbage Market)

Location: Zelny trh, Brno city center
Type of Market: Farmers Market and Craft Market
Open: Daily, 8 am – 6 pm

Zelny trh, or Cabbage Market, is a historical market square in the heart of Brno that dates back to the 13th century. Today, it is a bustling marketplace where local farmers and artisans sell their fresh produce, flowers, homemade goods, and crafts. The market is a perfect spot to experience the local flavor and to find seasonal fruits, vegetables, and other regional specialties.

We Recommend: Try the traditional Czech pastries from local bakers, such as the “kolache” filled with poppy seeds or fruit, which are a delightful treat to enjoy while you explore the market.

Brno Flea Market

Location: Trznice Brno, Zidenice
Type of Market: Flea Market
Open: Selected Saturdays, usually once a month, 9 am – 2 pm

The Brno Flea Market is a treasure trove for those who love vintage finds and antiques. Held at the Zidenice market area, this market attracts a diverse crowd of locals and expats alike. You can find everything from old records and books to vintage clothing and furniture. It’s a great place to hunt for unique items and to mingle with the local community.

We Recommend: Look out for vintage Czech glassware, which is not only a beautiful collector’s item but also a piece of the country’s rich glassmaking tradition.

Kamenna Market

Location: Kamenna, Brno-Stred
Type of Market: Farmers Market
Open: Monday to Friday, 7 am – 6 pm; Saturday, 7 am – 2 pm

Kamenna Market is a smaller, more intimate farmers market located in the Brno-Stred district. It’s a great place to shop for fresh, locally-sourced produce, dairy products, and baked goods. The market is frequented by locals, giving expats and digital nomads an authentic taste of daily life in Brno.

We Recommend: Sample some of the local cheeses, such as the “Olomoucke tvaruzky,” a pungent, aged cheese that is a specialty of the Moravia region.

Brno Christmas Market

Location: Freedom Square (Namesti Svobody) and other locations
Type of Market: Seasonal Market
Open: Late November to December 24th, times vary

The Brno Christmas Market is a festive highlight of the year, transforming the city’s main squares into winter wonderlands. With beautifully decorated stalls selling traditional Czech Christmas items, handmade gifts, and seasonal treats, it’s a magical experience for everyone. The market also features cultural events, live music, and the much-loved Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

We Recommend: Warm up with a cup of “svarene vino” (mulled wine) and savor some “trdelnik,” a sweet pastry that’s grilled and topped with sugar and nuts.

Brno Organic Market

Location: Moravske namesti (Moravian Square)
Type of Market: Organic Food Market
Open: Thursdays, 8 am – 6 pm

The Brno Organic Market is dedicated to promoting healthy living and sustainability. It’s the go-to place for organic produce, eco-friendly products, and natural cosmetics. The market supports local farmers and producers, making it a great place to find high-quality, environmentally-conscious goods.

We Recommend: Try the organic honey from local beekeepers, which comes in various flavors depending on the flowers the bees have pollinated.

Brno Art & Design Market

Location: Various locations, often at Trznice Brno or cultural centers
Type of Market: Art and Design Market
Open: Occasional weekends, check local listings for dates and times

The Brno Art & Design Market is a vibrant platform for local artists and designers to showcase their work. It’s an excellent place for expats and digital nomads to discover unique pieces of art, jewelry, fashion, and home decor. The market also often features workshops and live performances, adding to the creative atmosphere.

We Recommend: Look for handcrafted jewelry made by local artisans, which often incorporates traditional Czech techniques and materials.

Brno St. Jacob’s Market

Location: Jakubske namesti (St. Jacob’s Square)
Type of Market: Farmers Market
Open: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 am – 6 pm

St. Jacob’s Market is a smaller, more traditional market held in the picturesque St. Jacob’s Square. It’s a great place to mingle with locals and enjoy a more laid-back shopping experience. The market offers a selection of fresh produce, flowers, and regional specialties.

We Recommend: Indulge in some freshly baked “buchty,” sweet buns filled with jam or quark, which are a beloved Czech comfort food.

Whether you’re looking for fresh food, unique gifts, or just a taste of local culture, Brno’s markets have something to offer for every expat and digital nomad. Enjoy exploring these markets and becoming a part of the vibrant community in Brno!

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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