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You have several possibilities to buy food, you can go to local shops to buy fruits and legumes, you can find butcher shops to buy meat, fish or, poultry, or go to bakeries where you can buy fresh bread, rolls, and pastries, and if you are lazy to cook you can go to delicatessens which offer a selection of prepared and semi-prepared foods and a small selection of pastries. But outside of all these choices the simplest is to go to "Hypermarkets," such as Hypernova and InterSpar, which are located in the outer areas of Prague. The prices are low, and you have more chance to find imported food. If you are staying in the centre, perhaps this solution is not the best for you but you can find supermarkets downtown such as Tesco, Krone, Kotva, Julius Meinl and Billa. Its offers a large selection of goods and are frequently open longer hours than are local shops. You can find locations in the Prague phone book.
Be aware that in grocery stores and supermarkets, even if you only purchase one or two stuff, you are required to use a shopping basket or cart and the clerks may complain if you don't. Carts and baskets are used to avoid theft.
Shopping bags are provided free only in big supermarkets. In smaller stores, you can purchase a bag for a few crowns if you forgot to bring your own bag.
Most glass bottles and some plastic bottles (with vratná written on the side) include a deposit in their price. If you return to the store the bottles you will recover the deposit. Most stores have automated the bottle-return process and have a machine that prints a receipt that can then be exchanged for cash at the cashier. Smaller stores, however, still have a bottle-return window marked Výkup lahví /lahve where an employee will collect the bottles from you and give you a handwritten receipt or cash.
It is also good to know that it is a habit to order sliced cheeses, meats etc…in decagram (1 decagram = 10 grams). If you want to ask for 200 grams of cheese you must ask for 20 deka.
Be also aware that fruit and vegetables should be weighed on the electronic scale.

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For those who are too lazy to get up before 22:00h or those who don´t want to walk, there are always local grocery stores (potraviny). Its usually contain all you need: flour, sugar, eggs, legumes, chocolates, some dairy stuff, bread, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), canned goods, and mixes for soups, pancakes, and desserts. Some also have a small freezer for frozen meats, vegetables, and ice cream as well as a small delicatessen. However, very few, sell fresh fruits, vegetables, or meat.
Sometimes these shops are so small that the staffs behind the counter have to get your stuff for you and it can be a little frustrating if you don't speak Czech.

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