Marks & Spencer is an institution. High-quality and competitive prices are the keywords. Fashion may not be their strong suit, but the value can't be beaten. Shopping in Marks & Spencer is not only a great pastime; it's also easy on the pocketbook.
There is not just one M&S store in Prague, there are nine: two in the Nove Mesto district, the others in the suburbs. Only the Wenceslas Square branch has a large food department and restaurant. Simply Food departments await you at M&S in the Cerny Most and Chodov Shopping Malls.
British goodies in Prague — Photo courtesy of Marianne Crone
Browsing around the Marks & Spencer food department feels like being in Britain. Blueberry Stilton, red Leicester and mature cheddar are a welcome change from the Czech versions of Gouda or Eidam that are less tasty than the original.
Shelves crammed with HP sauce, Heinz salad cream and Colman's horseradish sauce make you want to buy them all. Grab a bag of potato crisps - salt and vinegar flavor. Scotch egg and pork pie will put you in the British spirit straight away.
If you think that only Brits drink afternoon tea, then you are mistaken. The Revive Tearoom in Marks & Spencer on Wenceslas Square is brimming with Czechs enjoying a cup of strong brew. If this appeals to you, ask for cerny - breakfast tea with milk - or zeleny if you like green tea.
Fair Trade cappuccino, latte or mokka are also on the menu, as are carrot cake, scones and brownies. A bowl of soup of the day followed by toasted sandwiches or a baked potato oozing with cream makes a perfect lunch.
Enjoying afternoon tea — Photo courtesy of Marianne Crone