Despite not being one of Prague’s most beautiful squares, Jiřího z Poděbrad (or Jiřák as we call it) undoubtedly ranks among the most lively ones. Events of mostly culinary character are spread throughout the year luring food junkies from the neighbouring Vinohrady and Žižkov quarters although they have much to offer to tourists as well.
Most come down to Jiřák to enjoy the weekly farmer’s markets, which take place in the open area in front of the church on Wednesdays, Fridays (08:00 – 18:00) and Saturdays (08:00 – 14:00) so you can stop by for breakfast, lunch, or just to buy some of the great local produce, from fruit and vegetables, to meat, cheese, bread and pastries. It is also one of the few places offering local freshwater fish as well as a variety of seasonal ingredients like asparagus or strawberries. Accompanied by live music this can be quite a pleasurable shopping experience.
During the year Jiřák also hosts a variety of other one time festivities dedicated to different gastronomical specialities such as rosé wine-tasting, and markets focusing on herbs, honey, rhubarb and a lot more.
Living literally 30 seconds from Jiřák, my roommates and I go there quite regularly to buy fresh pasta or simply to grab a coffee in the park. Jiřák offers a great opportunity to take a break from the mass-produced junk we normally eat (also because the closest supermarket in the area pretty much sucks), while also feeling a little better about ourselves for supporting local agriculture.