Looking for a different kind of Christmas market in Prague?
The Czech capital’s famed Christmas markets – oft voted as some of the best in the world – are starting to re-open for the 2018 holiday season at the end of this month, but one newcomer on the scene is set to steal some of the spotlight.
One of Prague’s biggest hits of 2018 was the summer-long Manifesto Market, a cashless, container-based popup located in-between the city’s Florenc bus stop and Masarykovo nádraží train station.
With some of Prague’s top food vendors and local artisans occupying containers at Manifesto, the venue garnered high praise in no less than the New York Times, who called it “a provocative and bold combination” that pushes “for the innovative use of Prague’s cityscape while stimulating the senses.”
Manifesto Market had a limited lifespan – it slowly began to close down once cooler weather began to roll over Prague – but it reopened late last month for a special trick-or-treating event for Halloween.
And later this week, Manifesto will reopen once again for another holiday-themed treat: a special winter edition of the market that will provide an indie/artisan alternative to Prague’s popular Christmas markets.
What can you expect to find at Manifesto Winter Market?
Promotional material promises up to 150 local designers, who will be offering up wares just in time for holiday shopping. The Manifesto Winter market will be co-curated by Lemarket, who also run similar events throughout Prague. An additional 25 stalls will be added to Manifesto Winter Market to accommodate the additional retailers.
Twenty different food stalls will offer up a variety of seasonal treats that include some of the best of what Prague has to offer. They include Italian chef Matteo de Carli, who will bring years of experience from Cipriani in NYC and Dublin’s Four Seasons to Prague and debut a lobster aquarium at Manifesto.
Other food items prepped for the Manifesto Winter Market include seasonal favorites like mulled wine & hot cider and roasted chestnuts & almonds to go along with less-typical holiday fare including Vietnamese pho and seafood specialties.
To really get into the holiday spirit, guests at the Manifesto Winter Market will also have the opportunity to roast sausages and marshmallows over an open fire while Christmas carolers and DJs provide some live music backdrop.
“Our main attraction will be special transparent heated bubbles which some visitors might have experienced in London and NYC’s rooftop cafés,” says Manifesto founder Martin Barry.
“We will continue allow people to enjoy outdoor spaces in the city during every season and bring people together. That’s one of our missions at Manifesto. Because it’s colder, we have changed the experience to enjoy the city just like we can in Quebec or Paris under the warm glow of infrared heaters and fires. This fall or winter, you won’t need to go to Krkonoše mountains or the Alps to roast a sausage on an open fireplace. You can do it with us at Manifesto.”
Manifesto Winter Market will be officially inaugurated this Thursday, November 21, and operate through December 23. The market will again reopen in Spring 2019.