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  • TWO  STORES  IN  JABLUNKOV  MAIN  SQUARE
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    Vecerka: The cheapest beers - skip them!

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 20, 2006

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    PRIMUS  AND  KLASIK  BEER

    There were two less known and the cheapest Czech brand beers available in Vecerka: Primus and Klasik.

    Primus (Primus Pale) was brewed in Plzen brewery (like Pilsner Urquell). Not my favourite beer: too light and too tasteless, much maltier than Urquell.No hop taste to speak of.

    Klasik brewed in Radegast brewery is light beer with alcohol volume content 3.6%. In respect to others Radegast beers, Klasik is very poor. Simply the worst Czech beer I ever tasted.

    What to buy: None of the above beers. Buy either Budejovicky Budvar Svetly lezak or Velkopopovicky Kozel Premium :-)

    What to pay: One glass bottle (0.5 l = 16.91 oz) costed in Oct. 2003:
    Primus - 8.00 Kc ($0.31 = 0.26 euro = 1.18 zl)
    Klasik - 6.80 Kc ($0.26 = 0.22 euro = 1.00 zl).
    Add 3 Kc for each glass bottle.

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    Vecerka: My favourite Czech beer :-)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 20, 2006

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    BEDEJOVICKY  BUDVAR  BEER  IN  BOTTLES

    Budejovicky Budvar known as Budweiser Budvar in 58 countries (Czechvar in the USA) is brewed in Ceske Budejovice. In my opinion it's the best bottled beer (Premium Larger, I mean) I used to buy in Czech. There were two variants of Budejovicky Budvar available in Vecerka grocery: Svetly lezak (with red label, known as Budvar Premium Lager abroad) and Svetle vycepni pivo (with blue label - unavailable abroad). Personally I preferred Svetly lezak.

    My short opinion:
    Perfect golden colour, malty and sweet, not too bitter, not as heavily carbonated as most pilseners. Top quality.
    Budvar draught is Heaven on earth.

    What to buy: Budejovicky Budvar - Svetly lezak :-).

    What to pay: One glass bottle (0.5 l = 16.91 oz) costed in Oct. 2003:
    Svetly lezak - 16.50 Kc ($0.63 = 0.54 euro = 2.43 zl)
    Svetle vycepni pivo - 10.50 Kc ($0.40 = 0.34 euro = 1.55 zl).
    Add 3 Kc for each glass bottle.

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    Vecerka: Not the best Czech beer

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    RADEGAST  BEER

    Radegast beer is brewed in Nosovice, eastern part of Czech Republic (called Moravia) since 1567. There were three unique variants of Radegast available in Vecerka grocery: Premium, Original and Birell with alcohol volume content: 5, 4 and 0.49%. Personally I preferred Premium although it was not my favourite Czech beer brand.

    My short opinion on Radegast Premium:
    Typical czech Pilsener taste, but with less character. Malty aroma with some light perfumy hops. Light bitter in the end. Easy to forget.

    What to buy: Radegast Premium.

    What to pay: One glass bottle (0.5 l = 16.91 oz) costed in Oct. 2003:
    Premium - 12.40 Kc ($0.48 = 0.40 euro = 1.82 zl)
    Birell - 11.60 Kc ($0.44 = 0.38 euro = 1.71 zl)
    Original - 8.60 Kc ($0.33 = 0.28 euro = 1.27 zl)
    Add 3 Kc for each glass bottle.

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    Vecerka: Kozel Premium - my recommendation :-)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 20, 2006

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    VELKOPOPOVICKY  KOZEL

    Velkopopovicky Kozel is brewed in Velke Popovice brewery 15 km out of Prague. There were three unique variants of Velkopopovicky Kozel available in Vecerka grocery: Premium, Pale (Svetly) and Dark (Cerny) with alcohol volume content: 5, 4 and 3.8%. Personally I preferred Premium and Dark.

    My short opinions:
    Kozel Cerny (Kozel Dark)
    It is very sweet and light in body. Lo-alcohol makes it extremely drinkable. It's also lightly carbonated - another plus. Goes perfect with "heavy" Czech food.
    Kozel Premium
    Great pilsner! Good taste & nice body! One of the best! My recommendation :-) While visiting Czech, do not forget to drink one of the tap.

    What to buy: Kozel Premium Larger

    What to pay: One glass bottle (0.5 l = 16.91 oz) costed in Oct. 2003:
    Premium - 12.40 Kc ($0.48 = 0.40 euro = 1.82 zl)
    Dark (Cerny) - 11.00 Kc ($0.42 = 0.36 euro = 1.62 zl)
    Pale (Svetly) - 8.60 Kc ($0.33 = 0.28 euro = 1.27 zl)
    Add 3 Kc for each glass bottle.

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    Vecerka: Most expensive, good beer

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 20, 2006

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    PILSNER  URQUELL  BEER

    Pilsner Urquell is probably one of the most popular and definetely the most expensive Czech beer brand brewed in Plzen, Czech and in... my hometown, Tychy, Poland as well now - click here.

    My short opinion: malty and hoppy aroma and tasted with some hay. Good pilsener, but doesn't live up completely to its reputation and the highest price of all Czech beer brands.

    What to buy: Pilsner Urquell or other and... less expensive Czech beer.

    What to pay: One glass bottle (0.5 l = 16.91 oz) of Pilsner Urquell costed 19.5 Kc (add 3 Kc per bottle) in local grocery in Oct. 2003. That time it was:
    - 0.75 US$
    - 0.63 Euro
    - 2.87 Polish zloty (hmm... most popular in Poland Tyskie beer costed 2.10 that time).

    Hmm... the cheapest (and good) Czech beer brands costed 8.60 Kc that time.

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    Vecerka: Beer and spirits

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 20, 2006

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    OUR  LAST  SHOPPINGS  (OCT. 2003)

    Why I did shopping just in "Vecerka" store? Because enough choice of food, beer and spirits, low prices, good (evening and weekend) opening hours, nice staff, visa credit/debit cards and Polish currency accepted.

    What to buy: I was buying Czech beer and spirits in Jablunkov many times. Why? OK, just two reasons:
    1. It was and still is (a little bit now) less expensive than in Poland,
    2. Czech beer tastes great (if well stored!).

    Warning: hmm... it seems that some spirits (vodka) sold in Czech is fake (Finlandia for example) - should it really freeze in my home refrigerator? In Poland, Polish FBI is carried a trial on that subject after mass media information and researches. In Czech? I don't know.

    What to pay: From 6.50 to 19.50 Kc for 0.5 l = 16.91 oz bottle of beer in Oct. 2003. That time it was:
    $0.25 - $0.75
    0.21 - 0.63 euros
    0.96 - 2.87 zl (Polish currency - hmm... most popular in Poland Tyskie beer costed 2.10 that time).
    Add 3 Kc for each glass bottle.

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    Obuv, obuwie: Get up to 22% back :-)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 20, 2006

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    LOOK  FOR:  TAX  FREE  FOR  TOURISTS

    Value added tax (VAT) - called DPH in Czech - is an indirect tax and is imposed on the sale of goods and services in the Czech Republic (22% for most goods, 5% for some). It is a central element of the indirect taxes system. VAT also is imposed on imported goods.
    As a foreign visitor to Czech you are entitled to a VAT/DPH refund on the purchases you export from the country you are visiting if you spend over 1,000 Kc. To be entitled to a refund within the European Union (EU) that is in Czech since 1 May 2004, you have to reside outside the EU.

    What to buy: For visitors maybe some walking/hiking shoes if needed. Not the best choice but it changes for better...

    Warning: to get VAT back you must spend over 1,000 Kc (in total), you must go through customs up to 30 days after shopping and you must go to refund point up to 6 weeks later.

    What to pay: 5% - 22% less: three steps to get DPH (VAT) back:
    1. In store/shop
    Shop where you see the Global Refund TAX FREE SHOPPING sign or sign as on my picture and simply ask for your TAX FREE check (keep your passport ready).
    2. Through customs
    When leaving Czech or the European Union, simply show your purchases, receipts and passport to customs officials and have your Global Refund cheques stamped.
    3. Collect your refund
    You have several choices: immediate cash at one of our Cash Refund Offices, crediting to a chosen credit card or bank account, a bank check sent to a chosen address and even, for certain countries, a cash refund when you return home. My recommendation is to take your refund in the airport (in Prague for example) or border crossing point always when you pass customs (step 2).
    MORE (including refund points): follow the link below, please.

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    POTRAVINY: What is POTRAVINY ?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 20, 2006

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    POTRAVINY  SIGN  (ENLARGE)

    Excuse me, it's more Czech than Jablunkov shopping tip - I will transfer it to my new Czech page, soon!

    Whenever you look for grocery in Czech Republic look for "potraviny" which means just grocery, food store in Czech language.

    They always offered basic food including bread and baked goods, sausage and cold meats, cheese, milk and dairy products. Add Czech beer and spirits. Haha, it's not the USA - there were not seperate liquor stores needed to sell them. Sometimes they sold fresh meat, rarely vegetables and fruits of limited choice which were available in stores signed "ovoce, zelenina" (fruits, vegetables in Czech).

    What to buy: Czech beer (better take beer bottles or/and cans stored in a fridge), local cheese. For example sheep cheese called "syrove korbaciki" in mountainous areas of northeastern Czech.

    What to pay: Always less than, say in Germany or Austria.

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    Ovoce - zelenina & Obuv - obuwie: Fruits, vegetables and... shoes

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 20, 2006

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    TWO  STORES  IN  JABLUNKOV  MAIN  SQUARE

    Look at two more stores in Jablunkov main square.
    Ovoce, zelenina means fruits, vegetables in Czech language. Quite good choice and reasonable prices (as for Czech). I bought some good apples there once.
    Obuv (obuwie in Polish language) means shoes. Excuse, I never got inside there.

    What to buy: Czech apples.

    What to pay: Cheap area :-) Local fruits esp. apples were much less expensive than imported, say bananas or oranges.

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    Tabak, papir-hracky: Cheap cigarettes and postcards

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 20, 2006

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    STATIONERY

    This was stationery store which offered toys for kids as well. Quite good choice and low prices (as for Czech).

    Generally:
    TABAK means a store which sells cigarettes and usually newspapers as well,
    PAPIR (papier in Polish) means paper,
    HRACKY (zabawki in Polish) means toys.

    What to buy: Cheap cigarettes (like Marlboro, Camel) although more expensive than in Poland. Warning: quality of these world known cigarettes in Czech is lower than in western Europe or the USA. Postcards and envelopes (but no marks) were always available in the stationery.

    What to pay: Below $2 or 2 euros per 20 cigarettes box of Marlboro or Camel.

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    Odevy, textil: Still in 1980'

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 20, 2006

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    NEGLECTED  STORE

    This store on my picture offered not fashionable clothes both for men and women. Hmm... it looked neglected like many stores in former Czechoslovakia in 80' or before although I visited it in 21th century: not clean, messy, with poor choice of cheap and low quality goods. It seems that stores in Czech Republic are changing slower than in Poland.

    What to buy: NOTHING!

    What to pay: Very cheap but... look above :-)

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    Obuv, obuwie: Cheap shoes

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 20, 2006

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    KATHY  AND  URSZULA  BY  SHOE  STORE  IN JABLUNKOV

    There was a store signed in two languages: Czech "Obuv" and Polish "Obuwie" which meant shoes on main Jablunkov town square (Marianske namesti). I visited it twice and I bought... nothing. It was not my favourite shoe store. I found a lot of inexpensive and not very pretty shoes there.

    What to buy: For visitors maybe some walking/hiking shoes if needed. Not the best choice but it changes for better...

    What to pay: Inexpensive area :-)

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    Ovoce, zelenina: Czech apples - cheap and healthy diet

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 20, 2006

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    CZECH  APPLES  IN  JABLUNKOV

    Excuse me, it's more Czech than Jablunkov shopping tip - I will transfer it to my new Czech page, soon!

    There was a kind of grocery which sold exclusively (or mainly) fruits and vegetables in Czech. They were signed as "OVOCE, ZELENINA", especially in smaller cities and towns which meant fruits, vegetables in Czech language.

    What to buy: The most popular local fruits available all year round were apples. Some of them, I was lucky to buy, tasted delicious.

    What to pay: Both local fruits and vegetables were always less expensive than in, say Austria or Germany but often more expensive than in Poland ---> I was not surpriced that Czech diet contained less fruits and vegetables than Polish.

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    Supermarket Albert: I put my purchases back there!

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 20, 2006

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    ALBERT  SUPERMARKET  IN  JABLUNKOV

    Albert is a chain discount grocery in Czech Republic which belongs (together with Hypernova) to Ahold Czech Republic company, part of Dutch Ahold - an international food provider.

    I was trying to do shopping there once in 2000 or so and... never more. The saleswoman was unsympathetic and didn't want to help me looking for some stuff. More: she asked me to give the exact amount of money because she coudn't give me a change and she was ungry me not to have it and... ordered me to go to another store to change my 500 Czech crown note. I said her what I thought about her very "nice" service, put my purchases back to shelves and went to my favourite "Vecerka" grocery. Hmm... she looked satisfied about it.


    HOURS:
    Mon - Thu: 7.00am - 6.00pm
    Fri: 7.00am - 7.00pm
    Sat: 7.00am - 12.00 (midday)
    Sun: closed.
    No parking lot.

    What to buy: Skip it! Although... maybe they changed quality of service there since competition became higher (new Penny Market close).

    What to pay: Cheap but... not my recommendation!

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    Penny Market: New and cheap grocery

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 20, 2006

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    PENNY  MARKET  IN  JABLUNKOV

    Penny Market is a chain discount food market which belongs to German company: REWE group. Btw Billa, miniMAL and Selgros supermarkets belong to the same company.

    I was shopping once there: cheap prices, many discounts daily and surely no luxury and not the best choice but... my recommendation for low budget travellers. There was 24h ATM cash outside the entrance. My Visa cards were accepted there.


    HOURS
    Mo-Fri: 07.00am - 7:00pm
    Sat: 07.00am - 1.00pm
    Sun: 08.00am - 12.00 (midday)
    Hmm... they close too early in my opinion.

    What to buy: Fresh fruit and vegetables, bread and baked goods, sausage and cold meats, cheese, milk and dairy products as well as fresh meat from the self-service counter.

    What to pay: Cheap area :-)

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