Kolbenova Flea Market

The largest flea market in the Czech Republic, Blesi trhy Kolbenova guarantees an off the beaten path flea market shopping experience to those willing to get their hands dirty to find treasures

How best to describe Kolbenova flea market in one word… “Random” would probably be accurate. Of course, there is always an element of relative chaos specific to flea markets in general, which is what makes them so enjoyable to explore and find the order and treasures among the disorder. However, it may take a little more mental preparation to visit Kolbenova than your average flea market.

Kolbenova flea market – “Blesi trhy Kolbenova” in Czech – is a short journey to the former periphery of Prague. It can be reached within 20 minutes with the yellow underground line “B” (station stop “Hloubětín”) or just as fast with either tramway line n° 8 or n° 25 (station stop “U Elektry”). To adjust to the setting and atmosphere of Kolbenova, it is better to take the tramway and watch the scenery deteriorate as the destination comes closer. Hopping off at Kolbenova can seem as though the location must be wrong, but if one is willing to navigate through the makeshift booths, there are treasures to be found at Kolbenova flea market!

Kolbenova is the largest flea market in the Czech Republic and claims to be one of the largest in Europe. More than 650 stalls (if it is accurate to call them so) spread over 50,000 square meters and the area looks a little like a huge disused parking lot. Since the whole market is open air, it is definitely best to visit Kolbenova flea market in fine weather – as many stallholders will not bother to brave the rain.

On a sunny day though, shoppers can be surprised at the unique items on offer. There are historic artifacts, antiques furniture pieces, vintage clothing, books and paintings spread among the topsy-turvy piles and with an early arrival it is certainly possible to find excellent pieces for great prices.

There is a small entry fee of €1 (20 -CZK) to enter the Kolbenova flea market. For the most dedicated flea market shoppers, it is certainly worth it. But those who are after a “sanitized” tourist experience bereft of the realities of life are probably best advised to shop elsewhere.

flea market insiders

1 review

  1. Kolbenova fleamarket was hard to find but still ok

    You have to take the yellow subway line to Czerny most but don’t get off at Kolbenova, get off at the next stop, Hloubetin. Now the fun starts. You now have to take a tram for 2 stops but there are no signs no directions, nada. So we ended up following all the others who got off the subway when they crossed the road and walked 1/2 mile to the flea market gate. Not a sign or directional arrow to be seen, no info whatever on how to get back! Easiest way to go back to the city was by Uber, around $10 and worth it. Flea market was fine, very utilitarian but a goodly mix of old stuff and new. Lots of clothing, groceries, shoes plus a fair amount of collectibles and some outright drek, not unlike most flea markets we’ve attended.

Rate and write a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

flea market insiders

Venue access

Bummer, you’re seeing only 25% of this website’s content

Your time is too valuable to be spent traveling to second-tier flea markets and antique shows. If you’re serious about scoring valuable finds, our premium membership is the missing piece that will turn your next antiquing trip into a success story!

See what you are missing

Kelly Vittengl
"I managed to hit a few smaller markets around France, thanks to this website which has seriously changed my rug hunting life!!"
Suzanne Coppola
"I source for my business on buying trips frequently throughout the year, so I find fleamapket hugely helpful in uncovering those markets and local events while planning itineraries. It’s become a tremendous resource to gain insight on new areas to target!"
Nicolas Martin
"Regardless of whether you are a professional antique dealer or just a flea market enthusiast, fleamapket is certainly the most helpful and comprehensive resource you will find to guide you on your flea market shopping ventures."
Dr. Marc Ludwig
Dr. Marc LudwigFounder - FotoTV.
"Searching for flea markets worth visiting, beyond the ones surrounding me, used to be a challenge. Thanks to fleamapket and its search & reviews features, I have visited markets in the States, France, Germany and Belgium that otherwise I would not have found."
Alex Wijnen
"When I sell at markets and shows here in the US, customers with upcoming travel plans to Europe always ask me where they should go to find brocante treasures. And I always happily point them to fleamapket since it's the best, most comprehensive resource out there."
Pauline Cappelen
"Fleamapket has been the ultimate tool for us in order to find the best vintage and markets in every city we visit. We use it frequently and highly recommend it to all vintage and antique lovers out there!"
Aurélie Lefeuvre
"Finding new places to source for vintage fabrics for my clients is a time consuming but necessary activity. Fleamapket has dramatically improved my work life and travel time by helping me shop only the most valuable markets."
Katy Olson
"Treasure hunting just got easier. Targeting antique shop owners, interior designers, stylists and artists, Fleamapket has been helping antique lovers source wares since last year. This app will change the way you shop antiques shows."
Nic Royal
"I had a fabulous Europe, UK and US journey last year for which the subscription was fantastic!"
Michael Peeler
"Reserving flights 8 to 9 months in advance helps me manage my airfare expenses. Even in the best of times, many of the markets I follow in France don't publish their plans that far in advance. Fleamapket provides the newest information, well before I can find it online."