Where to go shopping in Krakow
Whether you’re in the market for some great souvenirs or you just want to spend a little money during your holiday in Krakow – and after all, depending on where you come from it may well be a lot cheaper – Krakow has plenty of places for your to browse and splurge.
Of course, Krakow being a thoroughly modern city, it has plenty of shopping malls, brand shops and department stores, but you should be able to find those pretty easily on your own. We wanted to focus on some of the shopping experiences on offer that are unique to Krakow.
Cloth Hall, located in the center of Main Square features all sorts of stalls selling everything from glasswork, lace, amber, wood carvings, local sweets and stuffed dragons to more touristy tat like magnets, postcards and keyrings. Check items carefully to make sure you’re getting the real deal and don’t be afraid to haggle a little, especially if you’re buying a few things.
Don’t have much cash – the hall itself is worth a walk through just to people watch.
Plac Targowy Unitarg
If open air markets are your thing, head over the locally known ‘Hala Targowa’. It’s open every day and you’ll find plenty of fruit, flowers, dodgy electronics and cheap clothes – but Sunday is when the place comes alive as a flea market.
If Catholic icons, random trash, vinyl records, war memorabilia, mismatched shoes and generally browsing yesterday’s forgotten memories is your thing – you’ll be in love with this place.
There are boutique shops aplenty in Krakow thanks to its particularly artistic and entrepreneurial locals. These places both preserve some traditional Polish styles through their wares, while also pushing new trends in fashion, art and retail.
Most such places can be found in and around the hip Kazimierz district. Wander the streets and pop your head into anywhere that looks interesting, but some places of note include Blazko – selling unique and wonderfully colorful jewelry – Chorąży Caps & Hats – which as the name suggests, sell hats, specifically old-style Polish men’s hats – and Galeria LueLue – with funky paintings, postcards and posters in a pre-war sepia-toned perspective.