Whether you’re in the market for some souvenirs or you just want to spend a little money during your holiday in Krakow, the city has plenty of places for your to browse and splurge. Of course, with this being a thoroughly modern city there are plenty of shopping malls, brand shops and department stores. We want to focus on some of the shopping experiences on offer that are unique to Krakow.
Krakow shopping: Cloth Hall
Cloth Hall which is located in the center of the Main Square and features all sorts of stalls. You can find everything including glass work, lace, amber and wood carvings, local sweets and stuffed dragons. Then there’s the touristy tat like magnets, postcards and key rings. 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 number of things.
And if you don’t have much cash? Well, the hall itself is worth a walk through just to people watch.
Krakow shopping: 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 the place really comes alive on Sunday as a flea market.
If you love Catholic icons, random trash, vinyl records, war memorabilia, mismatched shoes and generally browsing yesterday’s forgotten memories then you’ll be in love with this place.
Krakow shopping: Boutique Shopping
There are many boutique shops in Krakow. This is thanks to the city’s artistic and entrepreneurial locals. These places 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. Some places of note include Blazko which sells unique and colorful jewelry and Chorąży Caps & Hats which as the name suggests, sell hats, specifically old-style Polish men’s hats. And finally there’s the Galeria LueLue stocked with funky paintings, postcards and posters in a pre-war sepia-tone.