Shopping In Krakow
As one of the world’s top-performing currencies, the zloty is having a moment. But, the cost of living is relatively low in Poland. The result: a buyer’s market for shoppers on any budget.
For those who love an all-in-one retail experience, Kraków’s malls will satisfy. It’s easy to spend an entire day and evening at Bonarka City Center, a massive consumer playground with a mind-boggling yet well-organized array of shops, restaurants, and the city’s largest movie theater. Not to be outdone, Galeria Krakowska houses three floors of retail shops plus a supermarket, giant food court, and event space. Quality trumps quantity at Pasaż 13, a townhouse-cum-mall where top names in fashion and other purveyors of luxury draw a mostly well-heeled clientele, while a few high-end eateries provide sustenance for the peckish.
Retail outings are immersive in Kraków’s interesting neighborhoods. Józefa Street in the Kazimierz District offers old-world ambiance and a selection of artisan studios, galleries, antique sellers, and souvenir stalls. For a chic bohemian vibe, Sw. Jana Street is a great bet, while Floriańska Street is home for everything from clothes, jewelry, and wedding salons to handmade trinkets, funky boutiques, and beauty supplies.
Merchants peddling their wares in an open-air marketplace – it sounds old school, but not in Kraków. Cloth Hall has been around for 700 years, and shoppers can find well-priced handicrafts and souvenirs there today. Plac Targowy Unitarg is the place for flea market finds in housewares, antiques, memorabilia, and more. And, hagglers can find anything under the sun – including fresh produce – in the bustling warren of stalls at Hala Targowa.