As the second largest, and one of the oldest cities in Poland has much to offer shopping enthusiasts, from historic markets and independent shops to boutiques and sleek shopping malls. Here are our top tips for a shopping trip in one of the most stunning historical cities of Eastern Europe:
The Best of the city’s mallsGaleria Krakowska is situated near Market Square. This vast shopping mall features over 270 outlets, restaurants and cafés spread over three floors. It combines tradition with modernity, offering a contrast to the nearby stores of the Old Town. This mall is the perfect place to bag some big-name bargains and traditional Polish fashion.
Bonarka City Center offers a welcome respite from the tourist areas and sightseeing. It is spacious and spread over two storeys with an alternative choice of stores to that of Galeria Krakowska. There are many lovey cafes here and they are not so busy so you can enjoy a welcomed break from the stores. This is an ideal place for families with kids as the mall also offers an entertainment center with a cinema.
Galeria Kazimierz is located in the Jewish District and built with a blend of old and new. It offers a lovely atmosphere and over 150 stores including the best of Polish and international designer brands. There is a nice selection of coffee shops, and don’t forget to visit the ice cream shop.
Market Square, Cloth Hall and surrounding streetsThe beautiful Medieval Market Square is the main starting and meeting point for most visitors to the city. Located in the heart of the Old Town, it you will also find modern boutiques, small jewelry shops and book stores surrounding the square. In the center stands the ancient Cloth Hall, where textile trade once took place. It is arguably the world’s oldest shopping mall dating back over 700 years. Inside the gothic hall, you are welcomed by stalls selling all the souvenirs and hand-crafted Polish gifts you could wish for. Venture along the streets that lead off from the square in any direction and you will find souvenir shops, fashion stores, chocolate and vodka shops and more.
The best of the restKrakowski Kredens is a foodie's dream. This deli stocks every Polish delicacy imaginable. Try the herbal honey, traditional Polish soup and delectable marinated mushrooms. Hala Targowa and Plac Nowy are daily outdoor flea markets and a throwback to days of old, where visitors can find antiquated treasures from paintings and postcards to books and trinkets.
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow is located downtown and is perfectly situated to explore the best of the city’s shopping.