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Whilst it doesn't quite rival Milan or Paris, Krakow has some superb shopping facilities, whatever you're looking for. Around the city there are some outstanding independent boutiques, located particularly in the pedestrianised Old Town area, selling vintage fashion, traditional Polish handicrafts and a huge variety of antiques.
Over the last few years, Krakow has seen an invasion of huge shopping centres and department stores popping up all over the city and the arrival of international stores such as Tesco. The largest shopping centre in Krakow, the Galeria Krakowska, boasts hundreds of shops, restaurants and café's within a huge complex, a shopper's paradise.
To capture the real essence of Krakow and take home something really unique, head over to Focha 1 for an enormous variety of hand-crafted Polish goods, or pay a visit to one of the local markets for a bargain, including the vibrant food stalls at Stary Kleparz, situated in Rynek Kleparski.
Many shops in Krakow are open from around 10am until late evening (generally between 7pm and 9pm depending on which district you're in) and some are even open 24 hours a day. Shopping centres, flagship stores and hypermarkets are generally all open 7 days a week. Some shops are also tax-free so look out for the signs in store windows to grab yourself a bargain.
Read more on this destination in the AA CityPack Guide to Krakow.
Top shops in Krakow
An adorable teddy bear shop in the historic Old Town district, selling a variety of plush hand-sewn animals. Open daily from 10:00 - 19:00 (weekends until 18:00).
Katarzyny 4/9, 2nd floor
A quirky vintage store named after the famous David Lynch movie. The shop stocks mainly clothing, dating as far back as 1914. Open Mon - Sat from 12:00 - 19:00.
Pawia, Old Town
A huge shopping centre in the heart of Krakow, with over 270 shops selling a vast array of clothing, home furnishings, multimedia, leather goods and more. Open Mon - Sat from 09:00 - 22:00 and Sundays from 10:00 - 21:00.
Plac Mariacki 1
A small independent shop selling a wide range of glassware produced by the famous Krosno factory. Open Mon - Fri from 10:00 - 19:00 and Saturdays from 11:00 - 15:00.
Rynek Glowny 13
A luxury designer shopping centre situated on Krakow's main market square, with a plentitude of books, clothing, fashion accessories and wine on sale. Open daily from 11:00 - 21:00 (Sundays until 17:00).
This shop houses one of the finest tea collections in Krakow, selling a range of superb gifts and souvenirs, from dainty teacups and hand-painted pots to over 100 varieties of tea from across the world. Open Mon - Fri from 09:00 - 18:00 (until 18:30 during Nov & Dec) and Sat from 09:30 - 13:30.
Rynek Glowny 1
A grand architectural hall located in Market Square, housing a range of authentic Polish shops. Here you will find souvenirs, like t-shirts, mugs, key rings, beer glasses and a range of jewellery. Open Tue - Sat from 10:00 - 20:00 and Sundays from 10:00 - 18:00.
A charming little music store where you can purchase a huge range of vinyl, books and CD's from across the decades. Open Mon - Fri from 11:00 - 18:00 and Saturdays from 11:00 - 15:00.