SHOPPING FOR FOOD AND DRINK

 

 

There are some grocery shops around the Market Square but we generally avoid them because they tend to be rather expensive.

You can find your local cheap and cheerful or “Kefirek” supermarkets on Grodzka Street or Szpitalna Street, both just a few minutes walk from the apartment.

 

If you’re happy to walk a few minutes more go north along Florianska Street and at the end of Dluga Street you’ll find Rynek Kleparski, a covered market where the locals do all their shopping. Look around and compare prices. It’s unlikely that somebody will speak English there but have some fun trying your Polish. You can find all sort of seasonal fruit and vegetables there, a great spot to buy wild mushrooms, if you like that sort of thing...

 

There are quite a few good shops around the market. Our favourite is a small deli called Piggy where you can find not only all sorts of cured meats but also fantastic dumplings and salads which you can either buy to take away or simply eat on a paper tray perching on one of the two stools provided. Anna never flied back home without a container full of meat dumplings from Piggy. 

 

As for alcohol, there are plenty of shops selling all kinds of alcohol around the Square, again rather on the expensive side. There’s a small one on Szczepanska Street leading to Plac Szczepanski – we find it slightly less expensive than the others.

Shop around and look a bit further, you could do worse than going to Karmelicka Street or Rynek Kleparski – see above.

 

 

KRAKOW MARKETS AND SHOPPING CENTRES

 

Galeria Krakowska, by the main railway station, is the biggest shopping centre in the middle of Krakow, where you can find almost everything, from designer clothes to food. The easiest way to get there from the Old Centre apartment is to go along Planty to the railway station – you can’t miss it. From the Market Square it’s an even shorter walk along Florianska and Planty

 

There are two main flea markets in Krakow: by Hala Targowa at the end of Wielopole street on Saturdays and in Plac Nowy in the centre of Kazimierz on Sunday. You need to get to both in the morning to get a bargain. Haggle, some of the antique vendors speak English.

There are other shopping centres on the outskirts of Krakow, and an IKEA – the best way to get to those is probably by taxi.

 

ELECTRICAL AND CLEANING PRODUCTS

 

You should not need any of those but if you need anything electrical, like plug adaptors, there’s a very friendly electrical shop on Batorego Street. And the best shop for household goods is on Garbarska Street.