Shopping in Krakow
Although Poland has now joined the EU and prices have risen in recent years,
you still get very good value for money in Krakow. Obviously imported items are
not particularly cheaper than in Norway, but all of the locally produced goods
have generally very good prices.
The most typical Krakow souvenirs that tourists often come home with are
amber and crystal jewelry. You will find a wide selection of in Kleshallen in
the middle of the marketplace, and in many small shops in Grodzka and
Florianska. You can also get great value on leather items such as belts, shoes
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If you want to shop for clothes, try Florianska, which goes north from the
marketplace. Here you will find several large clothing stores that sell
well-known brands. If you prefer large shopping centers, you have Krakow Plaza
in Al Pokoju. At the main train station just northeast of the Old Town you will
find the shopping center Galeria Krakowska, which often has good prices for
clothes, although the selection is not exactly London or Milan standard.
If you prefer to poke around in outdoor markets, head to Plac Nowy in
Kazimierz. Here, the antique market is held every Sunday from 7 p.m. 0800 to
1400. Although most of the goods can be called old scrap, it is fun to look
through to see if you find a gem.
Eating in Krakow
Food is probably not the main reason for traveling to Poland and Krakow. And
few have any clear definitions about what kind of food you get if you ask for
Polish specialties. Well, here at Reiseplaneten you get the answer about food in
Only "Polish food"?
Few of us have any exact associations with the term "Polish food", but if you
have been to the Czech Republic, you have some idea of what awaits you. Like
the rest of Eastern Europe, traditional Polish food is also based on ingredients
such as pork, bacon and sausages, potatoes and sauerkraut, and thick, brown
sauces and soups.
The food is most often served in large, filling portions. You will find many
restaurants in the center of Krakow serving traditional Polish cuisine, but if
you want to eat Japanese, Indian, French, Italian, Mexican, Brazilian or
Chinese, there are plenty of options for that as well.
Krakow is located in southern Poland, far from any coastline, so fish and
other seafood are traditionally not as common here as it is further north in the
country, although the Vistula River runs through the center.
If you want to try a traditional and well-known Polish restaurant, we suggest
Pod Aniolami, located in an old medieval cellar in Grodzka
35, the pedestrian street between the market square and Wawel. See
more information about menu and prices of restaurants in krakow here !
Drink in Krakow
Vodka can be considered the national drink, and the Poles claim that it was
those who invented the drink. Here, the vodka should be drunk bar in small
glasses, and preferably swallowed in one sip. However, there is no tradition of
wine in Poland, and no wines are produced here either. Wine is of course
available at restaurants and shops, and the Hungarian wines are considerably
less expensive than Western European ones.
Beer, on the other hand, drinks a lot of poles, but it is not necessarily
served cold as with us. A pint usually costs between about 20 - 30 NOK in a pub.