Kraków has a rich tradition of trading and today it remains an excellent city for shopping. This guide tells you where you can get gifts and souvenirs, but also the day-to-day practical items, and what’s available for late night emergencies.
There are really three basic types of holiday shopping: souvenirs, food, and emergencies, and Kraków has all of them fully covered. We’ve included some of our favourite gift shops, focusing on the most Cracovian examples in the city.
The central Galeria Krakowska mall will cover almost every practical shopping need, including food, clothes, and things like SIM cards or plug adaptors. But it’s definitely worth exploring Kraków’s superb markets for fresher and often cheaper food. You can also find unique souvenirs. We’ve listed all the key malls and markets closest to the Old Town and Kazimierz district.
Finally, if you have an emergency in the early hours, there are a number of 24-hour pharmacies, convenience stores, and off-licences. We have listed these at the bottom of the page.
There is also a map with every location to help you find what you’re looking for. Happy shopping!
Souvenirs In Kraków
Kraków’s Old Town is packed with great shops for souvenirs, especially on streets like Grodzka to the south of the main square, so keep your eyes open as you’re sightseeing. Here is a selection of places we enjoy. Most of them are included as part of our Kraków Four Day Itinerary, with instructions on how to find them.
Markets can also be handy for picking up delightful gifts. See our section below for where to find these.
- Cloth Hall: One of the world’s first shopping malls, the Cloth Hall (or Sukiennice) is the big building that dominates the market square. This indoor market has grown from the 13th century and now houses all manner of Kraków-themed souvenirs; address: Rynek Główny 1/3; opening hours: Tue / Fri / Sat 10am-7pm, Wed / Thu / Sun 10am-6pm; website: mnk.pl/oddzial/galeria-sztuki-polskiej – for art gallery on the upper floor.
- Ciuciu Cukier Artist: This little candy store makes sweets by hand with natural ingredients and techniques that date to the 17th and 18th century. You can watch them being made or even take part in a workshop to create your own lollipop; address: Grodzka 38; opening hours: daily 11am-9pm; website: ciuciukrakow.pl/en.
- World of Amber – Jubiler Schubert: Poland is renowned for its honey-coloured resin. In truth, you’ll find amber shops all over the city. All the same, World of Amber, next door to Ciuciu Cukier Artist in Grodzka, is a beguiling cave of beautiful objects, from bracelets to chess sets; address: Grodzka 38; opening hours: daily 10am-8pm; website: worldofamber.pl/en.html.
- Karmello Chocolatier: Polish chocolate is very good and Karmello is a great place for handmade chocolates. It’s also a café with a range of deliciously thick chocolate drink. There is also a branch on Floriańska; address: plac Wszystkich Świętych 11; opening hours: Sun-Thu 7am-9pm, Fri-Sat 7am-10pm; website: karmello.pl/pl/lokalizacje/krakow.
- Galeria Plakatu: The poster is highly developed artform in Poland and, during the 1950s and 60s, there was a flowering of originality around movie posters. Tucked into a cute parade of shops, Galeria Plakatu has an impressive range of posters for film, theatre, and proganda, as well as postcards. If you have an interest in graphics, I cannot recommend this enough; address: Stolarska 8; opening hours: Mon-Fri 12noon-4pm; website: cracowpostergallery.com/en.
- Szambelan: Sklep Szambelan is a fascinating and unique little shop, focused on all things liquid. They sell delicious vodkas, meads, and absinthes, decanted from bulbous flasks, which you can taste before you buy, but also oils, vinegar, tinctures, and a range of artistic bottles in different shapes and sizes. However, the stunning range of vodka is the star of the show; address: Bracka 9; opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 12noon-6pm; website: szambelan.pl/en.
- Massolit Books & Café: English bookshop and café with around 20,000 new and used titles, which you’re free to read and peruse as you relax in an armchair. Great coffee and baked goods, and regular events; address: Felicjanek 4; opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am-8pm; website: massolit.com.
Kraków Shopping Malls
Kraków has every shopping facility you would expect from a modern city. You’ll find big supermarkets, brand-name fashion stores, and anything you might need for phones and computers. You can also rely on shopping malls for public toilets and free ATMs, and a number of other practicalities. We’ve listed the most central but there are also a number of large malls on the outskirts.
See further down the page for 24-hour convenience stores and all-night pharmacies.
- Galeria Krakowska: Conveniently located, Galeria Krakowska will be your first stop for anything practical, including supermarket food shopping. See our guide for more information; address: ul. Pawia 5; opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-10pm; website: galeriakrakowska.pl/en.
- Pasaż 13: Just off the main square and built into a beautiful Kraków townhouse, Pasaż 13 is one of the classiest shopping centres you could ever want to visit; address: Rynek Główny 13; opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-9pm; website: pasaz-13.pl/en.
- Galeria Kazimierz: As the name suggests, Galeria Kazimierz is a pleasant, modern, and comprehensive mall in the Kazimierz district; address: ul. Podgórska 34; opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-8pm; website: galeriakazimierz.pl/en.
- Jubilat: Travel back in time! Jubilat is a large, Soviet-era department store from the late 1960s, close to the river; address: aleja Zygmunta Krasińskiego 1; opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 9am-7pm; website: jubilat.com.pl.
Stary Kleparz market – image © Jason Weaver
In addition to souvenirs in the Cloth Market, you can also buy fresh food at one of Kraków’s outdoor markets. Most areas have one but these are the most convenient for those staying in the centre of town. These are cheaper, fresher, and better stocked than supermarkets.
Kraków is also increasingly popular as a destination for Christmas markets. See our page Christmas In Kraków for full details.
- Stary Kleparz: Another fantastic covered market, just north of the Old Town. Handy for a weekly shop or just the ingredients for a packed lunch; address: Rynek Kleparski 20; opening hours: Mon-Fri 6am-6pm, Sat 6am-3pm; website: starykleparz.com.
- Plac Nowy Market: Originally the Kazimierz Jewish market, plac Nowy is great for delicious fast food and transforms into a flea market at the weekends. Get there in the mornings for the best experience; address: plac Nowy; opening hours: Mon-Sun 9am-6pm; website: placnowy.pl.
- Nowy Kleparz: Further north than Stary Kleparz, this large market is has been in business for almost a century; address: Długa; opening hours: Mon-Sat 6am-10pm; website: kleparz.krakow.pl.
- Hala Targowa Unitarg: One of Kraków’s best open markets, to the very north of Kazimierz. You can buy fresh produce and flowers here every day, alongside other bits and pieces. It’s a hugely popular flea market on Sundays; address: Grzegórzecka 3; opening hours: Mon-Sat 6am-6pm, Sun 6am-2.30pm; website: unitarg.krakow.pl/nowa.
24-Hour Shops In Kraków
Most areas of Kraków will be well-served by convenience stores, such as Żabka – easily recognised by the cheeky frog that many still use in their branding (see image above). However, these are generally open from 6am-11pm. Similarly, you’ll find plenty of pharmacies in central Kraków but only a handful are open all night.
If you need something in the early hours of the morning, there’s usually something on hand, though you may have to travel a bit to get there.
- Carrefour Express: There are a number of 24-hour branches of this convenience store dotted around central Kraków; addresses: Rynek Główny 7, Floriańska 29, Szewska 9, Pijarska 23, Basztowa 10, Juliana Dunajewskiego 1/lok. U1, Józefa Dietla 93, Ludwika Zamenhofa 1, Krakowska 7/2, Brzozowa 22; website: carrefour.pl.
- Delikatesy Kocyk: If you can’t find a Carrefour where you happen to be, then look out for a 24-hour Delikatesy Kocyk. Not all of these are full convenience stores but you’ll be able to pick up some snacks in the alcohol stores; addresses: Grodzka 18, Szpitalna 38, Westerplatte 1, Piotra Michałowskiego 2, Zwierzyniecka 29, Librowszczyzna 2; website: sklepykocyk.pl.
- Apteka Całodobowa Dr.Max: This is the closest all-night pharmacy to the Old Town, lying roughly seven minutes on foot to the north east; address: ul. Karmelicka 23; website: drmax.pl.
- Apteka Dbam o Zdrowie: A 24-hour pharmacy in the Podgórze district; address: ul. Kalwaryjska 94; website: doz.pl/apteki/a65770-DOZ_Apteka_Dbam_o_Zdrowie.
Shopping In Kraków Map
You can locate all the shops and markets listed above in the Kraków map below.