Situated in northern Europe between Germany and the former Russian states of Belarus and Ukraine, Poland has emerged as flourishing and high- powered country. Poland’s manufacturing history dates back to the past and is still regarded as the producing powerhouse for central and Eastern Europe. It is also flourishing as commercial and retail center alluring top brands. With numerous Polish factory outlets emerging, it is basically a paradise for shopaholics. Shopping in Poland is one activity during your vacation that you can enjoy regardless of the time of the day.
10 Best Places To Go Shopping In Poland
Shopping in Poland will never disappoint you as it is the land of bargains and unique handcrafted items. With large shopping malls Poland focusing the trending fashion to small eateries and craftsmen selling their goods to the people, you will enjoy everything about the Polish culture that is reflected. So, here is a list of the best 10 places in Poland where you can indulge yourself in satisfactory shopping.
- Annopol Factory
- Massolit Books And Café
- Gdansk Fashion House
- Krakow Factory Outlet
- Galeria Kazimierz
- Pasaz 13
- Plac Nowy Flea Market
- Plac Targowy Flea Market
- Hala Mirowska
1. Annopol Factory
Shopping in Warsaw, Poland is incomplete without visiting the Annopol Factory. Previously an industrial area, but now renovated into a business area with retail parks along the banks of the ‘River Vistula’, ‘Annopol’ is a modern outlet center favorable preferably for the bargain hunters and houses famous products in Poland. One can avail discount in women’s, men’s, children’s clothing, sportswear, shoes, lingerie, fashion accessories, and home appliances.
The discount ranges from 30-70% off the original price for high street stores and greater discounts are also offered on some selected items across the center. The center also has a children’s zone for kids to enjoy themselves. The zone is run under professional supervision. You don’t have to worry about searching for a place to eat after shopping at the center has five food outlets which also includes a Sushi Bar. To go to Annopol Factory take the Metro M1 from Centrum to Marymount and the hop onto a bus no. 132 until Torunska.
Timings: 10:00 to 21:00, Friday- 10:00 to 2:00, Saturday – 9:00 to 22:00 and Sunday 9:00 to 20:00.
Location: Annopol Factory Warsaw, Annopol 2
2. Massolit Books And Café
Book lovers won’t be disappointed shopping in Poland as it is the home to the best English-language bookstore in ‘Central Europe’, the ‘Massolit Books and Café’. With a unique café atmosphere, this place has books on all subjects especially specializing in ‘Polish’, ‘East European’ and ‘Jewish’ literature in the English language.
This place also is the storehouse of English language periodicals which you can go through over a cup of coffee and a slice of pie. The café also encourages trading of books for people on a tight budget. The café is stocked with a collection of books from the state and you’ll find books at the best price for customers.
Timings: 9:00 to 20:00. Saturday – 10:00 to 20:00
Location: ul. Felicjanek 4, Old Town
3. Gdansk Fashion House
The ‘Gdansk Fashion House’ is designed mirroring the city’s heritage as a noteworthy Baltic seaport, Poland’s largest. The center is home to around 100 best brands and has been designed after a conventional fishing village. A 25-meter high lighthouse has also been built to guide visitors to the entrance of the stores in wooden ‘houses’ embellished with fishing nets and lifebuoys.
The shoppers here are offered a varied range of European and global fashion brands. The stores offer a minimum discount of 30% that goes up to 90% discount on special items. It is a perfect place for your cheap shopping in Poland. This outlet center in Slovenia also has a great range of food stores for tired and hungry shopping hunters. Make sure to try the Ice Café and So! Coffee for a quick break, or the Pekin Bar and Rucolina’s restaurant to enjoy the local cuisine.
Timings: 9:00 – 21:00. Sunday: 9:00 – 20:00
Location: Fashion House Gdansk, Przywidzka 8, 80-014 Gdansk, Poland
4. Krakow Factory Outlet
The Krakow Factory outlet is located at the junction of two important auto-routes which is fifteen minutes away from the city center of Krakow. The place is easy to access due to the free bus service provided for both visitors and bargain hunters. The outlet offers a considerable discount on fashion wear, sportswear, shoes, lingerie, accessories, kitchenware, tableware, cosmetics (discounts ranging from 30%-70%).
The center showcases the brands Guess, Chicco, O’Neill, Caramelo, Reebok, Miss Sixty, Samsonite, Billabong, Pepe Jeans, Mango, Polo, Adidas, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Lee, Dockers, Rip Curl and Desigual. To re-energize after loads of bargaining, the center has in store numerous cafes and coffee shops. You can also try Lodomania (a desert paradise) if you are a sweet and ice-cream lover.
Timings: 10:00 – 21:00, Friday 10:00 – 22:00, Saturday 09:00 – 22: 00
Location: Krakow Factory Outlet, Prof.A. Rozanskiego 32, 32-085 Modlniczka, Poland
5. Galeria Kazimierz
Situated in Eastern Krakow, this shopping outlet was opened in 2005 and has been recently renovated. It is easily accessible and has more than 160 shopper’s store including some of the best brands in the country and abroad. The center also has quick eating stores and one can enjoy the beautiful ambiance of the restaurant setting in Jeff’s American diner.
What is more fun than shopping and watching a movie? And that perfect combination is offered by this outlet in Poland. People can watch a movie in a ten-screen Cinema City complex. Children’s can also enjoy themselves in the play area and shoppers can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi throughout.
Timings: 10:00 – 21:00, Sunday 10:00 – 20:00
Location: Podgorska 34, Kazimierz
6. Pasaz 13
Pasaz 13 was once a gorgeous old townhouse in the Old Town. It was later converted to a small shopping center in 2005 and became the first branch of the first trademark Likus Concept Stores. The center includes a number of high-end clothing ( top brands like Gucci, Saint Laurent, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs) and beauty parlors, an Italian delicatessen, a restaurant bar and also a small student club underneath. It is worth visiting to witness the amalgamation of new and old architecture inside the store.
Timings: 11:00 – 21:00, Sunday 11:00 – 17:00
Location: Rynek Główny 13, Old Town
Cepelix is the local branch of a national chain of Polish handcrafts and souvenirs. The store specializes in leather, lace, and other beautiful keepsakes. The place still retains the original 1950s interior and reflects the Soviet-era Polish design better than the artworks showcased there. The goods are sold at a very low price and you can definitely fill your bags with goods from this place as souvenirs for your friends and relatives.
This place is best to pick up bargain sheepskin rugs, Boleslawiec pottery or lacework. You should visit this shop if you are in Nowa Huta just to know how the entire region once used to be. This shop is the last one in ‘Place Centralny’ to keep its original design.
Timings: 10:00 – 18:00, Saturday: 10:00 – 13:00, Sunday closed.
Location: os. Centrum B bl.1, Nowa Huta
8. Plac Nowy Flea Market
Plac Nowy Flea Market is often called the Jewish Market due to its location in Krakow’s Jewish Quarter. The best time to visit this market is on Saturday mornings. The market dates back its origin to 1808 and has never ever run out of business since then.
The market is crammed with around 310 stalls selling varied items starting from antiques, vintage cameras, books, clothing, crafts, and even a large selection of fruits and vegetables. At the center of the market is the rotunda (a fast food center) which was once a slaughterhouse. You can taste the best street foods, the zapiekanka and never be disappointed.
Timings: 6:00 to 2:00
9. Plac Targowy Flea Market
The legendary Sunday Flea market at Plac Targowy is ideal for shopping on Sunday mornings before noon. It is not as sophisticated as the one at Plac Nowy, but you can definitely avail the best deals at this place. It is one the biggest shopping center in Poland and in Europe and like Plac Nowy has everything from war memorabilia, antiques, Russian watches, Russian cameras, pirated DVD’s, clothing, paintings, furniture, computer parts, and wood wagon wheels.
The market is always crowded as there are stalls almost everywhere in that place. The market has stalls not only of the merchants but also of any local person. This market should definitely be on your ‘to do’ list in Poland. And an insider tip for a visitor is to come prepared with a paper and pen to bargain for the best price.
Timings: Every Sunday 07:00 – 14:00
10. Hala Mirowska
Hala Mirowska is an important landmark in Poland. If you want to witness the real Poland, make sure to stop by it. Even though converted into a supermarket, the Hala Mirowska is renowned for its architecture. It was the largest market in Poland until the Warsaw Uprising. One can still check out the bullet scars on the building that managed to survive even after being ravaged by fire.
The market now is famous for its stalls selling fresh flowers, fruits, vegetables and also jars of mushrooms sold by the country folk. And because you get to buy everything under one roof, this is where you can experience the best shopping in Poland.
Location: Pl. Mirowski 1, Mirów & Muranów
With large malls selling the latest product to small food outlets and handmade craft stores offered in these Poland shopping centers, Poland is definitely the ideal place for every travel enthusiast. Pack a bag and fly off to Europe and experience the authenticity of the Polish Culture. Needless to say, take this list along for a fulfilling experience of shopping in Poland.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Shopping In Poland
What should I shop in Poland?
You can shop for some of the best places in Poland and indulge in unlimited happiness. You can shop at Annopol Factory, Massolit Books And Café, Gdansk Fashion House, Krakow Factory Outlet, Galeria Kazimierz, Pasaz 13, Cepelix and Plac Nowy Flea Market.
What can you buy in Warsaw Poland?
Some of the most distinctive things you can buy in Poland are the Amber Jewelry which is also known as Gold of the North. Angels, Dolls, Linen Products, Beer Tankard, Ceramics, Gingerbread, and a Keepsake Box.
What can I bring home from Poland?
You can buy Bison grass vodka, Obwarzanek Krakowski, Oscypek sheep’s cheese, Home Army anchor pin, Salt from the Wieliczka Salt Mine, Traditional Polish wood carvings, Tankard emblazoned with a white eagle and Gdansk amber.
Is there a Primark in Poland?
Yes, Primark has opened its store in Poland. Cresa that is representing Primark is a leading international fashion retailer. The whole retail shop is located in Galleria Młociny in Warsaw. Cresa supports the retailer in its entry and growth in the Polish market.
What is the best time to visit Poland?
The best months to visit Poland are from June to September. Polish summers are wet and then rain and storms are quite common. Then, September to November is the autumn time and then December to February, the winters are chilly.
Can I use euros in Krakow Poland?
Well, you can certainly use the Polish currency called Zloty. Poland is in the European Union but it doesn’t use the Euro as its legal tender and currency. It is strongly independent and has a unique monetary policy. Poland is highly undervalued and the prices are quite affordable when compared with other European countries.
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