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Retail stores in Krakow.

Concentration of shops in Krakow’s central Old Town historical district gives the area semblance to a giant shopping center even as, in a fierce struggle for available space, merchandise seems to lose out recently to eateries of every sort and a plethora of bars, clubs, and the like. At the same time Old Town’s stores mostly cater to visitors, trying to satisfy their every need, and are hardly typical of the city’s retail business. The locals opt to spend their time and purchasing power in shopping malls, called here “centrum handlowe” or “galeria handlowa”, that have been mushrooming throughout Krakow in recent years. Quite evidently, department stores are passe in Krakow and just a couple of them have survived to date.


Krakow’s assorted shops.

Groceries are “artykuly spozywcze” in Polish and they can be bought in grocery stores called “sklep spozywczy” or in supermarkets of which the biggest ones are known as “hipermarket” and form the core of shopping centers.

Dairy products are called “nabial” or “artykuly nabialowe” in Poland.

Meat is Polish “mieso” and sausages are found under “wedliny” label, while a butcher’s is Polish “sklep miesny”.

Clothes are “odziez” in Polish, sold by shops called “sklep odziezowy”.

Footwear is “buty” or “obuwie” in Polish and stores that sell it are known as “sklep obuwniczy”.

Shops selling sport’s articles are “sklep sportowy”. Major sports emporia may be found at Galeria Krakowska, Galeria Bronowice, Zakopianka, Krakow Plaza, and M1 shopping centers.

Books are ksiazki in Polish to be available in bookshops called “ksiegarnia”.

Medicines are “lekarstwa” or “leki” in Polish and Polish for pharmacy is “apteka”. Krakow’s pharmacies are marked with large sign of green cross placed above the entrance.

Toys are Polish “zabawki” and toy stores are called “sklep z zabawkami” in Polish.

Pet shops are known as “sklep zoologiczny” in Poland.

Sweets are “slodycze” in Polish and candy stores are known as “cukiernia”.

Computer shop is “sklep komputerowy” in Polish and electronics store is “sklep elektroniczny”.

A perfumery is Polish “perfumeria” and its also sells “kosmetyki”, i.e. cosmetics, otherwise found in “sklep z kosmetykami”.

Jewelry is “bizuteria” in Polish and stores selling it are called “sklep jubilerski”, while “jubiler” and “zlotnik” are Polish names for jewelers. Polish for gold and silver is “zloto” and “srebro” respectively.

Household goods translate in Polish as “artykuly gospodarcze” or “artykuly gospodarstwa domowego” while white goods are called “sprzet elektryczny” in Poland.

Optician is “optyk” in Polish.

Antiques are “antyki” in Polish, being sold in “sklep z antykami” or “antykwariat” and the latter is also Polish name for an antiquarian and second-hand bookstore. 

Note: Shops in Poland are closed on major national holidays, namely New Year, January 6th, Easter, May 1st, May 3rd, Whit Sunday, Corpus Christi, August 15th, November 1st, November 11th, and Christmas (December 25th and December 26th).

In 2018 a ban on Sunday shopping has been introduced in Poland. So this year most stores will stay closed March 11th, March 18th, April 1st, April 8th, April 15th, April 22nd, May 13th, May 20th, June 10th, June 17th, July 15th, July 22nd, August 12th, August 19th, September 9th, September 16th, September 23rd, October 14th, October 21st, November 11th, November 18th, and December 9th.

Some pharmacies, some groceries, and all gas stations may stay open every day. The ban on Sunday shopping doesn't apply to bakeries and flower shops.

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