Retail stores in
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
of every sort and a plethora of
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
business. The locals opt to spend their time and purchasing
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
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”
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
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
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
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.
Shops in Poland are closed on major national holidays, namely
New Year, January 6th,
May 1st, May 3rd, Whit Sunday, Corpus Christi, August 15th,
November 1st, November 11th, and
(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
The city’s central
Old Town historic district,
turned into a pedestrian precinct, teems with stores of all sorts.
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