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The Benedictine monks are nothing if not industrious...
Big chain bookshop, also good for maps, newspapers, magazines and hard-to-find Polish films on DVD to take back home...
Natural materials and subtly sexy styles characterise the designs for women's clothing on display at this tiny boutique. The flagship designer is Warsaw-based 'By Insomnia', and all of the clothing is made in Poland.
This large market at the northern end of ul Krupówki and in front of the funicular’s lower station is the place to come for woollen goods and knits, handicrafts such as carved wood kitchen utensils, cheap clothing an...
Each Sunday a superb flea market takes place near the castle with everything from commie-era vinyl to Kashubian plates, Dirty Dancing videos in Polish and biographies of Piłsudski laid out on blankets and trestle tab...
Perfect shop to stock up on all kinds of Polish alcoholic beverages, including vodkas distilled from both rye and potato, brandies and craft beers. Many of the varieties are produced in and around Kraków.
Popular, very central mall behind Warszawa Centralna station, with almost every chain shop you can think of. Its distinctive curved glass roof is clearly visible near the Palace of Culture & Science.
Empik stocks a decent selection of English-language books and magazines, along with useful maps. There are other handy central branches at the Wars Sawa Junior and Złote Tarasy shopping malls.
Long-established organisation dedicated to promoting Polish arts and crafts, stocking its shops with woodwork, pottery, sculpture, fabrics, embroidery, lace, paintings and traditional costumes.
As the name implies, this shop sells everything amber, including amber necklaces, earrings, brooches, and pendants. Though the space is small, the selection is large. Most settings are made of silver.
The modern Madison Centre provides four floors of international brands, food and a gym, not to mention free public toilets. Self-caterers can head for the supermarket in the Great Arsenal building.
For genuine handmade Kashubian handicrafts, look no further than this small shop near St Mary's Church. Porcelain and embroidery dominate the range, much of which is designed and produced by the owner.
Need an exquisite chandelier? Pick up a Gothic or fin-de-siécle number here. Most end up in museums and palaces, but there are a few pieces available (wall lamps start at 700zł) for the average Joe.
This 'bookstore under the globe' carries a great selection of maps and travel guides. Look for the landmark green copper globe perched atop the steeple of the amazing art nouveau building.
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