Krakow is one of Poland’s oldest cities and has experienced a rich and varied history, encompassing growth, war, rebirth and reconstruction, and the city continues to grow to this day. The unofficial cultural capital of Poland, Krakow has a prolific theater, dance, art, and music community that hosts some of the largest arts festivals in Europe.
The second most visited city in Poland, after Warsaw, Krakow has established itself as a tourist hotspot due to its many artistic, historical, and architectural offerings. Shopping malls are a relatively recent addition to the commercial landscape in the city, and unlike malls in other cities, the new shopping plazas have adopted Krakow’s more traditional commercial style, rather than over-running it.
1. Galeria Krakowska
Galeria Krakowska opened in 2006 opposite the old station building in the center of Krakow. Comprised of over 250 shops spread out over 60,000 square meters, Galeria Krakowska has something for everyone, from high-end designer fashions, to supermarkets, to multiple restaurants.
ul. Pawia 5
Tel.: +48 12 428 99 00
Rax.: +48 12 428 99 20
2. Galeria Kazimierz
Opened in 2005, Galeria Kazimierz was considered the premier shopping mall in Krakow before other malls began opening in the later 2000s. The mall is slightly smaller than its competitors with 160 retail shops, but it is still the most loved by the local population, and it boasts a 10-screen cinema and an excellent fitness center, making it much more than a shopping destination.
ul. Podgórska 34
Tel.: (012) 433 01 01
Fax: (012) 433 0 333
3. Pasaz 13
Rather than a true shopping mall, Pasaz 13 is a converted Rynek townhouse that houses a small number of designer boutiques and an upscale Italian wine bar and café in the basement. 17 designers, such as Dolce & Gabbana and Miss Sixty, have shops inside the beautiful building. If you are on a budget, you won’t find much here, but it is well worth a trip to “window shop”.
Written by Paula Wilson.