Like promised in my ‘I went to Krakow’ post I would write a whole extra post about the malls and the best places to shop in Krakow. Today is the day I’m doing that. So if you’re planning on going to Krakow soon (or not soon) or if you want to know what the shopping options are like in Krakow, make sure you continue reading!
Let’s start off with telling you guys the basics. Krakow has a big square called the Main Market Square. This is where you can go for a little bit of sight-seeing and for lots of little cafés and restaurants. It’s full of them over there. When it comes to shopping this main square is actually quite dull. There are a few good shops like a huge ass Zara, but it isn’t too exciting.
Around the Main Square are lots of streets. Most contain even more restaurants and a few shops, but there is one street that has like a Yves Rocher and a L’Occitane store. If you really want to shop when you’re at the Main Square that street is the way to go. Aside from that we didn’t find too many exciting stores there. So for the real shopping you pretty much have go to one of the three gigantic malls in Krakow.
So, malls. There are three big ones that I’ve visited: Galeria Krakowska, Galeria Kazimierz and Galeria Bonarka. All three are extremely big and have their own charm. Let’s discuss them one by one.
Galeria Krakowska is definitely the biggest mall out of the three. If you want to spend an entire day shopping from 10 AM till 10 PM this is definitely the place to go. It has all of the stores you could wish for: Sephora, Inglot, Douglas, Bershka, Zara, Mango, H&M and lots and lots of other amazing stores. On the website (click the link underneath the bold printed Galeria Krakowska) you can find a full list of all the stores in there. It’s pretty much a dream for everybody who enjoys shopping.
The only downside to Galeria Krakowska is that it’s pretty crowded there. It’s close to a big station and it’s the most popular mall out of the three, so yeah, that’s pretty much why. However I, who gets panic attack in overcrowded places, didn’t mind it too much. Of course it’s not perfect when it comes to how busy it is, but it’s okay for such a big mall.
Getting to Galeria Krakowska is pretty easy. You can go there by train, taxi, tram and bus. They all stop right in front of the mall. If you’re at the Main Square it’s a 5 minute walk, but make sure you know the directions because if you don’t (which happened to me and my friend) it will take a while until you get there.
Galeria Kazimierz was, to be honest, my least favourite malls out of the three. I did like it a lot, they had amazing stores, but it just wasn’t my personal favourite. If you want to go some place where it’s very calm this will probably be your favourite mall out of the three because it’s not crowded at all, but it just wasn’t my favourite.
Store wise Galeria Kazimierz wasn’t bad at all. It got the Super-Pharm (which both Galeria Krakowska and Bonarka didn’t have), Sephora, Inglot, Mango, Zara, H&M and lots of other big brands but also lots of boutiques. The only downside was that they didn’t have that many interesting food options. Of course they had the basic and they had quite a lot, but nothing too special (and no Starbucks!!).
Getting to Galeria Kazimierz by public transport is probably an option, but since we didn’t ask at the hotel before we left and we didn’t know how to look it up we ended up taking the taxi there. Taking a taxi in Krakow is very affordable (especially compared to the Netherlands) and you’re pretty much everywhere within 15 minutes, so in my opinion that is a great option.
Bonarka City Centre.
Bonarka was probably my favourite mall. It’s the one we went to first and that because the receptionist from our hotel recommended it. She told us that Krakowska was very overcrowded (which ended up not being as bad as she described but okay) and that Bonarka was the way to go.
Bonarka has the calmness of Kazimierz and the amazing shops of Krakowska. It’s the perfect balance between the other two. It was definitely a gigantic mall, big enough to spend an entire day of shopping in, it contains a ton of incredibly amazing stores such a Sephora, Inglot, Douglas, Levi’s, Mango, etc. and it had lots of great food options as well. We actually ended up going to Pizza Hut and the food there was incredible!
Getting to Bonarka was pretty easy as well. We asked which bus we had to take at the hotel and with that bus it took us less than 10 minutes to get there. On the way back we did actually end up getting a taxi, but the point I’m trying to make here is that it’s perfectly possible to get there by public transportation.
Overall I think that Krakow is one of the best cities to go if you love shopping. Even though Krakow is way cheaper than the Netherlands, be sure to save up enough money before you go there because it’s just one big shopping dream. It has all of the stores you ever want to visit in one place (or actually three) and all of the malls are easily accessible. I absolutely loved visiting all three and if you love shopping as much as I do I highly recommend going there sometime too!
Thank you so much for reading today’s post and let me know which city you think is perfect for shopping!