If you’re travelling on a budget and get the chance to visit Krakow (and I recommend you do!), you should definitely check out the thrift shops. I’m a little bit of a magpie and I love picking up vintage pieces but when I arrived in Krakow I didn’t think I’d spend the day in second-hand shops.
They can be quite tricky to find if you don’t know where to look but once you’ve found one you’ll probably spot another. You might also have a guidebook which tells you where to find them. Of course, rummaging through smelly second hand clothes might not be your first choice of activities if you’re visiting Krakow. That’s understandable. However, if you like a bargain then I say give it a go.
The main attraction of these thrift shops is that firstly they are VERY cheap and secondly they stock well known brands. You’re quite likely to pick something up from H&M or Topshop or even designer brands like French Connection and Fred Perry. And the beauty of it is that most of these stores price their clothes by weight, so that Fred Perry t-shirt you discover might end up costing the same price as an old tea towel.
I had to limit myself last time I went to Krakow due to the lack of space in my backpack, but I did pick up a couple of things: a vintage evening gown and a velvet dress for 14 zloty (about £3).
So, when you’ve been round the Market Square, taken a walk through the Cloth Hall and wandered through the Jewish district, why not treat yourself to a bit of retail therapy (on a budget of course). You might be surprised by what you find.