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Cloth Hall (Sukiennice)

Rynek Glowny 1 - 3, Krakow, Poland (Stare Miasto)
012 422 11 66
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As featured in 3 days in Krakow
Ranked #33 of 140 Attractions in Krakow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Malls
Activities: Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Considered the world's oldest shopping mall, the present Renaissance structure dates from 1555 and features in its interior many food stalls and small... more » Owner description: Considered the world's oldest shopping mall, the present Renaissance structure dates from 1555 and features in its interior many food stalls and small shops, terrace cafes and flower stands that surround the statue of Adam Mickiewicz. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Step inside this striking medieval building and admire the restoration. Feels quite historic. Vendors selling various tourist souvenirs and quality amber and other jewelry. You pay a bit more here, but the setting is lovely and if it's raining it's a great place to seek shelter!

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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

A fabulous building which houses a huge shopping mall and bars/restaurants. Mainly small stalls, selling glassware, souvenirs, amber jewelry, handmade children's toys and Jewish figures (which are supposed to bring you luck). It is situated in the main square. One drawback....there is a museum under the building. When we asked about it (at 130 pm) we were told that we... More

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HONG KONG
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I almost went there everyday when I was in Krakow. Variations of goods for different ages or for different people in mind. Fun experience shopping there because there are a lot of things made of amber and souvenirs to bring home from Poland.

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I love European architecture and the Cloth Hall didn't disappoint me. The big bonus for my wife is that it's a shopping arcade with loads of Polish craft style shops. It's opening hours are long and well into the evening for those who like to shop later in the day. It's city square location is an added bonus as it... More

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Liverpool, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Said to be the first shopping mall, this is a wonderful arcade with hundreds of small tourist shops selling mainly Polish goods. Prices vary but are not too high, though you can find cheaper in local craft markets and shops away from the main square.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) has an excellent permanent exhibition of the 19th-century Polish paintings. Not very big - 4 large rooms. It presents different authors and styles and gives you an idea of historical context too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The Cloth Hall is a prominent landmark in the centre of Krakow's medieval town square. It has stood here since the 13th C in various incarnations, effectively making this the oldest continuous shopping mall in the world. It was central to Krakow's growth as a major trading post. Cloth and salt from the Wieliczka mines were traded with spices and... More

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SHEFFIELD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Cloth Hall is in the middle of The Main Square in The Old Town of Krakow, it's a very imposing site as it stretchers nearly the full withe of the Square it's a very clean and well built building, inside it's just shop next to shop and so on selling mainly amber jewellery, it can get very busy but it's... More

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Krakow, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Sukiennice is a place where each visitor should be at least once. It's full of souvenir shops. You can buy there jewellery, Cracow regional clothes, Christmas hand made decorations etc. At the first floor of Sukiennice there's a restaurant with an amazing view of Mariacki Church (one of the most beautiful Cracow church) and of the Old Town - Main... More

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I enjoyed the whole Cloth Hall experience. I got all my souvenirs here including some Polish pottery and a wooden nativity set. I had searched some other stores nearby and thought the prices here were pretty comparable. Also loved seeing this at night!

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