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Cloth Hall (Sukiennice)

Address: Rynek Glowny 1 - 3, Krakow, Poland (Stare Miasto)
Phone Number: 012 422 11 66
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Type: Historic Sites, Malls, Shopping & Fashion, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Shopping
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Owner description: Considered the world's oldest shopping mall, the present Renaissance...
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Type: Historic Sites, Malls, Shopping & Fashion, Sights & Landmarks
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 shops, terrace cafes and flower stands that surround the statue of Adam Mickiewicz.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Right in the heart of Market Square - this beautiful building hosts loads of shops and cafes. Most of the stalls have beautiful jewellery - mostly Silver & Amber of all shapes and sizes as well as an art museum on the top floor

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Beautiful building/market hall but inside the markets are all selling the exact same tacky touristy souvenirs. Amber jewellery, soft toy dragons, wooden toys and embroidered fabrics. My suggestion is to seek further afield and support local craftsmen and women and buy quality souvenirs rather than the cheep (but overpriced) stuff....

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The building is amazing but it is yet another tourist trap to buy souvenirs. I thought instead of the usual souvenirs there will be some traditional food;items and market.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

There has been a cloth hall on this spot since the Middle Ages. This particular building was commissioned by King Sigismund the Old in the 1550s. He loved all things Italian, hence this has a Venetian look to it. Instead of cloth, there are lots of cheap souvenirs for sale. Go here to see the building rather than souvenirs.

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Co. Down
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This building and its history are both impressive and interesting and therefore worth visiting however the current stalls mainly consist of amber jewellery and tacky (in my opinion) souvenirs.

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Fresno, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

It's not as big as we thought, but a fun place, full of Bohemian souvenirs. The people are friendly, and even if you are not buying, it's interesting to see what's for sale. Just outside there are booths up full of more stuff and great local food (not sure if this is all the time, or only around Christmas).We ate... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This building is very attractively built in the middle of a vast square. What used to the various steals selling cloth items inside th building years ago have now been turned in to very attractive booths selling vast amounts of locally produced items. As it was December at the time there wa. Great emphasis on warm hats, gloves, scarves and... More 

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Epping, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We visited at Xmas and the open air market square is better but very close so worth a visit. Some tatt amongst some better crafts.Must say stall holders not very jolly!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

A great edifice in the middle Stare Maestro. However the tacky booths selling trinkets and souvenirs take away from the historical significance of the Hall.

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Plymouth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

OK there are some " tacky " souvenirs but also some exquisite ones as well, especially the local topaz. The place though does ooze charm and history and is a must on the Krakow visit list.

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