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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 #22 of 125 attractions in Krakow
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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Brisbane, Australia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This huge building in the centre of the main square is awe inspiring. A walk through the building is a must... lined with stalls selling items of tourist interest, it is also a magnificent structure which highlights the past importance of Krakow as a major trading centre.

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LINCOLN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This is in the centre of Rynek Glowny and is a lovely market hall very similar to Covent Garden in London. This is where you can purchase those intriguing Russian style dolls and those beautiful colourful scarves you see all the Polish women wearing. You can linger and not be pestered by hawkers like in most other places around the... More

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New Oxford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I did not do any of the museums/tours/etc. for the Cloth Hall -- I went for the shopping. It's amazing! I got a lot of souvenirs and gifts for myself and my family, and everything was very reasonably priced. There are tons of different vendors, selling everything from decorated wooden boxes and magnets to crystal and amber. I'd definitely recommend... More

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London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This is a lovely gallery, not too big, with a really interesting display of Polish art. It was light, paintings were well displayed and the information helpful. On a windy rainy Sunday in Krakow it was an oasis, and I imagine the same would be the case on a hot sunny summer's day.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

this was the first thing i remember seeing in Krakow, just landed about an hour earlier after a short stroll from the apartment at the top of a cobbled street was a huge square and in the middle a great piece of architecture. The cloth hall has a number of activities from bars, shops and a market within. Amazing.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Extremely clean and well maintained part of the main square. Look out for the knife hanging in the central walk way. There is a story behind it but you will have to do the free Old City free walking tour to find out why its there. Lots of small stalls inside selling everything from amber, bric a brac, carved goods... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Lovely place to walk through, so interesting. Didn't buy anything though and nearly sure you can get things cheaper elsewhere. Saw some lovely things though. Very well presented and well maintained building. Definitely worth a look inside.

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Gateshead
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Its pretty to see and it only takes five minutes to walk through. We didn't really price anything so I don't know how expensive it was.

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Grande Cache, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

WOW - that's a real treat - being inside an almost 600-year-old structure doing modern day shopping! Lots of splendid choices from ornaments, carvings, amber jewellery, leather products, even preserves - a must see for Krakow!!!!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

I am sure it's great to seek shelter here in bad weather , but when we visited the weather was great. It is a long indoor street with gift shops either side selling amber jewellery, glassware and tacky souvenirs at expensive prices. In our opinion better shopping can be had by venturing down the side streets off the square and... More

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