Blue Souvenir Stalls: Blue Souvenir Stalls
If you walk on the main path next to the beach, you will see these blue stalls. Here you can find cheap souvenirs, like beach wear and beach bags, and snacks, like popcorn. There are a few shops in town, which sell fancier and traditional Kashubian crafts, but if you're just looking for some cheap souvenirs, these stalls will do for you. I personally didn't see anything spectacular there, just the typical tourist souvenirs, but there is a lot of kids stuff, so if you have kids, they might see something they like. But if you're looking for authentic Kashubian crafts, check out the shops in town.
What to buy: Cheap souvenirs, beach bags, beach wear, popcorn, kids' stuff
Smoked Fish Stall: Smoke your own
This was not actually a shop, just a small one-man operation on the pier. The smoking unit was behind, plus a table, chair and scales in front - a complete retail unit with no frills attached. This stall was particularly eye-catching being directly opposite the futuristic looking blue and white building on the pier. This building represents everything modern and cosmopolitan about Hel and is very far removed from the simplicity of one man selling his fish. The photo actually shows the other blue and white building behind the stall - a port a cabin WC!
What to buy: No problems deciding what to buy as there was only one item for sale - smoked fish. I didn't buy any because Iwasn't sure what fish it was and didn't quite have the vocabulary to ask. But judging by the amount of customers we saw coming and going, the product was more than satisfactory.
What to pay: A few zlotie per kilo
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