The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice), Krakow

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    The Cloth Hall at night
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    The Cloth Hall

    by HORSCHECK Updated Apr 14, 2012

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    The Cloth Hall at night

    The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) is siad to have been the first shopping mall in the world. Nowadays it functions as a kind of market for tourists.

    All kinds of Polish crafts and souvenirs are available here. The original Cloth Hall was built in the 14th century, but destroyed by fire in the 16th century.

    Directions:
    The Cloth Hall is located right in the middle of the Market Square (Rynek Glowny).

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  • The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice): Buying amber

    by Riaiff Written May 17, 2008

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    The ladies at shop 51 & 52 was fantastic. they had great designs on offer and their prices were fantastic too.

    What to buy: Amber jewellery, good stone for protection when travelling according to my friend.

    What to pay: 30 - 150 Euro

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    The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice): Amber

    by EllenH Written Apr 29, 2008

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    What makes this place special is how old it is and how long it has been in existence.

    What to buy: Amber jewelry, go further in then the first stalls as it does become cheaper.

    What to pay: $20 for a beautiful pair of amber earrings.

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    The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice): Souvenirs

    by csordila Updated Apr 8, 2008

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    Souvenier for the family
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    I had to buy only some useful thing as souvenier for the family. I was adviced, this is the place to get them. Though most everything was over priced, my polish friends helped me beating down the price, so I saved about 50% of the original asking price.

    What to buy: Finally I bought a wooden sculpture of a monk, an ornate box made of real leather and an ornate standing clock.

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    The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice): One-stop shopping

    by dek516 Written Feb 9, 2008

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    The Sukiennice is hard to miss-- it's smack in the middle of the Rynek Glowny. Be sure to take some time to wander through the hall, even if you don't plan to buy anything. It's a neat piece of architecture, and it's fun to watch all the buying and selling going on around you.

    If you do plan to buy things in Krakow, the Sukiennice is a great place to do so. The hall is filled with vendors, selling amber jewelry at good prices, wooden crafts (Jewish figurines, chess boards, ornately carved boxes, etc.), lace and embroided cloths, and souvenirs like pens and postcards. The prices are all very reasonable, even though it's clearly designed for tourists. You might be able to find better prices somewhere off the beaten path, but the convenience and fun of the Sukiennice make it worthwhile.

    What to buy: Any of the hand-sewn tablecloths or other lace/cloth products
    Amber jewelry

    What to pay: It depends on what you're getting, but prices are quite reasonable. I bought gifts for family members and generally didn't spend more than $5 per person (expect higher-end items to be a little more, however).

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    The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice): Amber abounds

    by jo104 Updated Nov 9, 2007

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    In the middle of the old town square is the Cloth Hall, a beautiful building, built in the 14th centuary originally it was the for the cloth trade. In 1555 it was destroyed by fire & rebuilt in a renaissance style with the arcades you see today being added in the 19th centuary.

    To this day the Cloth hall still serves as a market selling souvenirs such as wooden toys, dolls and chess sets to amber jewellery.

    The other shopping streets are Grodka & Bracka, you may be able to get the same things slightly cheaper then the cloth hall but it depends on the amount of time you have allocated for shopping. The cloth hall prices were reasonable, a few stores vary the price on the same items but not a huge difference.

    What to buy: Sharon bought a chess set which is rather beautiful, I purchased some amber jewellery, some Christmas decorations & some wooden toys.

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    The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice): Paintings

    by ZiOOlek Written Jan 23, 2007

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    You may find nice paintings of local artists around the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice), as well as near the Florian Gate. Those two places are probably the best places and the most famous to find a wide variety of great paintings, showing everything from Krakow's landskapes and monuments to people, things and others.

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    The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice): Trinkets

    by al_mary Updated Jan 6, 2007

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    The Sukiennice - Cloth Hall
    This building is a striking reminder
    of the city's prosperous past ....

    The Sukiennice is one of Cracow’s
    buildings. It is best approached from
    Florianska street - down the Royal Way.

    On arriving at the square the Cloth Hall
    appears to ripple away before you.

    It is like some great sleigh that has come
    to a triumphant halt in the middle of the
    Rynek.

    And if the roads were to part wide enough,
    one can imagine the entire thing gliding off
    gracefully into the unknown.

    The Cloth Hall, as its name suggests, was
    once a main focus of Cracow’s trade.

    Merchants would meet here and discuss the
    state of business, whilst inside a lively bartering
    went on ....

    What to buy: Trinkets galore .........

    What to pay: We found that you can barter with the vendors, and
    we saved as much as 60% if you are persistant with the vendor.

    ** TIP **
    If you know what you want from a certain vendor, go
    back just before closing with cash in your hand,
    (what your willing to pay for the item) and chances are
    you will get it when he/she sees the cash money.

    Like they say - "money talks / BS walks"

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    The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) #4: Trinkets #4

    by al_mary Written Dec 23, 2006

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    ** Picture Set #4 **
    More pictures of the booths or
    stalls that are inside the building
    where the merchants sell their
    goods, mostly to tourists ....

    What to buy: .
    If you want some trinkets (souveniers) from Poland,
    this is the place to get them. If they are not here,
    they are not made.

    **** NOTE ****
    You will get cheaper prices on most the same items
    in the little shops on the side streets.

    What to pay: **** NOTE ****
    Most everything here is over priced, but we did find a
    few merchants who were willing to bargin with us, and
    when we were done, we saved just about 50% of the
    asking price.

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    The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) #3: Trinkets #3

    by al_mary Written Dec 23, 2006

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    ** Picture Set #3 **
    More pictures of the booths or
    stalls that are inside the building
    where the merchants sell their
    goods, mostly to tourists ....

    What to buy: .
    If you want some trinkets (souveniers) from Poland,
    this is the place to get them. If they are not here,
    they are not made.

    **** NOTE ****
    You will get cheaper prices on most the same items
    in the little shops on the side streets.

    What to pay: .
    **** NOTE ****
    Most everything here is over priced, but we did find a
    few merchants who were willing to bargin with us, and
    when we were done, we saved just about 50% of the
    asking price.

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    The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) #2: Trinkets #2

    by al_mary Updated Dec 23, 2006

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    ** Picture Set #2 **
    More pictures of the booths or
    stalls that are inside the building
    where the merchants sell their
    goods, mostly to tourists ....

    What to buy: .
    If you want some trinkets (souveniers) from Poland,
    this is the place to get them. If they are not here,
    they are not made.

    **** NOTE ****
    You will get cheaper prices on most the same items
    in the little shops on the side streets.

    What to pay: .
    **** NOTE ****
    Most everything here is over priced, but we did find a
    few merchants who were willing to bargin with us, and
    when we were done, we saved just about 50% of the
    original asking price.

    Other merchants gave a song and dance that they were
    selling their goods for their cost, and some items, below
    what they paid .... yea right !!

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    The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) #1: Trinkets

    by al_mary Updated Dec 23, 2006

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    This building is a striking reminder of the
    city's prosperous past ....

    The Sukiennice is one of Cracow’s most
    distinctive buildings.

    It is best approached from Florianska St.
    down the Royal Way.

    On arriving at the square the Cloth Hall
    appears to ripple away before you ......

    What to buy: .
    If you want some trinkets (souveniers) from Poland,
    this is the place to get them. If they are not here,
    they are not made.

    **** NOTE ****
    You will get cheaper prices on most the same items
    in the little shops on the side streets.

    What to pay: .
    **** NOTE ****
    Most everything here is over priced, but we did find a
    few merchants who were willing to bargin with us, and
    when we were done, we saved just about 50% of the
    original asking price.

    Other merchants gave a song and dance that they were
    selling their goods for their cost, and some items, below
    what they paid .... yea right !!

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    The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice): Souvenirs, souvenirs ....

    by tini58de Written Mar 25, 2006

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    inside the Cloth Hall
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    The Cloth Hall is no longer a cloth hall, but some kind of market hall for souvenirs. To the left and right you have stalls with different arts, crafts and souvenirs, such as amber jewellery, Polish needleworks, T-Shirts, woodwork and more.

    The interior is quite nice with old fashioned lamps and mosaics on the wall. Check it out!

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    The market hall

    by Gili_S Written Aug 13, 2005

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    This is the market hall situated in the city centre. But as every big tourist city, also here the clothing and items meant for tourist, however, you can still find some unique items in barging price, especially if you come from Scandinavia, almost everything looks cheap here.

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    The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice): Place to shop for souvenirs

    by clairegeordio Written May 25, 2005

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    Cloth Hall, Rynek Glowny

    The Cloth Hall in the Rynek Glowny has many market stalls to purchase gifts from.
    Mostly jewellery (especially amber), Krakow's figures and wooden crafts, leather and many hand-made goods.
    Many of the stalls do sell the same things, but at different prices, so it is worth shopping around before you buy something.

    What to buy: I particularly liked the amber jewellery and the painted wooden boxes.

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