jewelry store: Regional woman's jewelry
You will find it in shops with traditional highland outfit e.g. in Poronin village. It is also sold in jewelery stores in Zakopane on Krupówki street.
What to buy: Highland women in Podhale region, like many women in the world, like to attire themselves. The most beautiful and most wanted jewelery were bead necklaces made of true red coral. Having them indicated the high financial and social status of the family as well as unique resourcefulness and diligence of the owner. This precious decoration was an essential part of the wedding dowry.
Among highland women other types of jewelery have gained popularity too. Those are earrings, bracelets and rings. The most typical are those with natural red coral but highland fashion changes all the time and some new accents are added.
What to pay: The real ones are quite expensive. The artificial ones are of course much cheaper.
For example a pair of earings costs around 800 Euro.
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Krupówki 29 Fashion Street: Krupówki
I do not know a tourist that does not love shopping while on vacation. Thus, like every other tourist I shopped till I dropped in Zakopane!!! And man did I find a good street. Krupówki is the place to be. Hundreds of sweet little shops from jewelry, to art galleries, to hiking gear, to the most adorable baby clothing stores. The busy main street had thousands of tourists most opting for shopping at Reserved and H&M. Reserved is like the U.S. version of Banana Republic but much cheaper. And H&M seems much better in quality, price, and design than the U.S. I was surprised to find this quant wooden street right off of Krupówki (where CCC and Quazi shoes stores are located) that had over 40 little boutiques. The street had some great designers including Moncler, EA7 Empirio Armani, Ecco for kids, Escada, Unique, Pepe Jeans, Descente, and a bunch of other multibrand boutiques with ski apparel and equipment. And they had this amazing local gallery with beautiful affordable pieces, and another home furnishings stores with local highlander accents. Hope this helps :)
What to buy: Art, Highlander crafts, highlander shawls, necklaces, jewelry, great sporting gear.
What to pay: Prices vary depending on your budget. But everyone can find something for theselves.
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on the street: Smoked cheese
There were miles of outdoor shopping stalls and this whole section was selling nothing but this same pretty molded cheese. Every stall had exactly the same product at exactly the same price. Made no sense. (molded into a pretty shape, not moldy cheese) Also on the street was every kind of of junk souvenirs imaginable. It was not exactly handmade Polish crafts or anything. After about 5 minutes I had seen enough.
In all Zapopane city you will find many markets where you may buy souvenirs from Zakopane and Tatras region. The biggest number of street shops is located near the main street of the city - Krupowki, as well as near the main railways station
What to buy: In street markets you may buy hand painted ceramics, key rings, pendants, printed ceramics and glass, regional dolls, T-shirts, fridge magnets,. albums, maps, postcards and some regional food like famous oscypek - smoked cheese. Oscypek is created from sheep's milk, although cow's milk is sometimes added. The original oscypek is always made with unpasteurized sheep's milk, which is first turned into cottage cheese.
What to pay: mostly only cash
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Local market: Local craft & cheese
Many stands with kinds of local cheese- smoked (oscypek) or not (bundz). On other stands you can buy many items made by local craftsmen, although I suppose many of them are made especially for tourists.
What to buy: Cheese, wool, wooden and metal items, regional costumes, special leather shoes called "kierpce"
What to pay: Don't give up and haggle!
24 Hour Supermarket
There's a 24 hour supermarket on ul Kosciuszki, not far from Krupowki, the main street. This is a good place to stock up on picnic provisions for a hike in the Tatras, or just for general shopping. If you're planning to go hiking in the Tatras, make sure you bring plenty of food with you as there aren't too many places to buy food once you're in the mountains.
Reserved: I needed some jeans
I don't do a lot of shopping, but I usually buy some things when I'm traveling. Normally, I underpack knowing that if I need something, I can always buy it along the way. I decided to buy a pair of jeans here at Reserved despite the fact that they weren't cheap. The place is sort of like a J Crew or a Banana Republic in the USA in terms of the way it looks inside.
What to buy: I bought a pair of jeans and then I noticed a sweater that I liked, so I bought that too. The prices were similar to what I would have paid in the States.
Also, being in Zakopane you have to try cheese called Oscypek. It's a kind of smoked cheese made of sheep’s milk and it’s a regional product, a speciality of the Podhale region. Tasting oscypek, and of course bringing it home to family and friends, is a must for anybody who goes for a trip to the Tatra mountains or visits Zakopane. For centuries oscypek has been produced locally by mountaineers in fairly primitive conditions and sold in stalls and open-air markets. The precise procedures of its production are closely guarded family secrets, passed on from generation to generation.
Its unsuccessful substitutes - mechanically made and pasteurised are disgusting. But now, it seems, oscypek’s future is in doubt.
To become a member of the EU Poland must meet a number of requirements, among them strictly defined hygienic standards of food manufacture and processing. The way oscypek is made today is a long way from the demands of Brussels. If Poland is to join the EU and if oscypek is to be offered for sale, its production process must change. Will Oscypek survive?
Cheap traditional items of Zakopane
What to buy: There are many hand-made goods for sale such as carved wooden boxes, chess sets, figurines, ect. Zacopane is also a great place to buy leather goods and sheep skin rugs.
What to pay: Poland is very cheap, $1=4 zloty. Don't forget, you can always bargain. ; )
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Smoked Sheep Cheese
There are any number of these cheese stalls along the main streets of Zakopane, through the pedestrian mall and particularly on ul Krupowki.
All the smoked cheese (known as Oszczypek), is white or yellow to brown (depending how much matured). The darker the cheese, the saltier and sharper the taste). You'll get offered plenty of free tastes as you stroll by, and a nicely shaped souvenir will cost only a few zloty
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Cart or booth on the side of the road.: Oscypek
Oscypek is the little football shaped cheese that you will see everywhere once you get to the Tatry region. You can get it fresh or smoked. Try them both because they taste very different from each other. You will probably love one of the two kinds and bring a bag home to snack on. Stock up!
What to buy: Also, don't buy any souveneers anywhere else in Poland if you're going to be in Zakopane. Especially if you're shopping for wooden statues boxes and ciupagi, things knitted out of wool, leather goods, doilies and table cloths. These things are all made down here in Tatry Mountains by local craftsmen, and you will find a much bigger selection, and buy them much, much cheaper here than anywhere else!
These slippers looked very comfortable and if it was not for the weight restriction from the airlines I might have bought some.
Shop for local crafts
Local craft includes leather and wool goods, many things carved in wood, table cloths... and many others.
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