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    Krakivsky Market - Vegetable stall
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    .: Souvenirs & crafts

    by toonsarah Written Jun 24, 2010

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    In a square just behind the Opera House is a small market with stalls selling traditional crafts as well as some flea-market items. It’s a good place to look for souvenirs, though like all such places you will find the quality variable and the prices likewise.

    I particularly liked the various embroidered goods such as the traditional shirts and tablecloths. I was very tempted to buy but decided to wait until I’d seen more of what was available in the city. In fact I ended up buying a lovely table-runner the next day, but in a shop on Ploscha Rynok rather than here in the market.

    My eye was also caught by some of the religious art on display. Some of the icons were lovely but most of the paintings too garish for my taste, as indeed were the non-religious ones. What caught my attention most however were several paintings of the Virgin Mary in a pose I had never before seen in a painting, natural though it is – see photo 2.

    Other souvenirs you might buy include ceramics, sheepskin slippers and t-shirts.

    What to pay: Prices are a lot cheaper than in the West, though you still need to check that you’re getting reasonable quality goods of course.

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    Gallery: Shopping for Souvenirs

    by hunterV Updated Dec 17, 2011

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    There are a lot of small stores around Market Square where you can buy different Ukrainian souvenirs.
    The choice is huge!
    One bad news, though:
    The City Council has adopted a resolution that forbids selling alcohol in the city stores and kiosks.
    Starting with January 1, 2012 you can only buy some alcohol at a bar , a cafe or a restaurant.
    The good old Dry Law is coming to Lviv.
    We'll see what it leads to...

    What to buy: Ukrainian embroidered shirts and blouses, pictures, postcards, dishes and what not.

    What to pay: 50-200 UAH and more depending on your mood.

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    Krakivsky Market

    by HORSCHECK Updated Jul 7, 2008

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    Krakivsky Market - Vegetable stall
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    If you like bustling outdoor markets, then you shouldn't miss a visit of Lviv's Krakivsky Market.

    It is mainly for fresh products such as fruits, vegetables and meat, but cheap clothes and all sorts of bric-a-brac can be found here as well.

    Directions:
    The Krakivsky Market is located near Bazarna Street, just about 15 minutes on foot northwest
    of the Opera House.

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    Dom Knigi

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 8, 2011

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    Lviv Dom Knigi
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    Probably the best selection of books in Lviv is available at the Dom Knigi (House of books).

    The building is home to several book shops which are still Soviet style. This means that the shops consist of a few counters with shop assistants whom you have to ask for the book of your choice.

    Besides all kinds of Ukrainian books, you also find many guide books and local maps in different languages here. On my fist visit to Lviv I got myself a Lviv Atlas for 8 UAH at the Dom Knigi.

    Directions:
    The Dom Knigi can be found at the north-eastern end of the Adam Mickiewitz Square.

    Address: Dom Knigi, Adam Mickiewitz pl. 8, Lviv

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    Vernisazh Open Air Market: Local Arts and Crafts

    by om_212 Updated Jul 14, 2007

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    Carpathian rags and carpets
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    a popular place for souvenir and local crafts shopping conviniently located in the very center of the city (in a side street of the Opera across Zankovetska Drama Theatre)

    What to buy: you can find authentic rags made of goat wool from Carpathians, Ukrainian beaded necklaces called gerdans, wooden boxes and plates, painted eggs and various embroidery items.

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  • Market - Lvivsky Rinok

    by jkey Written Sep 12, 2003

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    Fruit market

    Rinok is a market. Its divided into several buildings (fruits and vegetable market, meat and salami market, fish market) and rows of kiosk.

    What to buy: In summer, rinok is the best source of cheap and quality fruit and vegetable. Also home-made salami, various kinds of bread, sweets, chocolate. It may depend on what country you are from, but from Czech perspective, Ukrainian "local specialities" are for sure kvas (drink made from brad and sold from big tanks), local halva (chalva), some sweets.

    What to pay: Look at various places and overview prices. When you know, what an item shoul cost, try to buy it. If marketeer tries some special "touristic" price, bargain.

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    Ask about Obolon Kvas: Must buy Kvas !

    by convoyblue Updated Jun 19, 2003

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    Must drink activity

    What to buy: The first references to kvas was made in the 989 ! Kvas was the most popular beverages in eastern Poland, Ukraina and Russia.The Slavs made a kvas usually on bread.

    If Kvas was kept incorrectly, had a terrible explosive force, it broke even the bottles.
    That not so easy to make such delicious drink on bread, so it takes ca. 70 days after first water and boil the grain with malt and caraway oil.

    So if you don't want to wait 70 days just buy a kvas during your stay in Lviv. You will be surelly astonished. It's much better to drink kvas when it's hot outside then mineral water...belive 1000 years of experience :)

    What to pay: a little :)

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    Open air market: Great place for national suvenirs

    by cold_dead_bunny Updated Apr 19, 2008

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    It is not really huge, but there you will find large assortment of true ukrainian national stuff - household things, clothes, carpets, towels, art, jewelry etc etc. And all /I guess so/ hand-made.

    Also, there lots of USSR stuff, same as (if you know) Kyiv's Andrievsky Uzviz, but about 5 times cheaper.

    What to buy: Embroidered shirts and towels, bright-colored belts and laces, bags, woolen blankets.

    I am sure you will find something for you!

    What to pay: Belts and laces - are about $3-4.
    Towels - differ in price, about $20-50.
    Shirts - $40-50.
    Woolen blankets - 40-60$

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    VARIOUS VENUES TO SHOP: LVIV SHOPPING

    by LoriPori Written Jun 18, 2010

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    Shop selling wooden Nesting Dolls & T-shirts

    With only two days in Lviv, I didn't really have a lot of time to shop, but I did find a lovely open-air Market off a side street to the right of the Opera. There were many booths selling everything from souvenirs to beautiful paintings. One booth intrigued me, as she was selling many of those cute nesting dolls - five dolls all fitting into one large wooden doll. She was asking 45 hr for them which sounded like a fair price and I almost bought one - then I asked myself, what I would do with it? and decided not to.
    Typical Ukrainian souvenirs include Ukrainian embroidered shirts and table cloths.
    Krakivsky Outdoor Market located near Bazarna Street, northwest of the Opera House, is supposed to be typical of a "Russian" style market. It is said to have mostly dry goods, like clothing and shoes, but also a Farmer's Market with fresh produce - fruits & vegetables - and meat.

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    What to buy

    by Zo72 Written Jan 22, 2006

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    Votka and candies sets

    Prices in Ukraine are low so so there are many thing worth buying. One of the things to try are Svitoch candies. Also votka is cheap in Ukraine - just don't buy the cheapest. Also in Ukraine there are many brands of beer well worth trying.

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    Ukrainian money - Hryvnia

    by Zo72 Written Jan 20, 2006

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    Hryvnia bank notes
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    Ukrainian currency Hryvnia (UAH) was introduced in 1996. It replaced Coupons (Karbovanets), temporary currency used after abandoning rouble. Ukrainin coins are kopiykas. 1 Hryvnia is 100 kopiykas.

    Currency is easily exchanged at numerous exchange offices - there is no commision and for 1 EUR you get approximately 6 UAH. There is no difference in exchange rate for different banknotes - meaning if you get 600 UAH for 100 EUR note, you'll get 60 UAH for 10 EUR note. Also there are not big differences between exchange offices in Lviv but avoid changing many at the border because exchange rates may be significantly lower there.

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    Near Rynek: Farmer's Market Shopping

    by lohdennis Written Nov 4, 2008

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    Fruit Stand near Rynok
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    Farmers' markets were everywhere. Typically, the vendors were middle-aged to elderly women. Almost all of them had scarves on. The most prominent things on sale were vegetables, mushrooms, berries, and milk. Most vendors seem to be selling similar things. Most buyers were women. I presume people come to shop here because it's cheaper and more fresh. Apparently, these markets are open every day, not just on market days.

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    Beauregard: High End Perfume Store

    by lohdennis Updated Nov 4, 2008

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    I visited a high-end Dior/Chanel/Armani perfume store on Prospect Svobody just to check out the prices. As in any large city with "chic" boutique stores, the salespeople were smartly dressed in "blackish" uniform. The interior was very similar to any of this type of store in New York City, Tokyo, or Paris. The prices were similar or higher than in New York City. Given the fact that the average annual wage is about $3000-4000 in Lviv, the relative prices are exhorbitant!!!
    The customers in general appeared relatively young and I really wondered how they could afford such luxury items. The only three possible explanations that came to my mind were that people were buying for (1) "very special occasion or person" (2) "sugardaddies" (3) there is only a few of these stores so there are enough wealthy people in Lviv (population-one million) around to keep a few of these thriving.

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    Krakivsky Market: Market Experience

    by lohdennis Written Nov 10, 2008

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    Typical scene Krakivsky market
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    Based on the Lonely Planet Guide idea, I visited the Krakivsky Market because it was supposed to be typical of a "Russian" style large market. I walked to the Market by foot from the Opera House. On the entire route, the streets were being completely dugged out and under construction. I had to jump over holes, walk across planks, cross the base-level of the dug-out street the opposite side etc. Everyone else was doing the same thing with not one person a big deal about it. This would NEVER happen in New York--what a difference!!!
    The market is very large with paved walks and stands on both sides. In contrast to the farmers' market, most of the goods sold were dry goods, clothing, fabric, shoes; things that one needs for daily life. I bought three beautiful hand-woven table covering centerpiece. The vendor wanted 60 UAH apiece so I bargained and bought 3 pieces for 150 UAH (or about US$10/piece). In retrospect, I should have bought 10 at that price! They are simply beautiful. I could have spent hours shopping there but I ran out of time before my next appointment so I will be sure to visit during my next stay in Lviv.

    What to buy: Cloth, embroidered table coverings, Ukrainian folk costumes

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    Any: VODKA!

    by carlitoab Written Jun 10, 2005

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    Which one will you choose?

    There are plenty of shops to be found selling all the Vodka you could ever dream of!

    What to buy: Vodka. From a massive selection, you can buy a bottle of fine Ukrainian Vodka superior to Smirnoff and other major brands for a fraction of the price. There are other Vodkas with added spices and flavours and various other drinks - just go and see for yourself! Don't leave Ukraine without a bottle!

    What to pay: 10 EUROS will buy you the finest Vodka on offer, cheaper brands may set you back 3 or 4 EUROS for a litre!

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