What To Buy In Krakow, Poland

what to buy in krakow

Located on the Vistula River and one of the oldest cities in the country, Krakow is known as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. With an Old Town centre, gothic style churches and buildings much of the Old Town is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has been around since the Stone Age and has been through many of the important events of the last 100 years. It is still to this day known as one of the most important cities in Poland and one of the most alluring in Europe. It also offers tourists many places to stay, including hotels and Airbnb vacation rentals.

Krakow has a lot of traditional Polish goods around the city to buy, so, if you’re visiting and want to buy some authentic Polish gifts and souvenirs, make sure to check out this list of what to buy in Krakow.

1. Obwarzanek krakowski

Obwarzanki krakowskie
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What can be considered as the bagel’s Polish cousin, obwarzanek krakowski is a braided, ring-shaped bread that’s usually topped with salt, sesame seeds or poppy seeds. It is boiled and then baked, giving it a sweetish and chewy texture under a crusty and crunchy exterior. It makes for a great snack while you’re off exploring some non-touristy things to do since they are commonly found throughout town.

Obwarzanek krakowski

Address: 30-062 Kraków, Poland

Website: Obwarzanek krakowski

2. Bison grass vodka

Zubrowka vodka
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Bison grass vodka is known as Żubrówka in Poland and, if you don’t know, Polish vodka is some of the best in the world. So, why not indulge a little while you’re here. Żubrówka is a unique vodka with notes of coconut, vanilla and cinnamon. it’s generally listed at 40% alcohol, so just try not to go overboard. Visit any liquor store to find a bottle.

Regionalne Alkohole

Address: Miodowa 28, 31-055 Kraków, Poland

Website: Liquor Store

3. Salt from the Wieliczka Salt Mine

Saint Kinga Monument in Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most interesting sites in the region with lots of tours and over a million visitors a year. It is definitely a place to check out while you’re visiting and, while you’re here, bring back some salt for your friends and family back home.

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Address: Wieliczka” Salt Mine ul. Daniłowicza 10

Website: Wieliczka Salt Mine

4. Tankard emblazoned with a white eagle

Polish Eagle heraldic base
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It’s no secret that the Polish enjoy a drink or two. Whether it’s their amazing vodka or their moreish beer, there’s definitely a market for the goodies associated with drinking. So, why not pick up something symbolic of Poland, like the white eagle emblazoned on a mug. Perfect for going on a pub crawl around Krakow or as a great gift for your beer connoisseur friends.

Krakow Souvenirs

Address: Floriańska 36, 31-021 Kraków, Poland

Website: Krakow Souvenirs

5. Wawel Dragon

Wawel Dragon
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Known as a part of Polish folklore, the Wawel Dragon has his lair at the bottom of Wawel Hill on the Vistula River. The dragon was defeated during the rule of Krakus and is now part of a famous story throughout Krakow and Poland as a whole. The cave is, in fact, a real place where guests can visit, however, if you’re looking for dragons, you’re better off picking up a Wawel Dragon souvenir.

Krakow Souvenirs

Address: Floriańska 36, 31-021 Kraków, Poland

Website: Krakow Souvenirs

6. Ceramics

Polish Ceramics
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A great gift to get a loved one (or even yourself) is some beautiful Polish ceramics. The local glass and ceramics centre in Krakow is a great place to head to if you’re looking to buy or even just looking to learn about Krakow’s long history of glass and ceramic production. Buy a souvenir glass or a ceramic set for your home or just to use it to show off where you’ve been.

Mila - Polish pottery Cracow

Address: 31-014 Kraków ul Sławkowska 14

Website: Mila - Polish pottery Cracow

7. Wicker products

Wicker baskets
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Wicker products also make a great gift for either yourself or a loved one and are less delicate than ceramics. Lots of wicker products can be found in markets throughout the city and come in a range of prices and, best of all, many of the products are made by visually impaired people, so you can buy their products and support a good cause at the same time.

Wolnica Square

Address: 31-000 Kraków, Poland

Website: Wicker Products

8. Glass products

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Besides wicker and ceramics, there are also amazing glass products in Poland that make a great gift for either yourself or someone else. They may not be the easiest to transport, but they do make an amazing souvenir. The Krosno factory is southeast of Krakow and is known locally to have some of the best glassmakers in Krakow, where you can also get glass charms and engravings.

Krosno Glassware

Address: Tysiąclecia 13, 38-400 Krosno, Poland

Website: Krosno Glassware

9. Zapiekanka

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Zapiekanka is an open-face sandwich made with a half baguette or a long bread roll and topped off with ingredients like melted cheese and sauteed mushrooms and served with a hot ketchup type sauce. It’s a popular street food found all around the city, especially in street food markets, and makes a great lunch snack while you’re exploring Krakow.


Address: Kraków-Śródmieście, plac Nowy 4B, 31-056 Kraków-Śródmieście, Poland

Website: Casseroles - Bar At the Max

10. Traditional Polish wood carvings

Wood carving
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Traditional Polish wood carvings are part of Polish history. In fact, the word “Poland” originates from the word “polano” which means “a piece of firewood” and much of Poland is covered by natural forest. Lots of wooden products can be found around Krakow, like wooden trinkets, chessboards, kitchen appliances, figurines and much more.

Wood Carvings

Address: Rynek Główny, 31-042 Kraków, Poland

Website: Ziomek

Handicrafts and tasty food

Krakow is not only a beautiful city but a great place for some shopping. Traditional Polish crafts, like ceramics and glassware, are a part of Krakow that is steeped in history and the wicker products go to a good cause. But, don’t forget the delicious snacks you can buy and eat while you check out the best things to do and places to eat.

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