A recipe for enjoyable shopping? Go to the square (in Krakow you don’t go to the market) and feel like a tourist for a while. Listen to the people, watch the regulars, taste the food.
The Krakow’s gourmets’ favourite place is Targ Pietruszkowy (Parsley Market) held on Saturdays at Pl. Niepodległości (in the season) and in the undergrounds of Korona. The stalls are incredibly colourful, and freshly picked ecological herbs or vegetables leave their supermarket relatives far behind. Add to that great cheeses, cold cuts and meat, pressed juices, oils, homemade preserves and delicious dumplings. On Wednesdays, a smaller version of “Pietruszka”, as the regulars tenderly say about the market, is held. Check Facebook for the list of stallholders.
Do not miss out on Stary Kleparz! It’s enough to visit this place just a few times to know where to buy tomatoes smelling of summer and where the sweetest strawberries can be found. The stands offer specialities from Italy, Hungary and Lithuania, Georgian bakery, Polish cheeses (Lorek & Portoyan, Ser i Szynka), traditional cured meats and bread (Piekarnia Mojego Taty).
Where else — besides other fantastic market squares located in almost every quarter — do foodies go shopping? Cheese-o-maniacs should visit the Dutch cheese shop (Rynek Kleparski 12) and visit Le Rond (Szlak 20) that specializes in French cheese. In Dubai Food (Rynek Kleparski 4) you can buy products essential for Middle Eastern cuisine, such as great pita, frozen okra or spices by weight. All Greek cuisine lovers should go to Athina (Długa 29), and for Greek oil and olives take a walk to Greckie Przysmaki (Krakowska 31). If you are looking for products from the Far East, visit Azjatycki Sklep Spożywczy u Quina (Quin’s Asian grocery store) (King Square, Powstańcow Wielkopolskich 18) and Asia Deli (Węgłowa 1, Ślusarska 3).