"Amber, amber ...and more amber.....and things..." Cloth Hall - Sukiennice Tip by leics
Cloth Hall - Sukiennice, Krakow: 89 reviews and 149 photos
The Sukiennice was built where a covered market once stood and dates from the mid 13th century, although a later fire meant that the present facade was added in the mid 16th century. It's a beautiful building in itself, with market stalls (the amber, amber bit) on the ground floor and an art gallery/museum on the first floor (Poland's first).
I've wandered the Sukiennice on all my three visits to Krakow. It's been extensively restored, but the scaffolding which shrouded it in 2010 had all gone by 2013. The stalls inside seem much as they were in 2006: amber and amber and amber, but also wooden artefacts, leather goods, stuffed dragons, t-shirts....a paradise of tourist souvenirs!
As you wander through do look up to see the heraldic shields of (I assume) all the various Polish districts and towns.
You'll find a further souvenir paradise in the permanent wooden stalls on the marketplace outside. There's beer and food on offer...kielbasa, soup, bigos (often eaten by locals, I noticed, so it must be at least acceptable!). Or try the freshly-grilled oscypcek, a smoked sheep's cheese from the Tatra mountains. And there's jewellery (some amber, some not), more wooden artefacts than you can shake a stick at (be careful..some are Chinese in origin), lacework doilies, furry slippers, toys, tablecloths, beeswax candles, pottery....
Address: Rynek Glowny
Directions: Main Market Square....can't miss it, it's huge!
Phone: 012 422 11 66
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