- Visit small art galleries to admire the diversity of handmade products and the originality of Polish design.
- Drink coffee with an urban artisan specializing in amber jewelry and learn how to recognize real amber from fakes.
- Shop for unique clothes and shoes, all made in Krakow by local designers.
- Learn about local pottery traditions, and how different styles reflect different parts of Poland.
- Enjoy excellent craft beer with locals in a cool spot located off the beaten track.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, traditional local snack (zapiekanka), coffee and homemade cake, samples of Polish craft beer, a small handmade souvenir from Krakow.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
- Duration: 3.5 hours
- Meeting point: In front of the house at Mały Rynek 4 (4 Small Market Square, Old Town), 33-332 Krakow, Poland. View on Google Maps.
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- Starting time: 11.00 AM, 2.00 PM
- Ending point: Kazimierz – Jewish Quarter of Krakow.
You can’t go shopping on an empty stomach, so we’ll start your Krakow tour with a snack! We’ll head to a shop selling the most popular snack in town, zapiekanka. This open-faced cheese sandwich is a classic treat for locals, and while we’re there, we’ll not only eat one but also meet the people who have been working in this beloved shop since 1980. You’ll get to hear their stories about the end of the communist era and the beginning of the free market in Poland.
Next up, we’ll walk over to a local gallery selling clothing and accessories all made in Krakow, but inspired by exotic travels all over the world. This is a great place to discover there’s no truth to the stereotype that people from post-communist countries have no fashion or design sense!
We’ll then head to a pottery shop where your guide will point out a variety of ceramic items and explain how patterns and colors will differ depending on the region of Poland where they were made.
Strolling further through the bohemian district of Kazimierz, we’ll find ourselves in a special shoe saloon and further on, in a few of the many art galleries located along Jozefa Street. Along here it’s possible to buy everything from wooden sculptures to paintings to handmade decorations and folk embroidery of different kinds.
After all that browsing, time for a coffee break, paired with a slice of homemade cake in a hidden place. This secret spot is both an amber gallery and a lovely café. As we eat and drink, you’ll learn a bit about amber, and then, later on, you’ll get to participate in a mini-workshop to uncover the secrets of this stone. Among other things, you will learn how to discover whether a piece of amber is real or fake.
We’ll end our tour with a degustation of four different types of craft Polish beer, made in the mountains. We’re sure you’ll love this final place as much as the locals do, as it has great décor and spirit, plus the best selection of beers from a local microbrewery.
Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour:
- Your entire tour works to support and promote local artisans and craftspeople, where you not only have the chance to pick up some handcrafted souvenirs but also learn about the history of some traditional art forms, from pottery to amber jewelry.
- During the tour, you will have tea/coffee in a small, family-owned cafe as well as enjoy a local craft beer in a local pub
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Dominika from Ireland, 2nd of May, 2021
Really neat experience, got to see a lot of great places in krakow I would not have easily found on my own. Monika is also obviously very passionate and knowledgeable about the locations and their stories!