Where to shop:
When you have some free time and would like to shop in Wroclaw here are few places where you can buy some Polish souvenirs, crafts and obviously clothes :)
In Wroclaw there are several shopping centers located in different districts of the city. Downtown we have three big centers located in a walking distance from each other.
The first and the oldest is the RENOMA shopping center (located on the Swidnicka Street). The other great shopping spot is just few blocks away. The ARKADY WROCLAWSKIE is located on Powstancow Slaskich Street. They too have many well known store brands, restaurants, coffee shops and even a 10 hall Multikino cinema.
The main attraction of this center is Salvador Dali's big sculpture and a 12 meter long oceanic aquarium cutting through the floors of the building.
GALERIA DOMINIKANSKA is another place where you can shop, eat and have fun. The shopping center is located at the Dominikanski Square only 600 meters from the Market Square. It houses over 100 shops, many coffee houses, restaurants and services.
The other shopping centers are a little bit further away from the downtown, but close enough for the public trams to reach them.
The first one is the PASAZ GRUNWALDZKI at the Grunwaldzki Square. It is near the local Polytechnic buildings and student dormitories. It too has many stores, restaurants and a Multikino cinema.
At the other end of the city is MAGNOLIA PARK which is the largest shopping-enterteinment-recreation mall in Lower Silesia. The 74 400 sq. meters contain 230 shops, cafeterias, restaurants and services, Helios multiplex and the only 5D cinema in Wroclaw.
If you wish to exchange your currency into Polish zloty PLN you can do it at many exchange offices called KANTOR (each shopping centers has one inside). For more details please see our tab EXCHANGE MONEY.
In all of the shopping malls and other stores located throughout the city you can find great deals and sales in different seasons. The sales season is the same as in the other parts of the Europe. The sales vary from 10-70% and they generally start toward the end of each season of the year.
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You may also go on an antiques shopping spree in Wroclaw. The many antique markets are located throughout the city. At those markets you can buy antique books, jewelery, furniture dating back from the early XVIIth century up to the XXth century.
One well known antique market takes place the last weekend of every month by the HALA STULECIA at Wystawowa 1 Street.
The other antique market takes place last Thursday of the month and is located at Gnieznienska 6-8 Street.
Every Sunday at the old SULKOWICE MILL there is a typical flea market where you can buy everything from clothes, food and bicycles to antiques and pure junk.
The antique shops can also be a treat for a demanding customer looking for something special. There are many antique shops around the city where you can find great treasures. Remember that if you wish to purchase an antique that is 50 years old or more you don't need to get a permission to take it out of the country if it does not appear on the national list of treasures. But if you've purchased a piece that is of current work and no older then 50 years, you need to get certification from the local conservatory located at the National Museum at Powstancow Warszawy 5.
For current artwork by local and national artists you can visit many art galleries that are spread throughout the city but mostly concentrated in the downtown and marketplace area. They offer a wide variety of different art streams and forms.
Finally if you're looking for souvenirs that are typical of this region and Poland in general there are few tips on what you should buy:
First of all, you can buy gadgets with the Polish eagle, white and red flag, Polish storks, Wroclaw's gnomes and others. If you're looking for something more ethnic you can get many hand made products such as crochet tablecloths, runners, napkins, wooden figures, porcelain, glass, sheep skin products such as shoes and sweaters and of course amber jewelry.
As you can see there is a lot of shopping to do in Wroclaw. So don't waste your time and go out shopping today!