I was never much of a fan of flea markets before moving to Berlin. Then I visited the flea market in Mauer Park this summer and fell in love. Whether it was fashionable girls strutting their stuff in order to get featured in a street style photograph, an old man selling over priced antique, vintage treasures (aka junk) or an upcoming artist selling their photos or new clothing designs, I was taken in by the whole thing. The weekly karaoke routine make Sunday trips there even more fun!
Then came September when I stumbled across a rather quirky flea market in Barcelona where everything from toilets, to bras, weird looking dolls and used books were available for purchase. This hilarious experience got me to thinking, why not visit some local markets when I’m in Krakow for the weekend?
So that’s why I headed to the Plac Nowy Jewish Market in the Krakow’s Kazimierz district. Filled with 310 stalls, the market oozes history having been around since 1808.
And it was more fun than I first imagined. Just like the market in Barcelona, you could buy bras, underwear and even cleaning products but best of all you could take your pick from loads of furry coats and boots. Trust me, they need them as it gets pretty cold in those parts!
A couple of insider’s tips about the market at Plac Nowy - it’s said to be the only place in the city where you can purchase horse meat and it’s also said to have the best street food stall in all of Krakow at Bar Endzior. Apparently the queue gets quite long here sometimes as people load up on zapiekanka before a night out drinking vodka. You’ll find the stall in the rotunda (a former slaughter house) located in the center of the market.
The best part for me was taking in the fashion of locals who sported some of the best winter gear I’ve seen to date.
Seriously Digging Her Fur Coat And Sparkling Hat.
While not as picture perfect as Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) in the city’s main square, the derelict buildings that surround the site and the aged green stalls that fill the market charmed and delighted me all the more. It has character, wasn’t filled with many tourists (aside from myself of course) and is a historical Krakow institution.