I was never much of a fan of flea markets before moving to Berlin. Then I visited the flea market in Mauer Park one 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 overpriced antiques, or an upcoming artist selling their new clothing designs, I was taken in by the whole thing. The weekly karaoke routine makes Sunday trips there even more fun.

It started a brand new habit for me. So whenever I travel, I go out of my way to explore markets of all types. Whether it’s the food markets in Trang featuring tasty Thai cuisine, the Petrivka Book Market In Kyiv with more than 100,000 titles in stock, or a quirky flea market in Barcelona filled with odd items like toilets and bras, they’re a fun way to get to know a destination.

So of course, I visited Plac Nowy Jewish Market when I was in Krakow, Poland for the weekend.

An Authentic Local Market in Krakow, The Plac Nowy Jewish Market

It turned out to be way 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 warm and fuzzy coats and boots. Trust me, they need them as it gets pretty cold during the Polish winter.

A couple of insider tips about the market at Plac Nowy – First, it’s said to be the only place in the city where you can purchase horse meat. 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 long night out. You’ll find the stall in the rotunda (a former slaughterhouse) located in the center of the market.

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 quite the historical institution in Krakow.

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