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Krakow Cloth Hall

The RS Snapshot book for Krakow describes the Cloth Hall as "selling mostly souvenirs, wood carvings, chess sets,...."

I am interested in buying a chess set. When dealing with the merchants in the CLoth Hall, is the price listed the real price or is there some haggling expected?

Posted by
6699 posts

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how inexpensive Poland is. I don't think haggling is expected - you can try it and you'll see by the reaction (I would only do it - if at all - if you're plannning on getting multiple items, not just one).

Posted by
167 posts

I am not looking for any bargain or deal, I just want to be correct in protocol and not look like a dope.

Posted by
5909 posts

check out some of the shops rather than the stalls first, and you might find better products.

Posted by
4863 posts

I cannot say from personal experience, but I would worry that some of the low-priced objects sold in the Cloth Hall may be made in a country other than Poland.

I can't post a picture on this newsboard, but I was startled (in 2018) to find in the Cloth Hall, a shelf of 6"-10" wooden (?) figurines showing orthodox Jews, one of them actually holding a money bag. You can't make this stuff up.

Posted by
5909 posts

They will have locally carved sets there, you just have to look carefully, and use your judgment.