Shopping in Poland
Poles seem to have a well-developed taste for Western goods, and stores are becoming better stocked all the time.
Folk-craft items such as hand-knit clothing, hand-stitched leather goods, and custom jewelry often are inexpensive and widely available. Many Polish cities feature open-air markets where such items are available. In fact, Krakow is famous for its public market, located right in the middle of its town square. Fine crystal glassware is also a favorite gift idea of many visitors to Poland.
Bring the following items if you are concerned about either their cost or availability:
- Birth control. Poland is a Catholic country, so don't count on finding your favorite contraceptive products at the corner drug store, especially at the last minute.
- Film. Particularly if you require the more obscure varieties
- Medication. If it's prescription, make sure it's labeled, and bring a note from your doctor so you're able to set things straight if you're questioned by a Polish pharmacist (or a suspicious customs official).