Souvenir Shopping (Self Guided), Warsaw

It would be a pity to leave Warsaw without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Warsaw, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: Poland » Warsaw (See other walking tours in Warsaw)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Author: Daniel
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Galeria Artis
  • Carrefour Supermarket
  • Bolesławiec Pottery
  • Galeria Lnu
  • Galeria Aniołowo
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Galeria Artis

1) Galeria Artis

What to buy here: Angels, traditional folk sculptures | Polish Beer tankard | Polish Ceramics | Polish folk-dolls | Polish keepsake box.

-Polish folk-dolls. If you’re looking for a unique toy for a child or a typical souvenir reminding you of Poland, pick up one of the popular brightly-coloured dolls in folk costumes representing different regions of the country.

A colorful Polish doll may be a lovely, ethnic alternative to Disney-themed mass-produced toys for children. It can also serve a decorative purpose if you like to bring home unique souvenirs, which give your house a touch of mystery and adventure. Each region of Poland has its own traditional folk costume, which are proudly represented by dolls such as Krakowianka, Łowiczanka, Ślązaczka, Góralka, Krupianka and Kaszubka. Just pick your favorite one.

These beauties are to be purchased in folk stores as well as souvenir shops, as they are number one world-famous Polish souvenirs. There are dolls with plastic or porcelain faces, however the difference in the price is not huge. Price: 25 PLN – 160 PLN.

Opening times: Mon. - Fri. 11.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m., Sat. 11.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m
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Carrefour Supermarket

2) Carrefour Supermarket

What to buy here: Barszcz (beetroot) | Krówki (fudge) | Polish beer | Polish mead | Ptasie mleczko (candy) | Żubrówka (vodka).

-Barszcz. Have you ever had beetroot soup? This vegetable is a rare ingredient in Western cuisine. You will be surprised how good it tastes. Get a jar or a packet of instant barszcz and surprise your friends back home.

Beetroot is a very modest vegetable. It’s not marketed too well outside Eastern Europe, so as a result it’s not that popular. Being a rich source of antioxidants and nutrients such as vitamin C, magnesium, sodium and potassium, it is proved to have beneficial effects on your health. For instance, it lowers the blood presure and prevents cardiovascular problems. Beetroot soup (Barszcz) is very common in Poland and generaly Eastern Europe. It tastes great with battered pancakes stuffed with ground mushrooms (krokiet). Barszcz is one of the 12 traditional dishes served at the Christmas Eve dinner in Poland.

Instant barszcz is available in any store, big or small with major brands being Winiary, Knorr or Amino. Preparation is easy, just add 2 teaspoons to a mug of hot water and enjoy the sweet and sour taste of Poland. Price: 1,5 PLN ($) (packet) – 6 PLN ($ 2) (jar).

Opening times: Monday-Saturday: 8:30 am- 10 pm; Sunday: 8:30- 9 pm.
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Bolesławiec Pottery

3) Bolesławiec Pottery

What to buy here: Polish Ceramics.

High-quality dishwasher-safe ceramics and tableware will come in handy in many households. Getting a hand-decorated patterns will be like bringing home a piece of Poland.

What you eat is just as important as what you eat from/on. Nice tableware can enhance your eating experience and may encourage you to pay more attention to the quality of food served on it. These intricately patterned hand-finished plates, cups, saucers, bowls and more will surely style up your kitchen and at the same time be something to remember Poland by. Large sets can be easily ordered online, whereas cute smaller pieces may make a perfect gift to bring home. Just wrap it up well.

The most famous brand is ceramics coming from a city called Bolesławiec. Bolesławiec Pottery has a lage network of distribution and ships products overseas as well. Each Warsaw folk store will have a lot of pieces to choose from and deciding on a particular design will not be easy. Price: 25 PLN ($ 8) – 350 PLN ($ 110).

Opening times: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Galeria Lnu

4) Galeria Lnu

What to buy here: Polish Linen.

Poland boasts one of the best quality linen products in the whole world. Tablecloths, bed linen, curtains, napkins, placemats and many more will make a simple, yet elegant souvenir, which will last for years.

Linen is a strong and durable fabric. Having been known and valued for thousands of years, it has innumerable applications in daily life plus it’s absolutely natural. So when you find yourself weaving around Warsaw, keep your eyes open for a shop with linen products. And after you bring your share of linen home, just make sure you don’t wash it in public. And even if you do, just don’t tumble-dry it, iron it while still damp.

There are several shops offering linen products in Warsaw, most of them being located in the main shopping streets such as Krakowskie Przedmieście or Marszałkowska. Galeria Artis offers traditional, embroidered items with folk patterns (tablecloths, kitchen cloths, runners), however should you be interested in a wider range of products with modern design (clothes, underwear, bags, shoes, rugs), visit Galeria Lnu. Price: 48 PLN ($ 15) - 1000 PLN ($ 310).

Opening times: Mon. – Fri. 10.00 a.m. – 6. 00 p.m., Sat. 10.00 a.m.- 2.00 p.m.
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Galeria Aniołowo

5) Galeria Aniołowo

What to buy here: Angels, traditional folk sculptures.

Everybody needs a guarding angel and the simplest thing to do is to buy one. Made of clay, glass, paper, wood or salt dough by local artists will surely do the work.

Traditional folk sculptures play a significant role in Polish art. Initially, sacred themes were predominant, however with time also animals and elements of nature have become popular. The Angel theme stems from the long tradition of making sculptures of saints, patrons and guardians of people in daily life.

If you are a fan of buying figurines and mini statues to remind you of your past travels, why don’t you get someting original and practical this same time? It’s not another famous building, porcelain elephant or the stuff you would normally get, it’s a Polish folk angel. The diversity of choice is bewildering, however the most adorable ones are those carved in wood. Their rugged simplicity combined with pastel colors and gentle smiles will lighten your mantelpiece or ease stress at the office. Don’t forget to get another one for someone you care about. And stop worrying already, your angel will take care of you regardless of your religion.

Where to buy: some tacky copies are available in most souvenir shops or street stalls in the Old Town, however if you’re looking for a handmade, unique, good quality one, Galeria Artis is the place to visit. Here you will find beautiful traditional wooden angels. Optionally, visit Aniołowo in the Old Town for a selection of angel paintings and more modern angel sculptures. Price: 40 PLN ($ 12,50) – 450 PLN ($ 140).

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