Katowice Shopping


What little shopping opportunities there are to be found in Katowice are mostly located in the area immediately north of the train station. Like most of 21st-century Poland, many shops are given over to the sale of women's fashion, with more interesting independent enterprises in seriously short supply. In lieu of the small, communist-era malls around the Rynek, Katowice's best collection of shops under one roof is the extraordinary Silesia City Centre; if you can't find what you're looking for there, then you might have to leave PL to get it. That aside, we've made an effort through this section to focus on small local or national businesses you won't find wherever you're from.

Sunday Shopping Ban

Shoppers, be aware, as of 01 March 2018, a new law comes into effect banning Sunday trading across Poland, although it will gradually be phased in over the next two years. This means, initially, the first and last Sundays of each month will be normal trading days, but mid-month, shops will be closed (the first dates for closure are 11 & 18 March, along with 01 (Easter)08, 15 & 22 April, 13 & 20 May and 10 & 17 June). As of 01 January 2019, shops will be open only on the last Sunday of each month. Finally, as of 01 January 2020, the full ban will take effect, meaning no shops will be open on Sundays across Poland. The exceptions to the law are bakeries, patisseries, pharmacies, kiosks, souvenir shops and gas stations, to name a select few.

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