A walk down the Krupowki Street
Gingerly I walk on the road, making my way through slush; I stop for a moment to look around. There is snow on both sides of the road. There are small shops, cafes and restaurants on one side of this street & some vendors on the other side. A restaurant owner writes menu for the day on the board and his eyes are looking at me hoping for business. A middle-aged woman carefully places the rate cards on the home made cheese that she’s selling on a handcart.
I stop by her, and ask for permission to click a few shots. She first smiles shyly then can not resist laughing. She says, “I am a common woman, why are you making me a celebrity?” I respond by smiling and letting my camera work.
I am on Krupowki Street, the most popular place in Zakopane. The very mention of a visit to Zakopane, receives a recommendation by every Polish person to visit here.
Located in the center of Zakopane, the street of Krupowki pronounced as (crew-poof-key) is a pedestrian only access. This is the place where most shops and restaurants are located and I can see that even in sub-zero temperature the street is bustling with life. Holidaying tourists or the locals, there are plenty of places to sit, enjoy the atmosphere or simply walk down for some shopping. I am told it is also the main nightlife destination.
As I walk, Krupowki Street turns to left at a very slight angle. Most of the chalets have thick layers of snow on their wooden sloped roofs.
At one end of the street stands a monument of Count Zamoyski. Then I reach a small romantic bridge over a stream flowing along the street. Offering a nice view of the most popular Mount Giewont, this is the place where most pictures are taken.
Further down the road, passing a number of shops, restaurants I reach a shopping center built in traditional style. There are small stores selling handmade woolens, lace work, jackets, leather garments, wooden artifacts and much more.
I am pleasantly surprised to see that most of the shopkeepers speak English!! A definite advantage for the tourists. 🙂
Then I can not stop admiring at a row of shops, all of which are selling home made cheese of different varieties! A cheesy street? 🙂
I buy a few stuff including some Oscypek cheese. I am again amazed to know that most of the things are much cheaper than in India.
Somewhere at a corner, I see a carriage rank where you can hop onto a horse-drawn carriage and enjoy a nice trip around Zakopane. The beautiful old church of the Holy Family stands at a distance.
As I reach the set off point at the end of the street to take the Funicular onto the Gubalowka Hill, I turn around to see the street one more time… to capture the quintessence of the place… to cherish it in my heart.
Would you like to go for such a walk? 🙂
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Amazing details, kudos!
What a charming and unique place!
Beautiful, I love going on such walks too, especially when the place is so laidback in time as this. Only problem as I can see, for me, is the temperature, sub zero is so darn cold! 🙁
Pretty shops! Very nice pictures indeed!
And what a beautiful story you’ve written.
I am surprised to know that things are cheaper there than India! That’s a good observation by you.
Keep taking us on virtual tours like this. 🙂
If you see the photos, you’d know how people including us were enjoying the outdoors. I am sure you’d also, if you go there. 🙂
Thanks. I am in love with places like this. 🙂
Thanks so much.
Yes, I checked on woolens, leather and wooden artifacts and yes, cheese also. Things are much cheaper than in India.
In fact, I had some Zloty (their local currency) left which I blew at the airport buying some ‘foreign’ stuff which would have costed me a bomb in my own country. 😛
Seems like a nice place to walk around.
Yes, it is indeed. 🙂
Very Nice pictures!!!!
The article was very well written..
Zakopane looks like a very cute Polish town. This is such a beautiful street with so many nice shops.
Yes, I would very much like to go for such a walk. It is my favorite thing about traveling–exploring the side streets and alleys, especially pedestrian-only thoroughfares. I love to see the action of the vendors interacting with the buyers, the children playing, the food on display, and so much more!
What a lovely place to go for a walk around. It looks like a cute little town, even when covered in snow and slush! I’ll add it to my Poland travel wish list!
It looks like it’s out of a fairytale. What a lovely town. Poland has some undiscovered gems I’d love to explore. Lovely photos!
I love exploring streets like that too. It’s nice to hear that locals go there too, not just tourists, and in such cold weather.
Krupowki street looks so vivid with different things to shop and eat. Good to know that it’s a pedestrian-only street, which is mostly the case for special streets like this. I would have loved to try the cheese too if I would go there! You made me walk through the street through your pictures! 🙂
What a fun trip. Love the idea of strolling through the town, taking in the sites, and leisurely shopping. A street dedicated to cheese? I’m in!
What a charming street to stroll down, take a peek at some of the booths, it’s such a delightful spot! Thank you for introducing it to me!
Krupowki Street sounds like a great street to walk – so funny when I read that the woman said she was just a common woman, why make her a celebrity lol because we’ve realized throughout our travels, that people in our own home town, not interesting, but for some reason the minute we land in a new country, the people are so interesting to photograph and really make the scene – even though where they come from they’re common and can’t understand the fascination 🙂
Such a charming street! Didn’t think it would be cheaper than India. Looks like a beautiful walk with warm people! Thanks for sharing.