I was walking around in Lviv, Ukraine on a sunny yet freezing Saturday morning and suddenly I stumbled on a small flea market right in the center yet a little bit behind the main roads. Even if the day was beautiful it was way too cold to stay outside for a longer time. Yet the flea market was full of people, chatting to each other, going slowly through the items for sale, drinking hot coffee from the flask. Nobody seemed to hurry, nobody seemed to mind the cold. It was such a relaxed scene to observe that immediately I started feeling the same way.
When I looked around what is available I could nottice quite few gems right away. There were mostly books (either in Ukrainian, in Russian or in Polish but I could spot few English titles as well) and old newspapers. However if you looked closely you could find old vinyl records, postcards or family pictures as well as some memorabilia. Even if I didn’t plan to buy a single thing I ended up with few beautiful old postcards from the times when Lviv was a Polish city…
In July, when I visited Lviv again, the weather was slightly different – it was hot and still sunny. The flea market was still in its spot and there were even more people both selling and looking around. But the atmosphere was still the same, laid back and artsy in a way. There were not many tourists around (there is another market on the other side of the old town, close to the Opera, that sells your typical Ukrainian souvenirs), it seemed like a place where mostly locals hang out. And everything under the big staute of Ivan Fyodorov (the first printer in Russia and Ukraine), just behind the magnificent Dominican Church.
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If you’re in Lviv and you’re looking for some great yet not mainstream souvenirs that’s definitely the place for you! According to internet sources (both times I was in Lviv happened on the weekends) it’s open every day. It’s few steps away from the Market Square, close to the tram stops. Here’s the exact location on the map.
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