Krakow

Majestic for centuries.

Travelling to Krakow can be like entering a fairytale - with medieval castles, tales of dangerous dragons, cobblestoned streets and the sound of trumpeter’s “hejnal” over the postcard perfect Market Square. You will immediately see the unique combination of multifaceted history and culture that make Krakow truly special.

Now a Unesco world heritage site and Poland’s most glamorous destination, Krakow was once the capital and residence to the Kings of Poland. You will be treated to an architectural melange from gothic and renaissance to baroque and art nouveau, Kazimierz with its grand townhouses and synagogues and up and coming neighbourhoods of Podgórze and Nowa Huta.

There is also no better place for people watching - galleries filled with avant garde artists, gothic cellar bars entertaining students and trendy types munching through the city’s gastro adventures will keep you intrigued for hours.

Hotel Copernicus

Kraków

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Kraków

Double rooms from 650 zł

Hotel Stary

Kraków

Double rooms from 765 zł

EAT

Alchemia od Kuchni
ul. Estery 5, 31-056 Kraków, tel. 882 044 299

The award-winning restaurant takes its inspiration from travels and discovering flavours around the world. You can find memorabilia from London pubs, Italian and Greek taverns and Asian markets, whilst also not forgetting about the Polish culinary tradition. The focus here is on simple ingredients of high quality fresh produce that changes with seasons. www.odkuchni.com

Zazie Bistro
Józefa 34, 31-056 Kraków, tel. 500 410 829

A great French bistro, and one of those places that steers clear from snobbery and concentrates on serving perfectly prepared, delicious dishes. From foie gras, through hearty portions of quiche or onion soup, to mules and beef bourguignon, the dishes are delicious and look fantastic, all at very affordable prices. We recommend booking ahead to avoid disappointment. www.zaziebistro.pl

Zenit
Miodowa 19, 31-055 Kraków, tel. 602 691 996

This is 'the' place to be in Kazimierz and there are several reasons for this. From inspiring interiors, through amazing breakfasts, to excellent dinners and inspired drink menu it promises plenty of joy for everyone visiting. www.facebook.com/ZenitMiodowa19

Dolne Młyny
ul. Dolnych Młynów 10, Kraków

The post-industrial area of a former tobacco factory has been given a complete makeover to become the hottest address of creative and alternative Krakow. Lifestyle brands, cafes, bars and restaurants trade side by side to create the new wave urban dining, shopping and cultural destination. On the culinary side of things try Międzymiastowa (international cuisine), Mr Pancake (American pancakes), Bonjour Cava (French cafe) or Veganic (vegan). dolnemlyny.pl

Studio Qulinarne
ul. Gazowa 4, 30-060 Kraków, tel. 12 430 69 14

Studio Qulinarne is located in the old Jewish district of Kazimierz, in an old bus garage that has been transformed into surprisingly stylish and elegant industrial setting. A signature menu has been created as part of an innovative culinary concept and the idea behind it is to create excellent dishes that surprise with original flavours. Hand crafted plates burst with colours and the tasting menu ranges from salads and pasta dishes to meat and fish. www.studioqulinarne.pl

Charlotte Chleb i Wino
Plac Szczepański, Kraków, tel. 600 807 880

The French menu of Charlotte is based on locally baked bread, serves throughout the day form morning patisserie to a late evening bistro. www.bistrocharlotte.pl

Hamsa
ul. Szeroka 2 / Miodowa 41, 31-053 Kraków, tel. 515 150 145

In the heart of Kazimierz, the pleasant and inspiring interior blends well with aromas and flavours of modern Israeli food. www.hamsa.pl

Szara Gęś - The Gray Goose
Rynek Główny 17, 31-008 Kraków, tel. 12 430 63 11

If we were to choose one place on the tourist route of the Kraków Market Square, it would definitely be the Gray Goose. Housed in a beautiful townhouse with equally grand interior of gothic arches and a view of the towers of St. Mary's Church it instantly feels special. The dishes are award winning examples of modern Polish cuisine with a focus on goose (and other poultry) and regional products and recipes. An imaginative goose inspired signature pudding is a must! szarages.com/en

Cyrano de Bergerac
ul. Sławkowska 26, Kraków, tel. 12 411 72 88

Traditional French cuisine in an equally traditional setting has been enjoying a good reputation for many years.www.cyranodebergerac.com.pl

Pod Aniołami
ul. Grodzka 35, 31-001 Kraków, tel. 12 421 39 99

The restaurant became Krakow's institution and has kept its good reputation for years. Its historical design from the 13th century, antique appliances and excellent cuisine based on the Polish culinary tradition introduce the mood of the medieval Royal Cracow. The menu is famous for marinated meats baked in a barbeque oven and other Old Polish dishes. www.podaniolami.pl

Barka
Bulwar Kurlandzki, 33-332 Kraków, tel. 668 820 454

The historic barge moored right next to the footbridge that connects Kazimierz to Podgórze, acts as a unique restaurant and event space. As they say about their menu "it is a combination of opposites, fusion of flavours, shapes, textures and colours. This makes every dish, despite its obviousness, surprising." www.barkakrakow.pl

Nad & Greg Patisserie
Rynek Podgórski 11, 30-518 Kraków, tel. 506 339 683

This beautifully designed French-style patisserie offers a rainbow of colours and flavours from miniature tarts, macaroons and croissants to the intriguing Saint Honore pastries. Located in an up and coming district of Podgórze it gives a perfect excuse for a venture out and even more sightseeing. cukiernia-nadgreg.pl/en/

DRINK

Alchemia
ul. Estery 5, 31-056 Kraków, tel. 12 421 22 00

The cult Krakow bar, the quintessence of Kazimierz and the meeting place of the locals. www.alchemia.com.pl

Dolne Młyny
ul. Dolnych Młynów 10, Kraków

Already mentioned above for a great selection of restaurants, deserves attention for its bars too. Check out Strefa (or great cocktails and wines), Weźże Krafta (top craft beer selction) czy Lastriko (for a late night). dolnemlyny.pl

Dym
ul. Świętego Tomasza 13, 31-022 Kraków, tel. 12 429 66 61

The dark interiors of cult Dym have been attracting Cracovian artistic souls for years.

Cafe Camelot
ul. św. Tomasza 17; 31-022 Kraków, tel. 12 421 01 03

One of the most legendary places on the map of Krakow, famous for its cakes, Loch Camelot cabaret and friendly atmosphere.

Forum Przestrzenie
ul. Marii Konopnickiej 28, 30-001 Kraków, tel. 515 424 724

Housed in a former communist era Hotel Forum this trendy Krakow spot has got plenty on offer including great views over the river and Wawel Castle, tasty food and drinks menu, inspiring cultural events and some great space, inside and out. This exciting venue is not to be missed, especially on a hot summer night. www.forumprzestrzenie.com

Mostowa Art Cafe
ul. Mostowa 8, 31-061 Kraków, tel. 730 480 477

Cafe, gallery and bar all in one provides a great selection of Polish regional breweries, Polish wines, ciders and good coffees and teas. www.facebook.com/pages/Mostowa-ArtCafe/178382952177097

Pauza
Floriańska 18, Kraków, tel. 12 422 48 66

Hidden on the first floor in a stylish 19th century townhouse makes a nice change in the city of cellar bars. Charms with its unique atmosphere of subtle lighting, minimalist decor, music and photographic exhibitions, but above all a nice vibe. In summer we recommend Pause in Garden in the Malopolska Garden of Art. www.pauza.pl

Miejsce Bar
ul. Estery 1, Kraków, tel. 783 096 016

Another cult cafe full of Polish mid century design with a selection of interesting drinks (think yerba mate and pasteurised beers) and vegetarian sandwiches. www.miejsce.com.pl

SEE

Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel 5, 31-001 Kraków, tel. 12 422 51 55

Poland’s ancient seat of royalty, UNESCO heritage site and by far the most important collection of buildings in Poland. National pride and the symbol of Polish statehood, the Castle not only impresses with a variety of architectural styles but is also one of the country’s premier art museums. www.wawel.krakow.pl

Schindler's Factory
ul. Lipowa 4, 30-702 Kraków, tel. 12 257 10 17

This interactive museum tells a story not only about Krakow and the fate of its inhabitants during the Second World War, but also about Germans - occupiers who came here on September 6, 1939 and brutally broke the centuries-long history of Polish-Jewish Krakow. www.mhk.pl

Rynek Underground
Rynek Główny 1, 31-042 Kraków, tel. 12 426 50 60

The Rynek Underground exhibition presents not only Krakow’s rich history, but also the connections between the city and mediaeval Europe’s chief centres of trade and culture. www.mhk.pl

St. Mary's Basilica
Kraków, Rynek Główny, tel. 12 422 05 21

Standing 80m tall right by the Main Market Square the church serves as one of the best examples of Polish Gothic architecture. A must see for many reasons including famous wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz), Jan Matejko's painted starry ceiling and hourly trumpet signal (Hejnal mariacki) played from the tallest tower. www.mariacki.com

MOCAK
ul. Lipowa 4, 30-702 Kraków, tel. 12 263 40 00

An outstanding museum of contemporary art in the halls of the former Schindler's Factory where architecture has become an ideal backdrop for international contemporary art. www.mocak.pl

Bunker of Art
Pl. Szczenański 3A, 31-011 Kraków, tel. +48 12 422 10 52

Fantastic contemporary art museum with pieces & installations by Polish and international artists, as well as a kaleidoscope of temporary exhibitions. bunkier.art.pl

Malopolska Garden of the Arts - Małopolski Ogród Sztuki
ul. Rajska 12, 31-124 Kraków, tel. 12 424 45 25

This modern cultural hub has got something for everyone with a variety of art projects inculding music, theatre, dance and visual arts to name a few, in one of the most celebrated eye-popping buildings in Krakow. www.mos.art.pl

Kościuszko Mound
al. Waszyngtona 1, 30-204 Kraków, el. 12 425 11 16

A monument dedicated to Polish (and American) military hero Tadeusz Kościuszko is a symbol of independence and struggle for freedom. The mound stands 34m high with exceptional views of Krakow, which is another great reason for a long stroll form the Old Town. www.kopieckosciuszki.pl

Piwnica Pod Baranami
Rynek Główny 27, 31-010 Kraków, tel. 12 421 25 00

The oldest and most legendary cabaret in Poland, a home to Polish jazz and a cult place on the map of Krakow. Piwnica Pod Baranami was born in 1956 and continues to this day. Cabaret (in Polish) every Saturday at 21:00, jazz, tango and swing nights are also frequent. www.piwnicapodbaranami.pl

BUY

Cloth Hall - Sukiennice
Rynek Główny 1/3, Kraków

Dates to the Renaissance and is city's oldest shopping arcade centrally located in the Main Square. A passage of small market stalls sell quality hand made goods and souvenirs including sheepskin slippers and rugs, wood carved trinkets, lacework, amber and leather bags to name a few.

Forum Designu i Forum Mody (Design and Fashion Forum)
Former Hotel Cracovia, ul. Focha 1, 30-311 Kraków

A spacious showroom with contemporary Polish design is a great spot for any design lover. On show is furniture, lighting and accessories created by (mainly) Polish designers, and right next door the same idea has been translated into showcasing independent Polish fashion designers. forumdesignu.pl

Lulu Living
św. Tomasza 17 / I p., 31-017 Kraków, tel. 12 421 04 72

Right above the Camelot cafe is this quirky home design concept store with plenty of vintage furniture pieces, smaller home accessories and new designer items all up for grabs. www.lululiving.pl

Idea Fix
ul. Bocheńska 7, 31-061 Kraków, tel. 12 422 12 46

Fabulous concept store with focus on Polish brands and products, including designer clothing and accessories, contemporary art, contemporary music and even quality beauty products. www.ideafix.pl

Bajo
ul. Grodzka 60, 30-001 Kraków, tel. 12 429 14 42

Beautifully designed Polish wooden toys are a perfect gift for babies and young children and the store is right by the Wawel Castle making it very accessible. Bajo is a family-run manufacture, founded by Wojciech Bajor, an academic architect and set designer. The factory, which itself is based in Poland and located in a scenic region at the foot of Carpathian Mountains, introduces sustainable solutions to the toy creation process resulting in not only eco but also aesthetically pleasing fun and educational toys. www.bajo.eu

Miejsce
ul. Miodowa 4, Kraków, tel 691 36 11 21

Miejsce is the longest-running shop in Poland selling Polish mid century furniture and home accessories. miejsce.sklep.pl

Likus Concept Store
Rynek Główny 13, 31-042 Kraków, tel. 12 617 02 10

Arguably the best upmarket international brand retailer in Poland with a selection of high-end clothes, shoes, bags and home accessories has a branch in Krakow. Two old townhouses on the Main Market square have been transformed into an intimate, exceptionally stocked shopping arcade. www.likusconceptstore.pl