I can honestly say I’ve never met a city I didn’t like. My trick to falling in love with new places is to have no expectations. When we planned our recent trip to Kraków we simply booked the flight - we knew a fair amount about the history, but as for its present state we didn’t know much. All we prepared for was a new adventure and “o mój Boże” were we blown away by this enchanting place we have come to call “the city of music.” Around every corner we found musicians enthralling crowds, artists encapsulating time, whimsical architecture, and such sensational food to rival any of the major European “Cultural Capitals.”
Where to Stay in Kraków
Ogrodowa 10, 31-155 Kraków, Poland
This modern hotel is in the ideal location for hitting up the local farmer’s market, hopping on a train, or simply exploring Kraków’s trendiest areas.
Szpitalna 38, 31-024 Kraków, Poland
Looking for a central, clean, and vibrant hostel to stay at? Look no further than the Woodpecker. You’ll be in the center of everything at a price that doesn’t break the bank.
Things you must see in Kraków
ul. Pijarska, Kraków
One of my favorite sights in Kraków, by far, was Carpenter’s Tower. It is part of the old city walls and is adorned with colorful paintings from local artists. While exploring this side of town we stumbled into some lovely ceramic stores.
Wawel 3, 31-001 Kraków, Poland
While strolling through the old castle grounds in Krakow we stumbled upon the gothic beauty known as Wawel Cathedral. Not only was this the coronation site of Polish monarchs, it is also the location of their ornate tombs. Guarding this sacred place are dragon bones looming over the main entrance.
Lipowa 4, 30-702 Kraków, Poland
There are many significant World War II sites in Kraków. For us Schindler’s factory, located in Kraków’s Jewish Quarter, was a particularly important site to visit. Many of you may be familiar with Schindler’s List and how Schindler saved over a thousand people from concentration camps. Seeing this site first hand was incredibly powerful. Schindler’s Factory is recommended for an older audience. While in this area be sure to check out Kraków’s “Love Bridge.”
Warszawska 1b, 31-155 Kraków, Poland
St. Florian’s Church was originally built in the 12th century and was rebuilt many times after fires. Our primary purpose of visiting this beautiful church was to get a vial of holy water for our favorite neighbor, Mo. As you may know, Pope John Paul II spent most of his life in Kraków, and specifically at St. Florian’s.
*Helpful Hints: In our attempt to find the perfect gift for our neighbor, we scavenged the city searching for a vial to fill with holy water. I must say this was by far the most difficult task we faced in Krakow (even considering that our mom lost her passport here). So, word of the wise, if you would like to bring back holy water from Kraków BYOV (bring your own vial).
The old Jewish Quarter is the new trending neighborhood in Kraków. There are new things popping up all the time in this area of the city and you are sure to find something for every taste. Day or night, this is the place to be!
Where to Eat & Drink in Kraków
Świętego Sebastiana 25, 33-332 Kraków, Poland
Old Town Restaurant and Wine Bar offers phenomenal food in a quaint restaurant frequented by locals. Old Town has a desirable array of beers and wine to pair well with any of their unique culinary creations including, my personal favorite, the deep fried Camembert.
Bonerowska 14, 33-332 Kraków, Poland
In Krakow you are like to find pierogies around every corner. However, the real contessouirs of these lucious dumplings will revel in the glory of Przystanek Pierogarnia’s generous selections of sweet and savory treats.
Wąska 2, 33-332 Kraków, Poland
Located in Kraków’s Jewish Quarter, Qrudo is in the perfect location to enjoy a seat outside and people watch. The food is simply devine and it is easy to see the strong influence of the area in the cuisine. Be sure to try Duck Breast!
Estery 22, 31-056 Kraków, Poland
This hip cafe is the perfect breakfast spot to experience the local flavors and set yourself up for a look around the historic Jewish Quarter on the south side of the city.
Świętej Gertrudy 26-29, 33-332 Kraków, Poland
We stumbled upon Pod Wawelem shortly after our arrival in Kraków when we were scavenging the streets for food and were attracted to it by the queue out the door. I would describe it as delectable and traditional with triumphant portions. To make sure you got your fill they placed a scale by the door to weigh yourself on your way out.
How to get around Kraków
Put on your walking shoes because the best way to see Kraków is by foot! Kraków is a very walkable city and my favorite thing about it is the vast amount of green space you can get lost it.
If you’re looking for a rideshare app to use in Kraków look no further than MyTaxi (formerly Hail-O). My favorite thing about MyTaxi is that you can book rides in advance which is super convenient for getting to the airport.
Taking a day trip from Kraków? Hop on the train! Not only will you get to see some amazing scenery on your journey, but it’s always inspiring to live and travel like a local when you’re in a new place.
Day Trips from Kraków
One of the more heavy day trips from Kraków is a tour of Auschwitz. The infamous concentration camp is now a memorial and museum. You can reach Auschwitz by a bus or train from Kraków.
We did not make it to Tatra National Park, but this incredible park is high up my list. Tatra borders Slovakia and Poland and is know for it's incredible hiking trails, lakes, and beautiful scenery.
Kraków, you were a beautiful dream and I truly hope we meet again.