Krakow-native and JA Crew member Angelika Janosz lists her favorite spots around town where you can “sit, drink, eat, and spend a few hours talking.” Here’s where to go for casual eats in Krakow’s Old Town and the nearby Kazimierz neighborhood.
Krakow – for sure an ever-evolving city of students. Over the years, it has become more beautiful and interesting, thanks to not only the government, but also the youth – creative, full of life and energy. Through self-expression, they are changing the image of the city. While on the Main Square, you can hear tourists speaking many different languages. It shows that Krakow is also a popular place to visit in Europe.
Krakow never sleeps. At most it has only a few hours of rest in the early morning. I relish this vibe while biking to school, when I cross the main square and watch people supplying shops, pubs and restaurants; when I watch cleaning machines and hear the slowly throbbing heart of the city, as it prepares itself for another intensive day.
In this article I want to suggest great, sometimes very charming places to sit, drink, eat, and spend a few hours talking.
Every tourist can walk through town and do sightseeing, but it is harder to quickly find a nice place to relax and eat something good. My wish is that you don’t end up in chain fast food restaurants – once you’re in Krakow, don’t waste time looking for them, but try my suggestions instead.
AROUND THE MAIN SQUARE
Authentic Polish crepes
- Naleśniki Crêpes (Senacka 6) - a small place, but nothing else matters apart from this crepes! The menu has a wide variety of filling options.
- Grodzka Street - Walking along the whole street towards the Main Square, you will stumble upon many ice-cream places.
Breakfast, lunch, coffee, and drinks
Bracka Street – a nice-looking street that has a few charming cafés:
- Nowa Prowincja (Bracka 3-5) - according to Internet users, here you can find the best hot chocolate in Krakow
- Pergamin (Bracka 3-5) - a wide variety of fancy alcoholic drinks, composed by specialists, but also good (and big) hot beverages
- Cafe Botanica (Bracka 9) – a unique and relaxing interior. This place offers breakfast, lunch, desserts and tasty non-alcoholic drinks.
Pierogi – Polish dumplings
- Pierogarnia Krakowiacy (Szewska 23) has excellent pierogi – especially well-liked by my friends, but also by Internet users
A quarter of Krakow that hit a rough patch in the past. For many years it was also a stand-alone town where the Jewish population lived. The old synagogues (some of them are museums now), buildings, Jewish symbols on the walls are the pearls of history that anyone can enjoy. But Kazimierz has also its second face – now it is the world of clubbing and entertainment.
My favorite hangouts are located at Plac Nowy.
Coffee, cocktails, and nonalcoholic drinks
- Tajemniczy Ogród (Plac Nowy 9) - Besides an intriguing menu, I love the style in which the interior is decorated – many couches, arranged in such a way that each table has privacy. A fireplace adds warmth.
Coffee, assorted tea, drinks
- Klub Finka (Warszauera 1) – a very creative, unique and uncommonly-designed hangout: wood crates instead of tables, hammocks to sit on instead of chairs. Everywhere you look you see the sense of humor of the owner.
Hot & cold drinks in the garden
- Mleczarnia (Rabina Bera Meiselsa 20) - a nice place to take a break and to sit in the garden, drinking something good or eating lunch
Photos: Angelika Janosz & Jetting Around
About the Author (Author Profile)17-year-old Angelika Janosz is a high school student in Krakow. Every chance she gets, she explores the city, usually by bike. She has been pursuing her interest in writing, including creative fiction, for several years now, and her 2010 guest post for Jetting Around was her first publication.
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