I was lucky enough to get a little bit of time off to visit the beautiful Krakow in Poland. This affordable but beautiful city is ideal for a short weekend break with friends or a partner. I have created a list of suggested restaurants and attractions for anyone who wants to see the best of Krakow in just a few days.
Goscinna Chata – This is a beautiful little traditional polish restaurant that serves great food at very affordable prices. It is right in the old town so very easy to get to. We got a bottle of wine, two beers, starters and mains for two for around £30!
Morski Oko – Another amazing traditional restaurant at affordable prices. This restaurant is definitely worth a visit but unlike Goscinna Chata, Morski Oko is in high demand to book in advance to avoid being dissapointed.
Cafe Camelot – Cafe Camelot is a cute cafe tucked away in the old town. It has quirky pink interior and modern takes on traditional polish dishes. Again this restaurant is super affordable and is great for breakfast as well as dinner. I recommend their spinach pierogi!
Also a quick tip: smoothies in all of the restaurants we visited were more like a yoghurt dish, not a drink.
Moaburger – This is a change to the traditional polish food. It is a New Zealand Burger company serving HUGE burgers that taste incredible. The restaurant has a diner feel and is meant for quick eating so it makes a great lunch spot. Also, there’s a beautiful square less than a minutes walk so in good weather, why not take it out and eat in the sun.
E Wedel – This is a fantastic hot chocolate cafe right in the main square. It serves amazing hot chocolate and traditional cakes. We visited late at night when we needed a night without the wodka bars!
Vegano – For the vegans and vegetarians amongst you there is an amazing selection of meat free options in the city. Vegano is one of the most well known and has an incredible selection
Vegab – This place serves vegan kebabs with all the trimmings. People rave about Vegab on the internet and it will not dissapoint. It is everso slightly outside of the old town, so not far to walk for lunch or an end of the night snack.
Things to Do:
Walking Tour – I love a free walking tour when visiting any city. These tours are run by trained guides who will take you to all the best spots and help you get the lay of the land on your first day. In Krakow I used Walkative! who i would thoroughly recommend. We saw most of the main sites in Krakow and got some interesting bits of history and at the end, you pay as you feel.
Auschwitz/Birkenau – This trip takes a whole day and isnt for the faint hearted. We debated whether to visit the museum but were both so pleased that we did. It was an emotional experience and pretty harrowing but we learnt so much about the devastation of the holocaust and came away grateful for being informed. We went on a tour with ExploreKrakow and would recommend it but we also have friends who have gone independently and had a good experience too.
Salt Mines – The Salt mines are another popular attraction but with good reason. The sheer scale of the mines is mind blowing and we were amazed by the beauty of the chapel. We would recommend getting the train from Krakow Glowny Station as it is a direct line and very affordable, plus you get to see some of the city from the window. Just go to the ticket office as ask for the salt mines and the staff will fill you in
Scooters – We decided to do something new and noticed the Hive scooters dotted around the city. Scooting around the city in the parks was an absolute highlight for us, so much so that my partner has now purchased a scooter of his own! You simply download the app and get going.
Underground Museum – This museum was well priced but we would be lying if we said we recommended it. As a museum geek I was disappointed that all of the information was in Polish so unfortunately useless for us. I commend the city for making a museum around its beautiful ruins but if I had my time again I would have visited a different museum in which I could have got more of an idea of the history.