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THINGS TO DO IN KRAKOW, POLAND

Krakow in Poland has to be one of the most beautiful hidden secrets in Europe and there are tons of things to do. I say hidden secret loosely, as Krakow is a popular destination in its own right but not many people immediately see Poland as being a viable location.

To start with I was dubious about Poland, all I knew was that it was incredibly cheap and held a lot of history. I had never been to Eastern Europe before and wasn’t sure what to expect. Since my visit to Krakow, I have now been Budapest and can honestly throw my initial assumptions to one side. As soon as we arrived I could tell that I would love Poland, the landscape is stunning and the people are so hospitable.

I’ve made this post with the hopes that it may inspire people who are looking for a city break to give Poland a try, it definitely will not disappoint!


BEST BARS & RESTAURANTS

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SZAŁ CAFE

CAFE SZAŁ

Now, this place is not on this list for the food, although I’m sure that’s great, its the views that make this place so amazing. This cafe is based on the top of the main building in Krakow and has the best views going. It oversees the whole main square, including the church, the fountains and the horsedrawn carriages.

TOP TIP: The strawberry and passionfruit cocktails are the best things going so make sure you get a taste. Also, as this is a cafe, it gets packed at meal times so try to avoid those peak periods. I’d say get there around 3-5pm.

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EUROPEJSKA RESTURANT

EUROPEJSKA RESTURANT

If you have never tried pierogis before you need to try them in Poland. They are basically Eastern European dumplings that can be sweet or meaty. I swear they are the nicest thing I’ve ever tasted and this restaurant, Europejska, did the best ones.

RESTAURACJA CECHOWA

RESTAURACJA CECHOWA
NOT A PHOTO OF THE RESTAURANT AS I COULDN’T FIND ONE

I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT ENOUGH. Outside it looks very traditional but we sat outside the back and it was incredible. It was quite small out the back but the entire vibe was perfect, fairy lights and archways. We had a lovely bottle of wine and a three-course meal there. The service was brilliant and they couldn’t have been more hospitabl – even when we were the last people there!

TOP TIP: Remember how I said Poland is cheap? Well, if you eat slightly off the square it drops down in price more. We had three-course meals which included steaks and a very decent bottle of wine which all came to the equivalent of £33!

Cechowa 11, 77-400 Złotów, Poland


UNMISSABLE THINGS TO DO

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AUSCHWITZ CONCENTRATION CAMP

AUSCHWITZ CONCENTRATION CAMP

Everyone should visit Auschwitz at some point in their lives. It’s one of the most eye-opening and horrifying places on earth and yet it’s essential to go if you are in Krakow, or Poland in general. The camp is located around an hour away from Krakow and you can get numerous bus tours to visit. The tour itself will take up a good day and afterwards, you probably won’t want to have too many plans as you will feel very overwhelmed.

TOP TIP: It’s a very dark place which holds some truly awful history so all I would say is stay respectful. You would be shocked at the amount of tourists taking selfies and wandering away from the tour groups.

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JEWISH QUARTER

JEWISH QUARTER

The next trip to follow on from Auschwitz has to be talking a stroll around the Jewish Quarters. You can do this in walking tour groups, however, I’d recommend taking this trip on your own. Just take in the atmosphere, the architecture and the history around you.

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SALT MINES

SALT MINES
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The Salt Mines are one of the many things that I didn’t get to visit when I was in Krakow and I hope to return to Poland soon to go back and see them. I’ve heard such good things about them and so many people have said they are one of the best trips in Poland. If you do go and visit before I do, please let me know what your thoughts are!


I’d love to hear from you if you are heading to Poland and plan to check out any of these things to do in Krakow. For anymore travel tips, click here.

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