Poland – Part 2 (Krakow)

krakow

If there was just one city in the world I was limited to, I’d choose Krakow. Partially because my favorite memories of growing always seemed to take place in Krakow. During my college years, it was the city where my buddies and I would jet off to on a long weekend (tickets from the UK were always cheap and available) and now, its mix of nostalgia and a certain penchant for its remarkable beauty.

Transport: PKP InterCity Train 

train

Some say Polish trains are outdated and, yes, when you ride them there is some probability that you may be heckled by a tramp. That being said, they run well, they’re always on time and first class tickets are cheap. Also, it seems the majority of people use buses in lieu of the train, so our compartment was completely empty. They’re is slumming it and then there’s just smart travel choices. The Polish train system is what it is, and it’s one the best cheap forms of travel out there.

Where we stayed: Antique Apartments Plac Szczepanski

pl. Szczepański 2/9, 31-011 Kraków

e-mail:booking@aapt.pl

antique

Apartments are, by and large, hit or miss: but this boutique establishment sets the bar very high. This apartment hit it head on and we were thrilled with the space, amenities and service. The front desk set up our tours to Auschwitz and the Wieliczka Salt mines as well as covering any other concerns we had. Apartment had tastefully simply pieces, basics (such as coffee, tea, sugar and luxury chocolates!). The apartments sky high windows looked out over Plac Szczepanski and its lighted fountains.

Where we ate:

Hawełka

breakfast in krakow

Hawelka

Rynek Główny
My favorite part of eating in Europe is eating outside (weather permitting). Can you beat this view for breakfast? All the staple items are there (eggs, bacon, toast, etc) for a more than reasonable price.
Fabryky Pizzy

Fabryky Pizzy

A very good standard of option for Italian cuisine – I had the risotto with parma ham and squash – which was exactly what a cold rainy day called for.
Wodka Bar

Wodka Bar

Wodka Bar

As the name belies, there are no options for snacks, but this is THE place to sample the national beverage. I recommend the pepper vodka.
Buddha Bar

Buddha Bar

A very trendy bar in a secluded courtyard known for excellent signature cocktails and a fantastic vibe. We often go here on girls weekends and enjoy Mexican coffee or their deliciously sweet Melong.

This basement restaurant in the Old Town Hall Tower is a great eatery – very historical with a great menu. We split the beef carpaccio with worcestshire cream sauce – sitting in the sun with a pair of Zywiec.
golonka
Last but not least, the importance of streetfood can not be overstated. Everywhere you look,you can find delicious treats from golonkas (ham hocks) to grilled kielbasa and pickles.
Random cafe delights

Random cafe delights

What we did:
Shopping!

Shopping!

  • Shopping in the Cloth Hall
  • Tour of Wawel Castle & Cathedral
  • Auschwitz
  • Walks in Kazimierz Jewish District
  • Church of St. Peter and Paul
  • Planty Park
  • Jagiellonian University
  • Wieliczka Salt Mines
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