Nightlife and Dining in Krakow, Poland

The following is a guest post written by Leon Levy

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Poland’s second largest city, Krakow is one of Eastern Europe’s historical and cultural gems.  Wawel Hill is the site of earliest settlement in the region and now hosts the imposing castle of the Polish royal family, as well as a stunningly ornate Catholic Cathedral where generations of rulers are buried alongside Poland’s most prized national treasures. The impressive city also is home to some of the finest theatres, museums and galleries in the country. Visit bustling shops of the picturesque old city, see the architecturally unique Jewish quarter or stroll along the majestic banks of the Vistula River.

Krakow nightlife is rightly renowned for the sheer diversity and number of bars to choose from. Locals boast that their city has the highest concentration of bars per kilometre in the world – and a casual walk down the Old Town shows the underground cellar bars that Krakow is so famous for on practically every street corner. There are watering-holes varying from tiny but intimate bars for small groups to modern-style lounges and more traditional drinking dens. There are even a few Irish bars like Pod Papugami and tex-mex places such as SomePlace Else. For more authentically Polish establishments check out Swieta Krowa or Awaria.

Krakow restaurants vary from fine dining to local street stalls and fast food establishments. At the top of the scale there are incredible culinary experiences to be had at restaurants such as Trzy Papryczki where a meal for two without wine will set you back about 60 euro. For a more modest but no less satisfying menu visit Szara Kazimierz in the Jewish quarter, where the fish soup is famous and the price for two only around 20 euros without wine. There are also many excellent Italian bistos such as Trattoria Soprano, which specialises in romance and Cherubino which provided an intriguing blend of Italian and Polish dishes – located just next to Market Square.

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