Let me just start by saying that Krakow is the most beautiful hidden gem of Europe. We originally added Krakow to our Eastern Europe travel list because of its close proximity to Auschwitz. However, it quickly became one of our favorite cities in Europe!
The city is super compact and it’s easy to get anywhere on foot. The buildings are beautiful and colorful and the streets are clean and lively. You’ll find Wawel castle at the center of the city, making everywhere feel like a fairytale.
We spent 4 days in Krakow, exploring the town and soaking in the vibe.
Where to eat & drink
Szewska 23, 33-332 Kraków, Poland
Go here for authentic Polish perogies. The place will most likely be packed, but their large selection of homemade dumplings are worth the wait.
Straszewskiego 28, 31-153 Kraków, Poland
Go here for a swanky drink in this unmarked speakeasy. You’ll need to ask the front door attendant to take you through the kitchen and coat closet, back to the prohibition room. Order any of their signature cocktails and enjoy the show.
Dolnych Młynów 10, 31-124 Kraków, Poland
Go here for cocktails on tap and local people watching.
Świętego Tomasza 25, 31-027 Kraków, Poland
Go here for a healthy breakfast, accompanied by colorful decor.
Wiślna 1, 31-007 Kraków, Poland
I was drawn to this place from our first night in the city. Its open-air ambiance will draw you in for a delicious champagne cocktail before you head back to your hotel.
Dolnych Młynów 10, 33-332 Kraków, Poland
Just outside the city, this is an old industrial building repurposed as a trendy food hub. Go here for great food away from the tourists.
Things to do
Explore Old Town
Krakow old town is so fun to walk around! You’ll find cute cafes, bars & colorful buildings lining the streets.
Just a quick 5-minute walk from Old Town, you’ll find Wawel Castle. Walk around the grounds and pose in front of the eclectic castle building.
Day trip to Auschwitz
This is a must! Such a powerful place to experience in person. We took a bus from the main Krakow bus station straight to the Auschwitz 1 gates. You can book a ticket online here or purchase one from the bus driver. I’d also advise booking your museum tickets ahead of time, as it’s a very popular place and sells out quickly. We just did the free, self-guided tour, but reserved our tickets a few months in advance.
A trip to Krakow will not disappoint! It’s definitely up there in our books with more popular European cities like Paris or London.