As the beloved Polish lyricist Marek Grechuta once so famously said, ‘Spring, ach – it’s you’ (Wiosna, ach – to ty), and we assume he had allergies or he wouldn’t have sneezed in the middle. Nevertheless, Poles have been repeating the phrase verbatim ever since, and now it’s our turn as Grechuta’s home city of Kraków has its spring buzz on in a big way, from the leggy sunbathers on the Wisła boulevards to the lusty pigeons in the bowers. With temperatures and hemlines on the rise, there’s no better time to be in Poland’s ancient capital, so put this printed resource to good use and go enjoy it.
There’s much to look forward to over the next two months, from Easter festivities (p.10) to the Film Music Festival(p.12), so check our Events section (p.12) to see what’s on while you’re in town. Never content without new content, this issue we’re debuting three new sections which will become fixtures in the guide going forward: Kids & Families (this issue’s feature, p.6), Activities & Experiences (p.70) and Polish Design (p.112). With this meticulously detailed guide, we continue to prove that you can get all the good advice and info you need while travelling, without constantly going online. And in this day and
For majestic views of morning sun on an unpeopled market square like the one gracing this issue’s cover, you have to wake up pretty early, but we’ve proven that staying up all night is just as effective. Follow us on Instagram @polandinyourpocket.
Main Feature: Kraków with the Kids
Most visitors fall in love with Kraków, but one complaint we’ve heard is that it isn’t the most family-friendly city. Pushing a pram down crowded sidewalks and cobbled streets is a drag, you can’t always expect your kids to care or keep quiet in churches, memorial sites and museums, and the city’s famous nightlife is basically off limits. There must be something else to do in this town, right?
Rest assured, there is. We’ve created this section to identify exactly those things, offer some friendly advice, and help the whole family have a great time together in Kraków.
There are over 250 shelters hidden beneath the streets and buildings of Nowa Huta - large enough to accommodate every single resident in the district. Built in the 1950s, these shelters were meant to protect the population in the event of an air raid, nuclear war, or other cataclysmic event precipi
Unlike some modern Indian restaurants that seem more interested in resembling Bollywood clubs, Spice of India's humble interior possesses modest simplicity reminiscent of Indian restaurants in the UK and US. The menu offers the gamut of traditional dishes with chicken, lamb or prawns, including many
Combining craft beer with craft food, Colombe offers 80 different Polish beers (8 on draught) and a curt menu whose selections, not to mention prices, are well pegged for the pub. In addition to the pizza, standouts include the maczanka (stewed pork neck sandwich - a local delicacy) and the pulled
Incredibly popular at all hours, this buzzy 'Vodka & Resto Bar' in Podgórze is the current place to be seen in Kraków. In a smart, spacious post-industrial interior crammed with tiny tables and livened up with warm lighting, plenty of plants and loud, non-stop dance music (could do without that, h
This Kazimierz hole-in-the-wall bar specialises in wiśniówka, otherwise known as cherry vodka, which they make locally themselves from exactly three ingredients: alcohol, sugar and cherries (no water!). It's 17.5% and is only served in 100ml glasses with two infused cherries at the bottom for 11
This eye-catching clothing brand takes inspiration from international travel, exotic textiles and natural dying techniques to create a striking fashion brand in which every piece is unique and also easily identified with the brand. Mapaya offers free-flowing, eclectically patterned tunics, dresses,