Well sprinkle us with sugar, the holidays are here again. If you’re looking for a bit of holiday magic abroad, there really aren’t many destinations better than Kraków. As if this dusty old UNESCO World Heritage Site (ahem) really needs the help, here comes Christmas with its tinsel and mistletoe, sleigh bells and spiced wine (p.111) to make the most merry impression possible. Resembling a frosted gingerbread village inside a giant snowglobe, Kraków not only looks the part and performs it well, but does so in its own special way. In addition to the inescapable Christmas fair occupying half of the market square (p.6), Poland’s ancient capital has a cavalcade of festive traditions and holiday happenings over the next two months, all of which we’ve dutifully highlighted in our annual Christmas feature beginning on p.6. We’ve also been good enough to present you (pun firmly intended) with some specific local gift ideas (p.10), so you can head home with a suitcase stuffed with stocking stuffers.
As we prepare to bid Do widzenia to 2019 – the milestone year marking Poland IYP’s 20th anniversary – we’re feeling fully satisfied with another industrious year in which we published 28 full print guides (including a complete rewrite of Gdańsk In Your Pocket), dozens of miniguides, and let’s not even contemplate the number of clouds that were cut down in order to accommodate all of our online content. You can bet that in 2020 we’ll continue our commitment to publishing the best damn city guides on the market, knowing that readers like yourself appreciate our effort. As always, thanks for reading, and from all of us here at IYP, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Now pop the champagne.
Main Feature: Christmas in Kraków
Princes Czartoryski Museum
After years of careful preparation, restoration and modernisation, the Czartoryski Museum will finally reopen on December 20, 2019. Home of da Vinci’s beloved oil painting ‘Lady With an Ermine’ and Rembrandt’s ‘Landscape with the Good Samaritan’, both will be on display here when the museum reopens December 20th. Read more ➞
Jonatan Street Kitchen
Perhaps the best ribs in Kraków. Read more ➞
Nolio‘s new venture near Tytano is even better than their first. Perfectly chewy Neapolitan pizzas out in one minute from a wood-fired oven. Great drinks too! Read more ➞
Ka Vegan Udon & Sushi
A sushi and noodle house (from the same team as Karma) offering strictly vegan sushi, plus hot and cold bowls of vegan udon with sides of tempura, kimchi, edamame and more. Exceptional coffee, kombucha in multiple flavours, in house brews, natural wines and matcha.