Poland was the first stop on my year abroad journey. I was asked to speak at Trablin, a conference for bloggers in Kraków and decided to make this the first stop on my trip. I spent 2 weeks in Kraków, Poland and fell in love with the city. Kraków is located in southern Poland and is known for its well-preserved medieval core and Jewish quarter. The city is charming with quaint restaurants, bars and open markets. Below is info on my favorite place to stay, tours to take and restaurants to dine in.
I was so lucky to spend my first few nights here because it embodies the charm of Kraków. They sent a driver for me at the airport, welcomed me with homemade honey flavored vodka and bought fresh pastries and bread every morning. I really can’t get over how good the bread is. I think this is the best bread I’ve ever had. I eat a ton of it and don’t feel bloated…winning ! Also, the staff and owner Magdalena are so helpful and lovely to talk to. I’ve had a sit down coffee and chat with all the girls. This isn’t just a hotel, it’s a polish experience. (If you mention my name, you will be given a 10% discount on your stay at Crawcowdays!)
Ristorante Sant’ Antioco
This is the best seafood restaurant in Kraków! I was greeted by the owners when I walked in and they made me feel right at home. The atmosphere is cozy and romantic. I had the Tuna sashimi with Sardinian Caviar. The fish was so flavorful and melted in my mouth. For my main course, I had Spaghetti with mussels, clams, shrimp and Sardinian caviar. I literary devoured my plate. The pasta was cooked to perfection and the fish was fresh and savory. Then to top it all off, I had a chocolate liquor shot and a taster dessert plate so I could try all of their options. Why have one when you can try them all…lol! This is a must try on your visit to Krakow. It’s also located in an ideal area on a beautiful street.
Old Town Restaurant And Wine Bar:
If you are looking for traditional Polish Cuisine, this is the place. I started out with a glass of wine and their amazing cheese dumplings. These completely melted in my mouth. They also brought our fresh bread and an amazing spread. You can tell that everything is homemade and fresh. Then for my main course I had the beef fillet in a peppercorn sauce with mash potatoes. The fillet was perfectly tender and the mashed potatoes were delicious. My server, “Bartek”, was incredibly kind and knowledgeable. I love seeing people who take joy and pride in what they do.
I think this might be the most unique restaurant, I have ever dined at. You can tell the owner is creative because it has such an artistic vibe. The art pieces are really cool and you can write comments on the wall before you leave. I had a delicious Aperol Spritz cocktail and hummus appetizer. The hummus was fresh and savory. Then I ordered the duck in a peppercorn sauce with gnocchi. This was absolutely delicious. My mouth is watering just thinking about how flavorful the duck was. Everything about this place is lovely and unique, including the lovely owner, Maria.
My Favorite Tours:
– Communism Tour with Crazy Guides
was so much fun. They picked us up in a vintage Trabant and drove us to a neighboring town that was the frontier of communist Poland. T
he groups are small. It was just me and another solo traveler. Our tour guide was so fun and knowledgeable. We also got taken through a typical communist apartment in the 1970s. The tour ended with a shot of vodka and a pickle…true polish style.
– The Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour
is a must see. The “Wieliczka” Salt Mine is one of the most valuable monuments of material and spiritual culture in Poland. It’s a huge underground community made completely of salt. They a Church, ballroom, restaurant, etc. Breathing the air in the mine is also very good for your respiratory system and the whole experience is incredibly healing.
– Auschwitz Tour
. This was incredibly hard to see but it is important to bare witness to what happened here. If you are really sensitive, you might have nightmares and feel really off for a few days. I definitely did.
– Free Walking Old Town Tour and Jewish Quarter Tour
. This is a great way to see the city.