Our trip to Krakow was a big surprise – I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting but perhaps naively I had low expectations, when in fact every part of our trip exceeded expectations.
We had visited back in March (very delayed post) and arrived mid afternoon. After a couple of hours on the flight, then a bus journey to the city centre, we were keen to do a bit of walking. We dropped our bags off at our hotel and did some exploring to get our bearings.
We stopped for a hot drink at a quirky cafe down a hidden pathway. It was incredibly cold when we arrived, warming beverages and plenty of layers were essential.
We returned to the hotel to check in and freshen up, adding a couple more layers before heading back out for dinner.
Having done a bit of research beforehand at the hotel we opted for a rustic restaurant along the main strip in the centre of Krakow. The building went back hundreds of years and we were seated in the area that would have been the garden but was now a stunning extension of the main building.
Food was definitely not something we expected to think much of but we were pretty blown away from our first meal. The food and drink is also incredibly cheap; it’s hard to believe we pay almost three times the amount in the UK for the same quality of dishes.
Out first evening in Krakow was a roaring success with lovely hospitality, service and incredible food. We left the restaurant, feeling even more excited about the next few days, thanking the beaky mascot on the way back to the hotel and bidding the city goodnight.
The following morning we did some proper exploring of the city, in all it’s sunny glory. As I said the weather was really quite cold however we were luckily enough to enjoy some early spring sunshine.
We visited the tourist information to book up some trips for the next couple of days before ticking off some the well known sights around Krakow. We meandered through some pretty parks and streets filled with quirky shops, including plenty of amber that James was fascinated by.
We hopped on a city bus tour that explained some of the older buildings in more detail and we discovered the Jewish quarter where thousands of Jews were evacuated from during the war.
We stopped for lunch and continued to look around the shops and sights. With a couple of day trips booked up we enjoyed taking in as much of the city as we could at a relaxed pace.
Later that evening we discovered yet another great restaurant in the main square. Usually somewhere so obvious to tourists, you’ll find the food overpriced and mediocre – not in this case.
The decor and art inside was a big distraction and took up most of our conversations. The building, with it’s large, tall ceilings was grand in itself.
We ordered what we thought we would be a small, light dinner but in fact everything came out quite big – luckily we both enjoy our food, so it wasn’t a problem for us.
We finished up with bellies bursting at the seams and wrapped up warm for the icy walk back to our hotel.
So far an amazing trip to Krakow, stay tuned for the next post for our last couple of days in the Polish city.