A Festive City Break To Krakow, Poland

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From spending a lot of money on the house, no Summer big break away and both working hard, the hubby and I decided that a wee trip over the Christmas period was in order. We both wanted to go somewhere a bit different, good Christmas markets, plenty to do and not spend too much getting there. After a bit of research, Krakow was booked!

We went Sunday – Thursday at the start of December, flying with easyJet for around £150 for the two of us. The flight is around just over two hours, with the airport only twenty minutes from the centre of the city. We stayed at the Queen’s Boutique Hotel (around £60 a night), which was the perfect location, right in the middle between the old town and the Jewish Quarter – the two main districts, and also provided a delicious cooked & continental breakfast in the morning to fuel us for a full day exploring.

 

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Loved the city street art

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Beautiful Xmas decs outside Wawel Castle. Tradition is that a terrifying dragon lived at the castle that scared all the locals.

 

Krakow is a really great walking city with gorgeous building and a lot of history, and it was really easy to walk to the main areas such as the central grand square (main tourist area) where the Christmas markets and Cloth Hall (oldest shopping market) is located. Where the Jewish Quarter is a more hip, trendy, almost student area with lots of bars, restaurants and quirky shops. We also visited MOCAK (museum of contemporary art in Krakow) and Schindler’s Factory – again really easy to walk to & find with it being only £4 each to visit both (combined ticket).

 

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MOCAK

 

Yep I should probably mention Krakow is really cheap! Apart from some of the bigger trips such as visiting Auschwitz (it is a worthwhile visit) and some guided tours, shopping, eating and drinking is not at all expensive, with most round of drinks (cocktail & a beer) under £5, and dinner under £30 (including starters, main courses and drinks). With us being foodies and partial to a beverage or two, this was great! Plus it was great to sample a lot of their local beers and of course, their national drink, vodka! If you get a chance make sure you try the cherry flavoured vodka, but no shots needed and it’s actually quite nice just to sip & savour rather than down in one!

 

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Flavoured vodka tasting tray at Wodka Cafe-bar

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Cocktails at Movida bar

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Polish beer tasting tray at Plac Nowy

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Cosmopolitan

 

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Piwo (beer) truck

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Hot plum vodka toddy

 

If you are like us and interested in the local cusine then we advise booking the Eat Polska food tour. For £40 each we joined a small walking tour of the city where our guide took us to local places, talked us through national dishes and culture, and let us sample so much Polish food! Not all of it was to our taste, pickled herring…eurgh, but you could eat as little or as much as you want. The tour guides knowledge of not only food but the city was amazing and incredibly interesting.

 

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Grilled oscypek – local cheese – from the Xmas market

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Obwarzanek – a cross between a pretzel & a bagel.

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Zapiekanka – a toasted baguette with grilled cheese, mushrooms and chives. Perfect street food!

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White Barszcz Zurek – fermented rye flour soup with potatoes

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Borscht – beetroot soup with meat perogis (polish dumplings)

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Antipasti board at Cyklops

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Kremowka Papieska – also known as the Polish Papal Cream Cake

 

We definitely recommend Krakow if you’re looking for a city break. Going at Christmas it was so pretty to see the festive markets and all the decorations, and actually not as cold as we thought, surprisingly.

 

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Krakow Xmas decorations

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Stalls at the Christmas market

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Local cheese for sale at the Christmas market

 

If you’re thinking of going and have any questions, or already going and looking for recommendations, feel free to email or comment below.

 

Lindsay at Cakehounds x

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