With the first warm days, Krakow changes beyond recognition. Gardens pop up in front of cafes, parks get crowded, the city is saying farewell to the winter hibernation period.
Sun-thirsty residents sit in the sun on chairs in front of pubs and the lawn in front of the former Forum Hotel is full of sun loungers. It’s getting busy at squares with food trucks — at Dajwor Street, try delicious tortilla, and at św. Wawrzyńca Street — Krakow style maczanka. Bezogródek comes back to life — a small food truck town located at the tram terminus in Cichy Kącik. When the heat wave mercilessly floods the city, you cancatch your breath in the gardens hidden between the tenement houses — you must take a peek at Eszeweria (Jozefa 9), drink lemonade in the garden at The Józef Czapski Pavilion (Piłsudskiego 12) or in Meho Cafe (Krupnicza 26). And to have a beer under the shade of trees, hit Re (św. Krzyża 4).
During the warm months the city’s nightlife blossoms at Dolnych Młynow 10. The area of former tobacco factories is now a true hinterland of restaurants and nightclubs. Have some sandwich here in the already mentioned Meat & Go, try some vegetarian food in Veganic, drink beer in Weźże Krafta, dance in Lastriko, or give yourself in to electro music in Zet Pe Te.
When the sun fades behind the horizon and the Krakow restaurants’ kitchens start to turn off the burners, street food takes over. An iconic blue Nysa van, which has been feeding people for over 20 years, serves grilled sausages with bread rolls, mustard or ketchup at night in front of the Market Hall. The meal can be flushed down with orangeade, and the customers are mainly hungry party people, taxi drivers, ambulance crews and police officers.
If you spend the evening in Kazimierz, you’ll certainly consider lining up for the famous toasted sandwiches. We are going to recommend you some delicious alternatives. In a round building (okrąglak), try langos; Pizzatopia (pl. Nowy 4 and Szewska 22) open until late is a decent option too, and you may try as well pork neck or sausage from Grill na Kazimierzu and French fries and fried sardines in Fiszka (one of the stands located at pl. Nowy). You can also walk to Kupa Street that is parallel to pl. Nowy and have a seat at No. 3 in Coca, where you’ll have Sicilian fast food.
When asked about the best kebab in the city, the leaders of the Jedlingi community recommend in the same breath: Habibi Kebab (Zakopiańska 70a), Kebaber (Starowiślna 87) and Kebab pod 13 (pl. Wolnica 13). If you fancy having a hot dog, the best option is The Dog food truck (Ciemna 4).
Parkowa Kraków Food & Chill Out (Parkowa 12a)
Picturesque location: a round building surrounded by old chestnut trees hidden in the Park Bednarski. You can have breakfast here, taste great burgers (also vegetarian), bowls of wealth inspired by Asian cuisine and drink wine.
Forum Przestrzenie (Marii Konopnickiej 28)
Majestic, brutalist and closed for years, the Forum Hotel recovered from nonexistence six years ago when Forum Przestrzenie moved in. Here you can have breakfast, pizza and very good lunches, sip craft beer, cider and wine. Simply spend the entire day and half of the night on a sun lounger with a view of the Vistula River, Wawel Castle and Skałka. The building of the former hotel has also become a place of the city’s most popular events: concerts, fairs, festivals, and techno parties.