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Kraków is a visual riot. A whimsical world of turrets and spires, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back in time. But there are no cobwebs on Poland’s second city – around every corner lies a lunch spot or bar that would be just as at home in Scandi-cool Copenhagen or the edgier corners of London (at a fraction of the cost – score). Here’s what to wear, where to stay and what to do...

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Wear this

With the rise of post-Soviet style showing no sign of slowing, you'll want to take this opportunity to flex your best Eastern Bloc-inspired looks. Go for straight-leg jeans and chunky dad trainers to nail the aesthetic. Temperatures in Kraków can drop below zero at this time of year so for a 'fit that keeps you cosy and looks great at all times, well-cultivated layers are key – a statement knit under a minimal, off-white puffer will take you from the cobblestone streets to cosy wine bar in style.
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Stay here

Accommodation is cheap in Kraków, so you’ll probably find that you can stay somewhere pretty central – try the old Jewish Quarter, Kazimierz. The area has a distinctive vibe of its own, with rambling streets and a more ramshackle look than the Old Town – you’ll find art galleries and vintage stores nestled amongst former merchant houses. There are slick eateries in abundance, too. Worth a visit are Massolit Cooks, Green Times and Cheder (a cosy Israeli cafe serving up traditional-style coffee and hummus).
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Visit this

When it comes to key places to check out, your first stop should be Rynek Głøwny, Krakow’s colourful main square. There’s a massive Christmas market here from the end of November onwards to get you in the festive spirit. Feeling the cold? Make your way to a stall selling Grzane Piwo, delicious Polish ‘hot beer’ made with cinnamon or raspberry syrup.

If Rynek is the town’s oldest social spot, Tytano is its newest. An old tobacco factory transformed into a 'city within a city', Tytano is a cluster of innovative venues where the city’s cool kids come to hang out. From cocktail bars to nightclubs, artist's showrooms and even a tattoo parlour, you could easily lose a whole night here. Start by eating decadent deli sandwiches at Meat and Co before drinks at Weźże Krafta, a 30-tap craft beer pub.