STYLE AND CULTURE
STYLISH CITY: KRAKÓW
By Titi Finlay, 9 March 2019
Kraków has everything you want from a European city break, and then some: quaint, pastel-coloured buildings, excellent food and nightlife (cheap, too), vintage stores galore and – despite Kraków’s reputation – not a stag do in sight. Whether you want to sample pralines and pierogis or seek out the best shops and nightlife, here’s what to wear, where to stay and what to do in Poland’s second city…
Let’s get one thing straight – if you’re visiting Kraków in the winter months it’s gonna be C-O-L-D and, while there’s hearty hot chocolate readily available on every street corner, layering up is key. Go for a dark-wash denim and shearling utility jacket (practical and warm) paired with a bright, neon roll-neck for a pop of colour. Kraków is renowned for its amber, so style your look with some amber-coloured trousers to really rep the culture. As for the accessories? You’ll be doing a lot of walking around, so keep them functional – chunky white boots and a shotta bag are ideal – with the exception of some glitzy hair grips 'cos, you know, fashion.
One of the many conveniences Kraków has to offer is its petite size (you can literally walk around the city in a couple of hours) meaning that wherever you stay, you’re likely to be within walking distance of a must-see attraction or cracking pierogi (Polish dumpling). If you want to be right in the centre of it all, focus your hotel search on Stradom, a neighbourhood nestled right between the old town and the Jewish quarter. Just streets way is the famous (and romantic) Café Camelot, serving up fresh juices and pastries by day and candlelit Polish-Italian cuisine by night.
Start your day with a coffee and croissant at Parisian-style eatery Charlotte before strolling down to Kazimierz (the Jewish Quarter) for some über-cheap sneaker and vintage shopping. For lunch, sample steak tartare and freshly baked bread at the chic Bazaar Bistro, or for a more traditional experience, try Jewish stalwart Ariel. In the evening, venture north to the Old Town to watch some late-night jazz at Harris Piano Bar where the drinks are cheap and (even better) the music is free.