Cafés in Krakow seem to be an integral element of the urban landscape. Thus, it is hard to believe that just two hundred years ago, coffee was drank incidentally, mainly among the high society and the only café was located in the building on the corner of the Main Market Square and Szewska street.
Below we present our subjective selection of five unique cafés, each of which will fall into your memory and make you eager to return to them.
Pijalnia Czekolady Wedel (Wedel Chocolate Lounge) – three hundred square meters of chocolate
Several floors and a roofed courtyard of a beautiful building by the Main Market Square create a unique background for meetings at drinking chocolate (classic, white, with cherries, chili and what your soul desires!) or simply for enjoying delicious coffee, pastries, cakes, ice-cream or handmade pralines.
In the passage to the inner courtyard, there is a shop with a wide range of chocolates, pralines, or the Wedel cakes famous around the world. Here, you may get yourself a unique souvenir from Krakow or a tasty gift for a close one.
Szał Café (Frenzy Café) – café on the roof of the Cloth Hall
The trademark of the Szał Café is a unique panorama terrace (on the first floor of the Cloth Hall, the entrance being from the side of the Adam Mickiewicz monument), from which during the day we can admire the St. Mary’s Church and vintage buildings of the Main Market Square. And during the warm evenings, when the terrace is open until 11 p.m., while enjoying a delicious Guatemalan coffee or anything to our liking from the exceptionally rich menu, we can feel like the audience in a theater watching the tourists and locals moving by on the surface of the Market.
Słodki Wentzl (Sweet Wentzl) – with a view on the Cloth Hall
The traditions of the café date back to the late eighteenth century, when the first premises (again by the Main Market Square) were the meeting place of Krakow’s culture circles. It is here that songs and interesting civil initiatives were born, such as the idea of the creation of the National Museum. The modern character is a mix of the best of the French and Polish confectionery art. The speciality of the café are wonderful pies and cakes created in special workshops and traditional ice cream served in sophisticated compositions.
Pożegnanie z Afryką (Out of Africa) – the temple of coffee
Pożegnanie z Afryką (or Out of Africa cafe at Saint Thomas 21 street) is the essence of what a coffee bar is! Here, you can drink coffee from the farthest corners of the world: Jamaican Blue Mountain, Nepal Mt. Everest or the legend-shrouded Kulczycki’s coffee. It is a small, quiet local with pleasant music playing in the background.
Connected with the coffee bar, there is a store where you can buy one of the hundreds of species of coffee and take a piece of this place with you. The gentleman behind the counter is a passionate, who will recommend not only coffee but also delicious liqueurs, chocolate or something from the assortment of wines.
Tribeca Ethnic – an oasis of calmness in the shopping mall
Could there be anything special in a café inside a shopping mall? The answer is yes when we have in mind the Tribeca Ethnic cafe. It’s a place with an exotic, yet calming interior, a versatile menu with a wide variety of coffee, desserts, but also sandwiches, toasts and salads. It is worth to stop by here while visiting the Krakow Shopping Mall (Galeria Krakowska), just next to the main railway station, and experience a moment of respite from the crowds and shopping. Just go down to level -1, near the Empik book and media store.
Those are our Top 5 cafés in Krakow. We have visited each one of them and tasted their specialties. And although, of course, they are not the only recommendable cafés in our city, each of them has given us a positive surprise. We definitely recommend them !!!