Kazimierz became in the past few years a very trendy place to be. Thanks to that there are lots of places to eat, drink, party, but also nice spots for some shopping.

„O Jeju” (Miodowa 9) is a sensational shop with natural cosmetics mostly made by polish brands. If you are a fashion fan „Idea Fix” (Stradomska 16) is a boutique for you – only polish designers, good materials, modern design. Every tourist knows that the most important part of traveling is sending postcards to make your friends jealous, so Galeria Lue Lue (Miodowa 22) will provide you the magic of Kazimierz captured in a picture. For an evening drink with the locals go to Hevre (Meiselsa 18), a pub made in an old Jewish house of prayer, the paintings on the walls are almost telling the story of the Jewish community. Alchemia (Estery 5) on other hand is a bar almost magical, illuminated only by candles, decorated with old furniture and serving delicious cocktails.

That’s where the locals meet for a chat at the end of the day. While planning on staying longer that one day, go check out the Puro Hotel Kazimierz (Halicka 14a), the design of this hotel knocks on your knees and it’s located few steps from the heart of this district. Kazimierz is the only place on earth with such an atmosphere. It’s where history meets modernity, old meets young, Jewish meets polish, one of a kind. The only impossible thing to do there? NOT fall in love with Kazimierz.

Cara Jasmine Bradley: Christmas in Krakow

Christmas in Krakow: The words sent fireworks of imagery hurtling through my brain upon booking our winter break, but nothing could have prepared me for the visual opulence that the city presented me with upon arrival. In true replication of a festive fairytale from long ago, I instantaneously became bound to the city, wrapped in a blanket of shimmering fervour. Portraying a classically effortless beauty, Krakow granted me with the gift of pleasantry surprise upon every twist and turn of the city’s timeless cobbled streets.

Within an hour of our arrival, the first flecks of snow had started to dance through the air, waltzing around the Main Square, dusting its grand steeples and turrets with an icing-sugar glaze.

The Main Square was first on our agenda. Nestled under a canopy of twinkling fairy-lights and panoramically shrouded by quirky, pastel coloured buildings and spectacular landmarks, Main Square felt like a magically secret location away from the rest of the world and the mundane. Majestic carriage-pulling horses moved in perfect unity with one another; the rhythmic strikes of their hooves on the cobbles echoing throughout the Old Town.

Every inch of Krakow was tastefully decorated for the Christmas period. Embellished trees dotted the city, glistening in royal blue and decedent silver.

The Christmas markets in Main Square and the Cloth Hall were bustling with merriment, but not uncomfortably crowded. Truth be told, I would have endured crowds and the bitter temperature for the sake of some cranberry-topped freshly grilled Oscypek cheese! (Honestly, if you’re ever in Poland, you absolutely need to try this delicacy!) From the carefully crafted chocolate tools, to the finely painted Nutcracker statures, there is no doubt that Krakow’s Christmas Markets provide a shopping experience with a difference.

Wawel Castle and what lies within its vicinity utterly define the term ‘breathtaking.’

Though the castle walls look imposing enough, you simply have to walk right up into the grounds to unwrap what I would confidentially declare as Krakow’s best kept secret.

The Wawel Cathedral is one of the most incredible buildings I have ever seen. I could have quite easily spent all morning falling deeper under its enchantment, trying to comprehend the intricacy of each turret, spiral and dome.

The Jewish Quarter, Kazimierz, compromises striking, poignant history with a cool, modern vibe. Think wonderful synagogues, splashes of contemporary street art, and a vibrant cafe scene. Speaking of street art… Don’t let Krakow’s olde-worlde charm fool you! Plastered across the city are the funkiest examples of graffiti art. If this kind of thing tickles your fancy amidst exploring Krakow’s more traditional side, I would recommend a trip across the river into Podgorze. Here, you can seek out the ‘Colourful Stairs,’ which pop and burst into view in Kaleidoscope fashion.

The day after the snow fall, Krakow transformed into a veritable winter wonderland of daydream quality. The residue and colours left by the snow illuminated the city and its spotless majesty even more. The sky roared with a startlingly perfect shade of refreshing blue; the most sumptuous backdrop for the likes of Wawel Castle, St Mary’s Basilica, and the Saint Peter and Paul Church. The sight of the sun setting across the tree-lined pathways lining the perimeter of the Castle and the Old Town will forever remain with me. Casting a leaking watercolour rich orange spotlight across the snow capped trees, the show put on by the receding sun left my spine tingling.

Krakow is an enduringly elegant city steeped in rugged tradition, and boasts all that makes Europe and its somewhat sentimental jumble of delightful cobbled cities the most remarkable place on any traveller’s bucket list.

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Traditional Torcik Wedlowski.

It is a unique wafer cake spread with delicious hazelnut cream and dipped in a thick dark chocolate. Each cake is decorated with a hand-made decoration and cakes are available with special messages for holidays and personal celebrations. Emil Wedel’s signature is used on each produce to distinguish it from others.

As the oldest chocolate brand in the country, Wedel has won people’s hearts and business for generations, since it was first founded in 1851. Its founder, Karol Wedel was a pioneer in the field. The famous chocolate factory is located in Prague district, in Warsaw. E.Wedel is most famous for its Ptasie Mleczko (chocolate-covered marshmallows), Mieszanka Wedlowska (assorted chocolate-covered candy), Torcik Wedlowski and Pawelek (chocolate bar with flavoured filling).

Amber is known as the ‘Gem of the Baltic’, and often referred to as ‘Polish Gold’.

It’s the oldest, most precious export product from the Baltic Coast. Amber is a tree resin hardened and weathered for millions of years and washed ashore of the Baltic Sea. 

It’s a mineral of many different names and colours. The colour of amber might vary and depends on the amber nuggets age. It ranges from nearly white, through all shades of yellow and orange, to dark, almost cherry-like red. It’s known under different names such as ‘jantar’, good stone, gold of the north, Baltic gold and electron. 

In the past, amber was associate with a magical power and healing properties, and nowadays is used in the cosmetic industry and folk medicine. 

If you are looking for Polish amber, Gdansk is the city to visit. The seaside city Gdansk is home to the Amber Museum, where you can admire both old and contemporary works of designers. Stadion Energa Gdansk, considered to be most stunning football arena, resembles a piece of amber. 

From the Baltic Sea in the north of the country, to the magnificent mountain trails in the south, Polish health resorts offer unforgettable experience.

Combination of nature-filled holidays, relaxation, medical and beauty treatments. Polish Health resorts have rich resources of mineral waters with medicinal properties. The oldest mention of using mineral waters for therapeutic purpose in Poland dates back to the 12th century. Besides mineral water springs, the most precious resource in Polish health resorts is peloid deposits of various mineral compositions. Treatments in Polish health resorts are made with a use of natural resources and rare microclimates.

The biggest seaside health resort in Poland is Kolobrzeg, which is known as the capital of all Polish spas. The graduating towers in Ciechocinek are the oldest and the largest such complex in Europe. The UNESCO Heritage site, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is an underground rehabilitation and treatment centre.

The historic and beautiful town halls city in Poland

Polish town halls were traditionally built in the centre of a town or in the middle of a town square. Their main function was to be a seat of local government. The town halls were a symbol of freedom, wealth and city importance. Beautifully decorated with precise finish façade elements, they contain vital links to the culture of a town.

Beautiful Polish Town Halls:

  • Wroclaw’s Town Hall ranks among the finest town halls in Europe.
  • Poznan’s glorious Town Hall is the most valuable Renaissance architecture monuments in Central Europe.
  • Tarnow’s Town Hall is a 15th century building, originally constructed in the Gothic style and remodelled at the end of the 16th century in a classic Renaissance manner.
  • Stunning Town Hall in Zamosc has 52-metre-high tower and monumental curved stairway, which were built in the second half of the 18th century.

Oscypek is a Polish traditional, mountain smoked, sheep cheese.

A well-known local delicacy in Podhale region of Poland, which is sold in different shapes, designs, shades and sizes on outdoor markets. The production of cheese started in 15th century and the first recorded recipe for Oscypek was in 1748. This famous cheese, from the Tatra Mountains is slightly tooth squeaking and is springy-textured. The original, protected recipe is used to produce oscypek and its authenticity is guaranteed by trade name protection under the EU’s Protected Designation of Origin.  If  you are interested please read more here.

Poland makes amazing beers and they have been for centuries.

Now, with all food and wine scene flourishing beer has generated more interest.Poland has an expending craft beer scene with many delicious brew. You can try the most accessible  flavours and work your way to the more adventurous styles. If you want to experience how the beer is made and taste it direct from the source, make sure to visit: Browar Kociewski, Browar Ksiezy Mlyn, Browarmia Krolewska, Zywiec Brewery and Browar Warmia. Read more about Polish beers here and here


There is no better time to explore colourful country of Poland than in autumn.

The colourful changing surroundings are a feast for the eyes. The very beautiful season in Poland just started. Visit the Lazienki Park today and enjoy its beautiful autumn colours.The Lazienki Park is a former summer royal resort, one of the European finest complexes and the most beautiful park in Poland. The most famous monument of Frederic Chopin and Palace on the water can be admired in the park.

The European Bison, a symbol of Bialowieski Park Narodowy

The Bialowieza National Park is the largest and oldest primeval forest in Europe. The reserve has never been modified by human being, with an exception of the areas largely populated by old-growth trees. This natural park is a home for the biggest European land mammal, European bison, which is also a symbol of the reserve.

Poland is a paradise for different animals and extremely rare species of birds. The best known in Poland is European Bison, which is the biggest European mammal, weighing up to 800kg. European Bison is a symbol of Bialowieski Park Narodowy, listed on UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Bisons are naturally shy, but can be spotted at hay meadows and on fringes of the forest. While you are in Poland make sure to stumble across Zubrowka vodka, the Polish national firewater!