A May 2007 trip
to Krakow by fionademp
Quote: A weekend of eating and drinking in Krakow including a trip to Auschwitz.
We hired apartments in Krakow using www.warsawshotel.com/krakow-hotels.htm we went for two, two bedded apartments between 10 people. The apartments I stayed in was Szczepanski 5. It’s in a really good location, just off the main square but still in a quiet spot. It overlooks an enclosed courtyard and is incredibly secure. The main gate to the courtyard is operated by a key code and the apartments have three locks, bit of a nightmare when drunk. The apartment contained one double room, a room with two twin beds, and a sofa bed. There is a fully equipped kitchen including a fridge. The bathroom has a good shower and includes towels and a hairdryer. There is a TV in the lounge.
The overall apartment was clean and excellently located. There is a safe, and the owner and his brother are often on site if you have any problems. They let us keep our bags in one of the apartments after check out to save us dragging them around for the day. If you check out Szczepanski 6 in the 3-6-bed section, my friends had this apartment and it's lovely. It's massive inside, one of the bedrooms was bigger than my lounge at home. There is also a Jacuzzi bath in one of the bathrooms. My friends got this as an upgrade, so it worked out for the two apartments between 10 people for three nights at £50 each or £260zl. The owner can be a bit lax about keeping in touch prior to arrival, he was known amongst our group as Simon ‘everything is ok’ Zabrowski, but don’t let that put you off.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 1, 2007
La Fontaine is a French restaurant just off the main square in Krakow. It is quite upmarket, serving what I would call à la carte food. There is a seating area outside which is beautifully lit up and very romantic and downstairs there are winding cellar rooms with little cubbyholes. We sat downstairs and received impeccable service. The menu is largely meat with some fish. Probably not the best place if you are vegetarian. There is a set menu for 64zl, which includes a starter, main course, and dessert. We received an appetizer from the chef before our starter, a good start I thought.
I went for the tapas selection to start, a little scary as it’s a selection from the day, meaning you don’t know what your getting till it arrives. Thankfully it was lovely, consisting of three small servings of pasta, soup, and quiche. For my main course I had salmon, but round our table there was goose, lamb, duck, beef, and chicken. I didn’t have a dessert but again the chef sent us a flavoured ice cup with some little sweets on the side. The staff were incredibly friendly and made sure we were attended to without being claustrophobic. For 10 people, with wine, beer and 2/3 courses each it clocked in at under £20 each.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2007
Ulica Sławkowska, 1
Krakow, Poland 31-014
+48 12 431 0930
Restaurant | "North Fish "
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 31, 2007
North Fish Restaurant
25 Rynek Glowny
+48 (12) 431-1987
Attraction | "Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2007
Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Memorial and Museum
Ul. Wiezniów Oswiecimia 20
48 33 844 8100
Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter)
Carpe Diem was recommended to us in a local restaurant and I’m so glad it was. What a fabulous club. It has a variety of rooms, the main bar room, the dance floor and a couple of seating areas. We spent most the night either seated in the small gangway room, with a motorbike and sidecar in it, or on the dance floor. Good selection of rock music with some dance thrown in for good measure. Dance floor can be pretty cramped and very hot but it has a great atmosphere and people are friendly.
Drinks are the usual Polish cheapness; to be honest I can’t remember how much but know it was cheap. Watch out at the door, we got asked for ID, despite being 30, we didn’t have any and paid 50zl for two people to get in. Our friends behind us paid 50zl for six people to get in. Offer the smallest amount you have if asked to pay; they seem willing to accept whatever you offer. Think its open till 4am, that’s around when we left. If you need a snack after head across the square take the second road on the right and there’s a kebab place.
Carpe Diem Pub
ulica Florianska 33
Krakow, Poland 31-019
+48 12 421 1451
We first headed to Music Bar 9 during the day and were the only people. Loving the music and relaxed atmosphere and outside seating we went there after dark to find a completely buzzing bar. The music here is great if you like classic rock. They do play a mix but they played potentially the best half hour of music here that you’re likely to hear anywhere…well in my opinion.
It gets really busy at night so don’t be surprised by having to wait ages on a drink as they normally only have one or two bar staff on. We used this place as a pre dinner drinks venue so I'm not sure what it gets like later in the night, but it certainly took our fancy. I won’t go into drink prices, as they are pretty much the same throughout Krakow I thought. They did do this nice drink called burn, no idea what’s in it but it's bright red and quite sweet. It's some kind of an energy drink mixed with alcohol from what I could gather. Is opposite McDonald's by the way.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2007
Music Bar 9
ul. Szewska 9
+48 (12) 4222546
I went to Frantic after a long night out so I don’t remember too much of it to be fair. I can’t tell you what the music was like, or about the dance floor as I didn’t dance but it was the friendliest place we went to. Loads of people got chatting to us from all round the world. At one point I was chatting to an English bloke, next minute a German bloke then an American. They do these great things for getting beer in a group. It is a bit long plank of wood with beer glass holes so one person can get lots of beers and carry them in one go.
Impressed by the little things me. You might have trouble getting in here as a big group of blokes as the guys in front of us got turned away. Think it was partly because one of them looked young but be warned if you’re out here having just turned 18 as you might get turned away without ID. A good night out and definitely worth checking out, also didn’t have to pay to get in so if you don’t like it can always move on.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 1, 2007
Ul. Szewska 5
+48 (12) 4230483
London, United Kingdom