Krakow Basic Information
Krakow is a stronghold of the south and embraces its historical qualities such as architecture, artefacts and nightlife scene with great pride. If you’re looking to embrace them too, particularly the nightlife, it is strongly advisable to suss out the area during daylight hours before you start your drinking session. Krakow is home to quite literally hundreds of pubs, so you don’t want to peak too soon.
Australian passport holders looking to visit Poland for less than 90 days do not require a visa. If you are however planning on staying longer than 90 days, or looking to study or work in Krakow, then you will need to apply for a visa before you travel. Your type and length of study or work will determine what type of visa you can apply for. Please be aware though that this information is only a guideline. For up to the minute visa information please contact your local Polish embassy.
Poland is a country within the European Union and so has intentions of using the Euro as soon as they are able to. For now the official currency is the złoty which can be divided into 100 groszy(gr). The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the złoty changes constantly so keep an eye on the exchange rate and purchase złoty when the rate is at its best. For safe spending it is also recommended to bring a credit card with you.
Food in Krakow is very typical of general Polish cuisine and so travellers don’t need to venture far to enjoy traditional delights. Polish dishes culminate from a melting pot of diverse influences as it has been the crossroads of what is now Europe for centuries. There is a direct correlation between the nationality, faith and occupation of past visitors to the food we see in the city today. Dishes often feature plentiful servings of herbs mixed with game that was once hunted as a native pastime. Other favourites within Krakow are freshwater fish and crayfish as the country is landlocked. Head over to the Wierzynek restaurant for an incredibly well-to-do dining experience. The establishment has been around for an inconceivable 650 years and has always taken pride in the banquettes it serves as well as the manner in which they tend to guests’ needs. A cheaper alternative without resorting to fast food (mainly located in Downtown district) is the Polish Milk Bar, perhaps the cheapest place in the city with a menu and table to sit at.
Krakow is a maze of streets each filled with well established bars and underground multi-room cellars. Cellar and courtyard bars stretch from the Old Town all the way through to Kazimierz and beyond so there is no chance of missing them. A well spoken legend (that some argue for and against) is that Krakow city has the highest density of nightlife destinations in the world. Young professionals, expats, students and visitors blend seamlessly in crowded bars, nightspots, cafes and restaurants, often hopping from one to another. Clubs are not large in Krakow and tend to max out at 100 people, hence the amount of establishments. A lot of these bars transform into cafes during the day to take full advantage of the market. The Old Town district contains the majority of these venues with some favourites being the Chmiel Beer Pub that offers a spectacular range of rare beers nestled in a cave like labyrinth. For something a bit different combine your sightseeing with some beverages try the famous Tram Party by Gmoods.