Ketchup, cheese and liberty: The legend of Poland’s zapiekanka

Ketchup, cheese and liberty: The legend of Poland’s zapiekanka

The zapiekanka (a long, open-face sandwich) was a beloved piece of my childhood. But not only mine — it was a miracle treat for a whole generation of Polish children who discovered it at the end of ‘80s (and who still buy one from time to time for sentimental reasons)....

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Forget the folk songs; in Poland, locals dance the tango

Forget the folk songs; in Poland, locals dance the tango

On any given night in Krakow, there’s a milonga happening somewhere. The sultry tango may have its roots in Argentina and Uruguay, but at some point the dance worked its way from South America across the Atlantic, and landed in the most unlikeliest of places: Communist Poland. And while most...

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My neighbourhood: A local’s guide to Kazimierz, Krakow

My neighbourhood: A local’s guide to Kazimierz, Krakow

No one knows local life like our guides. That’s why we’ve asked them take us around their favourite ‘hoods and offer their insider tips on seeing the city like a true local. If Kazimierz sounds like your kind of place, local Krakow guide Monika and her team can show you...

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The complete guide to: Krakow travel

The complete guide to: Krakow travel

According to legend, Krakow was founded on the defeat of the Wawel Dragon. While the dragon may be gone, what you will find is Europe’s largest market square and a charming Old Town — in fact, the city itself has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1978. If you’re...

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10 ways to stay warm when it’s winter in Krakow

10 ways to stay warm when it’s winter in Krakow

Sure, it’s chilly, but winter in Krakow can actually be quite pleasant. The streets and squares, covered with a white blanket of snow, are magical and unforgettable. And there are local experiences that are simply best enjoyed when it’s cold outside. So if you’ve resisted visiting Poland because of low...

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Ice baths, fish scales, and other quirky Polish New Year’s traditions

Ice baths, fish scales, and other quirky Polish New Year’s traditions

New Year’s traditions in Poland are packed with superstition, all with the goal of making the coming year more prosperous than the last. Unfortunately, over time, many of the country’s older folk customs have faded into oblivion and aren’t as commonly celebrated as they once were — but that doesn’t mean...

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The 12 dishes of a Polish Christmas dinner

The 12 dishes of a Polish Christmas dinner

Christmas is the most celebrated feast in Poland, and while the day is traditionally considered a religious holiday, the fact is most people here celebrate it in some way regardless of their religion. For many Poles, this is the one time of year when all members of their families come...

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Downtown Krakow markets worth exploring

Downtown Krakow markets worth exploring

In Krakow, markets are more than just places to shop for groceries — they’re places to meet up with friends, to catch up on gossip, to eat, and to discover great Polish treats, products, and more. They’ve also shaped much of Krakow’s history, and that’s why you can’t visit this city without...

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Must-buy souvenirs from Krakow

Must-buy souvenirs from Krakow

Part of the fun of visiting a new city is picking out all the great souvenirs you want to bring home, either to remind yourself of how much you loved this corner of the world, or to introduce a piece of a new place to friends and family (and let...

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Krakow cafés with a view

Krakow cafés with a view

Iced coffee? Or maybe some local beer in a traditional mug? All while taking in incredible city views? Sounds like a great afternoon to us! Locals in Krakow know that drinks, meals, and sweet snacks taste best when they’re enjoyed with a view, which is why the city’s got a...

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