Culture and Cuisine in Krakow
**Guest post by Naida J. Ally**
Formerly the capital, Krakow is one of the biggest and oldest cities in Poland. Although probably not the first destination that comes to mind when deciding on a place to visit, it is home to a whole host of attractions to rival anywhere else in Europe.
For a start, Krakow is home to a rich cultural history spread across a range of places of interest. To soak up the city’s history, visitors can head to one of Krakow’s many museums, including (but not limited to) the Czartoryski Museum, the National Museum, the Jewish History museum, the Archdiocesan Museum, the Wyspianski Museum or the Jozef Mehoffer Museum. Being a major centre of higher education, the city celebrates a diverse population and hosts facilities to cater for it, so as expected the nightlife and bar scene are both lively and diverse.
When visiting for the first time, it is worth getting familiar with the tram and bus links within the city centre. Depending on where you decide to stay, you may also find it economical and easier to travel by taxi. While the option of car hire is always available, it’s not particularly necessary in the town centre. To find more information about accommodation and when to travel, it’s worth taking a look at, My Destination Krakow.
Despite being cosmopolitan, Krakow also retains strong traditional elements unique to the city and Poland as a whole, and one of the best (and tastiest) ways to sample this is through the local cuisine. Whilst many Krakow restaurants offer food from around the world, if you really want a taste of authentic Krakow dining the following restaurants are a good place to start; there’s Starka Restaurant, which offers traditional Polish food and home-made vodkas, Kawaleria Szarza Smaku, located in the Old Town part of the city, and the Restaurant Dominikanska 2.