The Perfect Weekend in Krakow!

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The Perfect Weekend in Krakow!

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The LUELUE Gallery located at 22 Miodowa street.

 

 

GETTING TO KRAKOW

If you are travelling from Warsaw to Krakow, the best, quickest and most comfortable way is to take the EIP (Express IntreCity Premium) from Dworzec Warszawa Centralna ( Warsaw Central railway station). The journey takes 2h 21 minutes. The first-class tickets are between £20-£50 each way depending on how far in advance you book. Seats are very comfortable, lots of leg space, and you can fit medium size luggage on the overhead racks. There is also a separate space for large suitcases near the main door, so don’t panic. Small meal and beverage such as water, tea or coffee are included in the price of the ticket. One thing to note is that you MUST have an allocated seat while travelling by EIP or any other train during the Pandemic. You can purchase tickets via the Intercity.pl website, and it’s a very straightforward process.

 

When I was heading for the perfect weekend in Krakow, there were six passengers in total, including myself and Mr de Merteuil.

 

GETTING AROUND KRAKOW

Krakow’s main tourist attractions such as the Old Town, Kazimierz and the Wawel Royal Castle are in close proximity to each other. It took us 20 minutes to walk from the bottom of the Castle to Barbican.

The perfect weekend in Krakow

The pink dots show the location of restaurants, hotels and museums I highly recommend. As you can see, the distance between them is not that great at all.

 

If you share my fondness for long walks, you will love taking strolls in the picturesque district of Kazimierz, Krakow’s historic Jewish quarter. If not, the most convenient way of travelling around Krakow is by tram or a taxi. Tram tickets can be purchased at most tram stops as well as on the actual tram.

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Szerkoa street in the Kazimierz district.

Kazimierz in Krakow

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Kazimierz is Krakow’s historic Jewish quarter.

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The Old Town

WHERE TO STAY IN KRAKOW

For the perfect weekend in Krakow, which we extended to nearly a week, Mr de Merteuil and I decided to stay the first two nights near the Wawel Castle. We found a charming luxury boutique hotel that ticked all our boxes. The Balthazar Design Hotel at 63 Grodzka street is the perfect choice for the most capricious and demanding travellers.

 

  • BALTHAZAR DESIGN HOTEL

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Balthazar Design Hotel in Krakow

Comfortable bed in the Balthazar Design Hotel in Krakow.

 

  • KLEZMER-HOIS HOTEL

The vintage girl’s dream hotel frozen in time. Located at 6 Szeroka street in the district of Kazimierz.

 

Charming hotel with unbelievably large rooms decorated with antiques, comfortable beds, serving the most delicious breakfast I’ve ever had, and the friendliest staff you will ever find. This gentile is DEFINITELY going back, but next time with Isia-Lilith, because yes, The House of the Klezmer is a dog-friendly house!

Klezmer-Hois hotel in Krakow

Klezmer-Hois hotel located in the Kazimierz district of Krakow.

Klezmer-Hois hotel in Krakow

Our charming bedroom in the Klezmer-Hois hotel in Krakow.

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The room that goes with my vintage wardrobe. A match made in heaven. Photography by Gregory Michael King.

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The perfect backdrop for my 1950s dress which I paired with 1950s gloves, and a faux fur Diana Ribbon Collar from Helen Moore. Photography by Gregory Michael King.

Marlene Dietrich look. Klezmer-Hois hotel.

The 1930s kimono robe looks like it was made specifically for this room.

Helen Moore Diana Collar and French Sole slippers

I don’t travel without at least one pair of French Sole slippers and faux fur from Helen Moore. In the picture, my new Diana Ribbon Collar and Hefner gold Cherub.

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

Restaurants and Cafes in Krakow are ubiquitous, and you will definitely feel spoiled for choice. If you are reading my blog then it is fair to assume that you like beautiful interiors with “soul” and that the look and vibe of a restaurant or a bar are as important to you as the menu. Personally, I would never step foot into a modern-looking establishment filled with uncomfortable “trendy” plastic chairs. What can I tell you, the contemporary “hip” look of so many restaurants nowadays does not go with my wardrobe. 🙂

 

My recommendations for restaurants & cafes filled with a lot of character and good food are as follow.

  • KLEZMER-HOIS

The Klezmer-Hois hotel is known for its lovely restaurant that serves traditional Jewish cuisine. It’s a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but if you have to choose one, I strongly recommend booking dinner along with a concert of traditional klezmer music.

Klezmer-Hois restaurant

For the perfect weekend in Krakow visit the Klezmer-Hoise restaurant.

Klezmer-Hois restaurant.

Klezmer-Hois restaurant.

 

  • ESZEWERIA

For a cup of the most delicious cappuccino head straight to Eszeweria bar at 9 Jozefa street. The place has a very Witchy vibe, and I mean it as a huge compliment, the perfect choice for your first-morning coffee, and it won’t be as busy as in the late afternoon. Food is not served there, but after all, Krakow is all about bar & restaurant-hopping.

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Eszeweria in the Kazimierz district of Krakow.

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I highly recommend the Cappuccino with oat milk.

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The moody interiors of Eszeweria bar in Kazimierz.

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  • MLECZARNIA

For a very tasty breakfast in a beautiful setting, I recommend Mleczrnia at 20 Beera Meiselsa street which is 2 minutes walk from Eszeweria. Bear in mind that Mleczarnia Cafe has an indoor space on one side and outdoor on the other side of the street.

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Mleczarnia in Kazimierz district of Krakow.

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For lunch, you can, of course, go back to Mleczarnia or a place that I visited several times during my trip to Krakow.

  • HEVRE

Located in an old Jewish house of prayer, details alluding to its former life remain in its 1930s wall frescoes. Delectable food, with a lot of vegetarian options, and VERY comfortable sofas (if you’re lucky enough to score one on your visit).

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HEVRE restaurant in Krakow located at 18 Beera Meiselsa street.

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Inside HEVRE bar & restaurant.

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Very healthy and filling pita with avocado and hummus, plus freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.

 

  • ALCHEMIA

Highly recommended restaurant for great breakfast as well as a drink after dark. Full of character, very friendly staff and like most places in the district of Kazimier, very dog friendly!

Alchemia in Krakow

 

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The Witch’s brew also known as Cappuccino.

 

  • TRATTORIA LA CAMPANA

La Campana restaurant at 7 Kanoniczna street offering authentic Italian cuisine in a beauteous surrounding is a great choice for a romantic dinner. The Insalata Paese was so good that the next day, I told Mr de Merteuil to “make haste!” and get one as take-away. Thankfully, it was a couple of minutes away from the Balthazar Design hotel where we spent the first two nights.

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La Campana restaurant.

 

WHAT TO SEE IN KRAKOW

Frankly, the only reason why I’ve ever wanted to visit Krakow was to see one of my favourite paintings, the Ecstasy by Wladyslaw Podkowinski. The idea of spending three days in the former capital of Poland was a spontaneous one, and had it not been for Mr de Meteuil’s birthday we wouldn’t have gone. It’s our tradition to travel on our Birthdays to places where we can see at least one painting we love. I would also add drinking lots of Champagne and eating pretty little pink cakes. Mr de Merteuil who is a fan of Leonardo da Vinci loved the idea of going to Krakow to see the Lady with an Ermine, and as he always says; ” Some people drink Champagne on their Birthday, I drink art.” We compromised and did both.  🙂

  • ART

National Museum in Krakow has 12 branches so if you want to see a particular painting, make sure you go to the right one! Free admission is on Tuesday.

 

Ecstasy by Wladyslaw Podkowinski at the Gallery of 19th Century Polish Art in Sukiennice, the Cloth Hall.

What to see in Krakow

 

Leonardo Da Vinci’s  Lady with an Ermine is in the Princes Czartoryski Museum at 15 Pijarska street in Old Town.

Leonardo da Vinci, Lady with an Ermine

Leonardo da Vinci, Lady with an Ermine.

The beautiful painting Suicide of Lucretia by Cranach the Elder is in the EUROPEUM Centre for European Culture at 6 Sikorsiego square near Old Town.

Art in Krakow

 

  • Wawel Royal Castle

I had no particular desire to go inside the Wawel Royal Castle, but the Art of the Orient- Ottoman Turkish Tents exhibition was too much of a temptation. The Royal Gardens are beautiful, but obviously, the best time to enjoy them would be in the Summer, and the view from the Outer Courtyard is simply magnificent!

 

the Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow

 

PLANES

Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow

One of the best Aviation museums in the world, it has some of the only surviving examples of early Polish aircraft as well as Russian and American Cold War jets. I particularly enjoyed seeing up close planes from WW I.

Tickets are about £5 and you can take tram number 5, 9, 52, 70, 73 to the Aviation Museum stop.

 

I couldn’t resist posing in front of the only car in the Polish Aviation Museum. It was beyond my control!

Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow

 

STREETS OF KRAKOW

If you don’t like museums but would rather get the feel of the town then take a stroll around Kazimierz and Old Town. Explore the little alleys and enjoy the cafes and bars I recommended. Most importantly, take your time, don’t rush, after all, Krakow is not NYC.

Old Town in Krakow

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LUELUE Gallery

A couple of lovely postcards I bought from the LUELUE Gallery.

 

 

 

4 Responses
  • Avatar
    Gill
    October 28, 2020

    So atmospheric, Dominique! You capture the mood of the city beautifully.
    Thank you too for mentioning our faux fur collars, and of course you style all our faux fur in a totally unique way. We’re going to be reading all your ‘Perfect Weekend’ posts from now on.
    Sublime

    • Dominique de Merteuil
      Dominique de Merteuil
      October 28, 2020

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

      It was my first trip to Krakow, and I had no idea what to expect from the city. Of course, I did a lot of research before the trip and had a list of museums and restaurants I wished to visit. Some places were a little bit disappointing, so I didn’t mention them in the article. I have a similar approach to Vogue magazine. I focus on the positive and choose not to write negative reviews of a place or product.

      I think it’s very apparent that I LOVE Helen Moore brand! Your faux fur is not only of the highest quality, but it’s also incredibly beautiful and goes perfectly with my vintage wardrobe.

      Dx

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    Sophie
    October 26, 2020

    Great post! I’ve been wanting to visit Krakow for some time now but never had the opportunity. Great restaurant recommendations and I love your outfits!

    • Dominique de Merteuil
      Dominique de Merteuil
      October 26, 2020

      Thank you!
      Krakow is definitely worth visiting, but you will have to wait till the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. 🙁

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