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Kraków foodie souvenirs

Kraków foodie souvenirs

Sipping gluhwein at Kraków’s Christmas markets, taking in midnight mass on Christmas Eve, watching folk music in Zakopane… we’ve kept things fairly traditional during our time here in Poland. We’ve also focused a bit on food and drink, from learning how to make pierogi to...
Eating Out in Kraków

Eating Out in Kraków

Polish food is wonderful, especially in winter. It’s rustic, hearty, comfort food that is intended to keep you warm and happy. If you’re trudging through snow every day or heading to Zakopane for some snow-sports, you’ll appreciate the carbs; if you’re here in summer, you’ll...
A Bespoke Tour of Kraków with a Local

A Bespoke Tour of Kraków with a Local

Over the last year, as part of our quest to get beneath the skin of the places we’re staying in, we’ve been exploring the best ways to explore places. We’ve got two main interests when we do this… Firstly, we’re looking for things travellers can...
How to Make Pierogi — the Secrets to Dumpling Success

How to Make Pierogi — the Secrets to Dumpling Success

The rustic, hearty food of Poland — particularly Pierogi — a big part of the appeal of places like Kraków and Zakopane for us, and for me, eating the food is also something of a nostalgia trip, thanks to my Russian heritage. At my grandparents’...
Vodka and Pickles

Vodka and Pickles

‘Firewater’ was what my family called my Russian grandfather’s homemade vodka. It burnt as it slid down the throat, which is why the best way to drink the stuff was to throw back the whole shot glass rather than sip it. I learnt this from...
Local Knowledge: Kaska from Kraków

Local Knowledge: Kaska from Kraków

When we met Kaska from Crazy Guides, when she came to collect us from our apartment for the Communist Tour in Kraków, I felt like I’d met her someone else before… Later, on our drive, she mentioned that she had an additional job bartending to put herself through university....
Zakopane Folkloric Souvenirs

Zakopane Folkloric Souvenirs

There are two markets in Zakopane, a small market of wooden shops in the main pedestrianised street in the heart of the old centre, and another larger market that sprawls along the route to the funicular that goes up to Gubałówka hill. Most of the...
The Tatra Museum, Zakopane – a Living Local Culture on Display

The Tatra Museum, Zakopane – a Living Local Culture on Display

What’s so refreshing about a visit to The Tatra Museum in Zakopane, in the southern Tatra Mountains in Poland, is that the artefacts on display don’t belong to some long-past culture or dying traditions. Rather, the exhibits in this splendid building explain a rich local culture...