Honoured by UNESCO as a global City of Literature and peppered with monuments dedicated to the great Polish poets, Krakow is no stranger to the bookish world. It’s also got its fair share of top-class book shops, which come in all shapes and sizes. Check them out…
Towering shelves of tomes loom overhead from the moment you walk inside Massolit Books; a cosy place nestled in an old tenement on the corners of a street just off the Krakow Old Town. The main room is scented with the freshly ground beans of artisan coffee roasters, and locals can be seen poring over dog-eared volumes in the nooks and crannies. Through a hidden door at the back, corridors that are similarly rammed with pages lead to a larger, more bookish area, where Polish academic publications and regional eastern European literature (all in English translation) are available.
Massolit Books & Café, Felicjanek 4/2, Kraków, Poland, +48 12 432 41 50
Hidden on the leafy streets at the south end of the old Jewish Quarter, LOKATOR coffee & books does exactly what it says on the tin: great coffee and an interesting array of books. The interior has all the cool and quirky, swish and artsy features you’d expect of a joint in the city’s bohemian hub (Kazimierz), along with countless volumes on everything from local culture to European history; some in English, most in Polish. LOKATOR also hosts regular readings and workshops, so be sure to ask about upcoming events.
LOKATOR coffee & books, Mostowa 1, Kraków, Poland, +48 505 862 724