Kazimierz is the old Jewish Quarter of Krakow, Poland, a place with a fascinating and indelibly dark story to tell. Today, the area is home to some of the quirkiest and coolest bars in the city, which are laden to the brim with fancy lounges, killer beer pubs, sophisticated cocktail joints, intimate gardens and trashy dive dance floors. With this list of the top 10 best drinking hotspots in the area, discover the boho Kazimierz spirit like a local.
Mystery and magic awaits at Alchemia. The fairy-tale charm of this corner bar oozes out from each crack in its creaking Jewish-quarter tenement building. But despite the charming antique and dust-clad façade the folk here have some seriously cutting-edge concepts up their sleeve. Subterranean electronica gigs and film festivals grace the cellars; mouth-watering mezze plates are brought from the kitchen and there’s a fine collection of Polish and Czech beers on tap.
Address: Alchemia, Estery 5, 33-332 Kraków, Polen +48 12 421 22 00
Hardly anyone’s ready for the trashy, punk-rock atmosphere of this feisty little pub on Miodowa. A sure start for drinkers looking to feel that boho, nonconformist Kazimierz spirit, Propaganda pulses with garage, metal, psychobilly and grunge until the early hours of the morning. Inside, each corner and crevice is adorned with old proletarian posters and socialist paraphernalia, while there’s also the ubiquitous Eastern Bloc Trabant hood too. Needless to say the drinks on offer matches the reputation as vodka flows in streams (raspberry, quince, shimmering transparent), while there’s also a fantastic Italian coffee blend available.
Settle down at Moment Resto and enjoy a night in one of the classiest 60s-themed bars in all of Krakow. The interior is a happy-hippie colored tapestry of retro panache, while the catchy furniture brings out the best of the period in a medley of egg-shell chairs and armed sofas set to top-up that boogie mood. Delicious drinks are kept behind the bar (the virgin mojitos are perfect and the mixers are strong), cocktails flow at the snap of a finger and there’s an al fresco pavement area to chat with friends during the summer.