Jama Michalika

  ul. Floriańska 45 ,   Old Town          (+48) 12 422 15 61     more than a year ago

Not so much a cafe as a lesson in local history. Established in 1895, it was in this very establishment that Młoda Polska - Poland's Art Nouveau movement - was founded, with many of the leading artists of the day choosing to take their libations inside this grand venue, and tack their art on the walls. The place has hardly changed a bit since then and still features loads of original artwork from the fin-de-siecle era, as well as period furnishings, stained glass, an anachronous cloakroom and even a smoking section. In addition to beer, coffee and sweets, there’s also a full menu of Polish food, and they offer a popular 3-course meal with live entertainment from a folk dancing troupe every Weds & Sat at 19:00 for 119zł. Although the abundance of tourist groups and the poker-faced nature of the staff limits the appeal of return visits, stopping in at this legendary venue is still essential.


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Smoking place
Facilities for disabled
Live Music
Dogs Allowed


Open 09:00-22:00. Fri, Sat 09:00-23:00.


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This is a very special and unique cafe in a town filled with so many wonderful places to have coffee or a drink. The entire place is decorated with art work left by famous and not so famous Polish artists/writers/sculptors/glass workers - all from the Polish Art Nouveau movement. It's like a museum but you can almost feel as if you are there at the time when these artists are inspiring each other to create. The meals are ok - but the desserts are wonderful - beautiful to look at and absolutely delicious! Jama Michalika should be a definitely be on your list of places to visit when in Krakow!

Very historic cafe and worth a visit despite the so-so friendly service. This place even survived communism, although it was sometimes hard to get a seat there. Check to see if they still have jazz nights. Some very well known jazz players still make appearances in Jama Michalika.
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