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Kraków's Best Beer Gardens

26 Jun 2020
Bezogródek Food Truck Park...or just a giant beer garden?
Bezogródek Food Truck Park...or just a giant beer garden?
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Certainly there can be no more Cracovian activity than sitting in the sun in the late afternoon with a beer in your hand, recounting the events of the night before, making half-baked travel plans and dreaming up daft art projects you’ll never follow through with. In fact some people seem to have made a living out of such blissful idleness (they’re called 'expats'). While all of Kraków may seem like a beer garden in the summer months, contrary to the evidence in front of you, it is not legal to drink in public spaces, whether it’s the Planty, the Wisła riverbank or elsewhere. Nor should you need to. With more bars per capita than any other city in Europe, suddenly every single one has a garden full of patio furniture the moment the sun comes out. So which to choose?

Kraków Old Town Beer Gardens

Most foreigners will keep to the market square, and while the views and vibe are super, you’ll find that almost every establishment on the market square only serves the most basic national beers, and they charge 50% more for them. Kraków's courtyards are more interesting and one of the best is Buddha Bar, where DJs spin records under the stars through a narrow passageway across from the Mickiewicz monument. Other Old Town notables include Bunkier - a positively huge terrace on the Planty, Klub Re, Viva La Pinta, Krakowskie Zakąski, and the popular nook known as 'Doubting Thomas Lane' (ul. Św. Tomasza).
The hidden courtyard beer garden of Krakowski Zakąski.

Just west of the Old Town you'll find Tytano - a former tobacco manufacturing complex which was redeveloped with dozens of bars in 2016, and effectively feels like one enormous beer garden in the warm months. An absolute must, get there while you can, because it's sadly slated to come to an end at the end of August 2020.
Catch the summer vibes at Tytano before they're gone!
 

Kraków Kazimierz Beer Gardens

Track down to Kazimierz, however, to enjoy alfresco drinking at its finest; Plac Nowy is a no-brainer, but tables can be hard to find - note that Le Scandale has plenty of space hidden in its courtyard. Away from Plac Nowy, Stara Zajezdnia has almost limitless space if you're in a larger group, but if you're looking for something more intimate, get thee to the atmospheric and evocative gardens of Mleczarnia, Eszeweria or 2 Okna. The upper terrace of Opium, meanwhile, offers views over the Remuh Jewish Cemetery.
The Opium garden awaits.

Also, don’t forget ul. Szeroka. Though more touristy and less lively than the rest of Kazimierz, it catches sun later into the evening, and you might catch a live klezmer concert as well.
 

Kraków's Biggest Beer Gardens

For sheer size, again, it's Stara Zajezdnia - Kazimierz's old tram depot, the hipster-lined alleys of Tytano - the former tobacco factory (until end of August 2020), or riverside drinking at Forum Przestrzenie - the eroding PRL-era hotel. There's also Bezogródek - which is Kraków's best food truck park, but effectively twins as a huge beer garden full of beach chairs.
The sprawling riverside beer garden of Forum Przestrzenie.

For more recommendations, check out our feature on Kraków's Best Hidden Gardens.
Below is a list of our top choices for a beer in the sunshine in Kraków.

Kraków's Best Beer Gardens

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