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Kraków truly is a city of literature - a local bragging point legitimised by the fact that the first books in the Polish language were published here (back in the 16th century), it was here that the first bookstore in Europe was opened (at Rynek Główny 23), Kraków has been home to many of the country's most famous authors (including Nobel prize winners Wisława Szymborska and Czesław Miłosz), and hosts numerous literary festivals and events throughout the year (like October's Conrad Festival and May's Miłosz Festival). Let's also not forget that Kraków is home to numerous high quality independent publishing houses (including In Your Pocket!). Kraków's literary reputation was cemented in October 2013 when it became a UNESCO City of Literature - only the second non-English language city to receive the honour, and the first on mainland Europe.

Kraków is full of literary cafes, and for native English speakers a pilgrimage to Massolit is obligatory. Rightfully adopted as an ex-pat cultural centre, it's a great place to meet people and home to helpful message boards offering ex-pat services. While you'll find English-language books in several other places, look no further than Massolit.

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