In the New Year, me and three lovely ladies (Kate, Annette and Nicola) donned our thermals and headed to Krakow to drink lots of good vodka, eat lots of cake and hang out in Krakow's uber cool Jewish Quarter, Kazimierz.
Bars/cafes I would thoroughly recommend are Singer (dark, candle lit and open late, all tables are made from the old Singer sewing machines. Definitely not a tourist spot, so drink beer or your vodka straight unless you speak Polish...), Cafe Mlynek (vegetarian place for food, coffees and drinks. With friendly staff who serve the finest honey latte and pesto and mozarella sandwich I've ever tasted...the pierogi was pretty damn good too - shit, I'm missing this place already), Arenda restaurant (OH MY GOD, ONE OF THE BEST MEALS I'VE HAD IN A LONG WHILE!), Club Lubu Dubu (great place for a night out, even on a Sunday!). We went to a nice bar that played The XX but sadly can't remember what that was called (possibly Propaganda?).
On our last night we had dinner in a very quiet and rather strange authentic Polish restaurant. When we entered the dimly lit restaurant you felt like you were walking into a eastern european period drama. The place was completely empty, apart from two wizened old men who were engrossed in playing (beautifully I hasten to add) a endless duet on violin and piano (we were there for a good 2 hours and they were playing as we left with no sign of stopping), thankfully completely oblivious to our presence, whilst two smiley girls in tradition garb stood awkwardly in the empty dining room. Food was good, service was lovely but the taxidermy that proceeded our entrance, strange.
Anyhoo my photos are thus:
(all shots taken on 35mm slide film then cross-processed on my LC-A+)
I urge everyone to go. We all had a really lovely time.. and brought back a fair few bottles of vodka.