If you are not a good observer, you won’t find LuLu concept store that easy. In Cracow, LuLu is hidden in Georgian-styled building with lots of wooden stairs and terrafes. It all feels a bit mysterious, but the elusive photography of a woman which hangs in the front really makes you want to know what’s there. But when you enter, still amused (and a bit exhausted) by the stairs, you see a huge wooden cabinet, huge wooden table and, overall, a huge wooden space full of cool, cheerful stuff- decorations, muppets, furniture, cushions… and many other cozy “must-have” living accessories. “We create a brand that combines vintage style with a modern interior. We are looking for original old items, trunks, lamps, mirrors, knick-knacks that add life and character of the interior.” I truly enjoyed that place.
Farina, hidden somewhere between the historical monuments and old streets of Cracow, is the treasure chest of the best fish in the town. With fresh mussels, lobsters, tuna, sole and many other sea-fruits, Farina brings you simple, tasty meal. The interior is simple, too, but the dark wood and always fresh flowers make the place cozy and casual. My personal favourite- the black pasta with baby-octopusses. Love it!
Trzy Rybki (Three Fish) is a restaurant situated in Hotel Stary (The Old Hotel), which is Cracow’s most fine place to be and to eat. The food here is simple, but with a twist of Asian & Polish fusion. I really enjoyed eating the tuna tatare- it was chopped in a way, that it seemed to look like pasta. And that wasabi sauce all around… Yum! If talking of the interior, Trzy Rybki is truly a star. Old, stone walls, glass, red roses and medieval wooden floor. Sounds simple, but the effect is stunning. That’s a first place you need to tick on your Cracow “to be” list.
Cracow, after my city, is the most beautiful place in Poland. It’s so romantic, so mesmerizing… and looks the best in the evening, when it’s old market and architecture feels gloomy, but proud and fine. I also truly love Cracow’s hidden gems- non-chalant stores full of Polish designers (Gosia Baczynska, Robert Kupisz & MMC Studio) and refined, but not too sophisticated restaurants which really offer a lot of yum. Here are my photos and more to come up soon!
Copernicus Restaurant located in beautiful Hotel Copernicus is a very small, cameral and friendly space with traditional modern Polish food. It serves for example delightful veal tongues with mango cavior or beef filet with fresh veggies. The interior is the same as hotel- old fresco on walls, wooden floors and ceilings. If you are looking forward to find real Polish food without french fries or these frigertor salads, but in great place, Copernicus is the right place to go!
This amazing shop Sukiennice that is located on the Old Square in Cracow, is the magic place! There you can find everything traditional that is hand made in Cracow- the Lajkonik’s (figurine of hourse muppets with riders on it), muppet pigeons that are marvelous, folklor lamps, tapestry and laces. Everything is so colourful I just didn’t want to go out!
Last day in Cracow! It was so exhausting because I visited…Wawel! This place is a huge King’s castle, where the legend about Wawel dragon origins. It has a amazing cathedral and museums full of armours, Asian vases, swords and other “medieval” things. But still, my favourite place the Cathedral Museum. There, all Jan Paweł II clothes and furnitures are located. The shoes… I was wondering if these were Del Toro or Christian Louboutin 😄! I saw his cape and even hs favourite armchair! And what I thought was great in Wawel museum were the heads on ceilings…
Wiliczka is one of the biggest salt mine in the world that was created in 13th century and works till today producing best class salt and containing an amazing air that is very healthy for breathing system. It’s on the list of UNESCO and got lots of chambers and salt sculptures plus a mind blowing museum. And it looks really out of this world!
On the photo above, you can see the Saint Kinga’s chapel that is totally sculpted from salt and works as a usual church. In past it gave hope to all miners and the “Treasurer” in posture of dwarves did the job of helping people and informing them about dangers. What is worth to mention, in this mine a slave have never worked, and the miners were respected! And, I’ve went down like 140 m down the earth threw about 700 stairs and lots of metres foot… Felt so tired that even a Bounty didn’t help! And “stole” like 400g of salt when the guide didn’t look… It was a marvelous adventure!
These salt sculptures that go out from rocks are called Kinga’s hair- after her death, her hair was thrown into deep salty lake on 8th bottom floor (there are 9!) and after years, the hair grew out from holes in stones, forming these natural beauties… But that is just a myth…
And I bought some bath salts, so tonight, in bathroom… Oh, much will happen!
I found this strange, but Cracow is really full of old fashion cameras and photos! For example, in the Jewish district when you walk, you can see whole murals stchked with Poaroids photos presented as… Tiles! There is also a great Leica boutique… Oh, the cameras there striked me! There was this Leica designed by Paul Smith! But the price is really huge! And in reality the system of the Smith Leica is the same as in standard Leica. Only colours are different! But still, it’s mine wish to have one of those!