3 outdoor hangout spots in Kraków

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When the cold front of winter is over and the sun starts shining, Kraków is a great city to enjoy some rays, and people pour outside to do just that.

Whether you’re looking for a thriving bar, some great views or a slice of nature, Kraków has plenty of top spots for relaxing outdoors.

The Planty Park

At almost two miles long, the Planty is one of Kraków’s biggest parks. A slim strip of greenery that wraps around the city center from Wawel Castle, the Planty is a well-loved and well-visited spot all year round. Pick a bench and enjoy the dappled sunshine as you sit and watch the world go by. It’s a favorite for cycling, walking, rollerblading, and even getting to grips with a segway. There are several monuments, water features, and garden areas with colorful flower displays to enjoy, as well as part of Kraków's Jagiellonian University, where Copernicus famously studied.

Bunkier Cafe

Nestled in the Planty is this restaurant bar, which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an extensive selection of drinks. Its conservatory-style design makes it popular in both winter and summer and, when the weather warms up, it opens onto the outside patio. The walkway of the Planty runs right beside Bunkier Cafe, meaning you can people-watch as you enjoy your food and drinks, and feel immersed in the heart of Kraków's greenery.


Stroll along Kraków's winding Vistula River to take in the calm beauty of the city. There are many points along the river that make great hangout spots, but one of the finest is in front of Wawel Castle. Sit on the wall or spread out a blanket on the grass and join many others who will be enjoying the peaceful atmosphere and view of the stately castle. It’s completely free and you can feed the nearby ducks and swans.

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