Alchemia - If alchemy is the art of transformation, then a visit to this bar will morph your evening into something truly fabulous. With bijou bohemian surroundings and exciting up-and-coming music acts as well as the tastiest cocktails around, a visit to Alchemia is an absolute must!
Where? Estery 5, 33-332 Krakow
Forum Przestrzenie - Hip, cool and incredibly stylish, Forum might just be the trendiest bar in Krakow. Set inside an ex soviet-era hotel, they've kept the best bits of the original scenery while including some modern twists like bean bags, beach chairs and graffiti art to create the perfect retro-chic vibe.
Where? Marii Konopnickiej 28 Krakow
Le Scandale - The cocktails here are scandalously good, and when you're around sophisticated hunks that all look like the Polish equivalent of James Bond, the views aren't too bad either! Les Scandale is sleek, stylish and exceptionally modern. Doskonaly!
Where? plac Nowy 9 Krakow
Destino - In the heart of the Polish capital is an Italian-foodies heaven. Destino is fabulously unique, providing delicious dishes that range from the perfect pizzas to tantalising seafood cuisine. The chic beach house look of the restaurant is a cute touch as well!
Where? Swietego Jana 8, 33-332 Krakow
Milkbar Tomasza - During Poland's days as a communist state, Milk Bars provided traditional food to poorer people. These days, everybody's got a little more cash in their purses, but the Milk Bar's ethos remains the same, providing delicious traditional food all-day-long at bargain prices.
Where? ulica Tomasza 24 Krakow
Sights & Sounds
After a particularly eventful night out (Polish vodka is a little bit stronger than the stuff we're used to in Blighty) a sunlit stroll around Krakow's beautiful grand square is certainly a great way to rid yourselves of the previous evenings excesses. Admire the gorgeous architecture of the Basilica and make sure you get a group selfie in front of Eros Bendato, a giant sculpture of a head on its side!
To discover Krakow's most spectacular parties, you have to look beneath street level. Cien nightclub is where all of the Polish capital's bright young things go to let their hair down; it's glittery, lively and a whole lot of fun. Drinki dla wszystkich!
Does the bride-to-be love the unusual? Then she's sure to dig the Tram Party! This is the funkiest night out in the city, and let's be honest, where else are you going to go clubbing on a moving tram?
In the Diary
February - Shanties. Let your inner sea-lubbing lass loose as you soak in the salty atmosphere of this stunning sea shanty festival.
June - Wianki. This annual festival is simply amazing - celebrate the coming of summer by floating a colourful wreath down the Vistula river and go dancing in the streets to the sounds of big-name Polish pop artists!
June - Jewish Culture Festival. Krakow comes alive during this annual celebration of all things Jewish - don't miss the euphoric Szeroka street block party at the end of the festival.
September - Dachshund March. Imagine a flood of eye-wateringly cute wiener dogs bumbling through the streets and you're pretty much there - this is definitely one for any pooch-loving bride-to-be!
Top of the Shops
Krakow's fashion sense is deceptively simple. Style here isn't achieved with a flagrant amount of colour or make-up, but with muted colours and a frosty kind of elegance that Polish women seem to pull off with the greatest of ease. But don't throw money at high-end shops in an effort to mimic this effortless style - there's a wide range of vintage and independent stores in Krakow packed with cut-price wears to transform you into the pouting Polish hipster you never knew you wanted to be.
Vintage Classics - Vintage shopping rarely gets as stylish as this. Look like a true fashionista with stunning dresses at prices that won't break the bank!
Where? ulica Jozefa 11, Jewish Quarter
Idea Fix - This edgy collection of Polish-made designer goods might be a little pricier than the vintage shops, but they're still far cheaper than the high-end stores at home, and the beautiful threads you'll discover here are simply to die for.
Where? ulica Bochenska 7, Jewish Quarter
Cloth Hall - Inside the deceptively ornate and glamorous Sukiennice is the most amazing free market you'll find in the capital. The sheer joy of discovering the weird and wonderful goods sold here is reason enough to give Cloth Hall a visit, let alone the possibilities of escaping with a bargain buy!
Where? Main Square, Old Town
Girls About Town - Getting around Krakow...
Krakow is a bustling metropolis, and while it doesn't boast its own metro system yet, there are still plenty of ways to get around above ground. Of course, walking these beautiful streets is always our recommended way of exploring the city. But, when you're laden with shopping bags, a Krakow Tourist Card will give you free access to the superb bus and tram network - just remember to get your ticket stamped!
So you've done it, you've taken your hen party on the European tour of your dreams. But what do you do now you're here? Well, you could go White Water Rafting, Pole Dancing or Paintballing. Although a Water Park might sound childish, it's actually fabulous fun and a Pampering Day is sure to be met with plenty of smiles and girly giggles. See more...
Krakow is certainly a dark horse in the race to become Europe's party capital. The nights here are vibrant, stylish and positively vodka-fuelled! From the moment the glowing street-lights are turned on, the night is filled with an indescribable energy that's unlike anything you'll find back home. Get your evening off to a sexy start with our sizzling Male Stripper after a visit to one of the city's top Restaurants. Then you can hit the Casino or some of the town's hottest venues in our Guided Bar Crawl before enjoying a Guestlist Nightclubbing experience! See all our nightlife options...