Your guide to the best cafes in Krakow

Enjoying a good cup of coffee is one of the simple pleasures in life, however finding a great coffee while travelling can be strenuous and frustrating. Between the language barriers and not knowing the city, it can all be a bit too much.  So where are the best cafes in Krakow?

Well, Krakow is a tourism hot spot, so you’re likely to find a Starbucks or Costa Coffee on just about every corner. Despite this, Krakow also has some fantastic specialty coffee shops and cafes and a thriving community around it. So we have put this guide together that dives into all the best cafes and coffee shops in Krakow.

In this guide, we will show you:

  1. Top 9 cafes in Krakow
  2. The best cafes in Krakow to buy beans 
  3. Top 4 cafes in Krakow to work from
  4. Where to get coffee and a drink (of alcohol)

Before we get into our top picks for Krakow Cafes, we will note that there are a few Polish Coffee Shop chains that are not speciality shops but are still an excellent place to enjoy a coffee, which are 

  • I love Coffee – Great coffee, some light meals and a pleasure to work at.
  • Urban Coffee – Speciality coffee with a small but delicious food menu.
  • Karmello – The perfect place for all the chocolate lovers out there.
  • Nakielny – Great coffee and a wide range of elegant desserts.

Top Krakow cafes

Cafe Tektura

Speciality Coffee, Cafe, Workshops

If you’re looking for one of the best cafes in Krakow, Cafe Tekture is the place to go. They are located just outside the main square on Krupnicza street and offer some of the best speciality coffee in town. The cafe has a hipster vibe centred around a cool neon sign. They offer a wide range of coffees like; cold brew, espresso tonic, and drip coffee sitting alongside flat whites, lattes, and cappuccinos on the menu. They also host a variety of coffee workshops. 

Address: Krupnicza 7, 33-332 Kraków


Karma 

Speciality Coffee, Cafe 

Karma Cafe is also located on Krupnicza Street. They offer great coffee that is  roasted in-house at their roastery in Kazimierz. To go with their fantastic coffee, they provide a range of delicious gluten-free and vegan tarts, soups, and main courses, which are all made fresh daily.

Address: Krupnicza 12, 31-123 Kraków


Cheder Cafe

Cafe, Coffee, Tea, Middle Eastern, 

If you are looking for something a bit different, then Cheder is the place. Cheder Cafe is a Jewish cafe and community centre. It was initially opened in 1860 as a house of prayers but was partially destroyed during WW11. In 2008 it was renovated and turned into the cosy cafe it is today. They offer coffee brewed in Finjan, speciality teas, and some of the best hummus in Krakow. 

Address: Józefa 36, 31-056 Kraków


Massolit Books and Cafe 

Books, Cafe, Coffee, Cakes 

Massolit Books and Cafes is the perfect combination for lovers of coffee and literature. This small oasis is located a few minutes from the Old Town. They offer about 20 000 various new and used titles from a wide range of subjects, both academic and popular. In addition, the cafe features homemade American baked goods, fresh bagels, a wide selection of teas, and recent English-language periodicals for reading.

Address: Felicjanek 4, 31-104 Kraków

Massolit Books and Cafe
Image source: Massolit Books and Cafe 

Wesoła Cafe

Cafe, Coffee, Wine, Lunch 

Wesoła is a small and welcome cafe run by coffee enthusiasts. They offer a great range of artisan coffees and tasty homemade cakes. If you’re looking for something extra, they also offer wine, prosecco, craft beer, delicious salads, and wholemeal wraps.

Address: Rakowicka 17, 31-511 Kraków


Pop Up

Cafe, Coffee, Cozy 

Although small, this cafe is hard to miss due to its unique design and colour pallet. It’s a great place to stop by in the morning on your way to the Old Town to get a fantastic coffee.

Address: Karmelicka 45A, 31-128 Kraków


Coffee Garden 

Cafe, Kazimierz, Handcrafts, Florist 

Coffee garden is run by a married couple who have a passion for good coffee, handicrafts, travel, and plants that shine through at their cafe. This unique coffee shop and florist offers coffee of the highest quality – ranging from outstanding espresso to alternative coffees. In addition, Coffee Garden also sells handmade leather goods, flower beds, wall decorations, handbags, and jewellery. The mentioned items are available for purchase at the cafe or online.

Address: Józefa 11, 33-332 Kraków


Cafe Lisboa

Desserts, Wine, Portuguese Cafe

Cafe Lisboa is a tiny slice of Lisbon in the centre of Krakow. Cafe Lisboa offers great coffee that goes oh so well with their freshly baked Portuguese custard tarts. Expect a line and if you want a table book ahead as seating is limited, and they are very popular.

Address: Dolnych Młynów 3/4, 31-124 Kraków


Blossom

Cafe, Speciality coffee, Food, Relax

Blossom is located just outside the Old Town and tucked away from the main square’s hustle and bustle. This cafe takes coffee very seriously. If it has caffeine, they will serve it. They offer speciality coffees, a carefully selected range of teas and spirits, homemade cakes and delicious food for every time of the day. The interior offers a fresh modern atmosphere where you can relax on a deck chair or lounge on a sofa.

Address: Apartamenty Novum, Rakowicka 20, 31-510 Kraków


The best Cafes in Krakow to work from

Przestrzeń Pełna Czasu

Cafe, Workspace, Books, Kazimierz

This cafe is by far the best place in Krakow to work while enjoying a coffee. Przestrzeń Pełna Czasu is a cross between a cafe, book shop, and coworking space. It was built in a former power plant and even has the refurbished crane hanging from the roof. Ola Budzyńska created this venue. She is a female mentor who teaches how to manage your time and run a business.

Address: ul. Św. Wawrzyńca 19 lok. usługowy numer 90, 31-060 Kraków


Cytat Cafe 

Cafe, Workspace, Desserts, Kazimierz

Cytat translates to “quotation” or “poem,” It fits this cafe quite well, as the walls are filled with books and various inspiring quotes. Similarly, when you receive one of the excellent coffees, a small note with a different poem or quote written on it  and it’s different each time) will accompany it.

Address: Miodowa 23, 31-055 Kraków


 Fitagain

Old Town, Restaurant, Healthy, Workspace

Fitagain cafe is a health-conscious cafe and restaurant with a relaxing vibe, located in the Old Town centre. It has comfortable beach seats and a large shared workspace,great for times when you are working with a group of people. The menu offers a delicious range of dietary options for breakfast lunch and dinner.

Address: Szczepańska 7, 31-011 Kraków


MAK bread & coffee at Puro Hotel Kazimierz

Kazimierz, Bakery, Workspace. Cafe

MAK can be found on the bottom floor of the boutique Puro hotel in Kazimierz. It’s perfect for working alone or in a group while enjoying some of their freshly baked bread and speciality brewed coffee. Moreover, the atmosphere of this cafe resembles a start-up coworking space rather than a hotel cafe. Finally, they also have some large comfortable couches to relax on after your hard work is done.

Address: Halicka 14A, 31-036 Kraków


The best cafes in Krakow to buy beans 

Pożegnanie z Afryką Cafe

Speciality Coffee, Old Town, Shop

This cafe is one of the oldest in Krakow. Pożegnanie z Afryką Cafe was founded in 1992 to allow Krakow residents to taste coffee from all over the world. The cafe has the decor of a roasting house from the 18th century. They have just about every coffee and brewing method available. Through the back door of the cosy cafe is a shop that offers a variety of coffee paraphernalia and freshly roasted coffee that can be purchased by the gram.

Address: Świętego Tomasza 21, 31-020 Kraków


Somnium Cafe Bar

Coffee Beans, Cafe, Speciality Coffee

A new cafe in Krakow that offers excellent coffee and a wide range of beans and coffee accessories.

Address: Beera Meiselsa 5, 31-063 Kraków


Ja Wa Palarnia Kawy

Coffee Beans, Roastery, Speciality Coffee

This is a family-run roastery that has been roasting coffee in Krakow since the fall of communism when coffee was considered a luxury item. They offer great coffees from all over the world.

Address: Karmelicka 17, 33-332 Kraków


Coffee and drink (of alcohol)

Antycafe

Old Town, Cocktails, Cafe, 

Located in the heart of the Old Town, this cafe and cocktail bar is the perfect spot to get a coffee in the morning or an espresso martini in the evening. The decor is out of this world, you can find a wide range of items plastered in every nook and cranny, each time you visit this cafe, you will notice something new.  

Address: Sławkowska 12, 31-014 Kraków


Camelot Cafe

Bar, Cafe, Cocktails, Old Town

Cafe Camelot is one of the famous cafes and bars in town. The cafe is located in the Old Town and just a few steps from the Main Square. You can enjoy a perfect coffee, aromatic teas, Prosecco surrounded by vintage decor. If you are a fan of liqueurs, cherry with figs and plums will be a great choice! In the evenings, there are some artistic performances and ‘Loch-Camelot’ cabaret in the thirteenth-century basement. Do not worry if it is getting colder outside, they have a small fireplace to warm you up! Camelot might be busy in the evenings, which speaks for itself. Once you decide to visit this lovely place, remember to have some cash with you – they remain old-fashioned and accept payments only by cash. Certainly up there as the most charming Cafes in Krakow

Address: Świętego Tomasza 17, 33-332 Kraków


Dym Cafe Bar

Cafe, Coffee, Beers, Old Town

Dym is a cross between a typical Polish dive bar and espresso bar, Dym also showcases local artwork in regular rotating art exhibitions. During the day, you can find the elderly crowd lounging about chatting and sipping espresso. In the evenings, the place comes alive with cheap vodka and a great atmosphere.

Address: Świętego Tomasza 13, 31-014 Kraków


Final word 

Krakow has a thriving coffee scene with new cafes opening up all the time and arguably some of the best cafes in Poland. The passionate and hard-working baristas and small business owners are always willing to have a chat and recommend their preferred brew. If you have a favourite place that you think needs to be in here, please let us know:

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