Seeking the best rooftop bar Krakow has to offer?

Great Krakow nightlife can be found in bars and restaurants in every corner of the city. But it can get a little crowded. That’s why it’s great to know where to go to escape the hustle. A Krakow rooftop bar perhaps?

Much like the classic Drifters song of the 1960s, it sounds like you need to go, ‘Up on the roof.’ Time for a run-down of the best rooftop bars in Krakow.

Rooftop Bar Krakow
Image source: Metrum- Music Academy Rooftop Krakow

1. Sky Bar – Hotel Stary

Sky Bar’s rooftop bar in Krakow is quite possibly the best-kept secret in the Old Town. Situated only a stone’s throw from the main square and overlooking the square itself, it’s amazing it’s not packed with tourists every night.

The Sky Bar at the swanky Hotel Stary is a huge rooftop and very classy bar that offers an amazing view of St. Mary’s Basilica and the Krakow main square. Despite its fantastic location, Sky Bar has plenty of seats with a view and never seems overly crowded.

In fact, there are actually two roof terraces up here, one at the front and one further towards the back, so that makes for plenty of seating options. The bar serves up classy cocktails, and there is even a summer restaurant serving food. This isn’t the cheapest drink in Krakow, but considering the view, it could be a lot pricier. Particularly compared to the prices of some rooftop bars in Europe. Anyway, once you’re perched high above the bustling streets with a tasty cocktail in hand, it’s definitely worth it!

During Summer Sky Bar is open 12pm- 11pm every day, but bear in mind roof access is usually closed during Winter (except for special occasions).

Address: Szczepańska 5, 31-011

Photo- Sky Bar

2. Vidok (Jubilat Rooftop bar Krakow)

For an unrivalled view of Wawel Castle, there really is no better spot in Krakow than Vidok, a swanky restaurant and bar on the rooftop of the Jubilat shopping arcade by the river.

The panoramic view from the rooftop bar of Vidok allows you to appreciate one of the most famous sights in the city- Krakow castle on Wawel Hill. Whether you’re watching the sun go down over the Vistula river, or sipping a cold beer on a warm summer’s night; Vidok is the best rooftop bar Krakow has to offer when it comes to a drink with a view of Wawel Castle.

The restaurant here is also great for a romantic dinner with a view. And if you need more than a great view to perk you up, they serve up alcoholic coffees with Baileys and Amaretto.

Open from 11am- 11pm every day.

Address: aleja Zygmunta Krasińskiego 1, 31-111 Kraków

Image Source: Vidok

3. Metrum (Music Academy rooftop)

Okay, so if Sky Bar isn’t the best kept secret in Krakow, then this certainly is. Located at the very end of Ulica Tomasza, a few minutes walk from the Krakow main square, lies the very popular resto-bar Metrum. Offering tasty food and breathtaking views of the city.

To access the rooftop, you first have to find it. Metrum is situated on the rooftop of the Krakow Music Academy. Enter the building and walk straight into the foyer. A staircase on your left leads you to the lift doors, ride the lift to the top and voila, one of the best views of Krakow in the city.

Like with Sky Bar, there are actually two terraces, one left and one right as you exit the lift, and both offer spectacular views. Also the prices here for food , coffee and cakes, really aren’t too bad at all considering the view. Mainly because this is technically a cafe for students of the Music academy.

I know what you’re thinking: it’s great, it’s cheap, it’s quick service, so what’s the catch? Well the only downside to Metrum, is that they don’t serve any alcohol. Remember this is a student cafe. However, if you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a coffee and a chat with a view of St Marys Basilica and all the way to Wawel Castle, then you certainly won’t be disappointed.

Open 7 days a week, 9am- until 8pm on weekdays and until 6pm Sat/ Sun. They even serve breakfast. Metrum takes some beating when it comes to the best rooftop bar Krakow has to offer.

Address: Świętego Tomasza 40

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Image source: Metrum Facebook

4. Sheraton Grand Hotel Rooftop terrace & lounge bar

A few of the options in this list are all in the same small area by the Vistula river. But what can we say, if your hotel happens to be in prime real estate with a view of Wawel castle, then it’s understandable to want to want to make the most of it.

That’s certainly what the Sheraton hotel have done. This majestic rooftop bar in Krakow offers a spectacular view of Krakow’s Wawel castle and the Vistula river. Watch the sunset come down or treat yourself to a romantic dinner with a view.

Powisle 7, Krakow, 31-101

5. Hotel Pod Wawelem

There isn’t much to choose from to say that one is better than the other, between Vidok & The Sheraton Grand (mentioned above) and the rooftop at Hotel Pod Wawelem. All three are located along the same bank of the river. Vidok however, offers a slightly more panoramic view of Wawel Castle and therefore gets a place higher up on this list first.

Located slightly closer to Wawel Castle on the same riverside stretch though, is Hotel Pod Wawelem. Offering an almost identical view, if not quite as impressive. Not to be confused with Pod Wawelum, the family restaurant situated on the other side of Wawel castle, Hotel Pod Wawelem is another stylish rooftop bar and restaurant serving up cold drinks and great views.

Address: pl. Na Groblach 2

Hotel Pod Wawelem
Image source: Hotel Pod Wawelem

6. Hotel Rubenstein

Situated in the most famous part of the Jewish Quarter, sits the rooftop bar of Krakow’s Hotel Rubenstein. Once home to the legendary cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubenstein. The hotel’s rooftop bar offers great views of Krakow’s Jewish quarter– all the way to Wawel castle.

Like Rubenstein herself, the bar isn’t cheap (compared to some places in Krakow). However you’re paying for the surroundings- and of course, for the view. This Krakow rooftop bar offers a peaceful haven from the busy streets below. Particularly in the height of summer when you need a moment to relax in peace with a nice cold drink.

Address: Szeroka 12, 31-053

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Hotel Rubenstein
Image source: Hotel Rubenstein

7. Szklanki

This hidden little gem of a rooftop bar in the middle of Kazimierz is the perfect spot for a catching up with friends on a warm evening. There’s a small rooftop terrace and a cool outdoor conservatory where you can spend the evening drinking and laughing.

Szklanki, quite literally meaning glasses, is brought to you by the same people who run Nowy Kraftowy, one of Krakow’s coolest craft beer bars, just around the corner from here. Continuing the theme of craft beer, Szklanki has a nice range of different APAs, fruity numbers and great dark beers to try. There’s also a tasty pizza menu and a great wine selection. The perfect tipple for drinking under the stars.

Jakuba 1931-057 Kraków Polska

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8. Ogród na Dachu Kazimierza

Literally translating to ‘Garden on the Roof of Kazimierz,’ this place really couldn’t be more obvious in advertising itself as a Krakow rooftop bar. Most tourists tend to orientate themselves around Krakow main square and the few who do venture as far as the Jewish quarter, are met with an overwhelming amount of bars. So, despite its location and obvious name, this little rooftop bar in the Krakow Jewish quarter sits relatively undiscovered.

Enter through the Jewish Cultural centre. Climb the stairs until you can go no higher and emerge into a peaceful, tranquil roof garden overlooking Plac Nowy. Perfect for escaping the crowds on a sunny afternoon. Enjoy!

Address: Beera Meiselsa 17, 33-332 Kraków

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Ogród na Dachu Kazimierza
Image source: Ogród na Dachu Kazimierza

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