As soon as summer rolls around and the sun has its proverbial hat on, is there any better way to spend an afternoon than sipping on a cold beer while relaxing at one of the best beer gardens in Krakow? We don’t think so!

When it comes to beer gardens in Krakow, Krakowians (yes that is how you describe people from Krakow) are absolutely spoiled for choice. In fact, there are so many options for drinking outside, it was hard to narrow them down to a list of 9.

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forum Krakow
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This list is designed to show you a few of the places that you might not already know. For that reason, we discount all of the venues around the Krakow main square. They all have lovely seating areas, but if you’ve spent more than five minutes in Krakow you’ll see how busy they can get.

No, we aim to dig a little deeper than the obvious.Let’s begin our countdown…

1. Forum Przestrzenie (Forum)

Forum offers arguably the best outdoor seating options of any venue in Krakow. With a riverside view, deckchairs, ping pong, some of the best Krakow street food and cold beers. Forum really does have everything a great beer garden should have.

The building is actually a music venue/events space, set inside an old Soviet-era hotel that closed in 2001. There is plenty of outside seating here but be warned this place is definitely no secret. But it’s also too good to not include on this list.

Marii Konopnickiej 28

2. Eszeweria

One of the first mistakes many visitors make when looking for the best beer garden in Krakow, is to confine their search to the Old Town. Kazimierz (that’s the Jewish Quarter if you don’t know) is absolutely teeming with great bars and even better beer gardens, and Eszeweria is right up there with the best.

This candle-lit, local’s favourite, is perfect for chatting the night away in a quiet corner, but the main draw is the, (nowadays not-so) secret garden out the back. This pebble stoned, oasis of calm, is decked out with plenty of tables and even the odd hammock for sun-lounging with a cold beer. Perfect for a lazy afternoon, or a warm Summer’s evening.

Józefa 9, 33-332 Kraków

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3. Mleczarnia

Mleczarnia is a quaint little Kazimierz cafebar that serves up alcoholic beverages by candlelight, but come summer the cafe spills out into the yard across the road, creating one of the most charming and spacious beer gardens in Krakow.

This area of Krakow still has much of its old charm and you can sit beneath the stars, drink in hand watching the world go by.

Beera Meiselsa 20, 31-058

4. Re- Restaurant & Garden

Located two minutes from Krakow’s main square, Re is actually a small cellar bar that just happens to have one of the best beer gardens in Krakow Old Town.

The garden is actually shared with neighbouring restaurant Papryczki 5, but it’s big enough and hidden enough that despite its location, it is usually still possible to get a seat in the sunshine or shelter under the cool canopy of the trees.

Świętego Krzyża 6, 31-028 Kraków

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Image source: Klub Re

5. Caffe Zaćmienie Bar

This stylish indoor/outdoor cafebar is a tropical paradise located a stone’s throw from Krakow’s main square. The venue sports a garden theme with plants at every turn, serving up cool cocktails, food and desserts.

A little haven in the Old Town. It’s the go-to beer garden in Krakow.

Szczepańska 3, 31-011

6. 2 Okna Cafe

This unassuming cafe on Jozefa in Kazimierz serves bagels and pastries, as well as cakes and salads. To drink, there is a selection of wines and ice cold beers.

One of the venue’s best features, however, is a secret courtyard out the back which isn’t visible from the front of the building, making for the perfect relaxation spot when exploring Kazimierz in the Krakow Jewish Quarter and one of the best beer gardens in Krakow.

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Józefa 40, 31-056 Kraków

Image source: 2 Okna Cafe

7. Stara Zajedznia

Krakow’s ‘Old Tram Depot,’ features on UNESCO’s list of historically important buildings and is now a popular bar in Kazimierz. In the summer months, the venue features a huge outdoor seating area, packed full with deck chairs. They even have a giant screen for big sporting events when you’re looking for where to watch football in Krakow.

The huge main hall contains the longest bar in Krakow and is often used for functions, but the main draw, along with the summer garden, of course, is the selection of beers brewed on-site.

The micro-brewery specializes in making beers using ingredients sourced from local farmers and Polish hops, making the beers served here unique to this bar. Add in a garden terrace to drink them in the sunshine and you have a perfect Summer’s afternoon planned.

Świętego Wawrzyńca 12, 31-060 Kraków

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Image source: Stara Zajedznia

8. Tajemniczy Ogród

If you are looking for a great hidden beer garden in Krakow, then look no further than Tajemniczy Ogród. Literally translating to ‘Secret Garden’ this bar and restaurant is located smack, bang in the middle of the Krakow Jewish Quarter in Kazimierz.

Because this hidden Krakow beer garden is tucked discreetly through the back, it’s not visible from the front. Which means on a sunny Saturday in July, revellers are clambering to get a table by the entrance, without realising there is often plenty more space if they head through the restaurant and out into the drinker’s paradise on the other side. Food and service are great here too, as well as cold drinks in the sunshine. Perfect!

plac Nowy 9, 33-332 Kraków, Poland

9. Artefakt Cafe

Tucked away on a little side street close to Szeroka in Kazimierz, Jewish quarter Krakow, is Artefakt cafe. Artefakt is a great little craft beer pub. They serve a variety of different IPAs and APAa and even host comedy nights.

As well as this, there’s a great little beer garden tucked out the back. Perfect on a July afternoon. A quaint little sun-trap, which, because of the bar’s location in Kazimerz, is often a lot less crowded than in other places closer to Krakow main square.

Dajwór 3, Kazimierz, Kraków

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