Reader-Chosen Best Places of 2008!

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When our Ten Best Places of 2006 and Best Places of 2007 turned out to be such a success, we decided that the city's top quality places to eat, sleep, drink, shop and get culture should be rewarded again, so now we present our Best Places in Cracow awards for 2008.

More selective than ever before, our 2008 list is cut down to just 5 Best Places in each category. Each winner has received a plaque and sticker to display in their establishment, meaning that when you see the circular green mark of Cracow Life, you'll know to expect nothing but the best.

Some of these venues have satisfied their visitors from year to year, but of course, there are some newcomers as well, with the Polish Aviation Museum securing a spot as one of our Best Places for Culture in 2008. Spread over multiple hangars on a historic airfield, there's nothing quite like this swashbuckling blast from the past.

With Best Places 2008 in hand you'll never go astray within the city's jungle of things to do. And don't forget to log onto throughout 2009 to continue voicing your opinions on the best (and worst!) in the city.

Above: Galeria Krakowska, one of the 2008 winners

And the winners are...

Best Places to Eat

Pod Baranem
Aqua e Vino
Wesele Restaurant

Best Places to Sleep

Hotel Stary
Hotel Ester
Hotel Saski
Hotel Wentzl
Hotel Grodek

Best Places to Drink

Art Club Cieplarnia
Art Club Bledne Kolo

Best Places to Shop

Galeria Krakowska
Galeria Kaziemierz
Lulu Living
Maruna Gallery
Pasaz 13

Best Places for Culture

Ethnographic Museum
Pod Baranami Cinema
Museum of the History of Krakow
Polish Aviation Museum
National Museum in Krakow

Best Places for Services

Ambra Day Spa
Polski Hairdressers
Jagiellonian University


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Patrick Bruski
United States

This is a great site, but my real question is about my last name. I live in Michigan and I am wondering about the name "Bruski." Have you ever heard of it? Please look it up for me and let me know what you find. I am going to visit Poland in August of this year. Thanks so much. Patrick Bruski

Reply Apr 15th, 2009

hi my name is sarahrocks i thaught that ur page is very good bt u need1i would lik to go to to england

Reply Mar 25th, 2009

Ambra Day Spa - YAY!

Reply Mar 4th, 2009
Big D
United Kingdom

good to see some brave new choices in the mix. Having said that - Showtime? Best place to drink? Not in moim zdaniem that's for sure! FOr a place that markets itself as top end it is desperate need of a refurb

Reply Feb 12th, 2009

Balaton serves hungarian food. so it's not just polish & italian:)

Reply Jan 30th, 2009
United States

Ethnographic museum definitely took the big step in 2008- congratulations!

Reply Jan 30th, 2009

I can't wait for the day when something that's not Polish or Italian makes the best places to eat list. What Krakow has in quality it lacks in diversity as far as eating establishments go...

Reply Jan 29th, 2009

Definitely agree with some of the choices! Nostalgia has the best pierogi in the city and is great overall, as is Pod Baranem. Good list for culture too, I agree that the Aviation Museum is one of the best!

Reply Jan 29th, 2009