Review and Win!
That's right folks, the good people of Cracow Life are kindly offering you - Joe Public - the chance to win some swag! How many ounces of flesh are we demanding in return for this coveted chance? None at all actually!
Simply peruse our site and find a restaurant, hotel, pub, shop or place of entertainment or cultural attraction that you've had some experience with, then it's simply a case of hitting the 'review' button at the bottom of the page and wittily penning your observations in a way that is both hilarious and informative... Suddenly you're in with a great chance of winning getting some Cracow-life.com gear!
Every twelve months we reward who we consider to be the best reviewer of the year. In past years, we've given out T-shirts, Krakow souvenirs, airport transfers and even a nights' accommodation in one of the city's most atmospheric apartments. Why? Because this is an interactive website, where our reader's opinions and tips are every bit as important as our own - in other words it's our way of saying thank you for your contribution!
Here's the clincher of 2006, by our reviewer of the year Anthony J Brown, who deconstructs Krakow's legendary Lubu Dubu club.
"Come hither and enter a bizarre otherworld where Kim Wilde is Queen and Erasure are, well, the other Queens. Yep the Eighties dominate here in an unashamedly joyous manner. Akin to a labyrinth of standing-room-only sixth form common rooms witness as hoardes of student youth grind crotches and mouth along to every last lyrical cliche with missionary zeal as though each song is a nostalgic nugget from their childhood. In actual fact the cavorting whippersnappers weren't even born when these tunes were hits, a paradox which only adds to the quirky charm of this welcoming pleasuredome. By such haphazard logic in ten years time this joint will be jumping to the collective sounds of Haddaway, Jive Bunny and Vanilla Ice. Small mercies indeed."
Meanwhile Stephen Martin grabbed the goodies in 2005 with his astute (and epic) observations on Ministerstwo Club:
"Like many of Cracow's drinking dens, this music club is tucked away off an apparently empty hallway and would be easy to miss but for the crimson glowing staircase that can be spied through a street window. Stagger down the Faustian flights as I did after one too many glasses of the rocket fuel that masquerades as Polish beer and you begin to wonder about your sanity. A row of silver grasping hands plead for a drink from the well-stocked bar, or are they bar stools for the thirsty customers? A ruby red pair of lips pouts at me around a corner, or is it a sofa? Taking in the contortions of the furniture requires a force of will so I grabbed myself a pint (Ok, half a litre) of potent brew and retired to the farthest room where I reclined on a chaise-longue. There are agood number of benches seats and sofas, but why sit down when you can lie down and watch the swirly shapes projecting onto the walls. The place truly is cavernous, literally in some places, with a deceptive number of rooms off the main thoroughfare. One of these houses the dj, whose pounding break beats along with a smattering of James Brown soul finally lifted me from my slumber and propelled me onto the good sized dance floor until the wee small hours. Despite the plethora of other places to explore in this vibrant city, I found myself determined to visit Ministerstwo again the next day, to ensure that I didn't imagine its freakish charm. Its fair to say that it captivated me all over again. A must-see place, whatever your mental condition."
If you think you can muster up something equally as spicy then take advantage of our review function now. Who knows, budding critics could win more than a holiday - you might even get a job offer!
Never been to Krakow before? You can still come up trumps! The prize is given out to the best review on ANY of our network of 23 sites. Check out our top guides to Berlin, Warsaw, Bratislava, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Vienna and Moscow and you'll find plenty more places to report on. What's more there's no limit to how many reviews you can write, so the more reviews you post the more likely you are to tickle our fancy.
Finally, remember to keep it good clean fun. Check out our reviewing guidelines for more information, and once you know the score start penning your reviews.
Best of luck, and hopefully see you in Cracow soon!
When you enter Krakow, you in a way get into a "libary" of "time pockets" The wery special of Krakow, is that the most of the worlds new history is representet, into a smal area. It is a very special eksperience to stay in this city. Krakow is a good "platform" for trips out of city. Krakow is cheap and clean.Reply
Its one of the nicest places I have ever seen. I have lived in UK London for years and now settled in USA but this city attracts me once a year or more. Moreover got my soulmate from this city so makes it the most amazing city and remember the people have not yet got accustomed to proper western europe respect but they are really wonderful, no signs of racism ever. I would say do plan and visit this city it will attract you again and again. Wishing everyone a nice experience in krakow as mine. Thanks (Dzienkuiya)Reply
What can i say i will be back in these city, i love to be there, i think is the best of the citys, what i ever saw, thans for Krakow, for the atmosfer :):):):)Reply
I SPEND 5 DAYS IN KRAKOW WITH MY BOYFRIEND. IT WAS NICE TIME, CITY IS BEAUTIFULL, ONLY PROBLEM WE HAD WAS TO GET GOOD MEAL IN MOST OF KRAKOW RESTAURANTS. IN SOME OF THEM WAS A MERICLE TO GET A BIT OF SERVICE AND ATTENTION FROM WAITRESSES. I RUN RESTAURANT MYSELF FOR LAST 7 YEARS, SO I KNOW WHAT SORT OF SERVICE CUSTOMER SHOULD GET. FIRST PLACE WE DECIDED TO CHECK WAS "CHERUBINO"-I WENT THERE MANY TIMES IN PAST, AS A STUDENT, I DID RECOMEND THIS PLACE TO ALL MY ENGLISH FRIENDS, WHO WANTED TO HAVE NICE MEAL IN KRAKOW, BUT TIMES HAS CHANGED, NOTHING LAST FOREVER. I THOUGHT IT WILL BE NICE TO HAVE MEAL THERE ON MY BIRTHDAY. WHEN WE ARRIVED RESTAURANT WAS SO " BUSY" 5 WAITRESS WAS RUNNING LIKE HEDLESS CHICKENS AROUND 2 TABLES OF 6 PEOPLE.WE SAT THERE 20 MINUTES AND NOONE CAME TO GIVE US MENU. WE LEFT THIS PLACE AFTER ANOTHER 5 MINUTES(NOONE EVEN NOTICED). NEXT PLACE WAS "MIOD I WINO"-SERVICE VERY GOOD, WE ORDERED BOTTLE OF CHABLIS, CAME PETIT CHABLIS, NEVER MIND THIS BUT WINE WAS SERVED IN ROOM TEMPERATURE- I LIKE MY CHABLIS NICE AND COLD(PETIT CHABLIS ALSO LOL), ASKED FOR ICE BUCKET-SORTED. STARTER FINE, PORK FILLET NICE BUT FRIED POTATOES NOT SO MUCH BECAUSE RAW INSIDE.AFTER ALL THIS EXPERIENCE I THINK THIS WAS JUST OK MEAL, WELL OVERPRICED BUT WITH VERY NICE SERVICE, I WOULD LIKE COME BACK THERE BUT I WILL NOT ORDER ANY POTATOES FOR SURE. NEXT PLACE WE TRIED WAS "SZABLA I SZKLANKA" HUNGARIAN RESTAURANT, MY BOYFRIEND ORDERED TASTY LAMB GULASH BUT 4 PIECES OF LAMB IN THAT DISH IS A BIT NOT ENOUGH, ESPECIALY IF YOU LOOK AT PRICES ON MENU.DISH WAS NOT VERY HOT WHEN ARRIVED, 3 HUDGE DUMPLINGS WITH 4 PIECES OF MEAT LOOKED A BIT FUNNY.I HAD BEEF GULASH -CAME IN NICE BOWL, HEATED UP WITH T-LIGHT CANDLLE, I LIKED IT A LOT, DONT JUST UNDERSTAND WHY THEY CAN NOT DO SAME WITH LAMB DISH. NEXT PLACE WAS COFFE AND CAKE PLACE "SLODKI WENTZL"-MY WORST RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE EVER.5 WAITRESSES DOING NOTHING BUT HAVING CHAT, NOT EVEN LOOKING AT CUSTOMERS, I HAVE ORDERED CHOCOLATE AND PEAR CAKE-COULD NOT FIND ANY PEAR THERE-TO REACH, TO HEAVY, MY BOYFRIEND HAD LEMON TART-BEST EXAMPLE HOW YOU CAN SPOIL SIMPLE THING.BEST THING WAS COFFEE, WE ORDERED DOUBLE EXPRESSO, BUT WAITRESS DID NOT PAY ATTENTION SO CAME SMALL, I SAYS IS NOT WHAT I ORDERED, MANAGERESS CAME OVER AND SAYS: YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR THIS COFFEE, COS IS ALREADY MADE, I ASKED FOR FRESH COFFE, COS I DON'T LIKE MY ESPRESSO COLD. WE ENDED UP WITH BILL FOR 5 ESPRESSOS, 2 CAKES AND ICE CREAM,WE WANTED JUST 2 COFFEES AND 2 CAKES BUT NEVER MIND, THEY DO NOT CARE MUCH WHAT WE WANTED. I SHOULD JUST CALL POLICE FOR THAT REAP OFF.MY ADVICE TO OVNER OF THAT PLACE-FIND NEW STAFF SOON. PRICES IN KRAKOW ARE VERY FUNNY- 0.5 L BEER AROUND £8 ZLOTYCH BUT WE MANAGED TO FIND ONE PLACE NEXT TO MARIACKI CHURCH-12.50 ZLOTYCH FOR 0.5 L. ATTENTION! THEY ALSO CHARGE TOURISTS-(BUT ONLY FORENERS) 1 ZLOTY FOR USING TOALETTE.TOTAL MADNESS!!! WE LOST HOPE TO GET GOOD OR HOT MEAL IN KRAKOW, THEN IO REMIND MYSELF ABOUT PIZZA PLACE "CYKLOP"-I KNOW IT FROM STUDENT TIMES-I TOOK MY BOYFRIEND THERE. HE WAS NOT TO MUCH EXCITED ABOUT THSI BECAUSE EATING PIZZA IN POLAND IS NOT NORMALY GOOD IDEA- WE SHOULD MAYBE TRY LOCAL FOOD-BUT ALL LOCAL WAS SO FAR NOT HOT ENOUGH, NOT BIG ENOUGH OR NOT COOKED ENOUGH. WINE ARRIVED CHILLED-FIRST PLUS, CUTLERYS ARRIVED DIRTY-FIRST MINUS, CAPRESE SALAD ARRIVED NICE AND FRESH-SECOND PLUS, PIZZA CAME NICE AND TASTY, THIRD PLUS.IN TOTAL 3+ 1-(NOT BAD) THEN CAME TIME FOR NICE ESPRESSO IN BAR CALLED "DYM"-HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BUSY PLACE FULL OF LOCAL PEOPLE.NEXT PLACE WHERE TOURISTS DONT GO(MAYBE BETTER BECAUSE IS NOT OVERPRICED) IS LOVELY PLACE FULL OF JAGIELLONIAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS- "BOTANICA"-ALWAYS BUSY, YOU CAN HAVE NICE LUNCH JUST FOR 10 ZLOTYCH. LAST EVENING CAME TIME FOR JEWISH QUATER, NICE BARS-ALCHEMIA, SINGER, MECHANOFF, MAYBE JUST TO MUCH CIGARETTES SMOKERS INSIDE.LATER ON DINNER IN ARGENTINIAN GRILL RESTAURANT -WONDERFULL STEAK, BETTER BOOK IN ADVANCE, COS ALWAYS FULL, GOOD WINE LIST, A BIT PRICY BUT I DO NOT MIND PAY FOR GOOD FOOD, I DO MIND WHEN SOMEONE IS TRYING CHARGE TO MUCH FOR NOTHING SPECIAL WITHOUT GIVING A MINIMUM SERVICE TO CUSTOMERS.IN TOTAL:KRAKOW RESTAURANT OWNERS MUST LEARN A LOT ABOUT FOOD, WINES, SERVICE. ALL PLACES IN TOWN -WELL OVERPRICED AND NOT IN EUROPEAN STANDARDSReply
When's the next drawing?Reply
Your web site is great. Will be in Cracow in SeptemberReply
I'm going to win it this year. Look out for the 'Bard' and his eloquent pen!Reply