Everybody in Krakow appears to be
raring to celebrate the arrival of New Year so wildly as
possibly he or she can and dare. People often select their
favorite venues a couple of months in advance and rush to book
trendy nightspots at the earliest opportunity. And on New Year’s
Eve huge crowds swarm immense Rynek Glowny, the picturesque
central square of
Krakow, and adjoining streets to revel in one of Europe’s
biggest open-air parties (which no longer culminates with a
firework display, nowadays replaced by lasers-and-lights show at midnight). Although, actually, many of the
merrymakers are day-trippers from other Polish cities and from
abroad, attracted by Krakow festivities. In 2016 the
municipal officials decided to scale down the celebrating in the
central square (and skip the fireworks display in favor of a
laser spectacular), while
supplementing it with similar alfresco events in other parts of
In 2018 three New
Year's mass celebrations are planned for the
night of December 31st, all of them free of charge. Traditionally,
the biggest one goes on in Rynek Glowny central
square with the Polish live pop acts and it
starts at 8.15 pm to end at 2 am on January 1st,
2019. Two other alfresco
events take place in Plac Wolnica square and
in Aleja Roz, with electronic world music and with
canned oldies respectively, and they begin at 9
pm and go on till 1 am.
At the same time house parties,
usually in a narrow circle, remain popular with the locals,
especially the older folks. And quite a few opt for welcoming
New Year in one of mountain resorts south of Krakow, such as
notably whenever January 1st happens close enough to Sunday to
produce another nice long weekend Poles are so fond of.
New Year's Eve in Krakow.
With hundreds of nightspots to
choose from, nightlife in Krakow is famously energetic. Every
night club in the city plans the New Year’s Eve’s party on its
premises and most start selling tickets early in November. Small
as usually they are and the regulars snapping up the lion's
share of tickets, some places are fully booked before December.
Typically the ticket covers entry and a few drinks, and maybe a
light meal as well in addition to recorded music and/or DJs
spinning his variety of club music while music clubs feature
live acts. Prices start at around 50 zloty (PLN).
restaurants in Krakow -
notably in the downtown historic districts of the Old Town and Kazimierz - as well as pubs
and the like organize reservations only nights on the New Year’s
Eve offering a couple of meals, drinks, and usually an
improvised dance floor plus some live entertainment. A
multi-course New Year Eve's dinner, wines included, in a good
Krakow restaurant costs about 300 zloties (PLN) or more.
Be it a club, a pub, or a restaurant
the New Year’s Eve’s merrymaking lasts through the small hours
of January 15 with the obligatory flute of bubbles at midnight.
often offer a New Year city break, complete with a party on
New Year’s Eve and particularly its
night party is called sylwester in Polish as December 31st is
the name day of Sylwesters.
on New Year’s day.
January 1st is a day of rest and
recovering from the effects of the prior night activities. New
Year’s day is a public holiday in Poland so expect almost
everything closed save
and gas stations. Also
in Krakow adopts holiday timetables. Nonetheless
Krakow doesn’t stop with at least a couple of music concerts
At the same time January 1st is the
Catholic feast day and many citizens of Krakow manage to attend
venues for celebrating New Year in Krakow.
Any following information has been provided by respective
establishments on their sole responsibility.
Albertina Restaurant & Wine
Polish cuisine with Mediterranean twist.
Address: ul. Dominikanska 3, 31-043 Krakow (located in the
center on the corner of Dominikanska and Poselska streets).
Phone: +48 123334110, mobile + 48
Albertina is an exceptional place on
the culinary map of Krakow. The restaurant, located in the
center of the Old Town, tempts with a unique character of its
decor, carefully prepared menu, and excellent wine selection
from all over the world. Albertina combines Polish cuisine in
modern form, based on seasonal menu and local products, with
Mediterranean inspirations, e.g. fresh lobsters and oysters from
its own lobster tank (the only one in the entire Krakow). Also,
Albertina can boast Poland's only Enomatic system of
self-service wine dispensers, with a superb range of 32 wines to
buy by the glass.
The Pod Aniolami – “Under
the Angels” restaurant is an extraordinary place, famed far
and wide for its marinated meats, grilled over beech
hardwood fire, and other old Polish dishes. The restaurant’s
historical 13th-century interiors and brilliant
cuisine, based on the Polish culinary traditions, will make
you soak up the atmosphere of the Medieval Kings’ City of
Cracow. At “Under the Angels” time stood still and one can
still find the ambience of old Cracow here. Beautiful
interiors and excellent cuisine attract renowned guests from
all over the world. On the ground floor we invite you to The
Chamber of the Wawel Castle’s Comptroller where one can
admire the 18th-century polychromes during private banquets.
There is also a charming year-round open garden with
a mosaic fountain to which one can always drop a coin
wishing to come back to this unusual place.
Meal for two without wine -
Address: 35 Grodzka street.