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It was only a short drive back into Krakow and we had spoken to our driver Lukas earlier in the day about an activity we wanted to do on our last day. We hadn’t actually booked this in advance as we thought we would be able to find and get locals advice on the best options as there was so many available online. As it turned out Lukas was the exact man for the job! More about this later............

As we hadn’t eaten for hours (but wished we could’ve in the salt mines as the food looked amazing) and we had also walked what seemed to us to be hundreds of miles we were starving! Fortunately we had already found an amazing cafe. Bussola Coffee was within a few meters of where we were staying so we refuelled ready for the evenings entertainment!  

Bussola Coffee Krakow

Just down the road from where we stayed is Krakow Pinball Museum, it's not a museum as such, it's more of an arcade set in a 15th century basement with a large collection of vintage and newer pinball machines and various other arcade games like PacMan, Donkey Kong and Sega's Outrun (which I do make references to in the Canadian Blog). The best bit is that you pay once and you then have the ability to enter anytime during that day to play on any, yes any of these amazing machines! We played until they turned the lights off! 

Krakow Pinball Museum
Krakow Pinball Museum
Krakow Pinball Museum
Krakow Pinball Museum

This brought our first, very busy full day in Krakow to an end. Tomorrow we get to have a lie in before we head off to Schindler’s Factory with a pre booked entry time of 2pm.

Schindler’s Factory was just a 30 minute walk from our accommodation and as it wasn’t raining we chose this over using the tram system even tho our legs were still aching from the previous day!

This walk took us over the Vistula River, which had this architectural delight on one of its banks, the Tadeusz Kantor's Centre for Documentation Cricoteka, an art museum with a performing arts space.

Vistula River Krakow
Tadeusz Kantor's Centre for Documentation Cricoteka

On the top floor of this building is an amazing cafe, not only was the food and coffee really good at 'Fresh Café' you also get great views over the rooftops of Krakow.

Fresh Café Krakow
Vistula River Krakow

Schindler’s Enamel Factory.

Schindler’s Enamel Factory Krakow
Schindler’s Enamel Factory Krakow

Not everyone who reads this will know who Oskar Schindler was or what he did. But he was a very clever man who saved the lives of over 1000 Jews during the holocaust. At the start of the museum there's a very interesting film about Oskar to watch, and then at the end of the museum there's a little more information about Oskar. But mainly this is a WW2 museum with a lot of information to read about the war in Poland, you could spend hours here if you wanted to, we stayed until it closed.

Schindler’s Enamel Factory Krakow
Schindler’s Enamel Factory Krakow
Schindler’s Enamel Factory Krakow
Schindler’s Enamel Factory Krakow
Schindler’s Enamel Factory Krakow

From Schindler’s Factory we took a tram to the north of the Old Town which only took a few minutes. This then gave us a chance to wander around the Main Square and to finally eat some traditional Polish food, and I really love Polish food!

Krakow Old Town Square
Krakow Old Town Square
Krakow Old Town Square

There was a huge choice of eateries in the Old Town, but hidden away in a alleyway we stumbled across a place called 'Karcma Podwórko Maryny' which strangely only accepted cash! But this was good with me! The general rule of thumb is that when eating in a tourist area you will pay more, but then as we were in Poland we knew that we would get way more value for our £ than we would do at home! 

A starter of freshly made variously flavoured Pierogi’s followed by a traditional Polish Zurek soup, all washed down with a nice bottle of wine! In total this only cost 210zł (£41.00). But this was first time that we had been to a restaurant that charged for a jug of tap water! Well the tap water cost 24zł (£4.80) the Pierogi’s cost 40zł (£7.90) for a mixed plate of 10, and the Zurek soups only cost 28zł (£5.50) each, so either tap water is very expensive in Poland or the restaurant needed to make some extra money as it was very quiet!!?

Either way the food was extremely yummy and fresh, plus the service was friendly and quick.

You would never eat out for that amount of money in the UK!

Karcma Podwórko Maryny Krakow Pierogi
Karcma Podwórko Maryny Krakow Zurek Suop
Karcma Podwórko Maryny Krakow
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