Krakow is a good place to grab a cup of specialty coffee. There are a number of local cafes and roasters that will make you feel at home. Let’s have a look at the top specialty coffee shops in Krakow.
Krakow offers tens of cafes, with a wide range of qualities and styles ranging from traditional Polish-style ‘kawiarnias‘ to the many commercial style coffee shops such as Starbucks, Costa Coffee, and Nero Coffee.
Top Specialty Coffee Shops In Krakow
Luckily, there are also a number of alternatives for those of us who prefer lighter coffee roasting styles and defend more sustainable coffee practices.
Karma Café (Old Town)Karma Café (Old Town)
Karma Roasters is possibly one of the most famous local cafes and coffee roasters, for a good reason. It has two locations: one near the Old Town, and a second in Kazimierz.
This is one of the most popular specialty coffee shops in Krakow, and it also serves brunch and lunch. Good call!
Yellow MonkeyYellow Monkey
This unpretentious cafe owned by an elegant Ukrainian couple and run by lovely baristas serves damn good coffee. It’s my top cafe in Krakow.
While it does not serve breakfast as such, you’ll find a selection of tasty muffins, cookies, and cakes.
Kawiarna FornirKawiarna Fornir
A great discovery not too far from the Central Station or the Old town. One of the better brownies I’ve ever had!
Batch coffee was also surprisingly exciting (El Salvador Anaerobic Natural from Hayb), and they do serve wines by the glass as well. Recommended!
Great cafe not far from Fornir, serving decent beans from Roastains. Has a nice attic and great baristas as well as homemade cakes and cookies. Interesting batch brew as well.
Karma Café (Kazimierz)Karma Café (Kazimierz)
A nice alternative and certainly the best coffee shop in Kazimierz. However, service is a hit and miss.
I’ve had lovely baristas interested in helping and showcasing the roastery and cafe (thank you!) while some other visits have been a disaster with two Russian-speaking baristas who were disgraceful, outright rude, and completely unprofessional. Sorry, but not sorry!
Another nice coffee shop with limited seating but a remarkable ‘attic’ where you can chill and meditate. Serves and distributes a range of nice coffees, including well-known roasters such as Audun Coffee.
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Krakow is conveniently located just a few hours away from countless interesting cities.