The best wine bars in Krakow
Forget the vodka & discover the best wine bars in Krakow. The wine scene in the city is on the up, so raise a glass and discover where to enjoy choice wines
Krakow might not be a magnet for wine enthusiasts. But our home city is not all about vodka and beer (honestly). Dotted around are some delightful wine bars in Krakow that know all about tickling the palate.
In this post, we’re touring our favorite spots to uncork the city’s most welcoming bars and cafes. Heading off tourist paths to reveal the places locals cherish and slow travelers will fall in love with, from intimate hideaways to bars where wine buffs are at home.
Krakow Wine Bars For Connoisseurs
Krako Slow Wines
While many Krakow wine bars look west to fill their cellar, Krako Slow Wines champions producers from Central Europe. It’s the in-place to sample organic and utterly on-trend natural wines.
This bright and modern bar is a delightful spot to pause after visiting the Oskar Schindler Museum moments away. The choice is extensive. The chance to try up-and-coming Polish wines might be irresistible. But the Georgian wines will also twitch the nose of oenophiles. One of our favorite spots to stop for a glass of wine whatever the occasion, and a top destination in the Goodtime Monty pocket guide to Krakow.
An array of contemporary bar food helps keep sightseeing batteries fully recharged. Shashlik steals the plaudits and pairs well with any wine. That might not be true, but it’s still a treat for your taste buds. Much like the wines, a rare celebration of regional terroir to excite wine lovers.
Rows of wines with curious origins line the walls of Dzikie Wino, leaving little doubt you’ve landed in a place that knows its grapes.
A gorgeous courtyard is an oasis for wine lovers and romantics. While the contemporary interior is organized for sharing tasting notes and tasty plates, including the bar-a-vin essential cheeseboard. Housed in a historic home on Market Square, Dzikie is a short stroll from some of the unmissable things to do in Krakow. Ideal for ducking away from the tourist crowds to enjoy a moment or two of tranquility. Dropping in to get acquainted with Polish vintages or revisiting a French favorite is easy. Pulling yourself away will be more challenging.
Doubling up as a wine bar and shop, Stoccaggio is our choice for a post-dinner drink and acquainting yourself with Poland’s late-blossoming wine industry. They claim to offer 1,000+ wines with vintages dating back to the 60s, transporting a world of wine to our fair city.
Stoccaggio hits all the right notes if you’re looking for a wine bar in Krakow with an air of laidback sophistication that gently encourages you to explore new flavors.
Kondrat wine importers have outlets around Poland. But their only wine bars are in Krakow and Warsaw, importing the French bar à vin tradition alongside their expertly chosen vintages.
Shop for a bottle, or stop in the contemporary casual venue to nibble on charcuterie and cheese boards paired with a diverse selection of inexpensive wines. There’s a little outside seating for enjoying summer sunset moments.
If you’re in the mood for something a little different, wine cocktails (mimosa, kir, and others) might hit the spot. You’ll find more options in our guide to the best cocktail bars in Krakow.
But wine is their calling, and the staff is fully up on their grape knowledge, which they’re happy to pass on (they generally speak English). Add an utterly unruffled vibe to the mix, and you’ve got one of the most laid-back wine bars in Krakow.
Where to wine and dine in Krakow
GMT Georgian wine
GMT Georgian wine is a little gem hidden behind apartment blocks in the residential Nowa Wieś district. Decked out like a communal garden where everyone is welcome, it’s one of our go-to recommendations when asked to pinpoint hidden gems in Krakow.
The authentic Georgian food justifies finding this needle in a concrete haystack. A delightfully old-timey bar cluttered with Georgian art in the most unexpected location.
Trzy Cztery Wine
Natural wines and a creative kitchen elevate Trzy Cztery to one of the best wine bars in Krakow for a bite to eat with a glass of the unfamiliar.
Reckoned by some to offer some of the noteworthiest natural wines in the city, the staff is happy to give advice; no sniffy sommeliers here. Although everyone seems to agree that orange wines are a must-try.
The food shines like the exceptionally knowledgeably sourced wine list. Gyozas (what, no pierogi?) and an imaginative set of vegetarian dishes fill a reassuringly concise menu.
The backdrop is homely and mellow, tucked under an arch in the slow-travel Eden, Kazimierz. A charming spot for an intimate evening.
Easygoing Krakow wine bars
Baltyk is a bar where you can let your hair down. It’s a lively place to enjoy drinks in Krakow, with a stellar wine selection and music that keeps the atmosphere bubbling. There’s even the occasional live performance to pep the vibe.
Outside the main tourist center and parked under a tower complex, it doesn’t look much at first glance. But the modest façade masks a bright, welcoming bar with a thoughtfully stocked wine selection.
The wonderful GMT Georgian Art Gallery is just a few hundred meters away if you want to ruddy your palate even more. Two enticing options to merit a journey to the ‘wilds’ of Nowa Wieś, particularly if you like to poke around lesser-visited neighborhoods.
NOTO Wine Bar
Twinkling lights add to the sparkling ambiance at NOTO Wine Bar. The good vibes start with the bar staff and radiate through the charming setting to the pretty garden. Wine lovers will relish the extensive and imaginatively curated wine list. Chill seekers will embrace the warm and upbeat character of this Kazimierz hideaway.
Drink choices extended to classic and signature cocktails. Sharing plates also star: the Polish sharing board is a satisfying taste of local gastronomy. Snug and convivial, superb wines and good times flow at NOTO. And we can’t get enough of this top-tier wine bar in Krakow.
Our favorite wine spots in Krakow
Having raised a glass and uttered our final Na Zdrowie, we end our jaunt around the best wine bars in Krakow. Hopefully, also ending any notion that wine plays second-fiddle to vodka and beer.
Wherever your leisurely explorations take you, it’s safe to say we have our clear favorites. In the touristy center around Market Square, Dzikie wino is an obvious winner. While a little further out, you’ll find a hidden gem in GMT Georgian Wine and Art Gallery.
In Kazimierz, the choice for the best drinks in Krakow is endless. Although the tapas and balanced wine selection of NOTO Wine Bar has stolen our hearts. And when we want to cultivate our wine knowledge, we head south of the Vistula and wind down the tempo at Krako Slow Wines.
In fact, all the wine spots in Krakow that we’ve highlighted offer a warm welcome and a relaxing space to forget your plans and linger over a glass of quality wine. And then linger some more as you upgrade to a cheeseboard and another recommendation from the knowledgeable staff!