Krakow is Poland’s cultural capital and it is bursting with historic architecture and fantastic foodie favourites. While that’s no secret, many do forget about another important highlight: the fantastic street art in Krakow. Vibrant colours have turned the monotonous walls into rainbow-coloured masterpieces. I’m sure you’ll agree with me once you see them. Especially those in the slightly messy but lively student quarters are worth the trip. That’s where you’ll find the most creative spirits, as well as the best street art in Krakow.
The coolest places to explore some of the nicest murals in Krakow are Kazimierz and Podgórze. These two bustling districts border each other, so they’re easy to combine in one day. I recently saw the streets of Krakow with my own eyes, so let me tell you about some of the highlights in these areas!
This is Where to Find the Best Street Art in Krakow
Street Art in Kazimierz
Without a doubt, the number one area to explore Krakow’s striking painted walls is Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter. This dynamic student hub is also the beating heart of Krakow’s (non-traditional) creative arts. No matter where you go, you’ll find unique little boutiques, art studios, and cosy cafés. Moreover, the trendy foodtrucks will make you forget all about your diet in the best way possible (especially the ones near Skwer Judah).
Some of my personal favourites in Kazimierz are the murals and art studios in (and around) the Jozefa street. Lookarna Illustrations, a small art studio and shop in the Jozefa street (number 11), is definitely a recommended stop for artsy types. I recently bought a dreamy print from this talented artist for a very affordable price! The print is currently on display in my living room and it’s still one of my favourite souvenirs ever.
Highlights in Kazimierz:
- Corner of Ulica Jozefa and Ulica Nowa
- Plac Bawół 3
- Ulica Kupa 5
- Ulica Jozefa 17
Street Art in Podgórze
Podgórze is another major hotspot for street art lovers. The historic district was an indepent city until the 19th century, but it is currently one of the most upcoming and promising quarters in Krakow.
Podgórze underwent drastic changes during World War II, when the Nazis transformed it into a gated Jewish ghetto. Nowadays, the monuments that remember the victims remain. But the district has also found a new identity. Snazzy new restaurants, summery ice cream parlors, and fashionable seem to open their doors on a monthly basis.
Highlights in Podgórze:
- Jozefinska 24 (Lem’s Robot)
- Piwnas 3a (Ding Dong Dumb)
- Przemysłowa 1 (Tolerance mural)
- Zamoyskiego 6
Curious to see all of these fascinating urban artworks for yourself? That’s easy enough! Here is a handy map of the murals I mentioned, so you can do a self-guided street art tour in Krakow:
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