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Based at the foot of the Tatra Mountains in eastern Poland, Zakopane
is not just a place to stay for people wishing to experience some
of the best skiing and snowboarding in Eastern Europe; it is a colourful
and thriving example of why tourism in Poland has expanded in recent
years and will continue to do so for some time. Of course Zakopane
has the luxury of being overlooked by a magnificent mountain range
attracting millions of people both in winter for skiing and summer
for hiking, climbing and camping. However, take away the mountain-based
activities and the town of Zakopane has something for everyone.
Anybody wishing to take time out from skiing need not worry about
being bored in Zakopane. The main street through the centre of town
(Krupowki) is full of variety and easy to navigate around, as it is
simply a straight road stretching through the heart of Zakopane. Through
Christmas and New Year the Krupowki is beautifully decorated with
stylish lights that fit the mood of the town perfectly. Combine this
with the snowy mountain backdrop and the snow filled streets and Zakopane
at this time has a truly wonderful feeling to it. Throughout the year
you will find the Krupowki filled with a number of street artists
helping keep the town alive with colour and fun. The Krupowki
has restricted access to cars however it is advisable to keep an eye
out for the odd car skidding there way up the often-icy street.
Whether it is shopping, eating, drinking or you are just looking
for things to do this guide will tell you what you could expect to
find in Zakopane.
you are looking for souvenirs from your holiday you need not look
very far, The Krupowki is full of local people selling a variety of
cultural souvenirs as well as the usual array of tourist souvenirs
you would expect to find. You will find shops selling almost everything
you could possibly think of along the Krupowki, clothes shops covering
all shapes, sizes and designer makes. Sports shops selling all the
equipment you could possibly need to venture into the mountains or
just to grab a sledge to have some fun sliding down some of the local
streets and hills. If you want to get a more local feel for the town
you can venture to the bottom of Krupowki and just across the road
is a buzzing traditional market selling locally made jackets, rugs,
paintings, carvings, delicacies and a selection of other goods including
real live St Bernard puppies, probably a good idea to try and resist
the urge to take one home! Whilst you are shopping you will definitely
see many stalls selling Oscypek, a locally produced cheese from sheep’s
milk. It is definitely worth a try and comes in all shapes and sizes,
if you are not to adventurous you can buy Oscypek made up in simple
cheese strings or why not try a freshly grilled slice? There
are banks, chemists and post offices dotted all around Zakopane so
you need not worry about a thing.
Prices in the shops are very reasonable for such a popular tourist
area, there is nobody trying to make quick money from tourists in
Zakopane as you get the feeling local people are happy that tourists
are visiting there town and helping it to grown into an increasingly
popular destination. If you need help whilst shopping smile nicely
and you will find a lot of people do speak some English. Learn your
way to the Krupowki and any shopping you may wish to take home from
Zakopane will be found somewhere there.
The Krupowki and one of the traditional market stalls.
A few shops to look out for along the Krupowki
If you forget something or you just want to get some new clothes
in Zakopane there are plenty of places to look but for a big choice
at good prices look out for – CROPP TOWN and RESERVED
If you need sportswear for skiing/snowboarding or any summer activities
there are many large shops selling top of the range brands, however
keep an eye out for the smaller local ski shops such as SNOW
EKSPERT, where you can buy quality equipment at cheaper prices
and also get any of your own equipment serviced
One thing Zakopane is definitely not short of is places
to have a good meal and a few drinks. Again the majority of bars,
pubs and restaurants are found scattered down the Krupowki but before
getting drawn towards the golden arches of McDonalds or the colonels
smiley face slapped on the side of KFC you should definitely take
a look inside some of the towns local restaurants. The local restaurants
are easy to find in town as they all have restaurant signs outside
and the majority are located inside the traditional wooden buildings
that give the Krupowki is elegant look. If you are willing to give
the local food a try you are guaranteed to find some tasty dishes
and you will often get more than just a meal, as local bands can be
found inside many restaurants dressed in traditional outfits and enthusiastically
blasting out there traditional highland folk music.
The prices of food in town vary as they do anywhere but the value
is in the local food, it is similarly priced to the likes of Pizza
Hut and KFC but you can expect to leave with a full stomach and a
new taste in your mouth. If you want to eat somewhere Polish but stick
to the food you know then you might want to (definitely want to if
you are male) check out Roosters, a Polish version of the American
Hooters the menu covers pasta, pizza, burgers and salads. This is
also a good place to just sit and drink if you fancy a few drinks
or a place to start a night out; it has a relaxed atmosphere with
its American style interior, good music and sport on the televisions.
On average you can expect to pay around 20-30zl for a good meal in
the centre of town.
If however you are looking for a place to go for a special occasion
or you just fancy treating yourself there are a number of more up
market places to eat in Zakopane that wont leave you disappointed.
The Belvedere Hotel, well known as the best hotel in Zakopane is host
to two wonderful restaurants both of which are open to everybody.
The first restaurant situated on the second floor serves traditional
Polish food, cooked with the very best ingredients. If you do not
fancy the local food then there is a perfect second choice located
on the ground floor that serves dishes from around the world.
When you have enjoyed a meal in one of Zakopane’s many restaurants
then surely it must be time for a few drinks. Whether you want to
go for an all night party or you just wish to enjoy a quiet cocktail,
Zakopane has everything for a good night out. Look out in the bars
for the local favourites of mulled wine (Grzaniec) and warm beers
with fruit juice.
Host to nine nightclubs and plenty of bars and pubs you can take
your pick as to the kind of night out you want to have. The Krupowki
can be just as lively at night as it is during the day and you will
not feel at all threatened walking around at any time. Bars generally
close at around 12 o’clock and nightclubs somewhere around 3-4
o’clock with taxis operating around the clock to make sure you
get home safely.
If you do not want to do much walking between bars on your night
out then you may want to start off in Paparazzi, a stylish cocktail
bar with a relaxed friendly atmosphere situated just off the Krupowki.
From there you can simply cross the road into Genesis a large nightclub
playing a selection of different styles of music. If you are more
of an adventurer and want to visit every bar in Zakopane in one night
then you can work your way up from the bottom end of the Krupowki
where you will find the likes of Roosters. You can then move up the
street stopping at a selection of places, Morskie Oko, a nightclub
but also a good stop off point for a few drinks as it opens early
and has plenty of seats, Seagrams, the only Irish bar in Zakopane
and then up to the top of the Krupowki stopping at any bars on the
way. At the top of the Krupowki you will find 3 nightclubs all within
touching distance of each other, Prestige, a small underground nightclub
with a friendly atmosphere and across the street Wierchy, a large
commercial nightclub which can feel a bit too big for Zakopane at
times. Next door to Wierchy is Blue Star, a new well sized European
style nightclub with sofas, televisions, a long bar and Zakopane’s
only non-smoking venue.
if you are not drinking, eating, shopping, skiing or walking around
the mountains in Zakopane what else can you be doing? Well the answer
is a long one; there are plenty of other activities for people to
do. If you have children or you just want to relax for a day then
why not visit Zakopane’s new Aqua Park, a short walk from the
centre of town. Complete with saunas, steam rooms, swimming pools
and water slides the aqua park also has its own pizzeria and ten-pin
bowling lanes making for a perfect day out for the whole family. The
website is yet to be put into English but you can have a look at photos
from the Aqua Park here: http://www.aquapark.zakopane.pl/galeria.html
If you are looking for something to do in the evening then there
is a pool hall at the bottom of the Krupowki with 8 American pool
tables, a table football table and a number of games machines. This
is another good venue for a whole night out as downstairs from the
pool hall there is a pizzeria restaurant and the Finlandia nightclub.
Finlandia is a reasonable size and tends to be more of a locals nightclub
but you will definitely be made to feel welcome, nobody wants any
trouble and everyone in there just wants to have a good time.
Pool Hall and Finlandia Nightclub
Depending upon the season in Zakopane you may want to take some time
out to try driving a skidoo or flying around a dirt track on a quad
bike. Either way the companies operating these tours will take you
into areas of the forest and lower regions of the mountains that you
would not get to on foot.
If all you want to do is relax, then there are many places in Zakopane
where you can be pampered. The Belvedere hotel has a designated wellness
centre where you can choose from a large selection of massage and
beauty treatments or indulge in a Finnish dry sauna. You will also
find a swimming pool, water slide, pool tables, ten-pin bowling, a
golf simulator, a basketball court and squash courts within the Belvedere
hotel again open to everyone to use. Another hotel providing similar
facilities to the Belvedere is the Litwor Hotel located right in the
middle of the Krupowki; the Litwor has a spa, swimming pool area and
a number of beauty treatments available.
Another main attraction to Zakopane is the world cup ski jump, attracting
thousands of people when the main event comes to town, the ski jumping
world cup. If you are in Zakopane when the ski jumping is on you cannot
avoid the hype as the whole town goes crazy. However, if you are not
in town during the actual world cup you can still take in the spectacle
of the ski jump as for a small price you can take the stairs to the
top of the ski jump and imagine you are Eddie the Eagle himself. Not
that you can jump but the sheer thought of taking off from the top
will be enough to make you glad your stood behind a glass window.
ski jump in Zakopane
What do things cost?
1 GBP = 4.80 PLN (zl)
- 500ml bottle of water – 2zl in a shop – 3zl in a restaurant
- 500ml bottle of Coke – 3.50zl in a shop – up to 6zl
in a restaurant
- Large beer – 3.50zl in a shop – up to 7zl in a bar/club/restaurant
- A pizza – 10zl for a margarita up to 30zl
- A burger/pasta meal – 20zl
- Meal of the day in a local restaurant – 15zl
- A St Bernard puppy from the market – 250zl – 500zl
How do I say?
Hi! (Also used for Bye!)
Hello / Good day
Excuse me / Sorry
Enjoy your meal
Where is everything?
Google Map of Zakopane Here