Guide to thrive in Krakow

Tips on Living and Working for Expats

Are you a Kraków expat building a new life in? Are you a digital nomad passing through? Whatever your situation, we think Kraków, a medieval city thriving with young innovative talent, is the perfect place to do business or build something new.

To help you find your feet, we at Yolk – a coworking space and social hub for English speakers, put together a guide for you.

Welcome to Poland

A great place to start is the PDF Guide 'Welcome to Poland' made by the Kraków municipal government. It features handy information on how to navigate the bureaucratic world here.

YOLK RECOMMENDS

Kraków is a great place for bars, restaurants and cafes - sometimes the choice can be too much. So let us point you in the right direction. Calling Kraków home for many years it's fair to say we have some idea for where you can go. Check out the map below with some suggestions.

Where do we go?

As well as the amazing coffee shop FIKA on ul. Sebastiana (pictured above), lunch at Massolit Cooks on ul. Jozefa 25 (pictured here) is one of our favourites.

Online Resources

There are many great sources of information about life in Kraków from websites, podcasts and Facebook groups; which are a great place to connect with other foreigners in Kraków.

Facebook Groups

CoWorking in Kraków

A group run by Yolk about coworking experiences in Krakow.

 
Krakow Expats

We are a forum for networking, support and a source of information for all Krakow expatriates or people thinking about moving to this awesome city.”

 
Foreigners in Kraków

“The group is for foreigners/expats who are here for longer or shorter period of time and polish guys and gals which like to hang around with internationals

 
Collaborate Krakow

“We hope that it will be your new window for Krakow’s social life and volunteering opportunities. This community is dedicated to networking and connecting foreigners living in Krakow. Feel free to post your ideas, share new projects, questions, searchings and activities!”

 
KRKxCC

“Expat Road & Gravel Cycling Club. Not exclusive to Expats.”

 
#omgkrk

“Building a world-class innovation ecosystem in Krakow together.

This group is a source of information about tech and startup community in Krakow. Be active, tell us about any events, ideas and yourself. That’s the first step to improve communication between us and to make our “#omgkrk” community more efficient and friendly.”

 
Krakow Photography & Video Group

“A photography & film making group, open to anyone expat or local.”

 
Expat Social Networking Krakow

“Regular expat events in Krakow”

 
Krakow Startup Jobs

“Startup job openings in Krakow.”

 
Professionals in Krakow

“Krakow, home of the Dragon! Professionals in Krakow has been going since 2009 and offers an alternative scene on the Krakow meetup scene. Mirroring the activities of the larger Professionals in Warsaw group we aim to give you at least one meeting a Month and sometimes more.

Websites

Krakow Expat Directory

Kraków Expats Directory is a listing of businesses, services, resources, tips, general information and things to do in Kraków, specifically for members of the International Expat community.

Local Life

A great resource for all the things happening in Krakow including bars, restaurants and other cultural events.

Culture.pl

Interested in finding out more about Poland’s art, film, literature and music scenes? This is the place to start.

Prze Krój

A great source of interesting Polish journalism with an English dedicated site and many articles translated.

News Sources

Notes from Poland

NFP is a great source of information and articles if you are interested in understanding the news from Poland. They also produce an insightful podcast.

Krakow Post

Krakow Post used to be a printed newspaper/magazine that provided local news in English. These days it is only online, but still a great source to stay in up to date.

Polskie Radio

As well as occasional English language broadcasts, they also provide a webpage and articles in English.

Podcasts

Krakcast

For a funny and insightful look at Polish and Cracovian news, there is really only one option… The Krakcast.

Krakcast

For those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of news and politics in Krakow and Poland, this is a great resource.

Events & Meetups

Once you have read all you can and listened to as many podcasts about what is happening in Kraków, it's time to get out there and meet some people. Events & Meetups in Kraków are a great way to make friends with people in a similar situation as well as locals who enjoy the company of foreigners. Win Win.

TEDxKazimierz

The globally renowned TED talks have a particularly active local event and community around it. Monthly meetings to network and share ideas are one of the best ways to meet new people in Kraków.

OpenCoffee KRK

OpenCoffee is a fortnightly meeting at 8am where people go to meet and share. There is a 2min opportunity to speak about what you are working on, what you might need or what you can offer others in the Startup community.

Krakow Enterprise Mondays

A sister event of OpenCoffee, the format of this meeting is based around presentations from people in the local startup community.

Internations

Although this is a subscription service for expats around the world, there is a free option to sign up to. They also host regular events in Krakow which you can pay to go to individually.

Kraków Standup Comedy

An English language comedy event every Sunday’s in Kraków. As well as various gigs and special events, they also hold an open mic event – try your luck!

TEDxKazimierz

This event is not only about listening to inspirational talks, it is also about meeting other people who might be in a similar situation to you.

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