We visited the traditional sights, but particularly enjoyed the National Museum in Krakow (www.muzeum.krakow.pl); it has an exceptional military display and a worthwhile 20th century Polish art collection. After you visit the castle and the churches, you may want a break from the busy town center. Consider a leisurely bike ride along the Vistula River to Tyniec. I would recommend renting a bike from the Cruising Krakow (http://www.cruisingkrakow.com/phone/index.html ) on Ulica Mariacka. The bikes are in good shape and reasonably priced as compared to other bike shops we checked out.
The trip to Tyniec is about 40 minutes by bicycle and includes a visit to the Benedictine Abbey (www.tyniec.mm.com.pl). If you are there during prayers and are dressed appropriately, you are welcome to listen to the serene and melodic chanting. The view of the river is lovely and the peacefulness of the setting is a relaxing change from the busy life of Krakow. Enjoy an ice cream break and head back to town!
Once you return to Krakow, if you are looking for an exceptional meal that is a nice change from traditional periogis and apple strudel, you may want to consider one of the following restaurants.
If you want to escape the restaurant scene and pick up a nice bottle of wine and some gourmet food, check out Vinoteka 13 on the plaza.
Ed Red is a contemporary restaurant with a Bohemian atmosphere. They serve outstanding steaks that are dry aged, nice side dishes, and sauces. Ed’s butter was delicious. Ed also served refreshing lemon-flavored mojitos. Friendly service and just a block off the main square.
La Campana has the potential to be excellent. The wait staff is very attentive, friendly and professional. The hosts, not so much. We made a reservation for their lovely courtyard for dinner, but it had rained two hours prior so it was closed when we arrived. All of the other restaurants in town continued to offer patio seating, but not La Campana. We were disappointed, but still enjoyed a good meal. We returned the next day to eat in the courtyard for lunch. It was open. Their ice machine was broken so they couldn't serve chilled drinks with ice. Overall, still a lovely lunch, but they obviously have some supervision challenges. http://lacampana.pl/en
Aqua e Vino is a lovely little restaurant just off the market square. The food is wonderful and the wine selection is extensive. The staff was extremely attentive, knowledgeable and helpful. Would recommend highly! http://aquaevino.pl/en/
We stayed at the Bonerowski Palace just off the main square. Good location, friendly staff and spacious rooms. Traditional uncomfortable furniture, but comfortable beds and bathrooms – most important! The interior sort of looks like the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, but the hotel is only 8 years old. http://www.palacbonerowski.com/