Pandemic influence to streets of Kraków: less retail, more gastronomy

One and a half year after the first "lockdown" in Poland, we started our summer inventory in Krakow, where we have investigated 8 streets, including two destination places. We have visited 420 commercial premises and observed an increased vacancies (by 3.4 pp) compared to the same period in 2019. Tenants who decided to close their premises during the pandemic so far, were mainly owners of clothing, jewellery and accessories stores as well as with footwear and leather goods. During our stay in Krakow, we have also noted the fact that the cult restaurant Wierzynek, located at Rynek Główny, has not yet returned to the operation after the pandemic-influence lockdowns.

However, residents and tourists can not complain about the gastronomic offer of Krakow's streets, which was enriched with 30 new premises, including Prosecco oyster bar on Grodzka Street or Magnateria Restauracja & Koktajlbar on the Main Square. In addition to the main shopping streets, smaller or larger alternative places to meet, eat and play are scattered throughout the city and significantly broaden the Kraków’s map of gastronomic and entertainment services. These are i.a. Judah Square and Izaak Square in Kazimierz, Arena Garden Street Food Market right next to the Tauron Arena sports and exhibition centre, as well as Forum Hall in the place of the former Forum Hotel, where clients can find, among others, Hungarian cuisine (Węgier na Kółkach), Japanese cuisine (Oki Ramen), Greek cuisine (Gyros Pita), Neapolitan pizza (Resto 22 by Tesone) or Mexican tacos (Tres Amigos).