Jama Michalika



Originally opened in 1895 by Jan Michalik, Jama Michalika is one of the most famous cafes in Poland. The name literally translates as Michalik's Cave (some erroneously translate it as Michael's Cave), a reference to the lack of windows.

Jama Michalika has looked very much the same for the last hundred years and Michalik's cave is one of Krakow’s best examples of art nouveau décor. The eclectic interior is a result of Michalik’s policy prior to World War I to accept payment in kind from his customers, many of whom were artists who chose to pay with their art work. The café is also known as the birthplace of the Young Poland artistic movement and the Zielony Balonik (Green Balloon) cabaret, which became a model for other literary cabarets throughout Poland.

For decades a popular haunt of Polish artists, politicians and professors from the nearby Jagiellion University, Jama Michalika continues to be frequented by popular writers, artists and academics today. It is also quite popular with tourists, many of whom come in groups for dinner and a folklore show. In addition to serving traditional Polish cuisine, the café is known for its excellent selection of cakes, ice cream, and traditional Polish alcoholic drinks made from honey.


ulitsa Florianska 45
Krakow, Poland