Kraków is the cultural hub of southern Poland and, as such, supports an active program of live theater, dance, classical music, and opera. The Cultural Information Center (Sw. Jana 2; tel. 12/421-77-87) is the first stop to find out what's on and to see if tickets are available. The friendly staff can help guide you to the best events. The center for classical music is the Philharmonic Hall (Zwierzyniecka 1; tel. 12/422-94-77;; box office Tues-Sat noon-7pm). The city supports several opera companies, including the very good Opera Krakowska (Lubicz 48; tel. 12/296-61-00; Tickets are available for purchase online or at the theater box office and run anywhere from 30 z to 100 z per performance.

Bars, Pubs & Clubs

For drinking, dancing, and clubbing, both the Old Town and Kazimierz are natural areas to start a night crawl. The Old Town caters more to tourists and students from nearby Jagiellonian University; in Kazimierz, the scene is more diverse and a little older, with young professionals, artists, and hipsters of all sorts attracted to some of the best clubs in central Europe.

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