At a glance
Hike the scenic trails of Tatra National Park
Ride a horse-drawn carriage to an emerald mountain lake
Admire the pretty timber villas dotted around the town
Destinations in Zakopane
Top things to See and Do in Zakopane
At the foot of Gubalówka hill you'll find the Targ Pod Gubalówka market. Open during the summer, this bazaar sells lots of traditional highlander products from traditional clothing, shoes and purses to dishes, handicrafts and paintings by Podhale artists themselves. You'll also find a selection og fresh oscypek - local sheep's cheese.
Rainy days call for a spot of shopping. Head to Krupówki, Zakopane's bustling shopping street for familiar high-street fashion and sports brands, ideal for picking up gear for walking the Tatra Mountains or to start stocking up on winter warmers.
If you're looking for something special, have a nose Krupówki's Fashion Street. Zakopane's version of Oxford Street, this shopping alley is housed inside pretty highlander-style buildings and has as many as 43 top-notch fashion and sports boutiques.
If you're more into sitting back and relaxing, head over to the stylish Winoteka Pod Berlami, found in a quiet part of town. Serving over 100 varieties of wine from all over the world, you can reminisce about your day over a glass (or two) before heading back to your hotel for some well-earned sleep.
As a popular mountain destination in both summer and winter, Zakopane is teeming with nightlife. Most of the bars, pubs and clubs are located on or near Krupówki, meaning you'll never be far from a night out on the town. Nietota is the place to go for a good pint of beer, while Café Piano is known for being the coolest bar in town, complete with playground swings for bar stools. If you're down for a boogie, Va Va Voom nightclub is a popular late-night joint, while Rockus is a well-known venue for live music.
Despite being a rural town, Zakopane is home to around 150 restaurants, many of which are located on or near the main shopping street, Krupówki. You'll find a range of cuisine here, from traditional Polish food to late-night kebabs and Mediterranean classics. One of the most common foods found in Zakopane though, is Ocsypek. Made from the milk of Polish mountain sheep since the 14th century, this popular product is characterised by a smoky smell and slightly salty taste, and can only be found in this particular region of Poland. Other dishes to try while in town are Haluski - noodles made from grated potatoes, salt and flour - and Moskole. The latter are traditional caked, made from boiled potatoes, flour, water and salt. They're baked on a griddle to produce a crispy crust and soft centre.
Podhale picks at Karczma Zapiecek
This Highlander-style restaurants found along Krupowki serves up traditional Old Polish recipes from the Podhale region. The interiors are cosy and authentic, complete with old-style stove. Dishes include the popular Oscypek with bacon and cranberries, bakes duck served with pear and beetroot and baked trout.
Elegant interiors at Góralska Tradycja
Also found on Krupówki is the charming Góralska Tradycja. This spacious venue is decorated in a clean-cut Highland style, alongside wood-cladded ceilings, white table cloths and sparkling chandeliers. Perfect for a special family lunch or dinner, the exquisite menu includes dishes like lamb chops in a pistachio and corn batter. Downstairs you'll also find a café selling a range of delicious pastries.
Italian favourites at Ristorante Cristina
Famous for having the best pizza in town, you'll find Ristorante Cristina in Independence Square. The owners opened this restaurant in a passionate attempt to recreate authentic Italian cuisine, using a range of high-quality Italian and Polish products. Step inside and be transported to a traditional Italian trattoria - complete with lemon trees and curvaceous arches, and sit down to scrumptious plates like scallops on saffront risotto, veal ravioli and thin, crispy pizzas.