Your guide to the Umbraco Poland Festival: EAT

 

Dzień dobry!

I'm Anthony, and I'll be your Foodie guide around Krakow today.

If you are a foodie like me, then you'll get your fill in Krakow. The quality of food in Krakow really puts many other cities to shame. 

Must Try's 

  • Eat a Krakow bagel - Buy it from a lonely bagel seller on a street corner!
  • Eat Pierogi
  • Eat a classic Polish ice cream - It's creamier than you have ever experienced
  • Eat zapiekanka (grilled open baguette) in plac Nowy (Kazimierz)
  • Eat Kielbasa (Polish sausage) in plac Nowy (Kazimierz)
  • Eat barszcz czerwony (beetroot "red" soup)
  • Eat zurek (sour soup) *Not vegetarian*
  • Eat Polish cheese cake
  • Eat a Polish donut with rose jam - Very intensely sweet and very floral in aroma. Probably best to share it.

Food & Drink - Main Market

As you can see in the map below, I've been to a fair few places in Krakow. There's too many to list in one article and this doesn't even cover all of my favourites (just the places that I bothered pinning!) It's probably only 5% of the restaurants/bars/cafes which actually exist in the main market but I've picked out a few must visits in the list below :-)

 

Lunch / Dinner

Restaurants at the main market square

The restaurants at the main market square are very good. They are great for just sitting and soaking up the history. Prices are expensive by Polish standards, however it’s well worth it.

Milk bar - **RECOMMENDED**

Classic old dinner. Food is really cheap, and is an authentic experience for how the Polish dined out during communism. Note: this is definitely not a “fine dining” experience, but it’s authentic. I recommend the pancakes, pierogi, and the cold soup. Get there before 1pm as they tend to run out of various items.

Grodzka 43, 30-962 Kraków, Poland

La Grande Mamma - **RECOMMENDED**

One of the best Italian places in the main market. Bookings are essential!

Rynek Główny 26, 31-008 Kraków, Poland

Chimera - **RECOMMENDED** - MUST!

This place has 2 levels.

The ground level is a cafe/salad bar. It’s like an indoor oasis, and is great for a quick meal in a relaxing atmosphere. The basement is a restaurant and it's is truly a hidden gem.

3, Świętej Anny, 31-008 Kraków, Poland

Przypiecek - 24hr Pierogarnia

If you really need a pierogi fix, then this is the place for you!

Sławkowska 32, 31-015 Kraków, Poland

 

Cafes - Main Market

Café Bar Magia - **RECOMMENDED**

A really cute cafe tucked in the back of an alley. A tranquil escape from the busy main market.

plac Mariacki 3, 31-000 Kraków, Poland

Nowa Prowincja  - **RECOMMENDED** - MUST

A locals favourite. Full of rustic charm. Go there for the thickest hot chocolate you have ever experienced. They also have a secret tea room in the attic.

Bracka 3-5, 31-005 Kraków, Poland

Food & Drink - Kazimierz

As you can see again, I've been to a lot of places. It suffices to say that this list is definitely not as large as it deserves to be. Below the map, you'll see my picks for anyone seeing Kazimierz for the first time. 

 

Coffee - Kazimierz

Kawa Lerka - **RECOMMENDED**

My favourite cafe. Cosy, relaxed, and slow paced. Huge selections of teas and coffee.

Brzozowa 20, 33-332 Kraków

Cytat Cafè - **RECOMMENDED**

One of my favourite cafes. A great workspace of you need to get some work done.

23, Miodowa, 31-055 Kraków

 
Breakfast / Brunch - Kazimierz

Kolanko No 6 - **RECOMMENDED**

Best buffet breakfast in Krakow. A MUST! Get there before 11:30.

Józefa 17, 31-056 Kraków

Moment Resto Bar

Excellent modern European lunch/brunch! Great if you want lunch in the sun.

Estery 22, 31-056 Kraków

 
Krakoska

A really cute modern Polish cafe

Św. Sebastiana 33, 31-051 Kraków

 
Lunch / Dinner - Kazimierz

Domowa Kuchnia - **RECOMMENDED**

Best home cooked Polish food in Krakow

I recommend: Placki ziemniaczane z gulaszem (potato pancakes with goulash), barszcz czerwony (beetroot soup).

Miodowa 25, 31-055 Kraków

 
Dawno temu na Kazimierzu - **RECOMMENDED**

Oldest (and most historic) Jewish restaurant in Krakow. A classic Jewish experience. Bookings are essential!

Szeroka 1, 31-052 Kraków

 
Pirozki U Vicenta (Mr Vincent) - Pierogi - **RECOMMENDED**

Best Pierogi house in Krakow

I recommend EVERYTHING!

Bożego Ciała 12, 33-332 Kraków


Barfly

Excellent Polish Cuisine. If the weather is warm the back garden is a great chill out space.

I recommend Kotlet Schabowy (Pork Schnitzel)

Józefa 15, 31-056 Kraków


Karakter

Excellent modern Polish cuisine

Brzozowa 17, 33-332 Kraków

  
ZAZIE Bistro - French - **RECOMMENDED**

Excellent French Bistro in a romantic setting. Ask for a seat in the basement!

Józefa 34, 31-056 Kraków

Pesto Ristorante - Italian

Excellent Italian restaurant.

Kupa 15, 31-057 Kraków 

Fun fact: Poland had an Italian queen. She brought with her a great food tradition. Italian food in Kraków is superb!

 
Mihiderka

Great Vegan food

Józefa 22, 31-056 Kraków

Nova Krova

Great Vegan Burgers!

plac Wolnica 12, 31-060 Kraków

Edo Fusion Asian Cuisine Sushi

Eat sushi like a King! Its such great quality!

Miodowa 8, 31-055 Kraków


Other - Kazimierz

Lody Tradycyjna Receptura - **RECOMMENDED**

The best, first, and most famous Polish ice cream parlour. The locals line up for hours on a hot day at this family owned shop.

Starowiślna 83, 33-332 Kraków

Good Lood

Great Polish Ice cream. Basically the same as the one above. But it's a chain.

plac Nowy 4A, 31-056 Kraków

As you can see from the extensive recommendations above, Krakow's food scene is absolutely wonderful. Everything is such great quality, and the food options are fantastic! If you're coming to the Umbraco Poland Festival this September let me know how you get on and if you manage to visit even half of the places on the list i'll be pretty impressed!! 

Looking for some fun things to do in Krakow? Check out my previous blog post!

Article by Anthony Dang (@anthonydotnet)